Expert Advice on all Aspects of Sewing

There are all sorts of reasons for wanting to learn to sew. You might want to make your own clothes, create attractive furnishings for your home, or simply patch up and repair old items to give them new life. Here at Start Sewing, our aim is to help you master the basics and move on to a range of exciting projects.

How to Make a Valance

Making a valance is easy! It doesn’t involve much sewing it won’t take up your time and best of all, the end result is stunning. Valances give a certain finesse to curtains. They are the cherry on top and if you have some leftover fabric that you would like to …

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How to Make Curtains

Its incredibly easy to make curtains and incredibly cheap. All it takes is a few hours and a few helpful pointers. Let us provide the latter and read on for our step by step guide! Simple Curtains The step by step guide below is for a simple curtain design that …

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How to Make Swags and Jabots

Is there anything more elegant that swags and jabots? It commands attention and frames the room beautifully. Best of all it really is quite a straightforward job that a sewing novice can master in no time at all. Read on and find out how. First Things First Okay, so what …

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How to Make a Tablecloth

It’s easy to make a tablecloth. This is the ideal challenge for the novice sewer who needs a few projects under their belt. A tablecloth is an essential item for the home and a personal touch makes all the difference at those family mealtimes. Here is a quick step by …

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Making Placemats, Napkins and Runners

Be the host from heaven and prepare for your dinner party by making placements napkins and runners. These are the finishing touches to your table and are very easy to make. Placemats Placemats are a cinch. They only take a few hours to make and the end result is well …

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Resizing a Pattern

Not all bodies are equal and not all patterns have been designed to fit our figures. Sometimes you will have to resize the pattern that you have followed religiously. How do you do that? Simply resize it! It isn’t as hard or as challenging as it sounds! What You Need …

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How to Sew a Dart

If you have ever tried to make clothes fit you will know what a dart is. For those sewing novices, this is one technique that you really must master before you make costumes or clothes. This is our quick rundown of all that you need to know! What is it? …

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Basic Hand Sewing

It’s time to step away from the machine. If you are a die-hard machinist this might be a trying time but don’t fear! Hand sewing is a skill that can be re-learnt easily. Here are some basics that no self-respecting dressmaker can be without. The Magic Four Here are four …

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Invisible Zipper Application

If you are making a skirt dress or a pair of trousers you will need to incorporate a zip somewhere along the line. The invisible zipper, as seen here, is really your best option but it might seem like a tall order for a sewing novice. Fear not, there are …

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Pattern Terminology

Patterns are the foundation of garment production. Get it right and you have a success on your hands. Get it wrong and it may just be a disaster. This is why it is so important to know as much as you can before you embark on that big project. Brush …

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