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 Curtain Valance

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

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Make curtains

How to Make Curtains

It can be incredibly easy to make curtains, and potentially cheaper. 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 …

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How to Make Swags and Jabots

Is there anything more elegant than 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 novice sewer who needs a few projects under their belt. A tablecloth is an essential item for the home, and personal touches make all the difference at those family mealtimes. Here is a quick step by step guide …

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Make Napkins

Making Napkins, Placemat, and Runners

Be the host from heaven and prepare for your dinner party by making napkins, placements 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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change a pattern

Resize 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 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 are …

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sew a dart

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 must master before you make costumes or clothes. This is our quick rundown of all that you need to know! What is it? If …

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Basic hand sewing

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 learned easily. Here are some basics that no self-respecting dressmaker can be without. The Magic Four Here are four …

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Invisible zip

Invisible Zip 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 zip, 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

Brush up on the basics with our quick pattern terminology guide. Patterns are the foundation of garment production. Get it right, you have success on your hands. Get it wrong, it might be a disaster. This is why it is so important to find out as much as you can …

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