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 Boned Bodice

One of the exciting things about making your own clothes is being able to create glamorous outfits for special occasions. A boned bodice can put the finishing touch to a dramatic evening dress, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. You can also adapt it if you want to try making …

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Baby Friendly Fabrics

Many people are inspired to start sewing when they discover that there’s a baby on the way. Baby clothes can be quicker to make than larger garments and they allow lots of room for creativity. But if you’re going to make clothes the baby will be safe and comfortable in, …

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Mending Shoes and Boots

One of the best reasons to learn to sew is being able to mend your own clothes. When shoes and boots get damaged, however, we tend to either discard them or take them to a professional cobbler. By learning a few simple techniques you can use your sewing skills to …

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How To Sew Necklines and Sleeves

Often the difference between professional and amateur-made garments is most visible in the fine details such as the shape of necklines and sleeves. Getting these right can be a lot trickier than it looks, and it’s easy to end up with them looking twisted or uneven. Fortunately there are some …

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Making Simple Waistbands

If you’re just learning to sew, one of the easiest garments to make is a skirt, but to do it successfully you need to know how to make a proper waistband. Though this is fairly simple to do, it’s also simple to get wrong, so – as always in sewing …

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Sewing Wth Difficult Fabrics

It’s all very well to learn good basic sewing skills, but when it comes down to it, some fabrics just don’t want to behave. How can you get these difficult fabrics to cut, fold and run through your machine the way they should? We take a look at some basic …

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Altering a Sewing Pattern

Shoppers frequently complain that all the clothes to be found on the high street seem to be in the same narrow size range, and the same complaint can be heard about sewing patterns. Few of us have bodies that fit exactly into the standard shapes, but resizing a pattern isn’t …

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How to Repair Holes in Clothing

Developing your sewing skills isn’t just about making exciting new things. It can also, importantly, be about repairing the things you already have, so that you can save money and enjoy the clothes and furnishings you love for longer. It’s easy to adapt your skills to repairing seams, buttons and …

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How to Reclaim and Use Fabric from Old Clothes

Sometimes our fondness for certain pieces of clothing outlasts our desire to wear them. You might still love the colour or pattern of a garment that no longer looks good on you or no longer fits. On other occasions, clothes get damaged beyond repair, but you may still feel sad …

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Sewing With Children

If you’ve enjoyed learning to sew and discovered what a useful skill it can be, you’ll want to pass on your skills to your children. But how can you get them interested, and how can you make finding out about sewing safe and fun? Starting Out It’s never too soon …

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