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.

Patchwork and Quilting

Are you tired of being restricted to plain colours or other people’s pattern designs? Patchwork provides a wonderful way to bring your visual imagination to bear on the items you make, and when you combine it with quilting you can create beautiful home furnishings – or even clothes – out …

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How to Mend a Handbag

Finding the right handbag can be a difficult business, so it’s no wonder we grow fond of them. They can cost a lot of money and many people treat them as collectors’ items. So it’s a real shame if they end up having to be thrown away as a result …

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Video: Persistent Thread Breaking

In this short video a professional fashion designer demonstrates preventing persistent thread breaking when machine sewing. Video Transcript Hi, I’m Natalie, I am a fashion designer. I’m here today with Start Sewing to show you how to solve the problems of persistent thread breaking while sewing. Two of the main …

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Video: Incorrect Thread Tension

In this short video a professional fashion designer demonstrates how to deal with incorrect thread tension when machine-sewing. Video Transcript Hi, I’m Natalie, I’m a fashion designer, and I’m here today with Start Sewing to show you how to avoid incorrect tension. As you can see here, the sample I’ve …

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Video: Placing a Pattern

In this short video a professional fashion designer demonstrates how to place a pattern, ready for marking and cutting. Video Transcript Hello, I’m Natalie, I’m a Fashion Designer, I have my own company, Miss Natalie B. I’m here today with Start Sewing to show the best way to lay your …

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Video: Pinning the Pattern

In this short video a professional fashion designer demonstrates how to pin a pattern. Video Transcript Hello I’m Natalie; I’m a fashion designer, I have my own company Miss Natalie B. I’m here today with StartSewing to show you how to pin your pattern pieces together. This is your front …

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What Equipment Do You Need For Dressmaking?

If you fancy trying your hand at dressmaking, or indeed are already proficient in running up a new outfit, there is a select set of tools that you will need in order to get off the mark. Here we look at what are primarily the most essential pieces of equipment …

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The Best Way to Alter a Dress or Top so it Fits

There are times when we buy items of clothes that are a little too large or a little too long and as such we need to make slight alterations to them in order for them to fit or look just right. Unfortunately it is not always the case that the …

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How to Replace a Broken Zip

One of the most annoying things than can happen is for a zip to give way on a favourite garment or indeed to suddenly fail whilst we are wearing the garment. These so-called ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ can not only be embarrassing but can also mark the end of said item’s life …

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