Sewing tips, tutorials, videos and the latest news

How to sew with the printable practice sheets

How to sew with the printable practice sheets

Have you grabbed your copy of the sewing practice sheets yet? This 7-page printable document is perfect for those learning to sew or refreshing sewing skills that might be a bit rusty. The pages can help you become comfortable and proficient with using your sewing machine and changing the settings. There are pages for practice in sewing straight lines, sewing with the zig-zag stitch, turning corners and sewing curves. It’s one of the first things…

Malvern Zipper Pouch sewing pattern, classic zipper bag to sew in 4 sizes + video

Malvern Zipper Pouch sewing pattern, classic zipper bag to sew in 4 sizes + video

Anyone need to learn how to sew a zipper bag? Then I have the perfect easy zipper pouch pattern and video class for you. Introducing the Malvern Zipper Pouch. Malvern is a set of 4 different sized zipper bags with an easy-sew construction method. The Malvern Zipper Pouch is a simple sew, doesn’t need many materials and will be your go-to zipper bag to sew. Use it as a phone pouch, a clutch bag, a…

How to sew the invisible ladder stitch, with video

How to sew the invisible ladder stitch, with video

The invisible ladder stitch is an essential hand sewing stitch to learn for bag makers. This is a simple stitch to learn and master once you’ve practised it a few times, and you can get into an easy rhythm with it. This hand sewing stitch is perfect for closing the gap left in the bottom of your lining or pocket without it even being visible when you’ve finished – hence it being called ‘invisible’. Why…

FREE Bampton Drawstring Bag sewing pattern and video (3 sizes)

FREE Bampton Drawstring Bag sewing pattern and video (3 sizes)

At last I’m delighted to bring you the first new sewing pattern on my site. Introducing the Bampton Drawstring Bag pattern. This cute drawstring bag is perfect for beginners and those new to sewing, kids or returning to sewing after a long break. These bags are perfect for so many uses. Since I just finished mine, already they are in use and I could do with more! I think I’ll get to work on some…

My new Brother CS6000i sewing machine – video review

My new Brother CS6000i sewing machine – video review

I can barely contain my excitement. After waiting almost 3 months from ordering, at last my new sewing machine, fabric and supplies have arrived on the island. Living on a small island in the middle of nowhere certainly forces a person to be patient! But even so, 3 months is ‘island time’ at it’s best! So here she is, the Brother CS6000i sewing machine. I thought long and hard about which machine to buy. I…

Everything you need to know about thread weight

Everything you need to know about thread weight

Sewing thread, no matter what material it may be made from, comes in different ‘weights’. But what is thread weight, how is it measured, what does it mean, and why might we want to understand thread weight? This article will cover everything you need to know about thread weight and why it is important. Why do we need to understand thread weight? Using the correct thread for your project is critical to the final outcome….

Everything you need to know about needles for your sewing machine

Everything you need to know about needles for your sewing machine

Your sewing needle might not be something you’ve given much thought to, but it’s a critical part of your sewing machine and if the needle is blunt, damaged, installed wrongly, threaded wrongly, or the wrong size for your project then you simply won’t get good results when you sew. Many new sewers will just continue on sewing until their needle breaks and it’s only then that a new one is installed. But that’s usually far…

A complete sewing glossary of terminology explained for beginners

A complete sewing glossary of terminology explained for beginners

I am so pleased to bring you this complete sewing dictionary. All of the commonly used sewing terms and abbreviations are described and defined here in this list so you’ll always know where to turn if you come across a word or phrase you’ve not heard in your sewing journey before. There is nothing more frustrating than coming across an instruction in a sewing pattern or project and having no idea what it means. That…

How to scale sewing patterns larger or smaller

How to scale sewing patterns larger or smaller

Have you ever seen a sewing pattern you love and then check out the sizing and realise it’s just not quite right for you? Seen a tote bag that’s not big enough or a clutch bag that’s larger than you would like? But resizing the pattern is just too difficult, too much hard work or you just don’t know where to start? Well, you might be surprised to know that actually, it’s really easy to…

How to print a PDF sewing pattern at home

How to print a PDF sewing pattern at home

Once you have downloaded your pattern files (see this article if you need help with downloading – How to Download A Digital PDF Sewing Pattern), then it’s time to open the file, review the instructions and pages and print out just the parts of the PDF document that you need. I’ll give you some tips on how to successfully print your PDF sewing patterns at home. These tips apply to all PDF sewing patterns, not…