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Comparison of three different woven interfacing products with video

Comparison of three different woven interfacing products with video

One of the really valuable things to do when sewing bags is to become familiar with different interfacing and stabilizers, so you can make your own informed personal choices about which would work best when sewing a bag. I love to use fusible woven interfacing on almost all of my projects, well probably all of my projects, so here I am comparing different brands of fusible woven interfacing to see how they differ. There is…

How to use the automatic needle threader on your sewing machine

How to use the automatic needle threader on your sewing machine

Does your machine come with an automatic needle threader? Sounds like a great idea right, until you realise that it can actually be a little tricky to use it. The secret to threading first time, every time, is to fully understand how the automatic needle threader works so you work with it to catch the thread. I’ll do my best to show you in the video below. I carried on trying to get a photo…

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…