How to Sew Shirring
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14h ago
How to Sew Shirring Shirring is such an effective sewing technique to master and is actually much easier to sew than you might think. In this blog post I'll show you step by step how to sew shirring and give you my top tips for achieving neat, professional results. You can also watch my video to take you through the process ..read more
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How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle
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1w ago
How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine Needle Using the wrong type of sewing machine needle is one of the most common mistakes we come across at Sew Essential. It can lead to needle breakage, difficulty working with the chosen fabric and poor stitch quality. You'll never have to experience these problems with our sewing machine needle guide! We've outlined the different types of needles available and the fabrics and threads they should be used with. Even if you're a confident stitcher and are in the know about needles its worth having a quick read. You might just surprise yourself and discover ..read more
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How to Sew a Four Step Buttonhole
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1w ago
How to Sew a Four Step Buttonhole Learning to sew buttonholes is a great way to expand your sewing knowledge and create sewing projects you can be really proud of. Sewing machines either come with the option for a one step buttonhole (see our step by step tutorial for how to sew a one step buttonhole ) or a four step buttonhole. In this article we will show you step by step how to sew a four step buttonhole ..read more
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7 Clever Overlocker Tips and Techniques
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1y ago
7 Clever Overlocker Tips and Techniques Overlockers aren't just for finishing seams and in this video I'll show you 7 clever tips to take your overlocker skills to the next level. If you've ever struggled to sew a neckband without a bulky bit at the end or wrestled with tricky sewing tasks, like turning through a rouleau strap, this video and blog post is for you ..read more
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New Season Simplicity Sewing Patterns
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1y ago
New Season Simplicity Sewing Patterns New sewing patterns from Simplicity featured on the vlog this week - Lucy picked out her favourites and paired them with dressmaking fabrics you could whip them up in. See below for the video and links to all the patterns and fabrics ..read more
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How to Sew a Jersey Dress on an Overlocker
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1y ago
How to Sew a Jersey Dress on an Overlocker Sewing jersey garments, especially on an overlocker, can be a scary business, but learning how to sew a simple jersey dress or Tshirt is easier than you might think and so worth it. In this video I'll show you step by step how to construct including all the tapes and interfacing products I use to help you achieve great results every time ..read more
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How to Sew Darts
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1y ago
How to Sew Darts Darts are such an important part of so many sewing and dressmaking projects. Not only do they give the garment shape they are also usually highly visible and therefore it is a good idea to strive for a professional finish. In this video I'll show you my top dart sewing tips ..read more
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My Latest Make - a Pretty Wrap Skirt with a Fun Flounce
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1y ago
My Latest Make - a Pretty Wrap Skirt with a Fun Flounce This week I'm sharing my latest dressmaking project with you - a gorgeous wrap skirt with a bang on trend flounce sewn up in our bright, mood lifting mustard John Kaldor crepe de chine fabric ..read more
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How to French Seam an Armhole
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2y ago
If you're working with a fabric that frays easily or want a super professional finish to the seam allowances of your garment a French seam can be a great option, but just how do you sew the armhole? In this handy video tutorial I take you step by step through the process and give you lots of general tips for sewing and setting in sleeves too. Introduction A French seam is a finish that encases all the raw edges of the fabric within the seam. It sounds complicated, but once you know how it is actually very easy. It takes a little extra time and effort, but in my opinion is so worth it for the ..read more
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New Indie Sewing Patterns November 2020
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by Sew Essential
2y ago
This week on the vlog I'm sharing some of the independent sewing pattern company patterns we've recently added to the website. It's been ages since I've done one of these for you and we have some lovely new Autumnal fabrics in to pair them with so I thought it was the perfect time. There's a great mix of blouses and dresses for days when you feel like getting out of those sweat pants, but I've also got your loungewear and comfy, cosy handmade wardrobe needs covered too. I've included designs from Grainline Studios, Style Arc, the Friday Pattern Company, True Bias and Lisel and Co to get thos ..read more
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