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Find out what we have been getting up to and our thoughts on everything sewing. Learn new skills and techniques with our free instructions and YouTube tutorials.

My Sewing Machine Journey

Join me in this chatty video, grab a cup of tea and learn all about my Sewing Machine Journey. I chat about the sewing machines that I have used (or o...

Sewing Machines Under £350

It can be tricky to choose a new sewing machine, so I visited a local dealer, Steve at Bredons, Somerset, UK (https://www.bredons.co.uk/). I asked Ste...

Podcast: Articles of Interest

I was contacted a couple of months ago by the team at 99% Invisible, regarding their new podcast, Articles of Interest. The podcast and all of the epi...

Tips: Buying a Sewing Machine

Are you looking to invest in a new sewing machine? You might be a completed beginner, embarking on a new hobby; or perhaps you are a more advanced sew...

Make Tulle Flowers

Add a couture embellishment to a garment, create a simple corsage or add these flowers to a hat or headband. There are so many way you can use these s...

Tips for Cleaning & Caring

Looking after your sewing machine is an important but often forgotten step. By cleaning, oiling and caring for your sewing machine you will prolong th...

Sewing for Beginners Series

Learn a new skill this Autumn! Learn to sew with our new Sewing for Beginners series on YouTube. Every day in September and early October I will be la...

How To: SBA Side & Waist Dart

Full Bust Adjustments get all the attention, but what happens if you need to do a Small Bust Adjustment? You may need a Small Bust Adjustment if the d...

How To: FBA Side & Waist Dart

Learn how to do a Full Bust Adjustment if your garment has a side dart and a waist dart. In this video I explain what you do if the garment has a wais...

Small Bicep Adjustment

Do you find the bicep on dressmaking patterns is too large for you? In this tutorial I share techniques for reducing the bicep size on a sleeve patter...

Full Bicep Adjustment

Learn how to increase the bicep area on a sleeve pattern in today’s tutorial. I share tips for measuring the bicep on a mannequin and on mysel...

How To: Small Bust Adjustment

Learn how to do a Small Bust Adjustment (SBA) in this tutorial. In this lesson I discuss what size pattern to choose and how much to remove from the p...