An Introduction to Machine Sewing

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Getting Started

You've decided you want to learn to sew...but where to begin?

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Sewing on a Budget

Tips and advice for keeping costs as low as possible.

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Tips for Perfectionists

How to stop procrastination and frustration getting in the way of enjoying learning to sew

Machine Sewing Techniques

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Mitred Corners

Learn to sew neat corners on projects like placemats and dishcloths.

Sewing by Hand

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Blanket Stitch

A lovely decorative stitch traditionally used on the edges of blankets.

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Blanket Stitch

Applique

Attach a shape onto another fabric using blanket stitches.

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Whip Stitch a Seam

A very quick and easy stitch to join two fabric edges.

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Whip Stitch a Hem

Learn to hem fabric edges quickly and neatly with the whip stitch.

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Whip Stitch an Applique

Attach a shape onto another fabric using whip stitches.

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Slip Stitch a Seam

This 'invisible' stitch is sewn on the outside of a seam.

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Slip Stitch a Hem

Hem fabric with slip stitches to hide the raw edges.

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Blind Hem Stitch

A popular hemming stitch that is near invisible on the front.

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Basic Catch Stitch

Useful for hemming more tricky fabrics like heavy weight or knit fabrics.

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Herringbone

Catch Stitch

This hemming stitch has a bit more 'give' than the basic catch stitch.

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Fell Stitch

A useful stitch used to attach a lining.

Sewing Projects

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Recycled T-Shirt

Quilt

One of my first sewing projects where I made a picnic blanket from old clothes.

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Reversible Battery Pouches

Useful for recognising which batteries are charged or not charged.

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Cravat Tie

How to sew a cravat neck tie in satin fabric.

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Lined Placemats

DIY fabric placemats with an optional lining.

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Hook & Ring Curtains

A detailed step-by-step tutorial for making lined curtains.

An Introduction to Dressmaking

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Introduction to

Dressmaking

The many advantages to making your own clothes.

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What is a Toile?

Learn about what a toile (or muslin) is and why you should make one.

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Introduction to

Pattern Alteration

An explanation of what pattern alteration is, and how you can start doing it yourself.