Tips, Tricks & Tutorials

Testing Gutermann Denim Thread

Nov 09 2019 Tags: Gutermann, Jeans Making, Sewing Supplies, Thread

The brand new Gutermann denim thread landed in the shop the other day and I've had a few questions about it, so I thought I'd do a bit of experimenting with it and let you know the results! (Please bear with me; this probably won't be the most entertaining blog post I've ever written, but hopefully you'll find it useful!) According to the product description, the thread promises to "easily and professionally create robust stitching and decorative seams, typical jean cuts and trendy effects". The thread is also used by Wrangler during their manufacturing process so it must be alright! The...

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How to Create Amazing French Seams

Jul 03 2019 Tags: french seam, how to French Seam, sewing techniques, sewing tips

It is my life’s goal to get every sewer in the world working with and goddamn loving French Seams! Please don’t make me sad; give them a go. I find them very therapeutic and relaxing, especially when I’m feeling a bit stressed. There is nothing difficult about them, they just take more time than sewing a standard seam. The hardest bit is getting your head round having to sew wrong sides together first! So, in the words of the Fresh Prince, “Here we go, here we go, here we here we go, WOAH!” Pin WRONG sides together and sew using...

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Working with Lightweight Fabrics

Jul 03 2019 Tags: how to sew with viscose, rayon, Sewing tips, viscose

I love viscose and rayon. So much so, that I would happily become Mrs Philippa Rayon given half the chance. If you’ve never worked with them out of sheer fear or you’ve had bad experiences, then you will think I’m crazy, but I do not care one jot; they are amazing! Some of the prints you can get are awesome and the result you can achieve is so professional looking. I don’t want you to be fearful of them, I want you to love them as much as I do…or just tolerate them enough to make yourself a top or...

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Make Your Own Dashwood Advent Calendar

Oct 05 2017 Tags: Advent Calendar, Christmas, Christmas crafts, dashwood studio

What you will need: Dashwood Advent Calendar Kit There is nothing wrong with getting a head start on your Christmas makes, and this Dashwood advent calendar is a perfect project for when you're feeling a bit crafty! The advent calendar front and back is printed on each panel of fabric (we sell it by the panel, which you can find here) and there are instructions printed on it as well, however we thought we'd make you a step-by-step guide to help you through it. Step 1 Cut out the back of the panel around the edge of the gold star border...

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