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How to Sew Using Corduroy

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How to Sew Using Corduroy

Level: Confident Beginner Corduroy is well known for being difficult to care for and for producing a lot of lint, but with the right treatment and sewing process, this nightmare fabric can sew up a dream, all while producing minimal mess! Corduroy has many brilliant uses due to its durability, and in this guide, we’ll discuss the best ways to use this fantastic working fabric! Origins of Corduroy The origins of Corduroy fabric are often hotly debated by history buffs. The fabric first came into use during the 1700’s in France and Britain, called ‘corde du roi’, translating from French...

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How to Choose a Sewing Pattern Size

How to Choose a Sewing Pattern Size

Sometimes it can be really difficult to figure out which size you should make your new garment - you may have even found that you’ve sewn something up in your ‘usual’ size and that it doesn’t fit! This is because many commercial sewing patterns follow a ready-to-wear sizing system, which hasn’t been updated in a long time, and is based around measurements that vary between country, shop and pattern company! In this guide, we show you how to ignore these ready-to-wear sizes, and find a pattern with the perfect fit, based on your measurements, rather than a clothing size. This...

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How to Take Body Measurements

How to Take Body Measurements

Category: Technical Skills Level: Beginner There are many reasons why learning to take yours and others’ body measurements is essential to sewing. If you are creating your own original patterns or designs, measurements are essential for understanding how your garment will fit and ‘work’ in practice, and if you’re buying a pre-made pattern, you will need to take measurements to determine which size to purchase and cut. Precision is key when taking measurements, and although it won’t take long to get key figures, it is always worth double checking your numbers – measure twice, cut once! In this guide, we...

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How to choose a sewing machine needle

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How to choose a sewing machine needle

When you first begin to sew, it makes sense to sew all of your projects with the needles provided with your machine. However, as you begin to get more confident and branch out to different fabrics, it is important to consider what type of needle you use. This is because the wrong type of needle can lead to breakages, poor stitch quality and can even damage you or your machine! This guide is designed to help you see the variety of sewing machine needles available and their uses. You'll be pleased to know that nearly all sewing machine needles are...

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How to change a sewing machine needle

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How to change a sewing machine needle

Changing your needle may seem a little daunting - but really is an essential skill you need to learn when sewing. This is because a blunt or broken needle can not only damage your fabric, but also your machine. A blunt needle may also cause your thread to tangle or your machine to drop stitches - so if you are experiencing these problems, it may be a good idea to change your needle! This guide is designed to make the process as simple as possible, and help you resolve any issues that may lead to a blunt or broken needle....

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