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How to create shirring

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How to create shirring

Shirring is a technique which creates a smocked appearance on your fabric using elastic threads on the bobbin of your sewing machine. It may be a little intimidating as elastic threads can be tricky to work with, but shirring is a great technique to create a fitted garment without the need for conventional fastenings or elastic waistbands. This guide has been designed to help you achieve smocking, without getting tangled with elastic threads! You will need: Your fabric or garment Thread Elastic thread Dressmaking scissors Universal machine needle Sewing machine Empty bobbin Preparing your machine for shirring: Be sure to...

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Different types of pins and uses

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Different types of pins and uses

Pins may be a small (and easily lost!) sewing tool, but they play a big part in the making process of any garment. Not only do they hold pattern pieces in place, but they can be used for fitting garments, holding on trims and maintaining seam allowances. There are many different types of pin available, and this guide is designed to help you figure out which type is best to use on your project. Pin components and types: While there are many different types available, they essentially have the same components, the head, point and shaft, and simply vary by...

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Different types of hand sewing needles

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Different types of hand sewing needles

Whilst you may choose to do most of your sewing on a machine, there are still some cases where you may prefer to finish your garment by hand. For example: when hemming a garment, attaching buttons, or applying a delicate overlay like lace. This guide is designed to help you see a variety of different hand-sewing needles and their uses, so that you can stock up on a range that are suitable for your projects. Hand sewing needles vary in thickness, length, point shape and needle eye size. Usually they come in packs of type or size and sometimes in...

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How to troubleshoot your sewing machine

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How to troubleshoot your sewing machine

Troubleshooting 101 Often in the middle of a project, you may find that your machine quite simply doesn't want to sew! Most of the time, this is due to a simple issue that we overlooked while setting up the machine, or a very basic mechanical problem that can be fixed at home. This guide is intended to provide a simple checklist of problems and solutions that you can fix at home - without consulting a professional. Problems whilst setting up: Problem Solution Cannot thread the needle Needle is not in the correct position - raise the needle. Needle is not...

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How to set up your sewing machine

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How to set up your sewing machine

The best place to learn how to thread your individual machine is shown in your instruction manual. However, since many machines may be sold second-hand and purchased cheaply for a sewing beginner, manuals and instruction booklets may be missing or lost! In this guide, we’ve put together a generalised step-by-step that will apply to most machines. Threading your sewing machine: Threading your machine properly is necessary to create neat and secure stitches. Although machines come in many different types, the stitching mechanism is essentially the same in all machines, creating stitches by combining the motions of the needle thread and...

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