I may have mentioned this before, possibly more than once, but I do love sewing with stretch fabric and because of this love I treated myself to the Juki MCS-1800 coverstitch machine. As with all Jukis I have found this machine a joy to work with and it produces a stitch of outstanding quality. The … More Finishing the boxers – Cover Stitch 101
I have been asked a couple of times now to expand on my comments on the Full Bust Adjustment. So I thought I would tell you a little story that I hope will explain all about why it is needed and how to choose the correct size pattern to do your FBA on. Once apon … More The story of the need for the Full Bust Adjustment according to Mercedes Christian-Anderson
To say I was delighted to be part of CICOBooks Blog Tour for Wendy Ward’s latest book “Sewing Basics for Every Body”, is a bit of an understatement. As I have said before, I credit Wendy for my love of stretch fabrics after joining a “sew your own leggings” day at her old sewing school … More Sewing Basics for Every Body – Blog Tour
One of my March rituals is to join in with @thatwendywards #MIYMarch challenge. My first Instagram post EVER was for day one of MIYMarch15 and I have been there in some form or other ever since. This year instead of a daily prompt, Wendy is giving us weekly prompts around the theme of Sustainable Sewing and Making … More Joining in with #MIYMarch 2020 – Sustainability
I love science fiction and if cryogenics really worked, I would be stepping in to that freezer with instructions to be defrosted when space travel was a thing and I could sign up to join Starfleet. As far as I am concerned technology is a wonder that should be embraced in all its forms. So why is … More Is there such a thing as right or wrong?
Purchasing a new sewing machine is both an exciting and a terrifying experience. Quite often there is a shout out on Instagram asking people for their recommendations on which machine they should buy. I have bought my last two machines without actually seeing them before I handed over my hard earned cash. For the first … More So I needed a new sewing machine and advice for the new sewer.
So my first (and last) Christmas Market is finished and as promised here is an update on how it all went. The worry about my stock leading up to the big day did not diminish, even after sharing my fears with you all. Fortunately, however, the day arrived, so no more worrying about what might … More A Christmas Fair analysis or I will always try to look for a positive however minuscule it may be.
When my daughter mentioned to me that she was organising a Christmas Fair at work and did I want to have a table to sell some of my hand made garments I jumped at the chance. I imagined standing behind my festively decorated table, smiling at all who stopped to admire my wares and selling out … More Hats off to all small businesses
Sewing patterns are designed to fit what the pattern company think is a standard figure, and I think lots of you will have found out by now, there is no such thing. I saw on a post by the wonderful (and very dapper) Zack, @pinset_tailoring , when asked did he make Plus size clothing state … More To toile or not to toile
There is something I have noticed a lot of sewers do and I am also guilty of this, and it is counteracting every compliment of a hand made garment with the dreaded sewers “But” ….. (one T). But I made a mess of the zip, but I put this piece in wrong, but the pattern … More In search of perfection.