Sewing Techniques

Whether you’re a beginner starting off on a hand-stitching journey or a professional wanting to brush up on your sewing techniques, you can become a better sewer by checking out these advanced sewing tips and techniques from the experts. If you’d like to contribute your own tips and techniques, please do get in touch – we’d love to hear your ideas!

Working with Stretch Fabric by Melissa Fehr

Today we are kicking off our Sew Your Own Activewear blog hop with a guest blog from Melissa Fehr. Melissa is the talented lady behind this awesome book and today she has written a guest blog for us. Working with stretch fabric such as lycra and jersey can often seem like a daunting task. So…

How to Make a Ribbon Rose

How to Make a Ribbon Rose… the Nicholas Kniel Way

For more than a decade, designer Nicholas Kniel has been making the most exquisite ribbon flowers and embellishments. His flowers have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, and have been adored by bridal designers and milliners all over the world. In this extract from his incredible book, Creating Ribbon Flowers, he teaches us how to…

how to use freezer paper

How to Use Freezer Paper

Freezer paper might be a strange bedfellow for crafters, but boy, is it a useful one! Having recently reviewed our haberdashery ranges, we’ve added Reynold’s Freezer Paper to our core stock, because we believe it’s one of the most helpful things to have to hand for applique and any sewing project where small templates are…

Easy Quilting with Chain Pieced Strips

Chain piecing is a method of quickly stitching strips or squares one after the other on a sewing machine without stopping between each one to break the threads. This is a particularly good technique for using up scraps and it doesn’t matter how wide the chain pieced strips are. In fact, the more varied the…

Which Janome Sewing Machine Should I Buy?

You want to buy a sewing machine but don’t know which one to get? Whether you’re upgrading to another model or buying your first ever machine we’ve got advice on which Janome sewing machine is right for you. Whether you want to create perfect patchwork quilts or dressmaking is your thing, there is a machine…

Sew Fantasy Toys | Sneak Peek!

Melly McNeice, the talented designer behind the Melly & Me brand, has a new soft toy sewing book out, Sew Fantasy Toys, and we are very excited to be able to show you a sneak peek. The book has 10 soft toy patterns for mystical creatures from mermaids to dragons, which will be loved by…

Free Machine Quilting | Easy Sewing Tutorial

Free machine quilting is a technique everyone should learn – so read on and you’ll be able to add it to your repertoire in no time at all… Free machine quilting is a useful technique for countless projects as it allows you to sew together layers of fabric with decorative stitching. It’s incredibly easy to get started…