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Find out what we have been getting up to and our thoughts on everything sewing. Learn new skills and techniques with our free instructions and YouTube tutorials.

What is Ease?

What is ease in a dressmaking pattern? Why does the garment you’ve made not fit? In my latest YouTube video I talk about ease, where to find it on a...

Grainline Options

Do you understand fabric grainlines? Have you used the cross grain or the bias to cut out a garment that was designed for the length grain before? Let...

Let’s Talk Dress Forms

In my latest YouTube video I talk all about Mannequins, Dress Forms and Tailor’s Dummy’s answering the following three questions: 1. Do you ne...

DIY Silk Scrunchies

Learn how to make a silk scrunchie for your hair. In this quick tutorial I talk through how to make a scrunchie in a step by step manner. I share two ...

Interview with Bernina Owner

Learn more about the Bernina brand, how it started and who runs the company now. Bernina is a family owned business that has been in operation for ove...

Bernina Factory Tour

Want to see inside a sewing machine factory? Then join me of this tour of the Bernina Headquarters in Switzerland, where they still make some of the B...

Move | Raise | Lower | Bust Apex Princess Seam

Do you struggle to fit princess seam garments? Perhaps the princess seam feels in the wrong place? Too close to the centre, or too wide for your indiv...

Small Bust Adjustment Princess Seam

Do you have a small bust or cup size? Then learn how to alter a princess seam pattern to fit your individual figure. In this tutorial you will learn h...

Full Bust Adjustment Princess Seam

Do you struggle to get a garment to fit at the bust? Perhaps you have a fuller bust or larger cup size? Most patterns are drafted for a B Cup; which m...

How To Press: Ironing Tips for Sewing / Dressmaking

Learn how to press or iron your garments and seams properly with our latest YouTube tutorial. In this video you will learn how to use professional tec...

My Sewing Machine Journey

Join me in this chatty video, grab a cup of tea and learn all about my Sewing Machine Journey. I chat about the sewing machines that I have used (or o...

Sewing Machines Under £350

It can be tricky to choose a new sewing machine, so I visited a local dealer, Steve at Bredons, Somerset, UK (https://www.bredons.co.uk/). I asked Ste...