Workshop: Sashiko stitching

How to sew sashiko stitch

Our social media feeds are filling up with the cutest of first day of school snaps, and it’s put us in the mood for a new term of embroidery classes! Autumn always feels like the start of new adventures for us, so we’re sharing this new blog series with you all to celebrate. Over the coming weeks we’ll be posting some… Continue reading

Skills boost: How to clean your sewing machine

How to service your sewing machine

They’re our most trusty and valued piece of kit, and as we sew more and more with our chosen sewing machine, we get to know it intimately! From it’s best tricks to it’s not-so-happy quirks, each machine is different, but they all need regular maintenance for us to get the best results from them. So today we’re… Continue reading

10 top tips for sewing with lightweight fabrics

Sew Over It sewalong

Are you joining in with this month’s Florence dress sewalong? We’re so excited to be the first to feature the new pattern from Sew Over It. As Florence is best-suited to fluid fabrics with plenty of drape, we’ve asked the team at Sew Over It to share their tips for how to get better results from lighter fabrics. Scroll down on to read more… Join the Florence… Continue reading

Your guide to sewing machine threads

which Sewing machine threads

Our sewing machine skills for beginners series continues today with a focus on which is the best thread to use with your machine. So, you’ve chosen your fabric and are ready to start stitching – but have you got the right thread? Our guide will help you pick the best type for your project so you can… Continue reading

Know your sewing machine needles

Know your sewing machine needles

Our Sewing machine skills series continues with our guide to finding the right needles for your sewing machine. Fitting the right needle is a must for smooth stitching. Different fabrics and different stitch styles can benefit greatly from a spot of careful needle selection. Read on to find all you need to know about selecting the best type… Continue reading

10 top tips for machine sewing

John Lewis sewing machine

New to sewing and looking for handy tips to get better results from your sewing machine? We’ve put together this list of tips for beginners to machine sewing, to share a few lessons we’ve learned along the way! This post is part of our Sewing machine skills web series. We’ll be releasing a new tutorial or advice post every… Continue reading

Boost your skills! Get more from your sewing machine with our new series

Skills boost: sewing machine

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new series of sewing machine skills tutorials here on our blog! Level up your sewing and join us for three weeks of tutorials to help you get more from your machine. Whether you’ve just invested in your first ever machine and have no idea where to start, or you’re already pretty confident… Continue reading

How to use a sewing machine

How to use a sewing machine

We’re excited to get started with the first post in our Machine Sewing Skills series! This week we’re getting started with some guides for complete beginners. This is for you if you’ve got a machine but aren’t sure where to begin. Read on to find out how to use a sewing machine step by step – prepare to… Continue reading

How to alter sewing patterns for fuller busts

Dressmaking how to adjust bust size

We all come in different shapes and sizes, so there will naturally  be times when we set out on a new dressmaking project, and spread out the paper pattern lovingly in front of us, only to wonder how to alter sewing patterns for the perfect fit. We’re so happy to welcome Claire Tyler to the Simply Sewing blog today, as she’s… Continue reading

Know your fabric types

Know your fabric

While fabric shopping is one of life’s greatest pleasures (FACT), the sheer variety of dressmaking fabric available can sometimes be a tad daunting when you’re trying to figure out the right type for your next project. Start foraging for different fabrics and a world of discovery awaits you, and we’re here to help. We’ve put together a handy Know Your… Continue reading