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

Know-how: what to look for when buying a sewing machine

With so many makes and models on the market, buying a sewing machine can be a daunting process. That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you on your way…

Get started with Clover Wonder Clips

Whiz through sewing projects with Clover’s Wonder Clips. These handy gadgets are the ideal alternative to pins, especially for securing heavyweight or difficult fabrics such as vinyl. Wonder Clips will help you hold garment seams, multi-layers of fabric and other bits in place prior to stitching so can make light of bulky and tricky work…. Continue reading