Oh! Let's open this Pandora's box... For two thirds of my sewing life I didn't have an overlocker - couldn't afford one, and was getting on just fine without it. Then I chanced upon a good deal, bought one and could not understand how on Earth I could live without one all those years... The… Continue reading The battle of the Titans: zig-zag versus overlock
Your machine has loads of them but all you use is straight stitch and occasional zig-zag... Sounds familiar? 😉 Obviously, fancy stitches are there for fancy work. Or are they? What is the difference between utility stitches and decorative stitches? Well, utility stitches are there to help with boring work like sewing a blind hem,… Continue reading What to do with fancy stitches?
Flexible stitch is necessary for sewing jersey so that it would stretch with the material. However, regular straight stitch of a lockstitch machine is usually not flexible. So what to do? Popular solutions include using elastic thread, sewing with narrow zig-zag instead of straight stitch or sewing with an overlocker. But what if you really… Continue reading That elusive flexible stitch
...or at least your sewing. One of my all-time favourite books on sewing technique and embroidery, no sewing machine required: The subtitle reads: "The creative guide for dressmakers and needlecrafters that takes your work to a new level." True! All true. This is a sewing guide where all the sewing is done by hand.… Continue reading The book that will change you forever
I've had synthetic fur coats before - they looked great but didn't keep me warm, so a nice thick woolen coat was always warmer. But two years ago I saw this amazing blond fluffy furriness for a tenner on sale - it was late March. So I got it, thinking to make it into a… Continue reading Taming the fox
Singer sewing books are among the best out there, we know that. So when Singer brought out zig-zag machines, they were keen to show what this exciting new piece of kit could do for you. So they included 55 pages of sewing technique into the manual for model 319! Start reading on page 56. I… Continue reading On darts, hems, ruffles and lace
Thread loops are those skinny loops made with thread (yep, it is what it sounds like) for your little buttons. Thread loops can be made in different ways but I think the needle lace technique gives the neatest results. After all, this is how you make lace! (Pick up any book on needle lace… Continue reading Thread loops and needle lace