Tools of the Trade – Measuring

Of all the sewing tools the tape measure is an essential for every dressmaker but please don’t use the old fabric one you found in you’re granny’s sewing basket – it’s probably stretched! A plastic one is just fine and one with inches on one side and centimetres on the other is best. You will […]

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Tools of the trade – Scissors

A really, really essential piece of dressmaking kit are good scissors. Treat yourself and keep them well hidden from everyone else in the house!  You will need a pair for cutting fabric (shears) and ONLY use them for fabric, they should fit comfortably in your hand and not be too heavy to handle.  The handles […]

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Which Pins?

Which pins are the ‘right’ ones? There are all sorts of different pins out there, all made for a different craft but for dressmaking I love to use fine long pins, good quality ones should slide in and out of the fabric smoothly without snagging or leaving a noticeable hole.  My favourites are the classic […]

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Needle and black thread at The Sewing Room Malvern

Which Thread?

Why is the thread you use important and which to choose? Basically you get what you pay for. Check thread by running it between your pinched finger-tips it may feel slightly lumpy or look fluffy. If you buy a cheap thread its likely to break easily, the dye may come out and it could upset […]

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