Machine Misbehaving?

If you’ve got a problem with your sewing machine such as skipping stitches and dodgy tension, the solution could be as simple as changing the needle. Your sewing machine is an amazing piece of carefully engineered wonderfulness – a slightly blunt or even bent needle will mess up its delicate workings.  Choose the right size […]

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Marking Things

Tailor’s chalk is still my preferred option for most fabrics as it removes with a light brushing. It now comes in a variety of colours and forms, square, triangular, small rectangles and clutch-type pencils. There is a special chalk for more delicate fabrics which disappears with steam pressing.  There are also no-trace marker pens where […]

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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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