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Get to grips with your sewing machine with our handy guides
Discover all the essential techniques to take your dressmaking to professional level
Follow our top tips and create beautiful garments with stretch fabrics!
Rouleau loops are thin tubes of fabric used for straps or to make fastening loops for bulky buttons or frog fastenings
One of a family of detached stitches, seed stitch is useful for covering an area of a motif with pattern and texture
Tips on binding arm and neckholes
Pistil stitch is similar to a French knot, with a straight line forming a little stalk, with the knot at one end. This versatile stitch can be used as an accent, worked in lines, or clustered together.
Metallic threads are ideal for embellishing, customising and adding stylish design details to your projects
Add boning to a bodice for extra structure and support
Top tips on creating crisp collars
Free motion sewing allows you to stitch in all directions for machine embroidery and quilting.
A stipple stitch is a meandering curvy stitch that swirls across the fabric. Many machines have a built-in stippling stitch which will go to the full width available (usually 5mm-7mm) stitching in a curvy line as you sew vertically.
Facings are used to neaten the raw edge of openings such as armholes and necklines, as well as adding support and structure. Properly stitched they should be invisible on the outside of the garment.
So many of today’s fashions have the zip attached to the outside of the garment and now there are pretty lacy edged designs just perfect for this method of insertion.
Buttonholes are a breeze with today’s modern sewing machines, especially if they come with the niﬅy long buttonhole foot which holds the button in the back so the hole you stitch is made to ﬁt perfectly.
Stitch perfectly circular little flower heads using this nifty attachment which can be fitted to most sewing machines.
Pleats are folds in the fabric that control fullness. They can be soﬅ or crisp, depending on the fabric used and whether they are pressed or not.
Kimono sleeves are cut as part of the garment front and back. Since there’s nothing to deal with but an underarm seam, they are the easiest style to sew.
An appliqué is a fabric design attached to the surface of a base material. It can be created by cutting a motif from other textiles, a combination of prints to make an image, or using a ready-made patch stitched to a base fabric.
Raglan sleeves are joined to the garment front and back with diagonal seams that run from the underarm to the neckline. To help with the fit, there may also be a shoulder dart or a seam running down the length of the sleeve.
Once you have threaded your machine, test the stitch to ensure it is working perfectly. It is a good idea to do some test stitching every time you change your stitch selection.
Most machines are threaded in a similar way, following four or five steps. Make sure the needle and presser foot are raised.
It is very important that the bobbin is dropped into the bobbin casing correctly even though it looks as if it can go either way up.
A properly wound bobbin will help create neat, perfect stitching. Use the bobbins provided with your machine and follow these simple steps.