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Help with Hemming

Hi there, my name is David (Davy) Chalmers. I live on the Island of Fetlar, Shetland Isles, Scotland, and that is as far north you can go (without falling off the edge) in the UK. Anyway, enough of the geography lesson. I am 73 years young and rather shaky as I have Parkinsons. However I…

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6 Sewing Machines from Your Childhood

Do you remember the first machine you started sewing on? We asked our Facebook fans to share stories about their first time sewing, and their first sewing machine. Did you start on any of these machines? “Managed to break my mum’s 25-year-old Brother machine when I was 11 – I was “playing” with it. Put…

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Tips for Sewing with Minky

I have a question on your video about how to sew with minky. I’m trying to make some quilt blocks with minky, where minky is sewn to minky. I’m using it on both sides of the quilt and swear I will never do it again! Any tips to make this easier? Submitted by Christine Hi!…

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What Can I Sew for My Grandson?

Hello! I have just purchased a new sewing machine and was wondering if you have any ideas of things I could sew for my beautiful 10-month-old grandson. I am only a basic sewer and I don’t have an overlocker. I just need some ideas to get me motivated to start. Thanks! Submitted via Facebook Congratulations…

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Where Can I Buy Oilcloth?

I see you have a lot of projects on your site using oilcloth. My question is, where do you even find this kind of fabric? I tried all my local fabric stores and none of them sell it. Most have never even heard of it! Submitted by Kim Hi Kim! I’m not sure what your…

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Looking for Lace

Where can I find wide lace and a large variety of lace to make some extension slips for my tunics? I have seen some slips that have four different lace lengths and designs all in the same color. Where do I find them? Submitted via Facebook Hi! Many fabric stores carry lace and lace trims.…

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Turning a Purse Inside Out

Hi, I have a question about sewing purses and purse linings. How do you turn your purse right-side out after putting in the lining? Any help you can give me would be great! Submitted by Aliyah It will depend on what technique you use when attaching your lining. If you fold under the top edge…

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Traveling with a Sewing Machine

Hello! I hope you can help me. I will be traveling soon (flying abroad) and I would like to take my sewing machine with me. Should I keep it in hand luggage? What do others do when flying with their machines? Any tips would be great. Thank you! Submitted via Facebook This is a great…

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Stubborn Singer

I am having the hardest time fixing my Singer sewing machine. The bottom thread keeps bunching up and no matter what I do I can’t seem to fix it. Any advice? Submitted via Facebook I hate when this happens! When the bobbin thread is bunching up it typically means there is a problem with the…

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Sewing Stretchy Fabric

Hi – many thanks for your regular updates! I have been having problems sewing Lycra or any fabric that stretches. Do you have any advice on how to sew stretchy fabrics? Submitted via email When sewing with stretchy fabrics, one of the most important things to consider is your needle. Using the correct needled will…

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