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  • Sewing Tips From Wendy Gardiner - Sewing With Knits

    We're welcoming our brand Ambassador Wendy Gardiner back on the blog today! This time she's covering stretchy and knitted fabrics. Sewing stretchy fabrics can be tricky as they can slip and stretch, but with a few simple steps you can tame their waywar...
  • Sewing tips from Wendy Gardiner - Avoiding a Sewing Mishap

    Brand Ambassador Wendy Gardiner is back on the blog today to share her top 10 sewing tips with you! You can be a complete novice, an actual stitching pro or anything in between and you're probably still making mistakes. Luckily there are things you can...
  • A Trio of Sewing Tips to save time and hassle!

    By Wendy Gardiner, Brand Ambassador, The McCall Pattern Company If you have enjoyed watching the Great British Sewing Bee you will have seen the contestants come a cropper a few times due to time – and who wouldn’t when working against the cloc...
  • New to sewing? 5 EASY patterns that’ll get you stitching

    Starting a new hobby can often seem daunting. However here at Simplicity we have your back, creating patterns for all levels of expertise.  We've picked 5 easy patterns, that'll ease you into your new hobby and help you create a pretty make.

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  • Tips for a Dressmaking Newbie….from Learn to Sew’s Kirsty Mackay

    I was over the moon when I found out that I had won the Best Newcomer category in the Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016.

    This prize was awarded for my Alice in Wonderland skirt from Simplicity Patterns New Look 6346 – which I loved to make, so when Simplicity asked me to share my tips for newbies looking to create their first make, I of course said yes!

    Here are my top tips for first time stitchers…

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  • Simplicity sewing patterns help you learn to sew in 2017

    If you've made a New Year's Resolution to get crafty and learn to sew in 2017, you could be forgiven for not knowing where to start.

    You'll probably want to invest in a suitable sewing machine at some point, although there's no reason why you can't try some smaller projects - especially accessories, rather than full clothes items - using a careful hand stitch instead, if you have the patience.

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  • How learning to sew could make you happier

    Many of us would like to make the time to learn a new hobby, and newly published research makes a strong case for why you should consider learning to sew if you want to feel happier in several ways. The study, published in the Journal of Positive Psych...
  • Higher disposable income helps more learn to sew

    It doesn't have to cost the Earth to learn to sew - initial costs can be as little as a needle and thread, with scraps of old fabric more than adequate to practise the basic skills, and you can hand-stitch until you're ready to invest in a sewing machi...
  • Why Sewing Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution

    New Year’s resolutions are about making better habits: losing weight, saving money, or starting new hobbies. Curbing excess is a common theme, and it’s particularly necessary after the indulgence of Christmas. If you’ve vowed to save more money, ...
  • Take an evening to learn to sew

    Autumn is a time of long evenings, and there's no better time of year to learn to sew, a pastime you can do indoors with the heating helping to keep you warm. Despite the earlier sunsets - especially now the clocks have gone back - this is a season of ...

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