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New sewing patterns keep New Year’s Resolutions on track

Deciding to learn to sew is not the only way you can make a sewing-inspired New Year’s Resolution, and even experienced sew-and-sews could find some carefully chosen new sewing patterns help them to stick to their plan for 2017.

Here are five ways to expand your horizons over the course of this year, assuming you don’t need to learn to sew completely from scratch.

  1. A stitch in time

If you’re not familiar with all of the different types of stitch your sewing machine can make, try them out each in turn – you can start by making a sampler on some scrap fabric before you try to incorporate them into a finished design.

Even enthusiastic sewists sometimes haven’t explored all of the options on their trusty machine, and there’s no better way to do so than with a hands-on approach to physically try them out before investing in some new sewing patterns that make full use of all the stitches on your machine.

  1. Flowers and frills

Embellishments can bring even a basic design to life, so while you’re buying sewing patterns, add some appliques to your shopping basket too so you can stamp your own personality on the finished product.

  1. An orderly order

If your needles and threads are getting out of control, this could be your year to get things into better order by buying a needlecraft storage box especially designed for spools of thread and the various bits and bobs that you need to keep your machine in good working order.

  1. Zips and buckles

A zip can be a daunting prospect if you’ve never sewn one before, but sturdy fasteners attached well to the fabric can make your garments into genuinely wearable everyday clothes – so be brave and try your hand at adding zips, studs or buckles to your next creation.

  1. Sizing it up

Sewing your own creations gives you a genuine opportunity to make clothes that are a perfect fit; shop for some new sewing patterns in your size, but don’t be afraid to try tweaking the measurements where necessary to account for your own specific body shape.