How to use the binding foot

Where has this been hiding all my life! With the binding foot I can get perfectly sewn binding front and back every time.

If you get frustrated putting on binding because you sometimes miss catching the back of the binding and get little gaps – you need this article!  Never miss the back again and get perfectly straight stitching – learn how to use the Binding Foot. Do you remember that lovely big box of sewing feet I bought? I’ve been gradually working my way through them a bit at a time, with varying degrees of success. I’m never one for worrying too much about the accuracy of my sewing so these are certainly helping me get a great finish on all of my test pieces. There is one in particular I wanted to share with you, the Binding Foot. This is a revelation! I now worship the binding foot and have been making up all sorts of little bits and pieces to add … Continue reading

The Art of Sewing and Selling: More Tips to Help You Start

sewing and selling

Sewing and Selling Selling is as much an art as sewing is –and if you are willing to be creative and serious in both, then it may be time to showcase your work and earn some money too by practicing the art of sewing and selling. You can start stitching your way to success like others did. And one of the most amazing success stories in sewing is the Levi’s Jeans story when Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, patented a unique way of making pants by using rivets at points of strain to make them last longer. The rest, as we all know, is a multi-million dollar sewing history. You can see a terrific video about the Levi Strauss story below which might give you some inspiration: So, let’s say you finally decide to start a home sewing business. Here … Continue reading

Pinterest feature – Working with knits

Collection of pins all on the subject of Working with Knits - follow this Pinterest board for all the best tips on working with stretch fabrics

It’s been a while since I did a feature about sewing pins on Pinterest. Check out this earlier article about binding and bias tape pins and one of my favorite boards that I refer to often for tips and reminders: Pinterest – bias and binding pins If you aren’t yet a follower on the So Sew Easy Pinterest boards do come and join us. It’s not just me, I have a whole team of the best sewing bloggers helping to find great content and keep those boards up to date with all the latest free sewing patterns and best sewing tutorials. Today I’m focusing on Working with Knits. My board has 44 pins at the time of writing this, although I’m finding new resources and adding them all the time.  I find Pinterest really useful because: its a visual way to … Continue reading

Broken Needle: best practices to prevent it happening to you

broken needle

A broken needle flying into the eye is a fear that seamstresses share all over the world.  Something like walking into a spider web and not knowing whether the spider is stuck on your hair or lurking on the floor ready to strike –but potentially much, much worse.  Those that have experienced the consequences of a broken needle often wear eye protection in the form of safety goggles or spectacles.  To avoid this unfortunate incident, here are the main reasons why this happens and some best practice tips to prevent it happening to you. Avoid pulling the fabric This is a mistake made mostly by seasoned home sewers, because they are experienced and get distracted by music, internet or tv and cannot hear when the machines complains.  The sound of the machine always tells you when it is working too hard or … Continue reading

How to find your way around So Sew Easy

Tips for how to find what you are looking for and navgate your way easily around the So Sew Easy site

Welcome to all the new readers we’ve had visit us so far this year. It’s great to hear that so many of you got your first sewing machine for Christmas and are just itching to start creating and sewing things you can be proud of. There is so much content here already and so much more planned and I don’t want you to miss a thing so here are all the ways you can find your way around, search for patterns and tutorials and find great content you missed. Use the menu bar The menu bar is a great place to start when navigating round the site and you’ll find the major pages here as the start point for your sewing journey. Click Home at any time to return to the front page. Free Patterns page Whether you are looking … Continue reading

Can you cut paper with your sewing scissors?

Advice from the experts on whether cutting paper with your sewing scissors really dulls the blade or not. Really interesting reading.

Ah ha – the age old question.  Should we keep our sewing scissors just for cutting fabric.  Will cutting paper somehow ‘dull’ the scissors, make them less sharp, or less able to cut fabric if we dare to cut paper with them as well? Is this just an urban myth?  Did seamstresses of old simply pass on this mantra to stop the family endlessly borrowing their sewing scissors.  Was it just told to make sure the sewing scissors were always there when they needed them? We’ve all seen the funny memes on social media warning of the dire consequences of using our sewing scissors to cut paper. It’s discussed from time to time in the sewing chat group, and there will always be those who say yes they cut with paper occasionally and still have nice sharp scissors.  We all … Continue reading

‘Leather’ Kraft Tex wallet – video tutorial

Kraft Tex leather-look wallet. Free pattern and video tutorial.

I’ve been playing with this new ‘fabric’. It’s called Kraft Tex, is described as a paper fabric, designed to look a bit like leather, is tear proof, water resistant, easy to work with and very versatile. You can use it in crafting of all sorts, including sew with it. Use it flat straight out of the packet or pre-treat it to make it look more like leather. It’s great for sewing and using in bags as well as all sorts of mixed media and paper crafts too. I have a couple of previous articles you can look at here to learn more about it: All about Kraft Tex and how to pre-treat it Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob C&T Publishing who have created this product have some cool free project ideas so that you can try out various different projects. … Continue reading

My Favorite Sewing Essentials

Essential sewing tools. All the items you NEED for your sewing room, some more obvious than others.

I’ve been sewing for the past 40 years since I was a young girl. During this time I’ve come across some great supplies that I wouldn’t want to be without. Some I’ve most recently discovered and wonder how I ever got through my projects without them. I’m sure you have your favorite sewing essentials as well, but I’ll share some of mine with you and you may find some that you didn’t even know that you needed. First, what I call the handy notions: Sliding Gauge – This is a must have for creating hems and casings. You just slide the little pointy thing to where you want your fabric ironed or pinned, and it’s exactly right every time. I’ve had this very gauge for probably as long as I’ve been sewing. Bodkin – This is a nice tool to … Continue reading

The Better Bag Maker – book review

Review of the book Better Bag Maker. Basically, if you sew bags or want ti - you NEED this book!

This is a review of The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. What a great book – as a regular bag maker with a number of books on the subject this book compliments my mini library perfectly has has become the star on my shelf. It’s subtitled “An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design”  and I would whole-heartedly agree with that.  If you would like to be able to design your own bags, this book is just jam-packed full of information you need to be successful and create great bags. A short introduction gives us an insight in to the author and their desire to teach through the book. Her aim is to make you a better bag maker.  The book starts with chapters on tools, materials, key skills and bag making techniques, before moving onto 10 projects to teach key bag making techniques, … Continue reading

Learn all about Kraft Tex ‘leather’ fabric

Kraft Tex washing comparison. Different methods and results on test. How to make Kraft Tex look like leather.

Have you ever heard of Kraft Tex.  It’s been in my wishlist for ages, but I can’t get it here and had to wait for the lovely Lucy to bring me some over on her bi-annual visit.  It’s a strange sort of material.  Described as a paper fabric, it is designed to be used in all sorts of mixed media, paper crafting and sewing projects – it’s very versatile. Straight out of the packaging, it’s just like a roll of thin cardboard, and you can use it like that with stamping, embossing, painting, punching etc in all sorts of projects.  You can even print on it! But when I think it really comes alive for me, is when crumpled and washed or soaked, then it takes on a leather-like appearance and is ideal for creating bags, wallets, tags, embellishments and … Continue reading

More presser feet than you will ever need

Awesome set of presser feet with so much all in one set for an excellent price. Plus a key to what they are all.

Over these last 3 1/2 years I’ve picked up quite a few sewing tools that have really helped to improve my sewing. Some of the best ones have been the various presser feet I’ve bought. Our machines can so awesome things on their own, but match the right stitch with the right presser foot, or the right project with the right foot and suddenly it can be even more fun and give you even better sewing results or open up new finishes that you can’t do otherwise such as pin tucks. When I look back now, I spent quite a bit on those few feet.  I bought: An invisible zipper foot An adjustable zipper foot A Telfon coated foot A quarter inch foot A walking foot and probably a couple more.  I can’t remember now which came with my machine … Continue reading