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As I master a new technique or learn a new sewing skill, I like to share it with you, and keep a record here so I can remind myself again later on!  I also love to record sewing videos, so do check out the video tutorials page as well.

Here are all of my sewing tutorials organised into one place.  I hope you find what you are looking for.

Zipper feet explained - all about xipper feet and when you would use them. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Zipper feet explained

How to sew darts perfectly. From the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy.

Sew darts perfectly

How to mark darts. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners tutorial series from So Sew Easy. I never thought of doing it this way - quick, easy and accurate!

How to mark darts

Cutting fabric and pattern matching. Part of the Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy.

Tips for cutting out patterns

How to choose fabric - part of the Sew A Skirt series on So Sew Easy

Choosing and preparing fabric

Clover Wonder Clips

Essential sewing tools

How to trace off Burda pattern, vintage patterns and multi-size patterns the EASY way - by So Sew Easy.

Easy way to trace patterns

Sewing Tutorials and Tips. A Pinterest Group Board where members share the best of the internet's sewing tutorials, by So Sew Easy.

Pinterest Tutorials board

Duct tape dress form - the finished body double. So Sew Easy

Duct tape dress form

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Sew a Skirt series

How to sew an invisible zipper. Part of the Sew A Skirt series from So Sew Easy.

Sew an Invisible Zipper

How to add a lining to a skirt. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy

Lining a skirt part 1

Sew a skirt lining with zipper. How to finish by machine with no hand sewing and no visible stitching on the inside. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

All machine skirt lining part 2

Sewing an Invisible Hem. Part of the Sew A Skirt beginners series from So Sew Easy.

Sewing an invisible hem

Understanding a Sewing Pattern Envelope. Easy when you know how. Good useful explanations, lots of good info.

Understanding a sewing pattern envelope

Pressing matters - why, when and how to press seams and darts when you are sewing.

Pressing really matters!

Staystitching. What is it and why do it?

Learn about staystitching

How to use twin needles for hemming on knit fabrics. Also great for decorative stitches - a video tutorial.

Using a twin needle

How to sew the perfect invisible zipper - a video tutorial.

Invisible zipper video

All about understitching. What is it, why and how do you do it?

All about Understitching

How to finish your seams with a zig-zag stitch. Stitch width and length suggestions.

Zig-zag seam finish

Great video on how to sew a recessed zipper for a bag. This is the easiest & clearest way I've seen to do it.

Recessed zipper for bags

Easy to follow steps for making continuous bias binding tape from a square of fabric. No more fiddly sewing strips together.

Make continuous bias binding

Continuous bias binding calculator. Work out how much you will get from a square, or what size square you will need.

Continuous bias tape calculator

How to turn sharp corners with bias binding

Bias binding corners

How, where and why to sew a Flat Felled Seam finish. One way to hide your raw edges.

Flat felled seams

Tips and a video on how to download, open and print PDF sewing patterns.

Download and print patterns

At last! Some of the terms that have been puzzling me are explained. Links to great tutorials too.

Sewing terms dictionary

Learn to sew. The best resources online for taking your sewing from yikes to Yes!

How to learn to sew

How to sew a French Seam. Ideal for light weight or sheer fabrics.

French Seams

Video review of the PGM Pro 601 ladies dress form

Introducing Penelope

Padding out a dress form to match your size and shape using the Fabulous Fit Dress Form Padding System

Padding for dress forms

Padding out a dress form. part 3 of a 3 part series.

Penelope is finished

The process of designing and publishing a sewing pattern from concept to release.

Designing a sewing pattern

Bias tape mini facings

Bias tape neck and armhole facings

One of the simplest ways to create a neat finish on the inside of your projects and ideal for beginners

Turned under clean seam finish

Learn to sew and use your sewing machine with these Sewing Machine Practice Sheets.

Sewing machine practice sheets

At last! A quick and easy way to gather long pieces of fabric with out breaking the gathering threads, ever. The secret is in the dental floss!

Easy gathering with Dental Floss!

Get a pretty hemline with this quick method to sew a lettuce edge hem

How to sew a lettuce edge hem

How, where and when to use an overcasting stitch for a neat seam finish. Perfect for sewing knit fabrics too.

Overcasting seam finish

I was always worried I'd break the needle or the button, but not now I've seen this. I can do it!

Sewing buttons by machine

Sew the perfect slip pocket into your purse or bag pattern

Sew a perfect slip pocket

How to sew a wide hem on a circle skirt using a hem facing

Create a wide hem with a hem facing.

How to sew the perfect narrow hemline - two options

The perfect narrow hemline

Sewing machine buttonholes, perfect first time, every time.

Sew perfect buttonholes

Tips on how to print and assemble PDF sewing patterns. Good info here.

How to assemble a PDF pattern

How to make your own basic piping and attach it to a pillow or cushion cover

Make and use piping

Great tip on how to use PicMonkey to mi and match fabrics before buying online

Mix and match fabrics online

Tips and video on how to add a zipper pocket to the inside or outside of a bag pattern.

Add a zipper pocket to any bag

How to work out exactly how much extra fabric you'll need to buy to match a pattern.

How much extra fabric for pattern matching

The most adorable chenille style baby blanket. I want to make a full sized on for my own bed. Just takes a bit of patience!

Faux chenille baby blanket

How to sew snap tape to make a pillow back so you can remove the cover for washing.

Add snap tape to pillows

Easy to make knit dress tutorial

Easy knit dress

How to install bag feet, different types and where else to use them

How to use bag feet

Must have features for your first serger - and those you can do without. Great tips if you are thinking of getting one.

Serger 101

Stretch fabric swatch kit - at last I can see and feel what all these knit fabrics are like so I know which one to choose for my project. Great idea.

Know your knit fabrics

Everything you need to know to get started in sewing quiet books, or activity books for kids

All about quiet books

How to sew bias and slanted seams so that your edges line up properly. I had no idea about this until I saw it laid out so clearly.

Bias or slanted seams

3 different way how to box the corners on a bag. One of these I hadn't seen before.

3 ways to box the corners on a bag

How to sew a fly front zipper. I;d always been intimidated but actually this looks easy!

Sew a fly front zipper

A look at sewing machine features from basic, to must have to dream-like.

Must have sewing machine features

How to change out the colors on a Brother 1034D serger without rethreading it from scratch. Would work for any serger too.

Change serger colors easily

Serger Pepper - Pamper Your Sewing Machine - Guest Post for SoSewEasy - TITLE

How to clean your sewing machine

Very useful to see all the different types of interfacing on video so I could really see how they each affected the fabric. I have a better understanding of what does what now.

Comparison of interfacing – video

I get it at last! This step by step shows it all nice and slow and easy. How to thread the popular Brother 1034d serger.

Threading your Brother 1034D serger

How to make your own perfectly co-ordinated fabric covered buttons. Never search in vain for the perfect button again.

Make fabric covered buttons

Sewing tool tips. These thermal thimbles are just what I've been looking for to stop my fingers getting burned from the steam iron.

Tool tip – thermal thimbles

Everything you need to know about Knit Stay Tape - its a miracle.! I'll be using this on all my knit and stretch projects from now on.

All about knit stay tape

I was getting so frustrated with my rulers slipping as I cut until I discovered this!

Keep rulers from slipping

3 fabric swatch kits you can get to help you pick the right fabrics online. can't beat having samples of all these fabrics on hand.

Learn all about different fabrics

How to make thread belt loops with your sewing machine. Ah ha moment! I'll be adding these to my dresses in future.

Make thread belt loops

Pienkel Invisible Zipper Pillowcase

Invisible zipper in pillow cover


Craftsy Class reviews and projects

Free class about color theory, and how it applies to fabrics, sewing and quilting. I need to learn more about this!

Color theory for sewing

Review of the free beginners quilting class; Piece, Patch, Quilt.

Learn basic quilting skills

Sewing Texture class review and projects. Great for beginners and lots of creative ideas for all sorts of projects.

Sewing Texture class review

Great ideas for fab felt holiday crafts - and big discount off the class

Fab Felt Holiday Crafts

Craftsy Sewing with Knits - the final class project. A cross-over dress/tunic from So Sew Easy.

Sewing with Knits

Sew the Perfect Fit - class details, review and finished dress

Sew the Perfect Fit

Review of the Craftsy class Design your own Handbag. Plus 50% off the class through So Sew Easy.

Design your own handbag

Fun with fusible applique

Fun with fusible applique

Review of the Craftsy Class on Bra Making, Construction and Fit. Adding lace and working on the perfect fit.

Sewing Bras; Construction and Fit

Links to all the free sewing and quilting classes on Craftsy and a summary of each, all in one place.

All the free sewing and quilting classes

Review of the Custom Bedding class where you can learn to sew different sorts of high quality pillows. Plus a special price for you from the instructor.

Custom bedding, shams and bolsters

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