10 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine

buying sewing machine

For me, buying a sewing machine, is a big decision.   I know it is the same for most of us.  If I buy well, hopefully the new machine will be lifelong investment and even something I can give to my daughter eventually.  However, I also know that if I choose badly, the new machine may be nothing but trouble and something soon discarded.  And who can afford to waste many that way these days?   What-is-more, once I get accustomed to using a machine, it’s a real disappointment when things go wrong and this can set me back days or even weeks on my sewing projects.  Hence we should be extra careful when buying a new one.   Here are few things you need to consider before buying a sewing machine. 1. Choose your features: The type of machine you buy should depend … Continue reading

Bali the Reversible Skirt

reversible skirt

I’ve had so much fun working with Batik fabric since my recent trip to Indonesia.  This is another in the series of projects featuring Batik.  If you missed any of the prior articles, please have a look at The Ancient Art of Batik Printing for an introduction to Batik as well as our first project, a Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric for more background and a neat beginner project.  Given that spring is well and truly on the way now, I thought it would be good to make a tropical-themed skirt for those warm summer evenings out.  I’ve used Batik fabric for both sides of this reversible skirt.  You can, of course, use other fabrics of similar weight and texture, but I like the exotic look of Batik. This is a very pretty reversible skirt, made out of cotton and silk … Continue reading

Simple Headband Project – Now with Video

A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes

  You may remember the Quick & Easy Headband Project we posted a few weeks ago. A Quick And Easy Headband Project in 15 minutes. Well, it turns out that a few of our readers struggled a bit with the instructions, so perhaps it wasn’t as easy as we thought.   We had a lot of requests to do a video walking you through the process.  It has taken us a while to to do this one, but it’s finally finished and live on the So Sew Easy Youtube Channel. With the video, I think you will find that the project is indeed quick, easy and most of all FUN!  Please give this simple headband project a try and let me know how you go.  I’d be grateful for your comments either below or on Youtube.  

Easy DIY Curtains – Luxury Curtains Made in a Snap

making curtains the easy way

Hi I’m Frankie, and I’m a self confessed ‘bodge it’ sewer, and today I’d like to share my journey to making easy DIY curtains! I love up-cycling clothes, making alterations, and sewing for the home. I like finding quick and easy projects that reward me right away, because when I’m not sewing, I’m doing yoga. With this small time frame in mind I made curtains. What!? You might be thinking, such a big project, and it sounds technical. Don’t be put off, it was really easy, and the finish, (I think), is pro! So, you must be wondering why I decided to make curtains? Well, I just moved to the country in France and bought a very old house with MASSIVE windows, which are too beautiful to replace, but too drafty to live with! Standard curtains were not long or wide … Continue reading

April Mug Rug – Blue Skies and Sunshine

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Mug rugs remain so popular! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial. Spring is finally here so lets celebrate with some fun birds for April. What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fabric for background 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fusible fleece 7 1/2 x 11 inch piece of … Continue reading

Top 8 tips for Sewing Faster

Tips for Sewing Faster

People sew for all kinds of reasons. Some, like me, consider sewing as a passionate hobby –which I practice as often as I can. Whereas for others, it can be a means of livelihood or sewing to sell. Whatever the reason you pursue this wonderful hobby, there is nothing wrong in being well organised and getting as much done as possible.  After many years of sewing, I’ve developed some tips for sewing faster.  I’m sure many of you have your own which I hope you will share but first let me share mine with you. Get organised: This might sound silly, but I have figured out that this can create magic. Less the clutter, the faster I am able to finish the work. I make sure that all the essentials like thread, needle and buttons are neatly arranged in small pouches. … Continue reading

Folded Shopping Bag from Batik Fabric

folded shopping bag

Here’s a fun Batik project– a folded shopping bag.  The project is simple and should take you about 30 minutes to an hour while the end product is extremely versatile.  I purchased a small treasure of Batik fabrics on my trip and would like to show you a few away to use Batik as accessories, clothing, and home decoration.  We will start with this super easy folded shopping bag that will turn into a flat pouch small enough that you can put handbag.  It will make the perfect gift for a friend on Mother’s Day or addition to your Etsy store. via GIPHY In our last article we talked about the ancient art of Batik Printing Technique, The Ancient Art of Batik Printing Technique If you’d like to make this from real Batik fabric, we’ve found a wonderful supplier in … Continue reading

Sewing for Your Cat – Lovely Sewing Projects for Your Feline Friends

Sewing for your cat

Looking to jump-start your creativity? Sewing for pets can be so rewarding and we have a bunch of lovely cat sewing projects to prove it. Treat your cats like royalty with these sewing for your cat projects! These sewing projects for cats can’t help but make you and your pet smile. Free animal sewing patterns don’t often look this good! Give these easy sewing projects a try and you’ll have a cat that’s dressed for success. Every step in these tutorials purr-fectly explains how to make pretty and useful stuff for your cat, so when you are through, you’re gonna have a stylish sewing project for your cat and a very happy furry friend. These sewing for your cat projects make fantastic gifts for your feline friend too! Hover over the picture to show the title, click to open, or right click and … Continue reading

Sewing with Stretchy Knits

stretchy knits

For many sewists, working with the stretchy knit fabric for the first time can be daunting, but moving forward, many soon learn to love knits because of the elasticity and texture. Knits are also wrinkle resistant and comfortable to wear. The word knit is derived from “knot” and it originates from the Dutch word “knutten”. While knitting is the method that uses two or more needles to loop wool or yarn into a series of interconnected loops to produce knit fabrics or garments. It became popular in 1916 when Coco Chanel used knit fabric in her famous suits. Soon thereafter, knits became the fabric of choice for sportswear. Today, knit fabric is popularly used for sweaters, clingy dresses, cashmere turtlenecks, coats and various other knit wear. So what should we keep in mind when we sew using knit fabric? It is … Continue reading

The Sewing Revolution

Sewing Revolution

Sewing back then When ready-to-wear clothes were not yet popularly available, generations of women learned how to sew for home and hearth.  And they usually started stitching when they were still at their mother’s knees.  Others learned sewing from their home-economics and 4-H club teachers, but unfortunately this practice has been done away with some years ago.  And during the height of the feminist movement in the 70’s, many women stayed away from the sewing machine as an act of protest.  While we certainly don’t support any of the negative stereotypes, you have to ask how a skill that makes you more independent and self-sufficient should be seen as a negative.. photo credit: 1957 Simplicity Fashion Layout, with Singer & TV Star Gisèle MacKenzie, Sew for Spring in Rainbow Colors (2 pages, full color) via photopin (license) Sewing in the 1990’s It … Continue reading

British Sewing Awards 2015 – You Did It Again!

British Sewing Awards

We had some terrific news recently which we’d like to share it with you.  Thanks to the fantastic support of our readers, the So Sew Easy site has won the British Sewing Awards 2015 Award for Best Sewing Blog.  This is the second year in a row that we have won this award and we owe it all to the support of our loyal readers. A HUGE THANK YOU everyone.  It was all down to you and your votes.  To win, we had to overcome some significant competition.  We were truly astonished and delighted to again receive the award and want to thank everyone for their nominations and votes. Many readers may not be familiar with this contest which has been running for a long time.  Nominations were months ago now and the voting was open for months too.  So although … Continue reading