Singer 14SH754 Overlocker Tutorial Part 2 – Different seam finishes

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Following on from my last post and video, here is part 2. This video will introduce the main seams you can create with your overlocker. It looks at 4, 3 and 2 threads (including how to convert the machine into 2 thread stitching) and includes the Flatlock and Super-stretch. I hope this helps you and […]


Singer 14SH754 Overlocker Tutorial Part 1 – Threading

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So a little diversion as I present another video tutorial; this time about an overlocker. The Singer 14SH754 has become a bit of a thing in the UK since the grocery store Lidl started selling them cheap. The machine in question is actually very good (actually very very good) but many people buy one and […]


Home Tailored Suit Part 7 – Waistcoat

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Back to the 3-piece tailored suit make and time to make the waistcoat. If you have missed the previous instalments here is the direct links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6. The trusty waistcoat is what really got me back into sewing back in 2014. I’ll not re-tell […]


Mens Asymmetric Shirt challenge

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Now I love social media, well sewing social media that is, as I am always amazed by what my fellow sewers are doing. I love seeing their makes and find it all too inspiring. Occasionally though I see something I really want to make: Or as in this case was challenged to make! A few […]


Home Tailored Suit Part 6 – Finishing the Jacket

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Following on from my last post, we can finish off the jacket. The lining is checked thoroughly on the inside of the jacket to ensure it has been attached correctly. A slip stitch is used to secure the lining in place using a suitable colour thread. The lining can optionally be pick-stitched, along the edge to give […]


Home Tailored suit Part 5 – Collar and sleeves

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I left you last time with the lapels finished and half of the collar complete. Today we will finish the collar and move onto the sleeves. Upper Collar The under collar is finished and attached to the jacket as per the last post here. Now attention turns to the upper collar. Unlike many commercial patterns, […]


Home Tailored Suit Part 4 – Vents and Collar

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Before we can attach the collar we need to address the back. This will involve creating the vent or vents. I mentioned in the first post that I wanted a double vented jacket and drafted the pattern accordingly. Many jackets come with a single centre vent at the back (mostly due to the cost involved […]

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Fabric bundles from Interior Goods Direct

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Someone famously once said, “You can never have enough fabric!’ (well I expect they did) and indeed this is true. If you sew, quilt or craft then fabric is a much needed requirement. We know that fabric isn’t cheap and no-one likes to waste it and having to buy more than you need for a […]