New PDF Pattern – The Clovelly Cap

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So 2019 has arrived (far too quickly) and I have been putting things off for far too long: I have been working on producing various sewing patterns for the last year or so but 2019 is the year I finally pull my finger out and get things sorted! Today I can finally announce pattern number […]

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A Cut Above – The ‘New’ Ernest Wright

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Ernest Wright have been making scissors in Sheffield since 1902 and have gone through many ups and downs. After 112 years they were close to closure but a short film called ‘The Putter’ by Shaun Bloodworth helped the company gain a worldwide following again and surge in orders.   Indeed, back at the end of […]

Finally…Menswear sewing is getting noticed!

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Firstly Happy New Year to you all! Yes I know my posting has been slow of late but Christmas and New Year is always a busy time. I had planned to post about my makes from 2018 and end of year review, my plans for 2019 and a few other things but I didn’t. Sorry […]

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Handworked Milanese Buttonholes

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So in my last post I introduced you to handworked buttonholes. I promised I would show you the Milanese version so here it is. The Milanese is more decorative, usually applied to the lapel and whilst the general technique is the same, there are a few differences in construction. What makes the Milanese stand out, […]

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Handworked Buttonhole Tutorial

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The buttonhole: A simple, practical piece of thread engineering that stops our clothes from falling off (or bits of us escaping)! You will, when sewing, come across the need to make them. Lots of garments rely on buttons and the associated hole. Now most sewing machines have the capabilities of making buttonholes for you, which […]

Basting – Not just for Turkeys!

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I was chatting today in a Facebook sewing group and discussing hand sewing and this led me to talk about basting. I’m sure you’ve heard the expression but do you do it? Do you take the time to baste your pieces together before sewing them up? Go on be honest…. If you are new to […]

Lets talk Sewing Machines – Janome MC6700P

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It is amazing to think, the first sewing machine dates back to 1790! That is 228 years ago! Of course things move on and things get better (well usually), and that is the case with sewing machines. We have moved from mechanical hand/treadle power into electric power. We have gone from 1 stitch to hundreds […]

Sewing magazines. The need for change.

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This post has taken me a long time to write and indeed taken a lot of thought. We live In a World where things change at an unprecedented speed: We also, sadly, see many things that take forever to change. Now I’m not going to start talking about politics or religion and things that I […]