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How to make a Liberty of London clothes hanger

I just can't bring myself to throw away any scraps of Liberty of London fabric, its just too beautiful (and expensive), so I needed something to use up all those leftovers so that they are not taking over my sewing room! I decided to make Liberty of London coat hangers so that they can be used to display items of clothing or hang my lace and trimmings from in my sewing room. Liberty of London tana lawn is great fabric for this project as it doesn't fray too much and is easy to cut into thin strips. This quick tutorial shows you how to make one, its soooo easy to do! What do you need? Liberty of London tana lawn...

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How to insert Prym snap fasteners

Prym snap fasteners are such a great alternative to buttons as they are so quick and easy to install, and they are so inexpensive too! I used them recently instead of buttons on a pretty blouse. They are especially good for baby clothing as there is no risk of buttons becoming loose (which could be a choking hazard). They are really simple to install, but the instructions are pretty much non-existent so I hope the steps below help you out! You will need the Prym tool and snap fasten kit, they are not expensive to buy and will pay for themselves pretty quickly with the cost saving on buttons. Ok, so first thing to understand is which bits are which. For each snap fasten closure...

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How to sew a cuff

I can't believe that I have managed about 5 years of sewing without attempting a shirt/blouse cuff, well I've mastered it!  My first attempt was whilst making the Colette Aster blouse and I found the instructions a little bit tricky, so I thought that I would share a few tips to make it easier. Ok, so I have already made the sleeve placket (which was easier than it looked in the instructions, its just a load of folds), these are the steps that I followed to successfully add the cuff Cut out 4 cuffs from the fabric (2 for each sleeve) and transfer any pattern markings (the button and button hole). Cut out 2 cuffs from heavy weight fusible interfacing and...

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How to secure Overlocked threads

If you are getting serious about sewing and are looking to finish garments with a really professional seam, I'd highly recommend an Overlocker machine, its a quick and easy way to finish your seams. They can be really frustrating at first, I remember spending 4 hours trying to thread my first pen and nearly gave up, but once you know how its pretty easy. I have an old Janome machine, I bought it second hand for £70 and it works perfectly fine. Something that took me a while to figure out, is that once you have overlocked the seam, you will still have to secure the overlocked thread to stop them from unravelling, so this quick blog post explains how...

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Learn To Sew - How to trace a pattern

Most of the patterns that you get today are multi-size patterns, I'm a big fan of these as it means that you only have to buy the pattern once and can make it up in multiple sizes e.g. if you change size or want to make the item to give to someone else as a gift. You can also grade between 2 sizes if necessary e.g. if your bust measurement fits into one size and waist in another. You could of course simply cut out the pattern in your size directly on the pattern sheet, but I don't do this for the following reasons Once cut out, if your size changes you are stuck with the size cut out! You...

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