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Tips & Videos

Here's where you will find my tips and videos on sewing machines, notions, accessories and techniques. I'll be adding to this list in the near future so please re-visit soon.

These tips and videos contain lots of useful information and answers to your frequently asked sewing questions.



Tips

Click to view tipChoosing a Sewing Machine

If you're thinking of buying a new or second-hand sewing machine, here are a few essential tips to make sure you get the machine you really want.

Click to view tipGetting to Know Your Sewing Machine

You’ve bought the machine of your dreams, got it home and unpacked the box. Now it’s sitting there waiting for you to make the first move. What do you do?

Click to view tipSewing Machine Needles

There are different sewing needle types to suit different fabrics. Make sure you use an appropriate needle for the job you are doing.

Click to view tipGetting Started with Essential Tools & Sewing Notions

Here's a list of basic but essential tools and notions that you will need to get you started.

Click to view tipKnow Your Threads

Using the appropriate threads for your projects and your sewing machine will make life sew much easier.

Click to view tipChoosing and Using Interfacing

Some essential advice and tips on how to choose and use interfacing for your sewing projects.

Click to view tipChoosing and Using Wadding

Some essential advice and tips on how to choose and use wadding for your sewing projects.

Click to view tipBasic Rotary Cutting

Learning to cut your fabric precisely and consistently is essential if you're going to achieve a professional finish to your project.

Click to view tipGetting Started in Dressmaking

Here's your guide to getting started in dressmaking - why not print it out and take it with you on your pattern-buying trip.

Click to view tipTop Tips on Applique

Your ten top tips to getting started in applique. Brighten up your sewing projects with applique.

Videos

YouTube Video

How to Get Started in Free-Machine Embroidery

This YouTube video advertises my video course: "How to Get Started in Free-Machine Embroidery", for those who prefer to watch videos rather than read my book. The video course is available on the Udemy.com website and is the start of a series of videos I am preparing to enable people to learn how to sew via the internet - so keep watching for further announcements about new courses. Links to my video course offering a discounted rate for a limited time are listed in the YouTube video description, so be sure to read the small print and bag yourself a bargain. When you enrol on my video course, you will have lifetime membership which means you will be getting free updates and course additions as they become available for no extra cost. And should you have any problems or concerns, you are automatically provided with a forum for contacting me and picking my brains.

Preparing Shirts for Quilt Making 1: Cutting the Shirt into Useable Parts

Learn how to recycle a man's shirt and extract all the fabric that may be used again to create a patchwork quilt or other patchwork item. In this series of four videos you will learn the best way of obtaining good-quality designer fabrics for free from the back, sleeves and front of a man's shirt.

Preparing Shirts for Quilt Making 2: Cutting Quilting Squares from Shirt Backs

Learn how to cut the back of a man's shirt into useable squares for use in your patchwork designs. In this series of four videos you will learn the best way of obtaining high-quality fabric from the back, sleeves and front of a man's shirt.

Preparing Shirts for Quilt Making 3: Cutting Quilting Squares from Shirt Sleeves

Learn how to cut the sleeves of a man's shirt into useable squares and strips for use in your patchwork designs. In this series of four videos you will learn the best way of obtaining high-quality fabric from the back, sleeves and front of a man's shirt.

Preparing Shirts for Quilt Making 4: Cutting Quilting Squares from Shirt Fronts

Learn how to cut the front of a man's shirt into useable squares and strips for use in your patchwork designs. This is the last of four videos in which you will learn the best way to get good-quality designer fabrics for free by recycling men's shirts.

How to Make a Cushion 1: Ribbon Tie Closure

Learn how to make a cushion with a ribbon ties closure. In this series of six videos you will learn the techniques as taught on my "Every Kind of Cushion" one-day workshop, or simply pick and choose the items that interest you to create your own cushion designs.

How to Make a Cushion 2: Piping Surround

Learn how to add piping around the edge of your cushion. In this series of six videos you will learn the techniques as taught on my "Every Kind of Cushion" one-day workshop, or simply pick and choose the items that interest you to create your own cushion designs.

How to Make a Cushion 3: Frill Surround

Learn how to add a pleated frill around the edge of your cushion. In this series of six videos you will learn the techniques as taught on my "Every Kind of Cushion" one-day workshop, or simply pick and choose the items that interest you to create your own cushion designs.

How to Make a Cushion 4: Button Closure

Learn how to make a cushion with a button closure. In this series of six videos you will learn the techniques as taught on my "Every Kind of Cushion" one-day workshop, or simply pick and choose the items that interest you to create your own cushion designs.

How to Make a Cushion 5: Zip Closure

Learn how to make a cushion with a zip closure. In this series of six videos you will learn the techniques as taught on my "Every Kind of Cushion" one-day workshop, or simply pick and choose the items that interest you to create your own cushion designs.

How to Make a Cushion 6: Adding the Back

Learn how to complete your cushion by adding the back and inserting the cushion pad. This is the last in a series of six videos where you will learn the techniques as taught on my "Every Kind of Cushion" one-day workshop.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for more tips and videos, please contact me.

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