How to Calculate your Cup Size Use a dressmaker’s measuring tape to measure the circumference of your rib cage, just under the bust. Take the measurement of the bust at nipple level. The difference between these measurements determines the cup size: 12-14cm = A cup 14-16cm = B cup 16-18cm = C cup 18-20cm = […]
Basic Sewing Kit Sewing Machine: These vary in style and abilities. Some are computerised allowing for a multitude of different stitch combinations and designs. Most very old versions allow only for straight or zig-zag stitch whereas newer models can allow you to create embroidery stitches. All are threaded up and used in a similar way […]
Use this way of inserting zips for use at necklines, center and front backs on tops and dresses. The zip is placed directly on a seam-line and will appear part concealed when complete. Machine baste the zip opening in the garment and press open. With the zip closed, lay it along the seam line, in […]
Darts shape your garment and accentuate the features of the body, such as the bust, waist and mid-back. Depending on the style of your garment you can have them fitting close to the body or fitting loose to the body. Kakorkoli, they help turn a flat piece of fabric into a form fitting garment. […]
There are many different seams for different fabrics, finishes and garments. You can stitch a garment without pins straight away if you are skilled, but in most cases it is advised to use pins. To correctly pin two pieces together for stitching, begin by inserting a pin at right angles to the seam line at […]
I am always petrified of getting a rogue pin stuck in my foot and I am forever telling my step daughter to make sure she puts all her pins and needles back in her pin cushion if she isn’t using them! So receiving this cute pin saucer as a Christmas gift posed quite a problem […]
Sewing Machine SOS Is your sewing machine making funny noises when it stitches? Does it stitch poorly? Before you throw it out the window try this … 1. Clean the hook race. Take the bobbin out and remove the hook. Take a pin and gently follow the circumference of the shaft, removing any build-up of […]
It can be really frustrating when your machine doesn’t stitch properly. An accumulation of fluffs under the stitch plate can often be the cause so make sure to check it regularly and keep it fluff-free!