Tips from the Sewing Bee – Part 1

From our first round table gathering of semi-savy stitchers, we came up with some hints, tips and essentials


Pinking Shears – these are expensive but you will only need one pair for life.

The Eraser Pen – when using a commercial pattern, you need to transfer markings on to your fabric. Many patterns suggest using tailors tacks which is time consuming, or tailors chalk, which is hard to draw straight with at first. Instead invest in the Erase and Mark Pen from Prym (available locally from most good haberdasheries and craft shops). If your not sure go in and talk to the shop assistants.

A Quick Unpick – also known as a seam ripper. Don’t attempt to machine sew without some way of undoing your mistakes.


How to add pockets guide recommended by a member

Sew Along

Our first sew along was the pajama pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee book. Visit the publishers website to get the pdf.  Here is a finished pair:
Number two sew along will be free the Picnic Blanket Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons. 
The PJs above are made with fabric really high quality soft cotton, which cost around £8.50 per metre, but if your budget is smaller, talk to an assistant  about what you want to do and ask what they can recommend to you. Give your self plenty of time to lose yourself and enjoy the experience.
Let us know how you got on and email us any pictures of your creations

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