All posts tagged: tutorials

A quick way to make a thread looper

I’ve made thread loopers in the traditional way by hand.  But usually when I get to the stage of making the looper it means I’ve nearly finished whatever I’m making and I want a quicker way to do it.  That’s when the machine stitched looper comes in.  I also find it stronger than the more conventional way. Here’s a hand stitched one I made when I attended the GBSB Sewing With Silk class.  This was the first hand stitched one I’d ever done and wasn’t too neat and also a bit too big. My next attempt was much neater, but just as time consuming: When I made my recent colour blocked dress I went back to my favourite lazy way and used the machine and had it done in about 2 minutes! Here’s how….. Take a long length of matching (or contrasting!) thread and fold it in half, then twice more so you will have 8 strands of thread: Set your machine to the widest zig zag stitch.  The stitch length doesn’t matter as you’ll be pulling …

My First Sewing Lesson – Doing it in style! 

After 25 years of intermittent sewing (including making my bridesmaids dresses, umpteen pairs of curtains and a whole year worth of clothes as I took part in Goodbye Valentino’s 2014 RTW fast) I finally got round to having my first sewing lesson. Back in February when I was looking for a new sewing machine I stumbled across sewing lessons being advertised on the Janome UK website. Being a fan of the GBSB I was immediately drawn to their Celebrity Sewing Bee Week.  I booked onto Heather Jacks course – successful sewing with silk – as I thought I’d learn more from her class than the others. The others seemed aimed more at beginners.  Though I’d tackled all sorts of fabrics I do have 2 pieces of silk in my stash but I’ve never dared cut into them! So the day finally came and I headed over the Peninnes on the M62.  The M62 is notorious for accidents on this particular stretch so I set off in plenty of time. I was so glad I did …