Cleaning your sewing machine | Top Tips

Sewing machine maintenance is really important; not just to keep your machine running smoothly but to help avoid issues with your sewing projects too. The main things you’ll be cleaning out of your sewing machine are tiny thread off-cuts and fluff. Our machines don’t really get “dirty”, just fluffy! The fluff comes from the fabricContinue reading “Cleaning your sewing machine | Top Tips”

On your marks… | Favourite marking tools

Always using the same marking tool…change the script! Read on to find out about my favourite marking and writing tools, and the different ways I use them in sewing, patchwork and quilting projects. Sewline Trio Pencil This mechanical pencil has three marking options; a regular black lead pencil, a white lead and a fine, roundedContinue reading “On your marks… | Favourite marking tools”

Sewing Machine Needles Explained

Have you ever wondered what all those colours and numbers on sewing machine needles are for?Do you struggle to decide which needle is the best choice for your current project?Is there a Universal needle permanently on your machine because you just don’t know what else to use? Then read on for an explanation of theContinue reading “Sewing Machine Needles Explained”

Press Perfection | Top pressing tools

Pressing is such an important part of patchwork quilting but often the selection of tools we might need are low down our “must buy” list…perhaps because they aren’t as exciting as some of the other types of sewing equipment and gadgets. But that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked or always pushed to the bottomContinue reading “Press Perfection | Top pressing tools”

Design Wall | Invisible Sewing Space Part II

A design wall is a really useful tool for a quilter; it’s a great way to easily arrange and re-arrange quilt blocks to check different placements and it’s much easier that looking at them on the floor. But if you don’t have your own sewing room (like me) then you probably won’t have the spaceContinue reading “Design Wall | Invisible Sewing Space Part II”

Playing with…thread weights

Do you ever get confused by the different types of thread and when to use them? Find yourself always using the same thread because it’s the “safe” option? Read on for my thoughts and tips for some of the thread weights most commonly used in patchwork and quilting. I do need to start by sayingContinue reading “Playing with…thread weights”