Learn to Sew – iPad Case with Ruffles

by Erin W

Create this cute iPad case with front ruffle and snap button. Plus, you can also embroider this free 130 mm x 150 mm (5″ x 7″) Koi Fish design thanks to John Deer and his Ultimate Stash Collection.

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What you will Need

Print out the free downloadable iPad Case pattern (pdf, 538kb) Make sure to press “print to scale” when printing.

  • 0.7m x .35m outer fabric – thicker fabrics such as denim, linen or cotton blends would be ideal.
  • 0.7 x 0.5m lining & ruffle fabric – cotton or cotton blends would be ideal.
  • 0.7 m x 0.35m thin wadding material or iron-on pellon.
  • 1 x button – to match your lining/ruffle material.
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread

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Learn To Sew – Choosing a Machine

by Erin W

If you’re new to sewing and are looking at buying a machine, it can often get a bit overwhelming with the variety of  brands, makes and models to choose from. Unfortunately, we see time and time again people opting for a low cost machine from larger retail chains. The problem with this is that some of these machines come with little to no functions, which can make your first sewing experience a frustrating and unpleasant one. Also, what happens when you run into trouble? Will they offer ongoing support or advice? Can you pop into the store  or phone someone and actually get some help from a knowledgeable person? Can you participate in classes and events where you have the best chance at learning everything you need to succeed?

When someone comes into our store looking to purchase the cheapest, smallest sewing machine as a ‘starting out’ machine, we will always try our best to explain that cheap and cheerful rarely equals a good sewing experience and we’ll encourage them to think long term by getting a machine we know and trust. We want to give them the best experience money can buy, allowing them to invest in a machine that will invest in them for years to come.

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There’s nothing worse than starting a new hobby, especially one that can seem a little daunting at first, and not having the right tools or equipment to get you started. More often than not, having a cheap, low cost machines lacking in mordern user friendly features will force you to throw your hands in the air saying, “I give up! It’s all too hard.” It would be like buying a new car and not having air-conditioning, power steering, disk breaks or even a radio. It might get you from A to B but it’s just not enjoyable.

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Learn to Sew – How to Choose a Pattern

by Erin W

When you’re learning to sew choosing a pattern can be one of the most important steps. If you’re a beginner, then there are a few things you need to take into account before you make your pattern purchase. This post will identify what things to look out for when choosing a pattern, available resources to help you check the success of a pattern and also which brands are the most beneficial for you newbies.

Finding patterns that suit your body shape

It’s always fantastic to pick up a pattern on sale or online thinking you’ve got a great bargain. However, if you don’t do a little bit of research before you buy it, you could be wasting your money or setting yourself up for failure.

If you’re just starting out, one of the first things you need to do is go and have a look at your own wardrobe. Then pick out a few key pieces of clothing that you absolutely love wearing. You might want to start out with something simple, such as a skirt or a shirt. Look at how it’s made and identify why you like it. The main aim of this process is to understand what type of clothes fit your body shape and which patterns you should be starting out with, so that you don’t end up disappointed when you’ve finished your garment.

For instance, if you have a number of slim fitting pencil skirts in your wardrobe you can be fairly certain that a full pleated or gathered skirt is not going to work well with your body shape. Otherwise, wouldn’t you already own a number of these? If you’re still unsure there are plenty of online resources available that can help provide some insight as to how you should be dressing for your body shape. For example: Trinny and Susannah – Body Shapes.

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