Great British Sewing Bee

Are you watching Great British Sewing Bee? I bet you are. It amazes me how fast they can come up with idea when facing a new challenge….I would need my imagination to wonder when I rest to come up with something…

I was browsing the net to come up with few small tips for novice sewers. I took these from MOLLIE MAKES magazine:

Keep it simple

“Don’t be too ambitious with your first projects. The simple projects are completed quickly and you can move on to the next exciting challenge!”

Buddy up

“Sew with like-minded friends or family, particularly when making clothes. It’s good to have another pair of hands for fitting.”

Practice makes perfect

“The more you sew the better it gets. It does not have to be perfect first time.”

A place to sew

“Find somewhere with good light and a comfortable table and chair – you will be there for a while!”

Get the right equipment

“Rusty pins and blunt scissors make sewing difficult, so invest in a good sewing kit.” (you can buy these from me)

Your machine matters

“Don’t be tempted by the cheap sewing machines from catalogues or supermarkets. Ask around friends and family and see if there is a machine hiding in a cupboard that can be serviced and brought back into use. Failing this, go to a sewing machine shop and ask for advice and a demonstration.” (there is only local Haberdashery shop in town in Plymouth selling sewing machines. I suggest to go and have a look but look further online. Choice of the machine depends on what you want to make and think long term. Join my FREE intro to sewing – next one 3d of April 6pm-7pm to know more before buying a sewing machine)

Tidy as you go

“Press (using a steam iron) and neaten (using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine) as you construct your project. Trying to press seams and neaten edges at the end of a project is much more difficult.”