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  It's a new year, the days are crisp and even and it is a time to get excited about new beginnings. There's something so comforting about a clean slate, a chance to begin again or open up new possibilities. However, for many of us, January is a time when we might set incredibly high expectations of ourselves, whether it's losing weight, stopping smoking, getting super fit or the like. We look around and see others apparently reaching their goals and think, I need to work harder, I need to change. This can happen in the world of sewing and crafts. Goals...

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If I could have a pound for every time someone comes into the shop and says, "Oh dear, you should see my fabric stash! I mustn't buy another piece!.... etc etc" then I'd be wealthy enough to add loads to my own groaning stash! I took a train to London a couple of weeks' ago and being early, I wandered into W H Smith to look for a magazine to read on the journey. I couldn't resist this one which had dress patterns enclosed and pages bulging with all sorts of advice and ideas. It kept me occupied for hours. One...

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In the shop, we now sell various styles, colours and sizes of zip all to help you complete your many sewing projects. Inserting a zip is not everyone's favourite thing to do and it can be a little scary to say the least! There are 3 ways you can insert a zip; centred, lapped and invisible. To help sewers perfect their skills, I recently held a demonstration on how to insert a centred zip at our recent first birthday celebrations and I would now like to share this with our readers via the blog. I have used black thread so that my sewing...

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As I tidy away my summer cotton sewing projects ready for next year, my fingers are twitching for some fabrics to carry me through the following seasons.  In the shop, Lizzy has this expertly covered through a colourful range of wool blends which have just arrived in the shop.  navy    charcoal grey    fawn brown  moss green  cerise Wow, where to start? Working with wool A wool blend works like wool but tends to be more durable and may wrinkle less. Wool is commonly used to sew outerwear, suits, skirts and trousers. It comes in various weights, from lightweight to heavyweight,...

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