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Simply Sewing

Simply Sewing Issue 6

Simply Sewing is a practical magazine for makers who sew, or would like to start sewing. Its contemporary look and feel, fresh attitude and ideas, beautiful photography and inspiring projects will have you behind the sewing machine from the get-go! Digital editions do not include paper gifts

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United Kingdom
言語:
English
出版社:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
刊行頻度:
Monthly
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know your machine needles

Those new to machine sewing may have only used the universal needle, but it isn’t always the right one for every project. Sewing with the appropriate needle for the fabric, thread and stitch type can prevent stitching problems and broken needles. SIZING IT UP Needles are labelled with two numbers. The larger number is the European metric size, and the smaller number is the American size. The lower the number, the finer the needle. The table on the right gives you a rough guide. NEEDLE TYPES Needles differ by the shape of the point, eye and shaft thickness. Follow our guide to needle types and you’ll stitch with ease. UNIVERSAL This needle has a slightly rounded point for stitching knits, but can also be used for woven fabrics. The finer points are ideal for lightweight fabrics,…

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contributors

CHARLIE MOORBY Editor, Charlie, has always loved sewing and crafting. When she’s not making bold floral print dresses or birthday cards, you’ll find her gardening on her allotment or posting photos on Instagram. Find her online at www.thesavvycrafter.co.uk REBECCA REID Technical Editor, Rebecca, has been stitching since she was a child and has worked on many craft magazines as well as running her own curtain-making business. She made all the projects for Fresh Looks starting on page 26. LISA JONES Art Editor, Lisa, has worked on a variety of craft magazines. Her favourite part of the job is styling the shoots for the gorgeous projects. When she’s not doing that you’ll find her posting on Instagram or tweeting about her favourite font! MICHELLE GRADY Production Editor, Michelle, started sewing again a few years ago having studied textiles…

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patchwork towel

YOU WILL NEED • Cotton fabrics: see instructions for details• Towel, navy• Matching sewing thread MEASUREMENTS You can add a patchwork border to any size towel. FABRICS USED The fabrics used are from More Hearty Good Wishes by Janet Clare for Moda. Find your nearest stockist at www.modafabric.co.uk Sea Marram in Dark Ocean Ref: 1371/11 Sea Marram in Pearl Ref: 1371/16 Ships in Dark Ocean Ref: 1354/11 Seagulls in Pearl Ref: 1350/23 Sea Ripples in Dark blue Ref: 1373/2 CUTTING THE FABRIC Step one Each of the patchwork strips measure 4cm (1 5/8in) wide when sewn together. Measure across the width of your towel then divide this measurement by 4cm (15/8in) to calculate how many strips you need. Step two Using a variety of fabrics to create a patchwork effect cut each strip to 7 x 12cm (2¾x4¾in). MAKING THE…

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perfect pockets

YOU WILL NEED • Various pairs of old jeans, in contrasting blue shades (we used UK size 14 and up)• 1m of dark blue cotton fabric (for the backing)• Thread (we used Coats Duet standard thread, colour 9068)• 2 wooden dowels (ours were 68cm (26¾in) long and 1.5cm (5/8in) thick• 1.5m cord• Sewing machine (fitted with a size 100/16 jeans needle)• Basic sewing kit• Cutting mat• Ruler• Rotary cutter• Air erasable pen Notes Use a 1.5cm (5/8in) seam allowance throughout Over the last few months in Denim Upcycle, we’ve shown you smaller projects to make using singular pairs of old jeans. In this issue, Jess has chosen to showcase a variety of denim shades and jean pockets, and has used several pairs to make a handy hanging wall organiser in a classic nine-patch design.…

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suede style

We’ve created four fabulous projects for you to make with the faux suede fabric that came with this issue – see the booklet for full instructions. But there are so many great ways to utilise faux suede – here’s some of our favourite makes from other designers. As well as embellishing and accessorising for yourself, we loved the idea of using our tan-coloured faux suede on menswear, especially as it works so well with denim. Then there are all the different ways you can include the fabric in a bag, be it a clutch, tote or purse... USE YOUR FREE GIFT!…

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the guide know how

SEAM RIPPER You’ll find this odd-looking tool invaluable for cutting through seams and removing stitches. The hook slips under the stitches while the sharp blade at the back cuts the thread. Replace it if it’s getting blunt – they’re cheap. MARKING TOOLS Tailor’s chalk and water- or air-erasable pens and pencils make pinning and tacking much easier as you can see where you’re meant to be sewing. They come in different colours to contrast with your fabric. ROTARY CUTTER If you want to get into patchwork or dressmaking, these make short work of cutting out a lot of fabric and pattern pieces. Always cut away from yourself as they are very sharp. You’ll need a cutting mat and special ruler to use these. PINS AND NEEDLES Indispensable stainless steel pins have a sharp point. Invest in glass-headed…