Tutorials & Guides

Tips for Perfectly Matched Points in Patchwork Piecing

Last week, while exploring Sewing Superpower - I named Point Matching as mine... and there is ONE obscure thing that I do. So, what's my secret in Perfect Point Matching? I'll get to it in a few minute. First, here are ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Sew to Reduce Everyday Plastic

Small things you can do to make a BIG difference - with your stash! With all the "Plastic Free" movements - I've been thinking... Why Not make plastic reduction an easy, enjoyable, everyday thing? Surely we can make small but permanent changes - while having a ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How To Make Beeswax Wrap - with iron or Elnapress

Beeswax Wraps replace single-use plastic cling wraps - and I've been meaning to make some. As it turn out.... Something Nikki said piqued my curiosity. "I spent yesterday with a pile of fabric, some beeswax and an E...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How To Finish Seams Without an Overlocker

Here's How To Finish Seams (nicely)... Without Using an Overlocker For years, I didn't have an overlocker. When I got my first sewing machine as a teenage, I knew that an overlocker would be out of the question, budget-wise. And frankly, I was ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Choose the Right Mannequin: Comparison of Different Types

How to Choose the Right Mannequin for You Here's a comparison - by type. If you've always wanted a dressmaker's dummy to help you get that perfect fit, but not sure which one - this guide is for you :-) When choosing an Adjustable Mannequin , mos...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Sewing Advice: What Wisdom Would You Share with a Beginner?

Who is new to sewing? Ever since I started Sew Much Easier , I've wanted to put together some materials to help people who are new to sewing get more out of their new-found love. Though there is a question I kept asking myself: Do...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Quilt Batting: Get to know your wadding for Quilting

By the time you’ve completed your first quilt top, you’ll need to choose a suitable batting for your quilt – whether you plan to do the quilting yourself or sendng it away for long-arm quilting. If you’re new in the world of patchwork, you’d probably be shocked when you go to b...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Janome Stirling Review - What Kind of Sewing Machines Are They?

“I’ve seen this ‘Stirling by Janome’ brand of sewing machine and overlocker around – but cannot find them on Janome Australia’s website. Are they Genuine? The prices seem too good to be true.” We get this question a lot, especially around Mother’s Day. For good reasons....
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Set Up Your Sewing Room - Ideas & Essentials

Sewing Room Envy? Don’t be. You don’t have to spend a fortune on kitting out your dream sewing room. Because you CAN create a fresh sewing space with a shoestring budget to get yourself started. I’d like to share some tips on setting up a fresh creative space to h...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Apple Slice Recipe (the Famous 5-ingredient one)

So – here’s our most requested Apple Slice Recipe . Enjoy! This Apple Slice uses only 5 ingredients , it’s really easy to make (and even easier to eat)! Ingredients 2 cups self raising flour 1 cup sugar 3 app...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Avoid the Tissue Pattern Monster

Approach with Extreme Care. You have been warned.... Have you even wonder how on earth anyone manages to get tissue patterns back into the envelopes? Here's a video that perfectly captures the frustrations...... ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Sharpening Rotary Blades & Scissors

Sewing Hack: Sharpening with Kitchen Foil Yes. Really. When your rotary cutter blade is blunt, there's no spare blades in the house, and you're in the middle of cutting up - probably in the middle of the night - What on Earth Do You Do?! ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Choose a Sewing Machine - a Beginner's Guide

“I’m new to sewing and don’t want to spend a fortune on a sewing machine – which model should I choose?” Since I get this question at least once a week, I thought I’d explain it here for every one At this point, you might be doing heaps of research, and probably starting to get a bit ov...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Run Out of Chalk? Emergency Hem Marker Refill

Sewing Hack: Baby Powder as Chalk Refill (this was new to me too and it really works) Whenever you run out of chalk from the Hem Marker in the middle of a project (AND possibly in the middle of the night), what do you do? ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Pre-cut - What Size Quilt Does it Make?

This is a VERY popular question. So if you’re wondering the same thing, read on…. So you ask: “How Many Packs do I need for a Queen size quilt?” Here’s the short answer: If you are just stitchi...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Pre-cut Fabric Explained

“What on earth is a Fat Quarter ?” “How come my quilt pattern calls for Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes ? I’m making a QUILT – not baking!” If you’re new to the world of patchwork, you might well be wonderi...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Choose the Right Mannequin: based on Your Body Measurements

When choosing a dressmaker’s dummy , most people ask: “I’m a size __. Which mannequin is right for me?” The assumption is to simply go for the size range listed. Rig...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Handling Denim with Your Sewing Machine

Don't Buy a Heavy Duty Machine just for Jeans... Your Current Machine is probably fine. I bet. Each week, I get a phone call or email from someone who wants to "upgrade" their machine to one that can handle denim. Because, y...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Organise your Threads with Golf Tees (!)

Does your Thread storage look like this?! Neither does mine :-( If you're having a case of "Thread Storage Envy" (like me), then you'd be happy to find out all about my latest Sewing Hack trick - especially if you happen to have some golf tees lying around... ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Wind a Happy Bobbin

Sewing Hack: How to Wind a Happy Bobbin :-) ... and avoid a Sad Bobbin If you've ever seen or used a sad bobbin, you'd know exactly what I mean. They ARE sad. And your sewing wouldn't be any happier either :-( And this is one of those tricks I learn...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How to Quilt Straight Line without a Guide

Sewing Hack: How to Quilt Straight Lines without a Quilting Guide This is an old trick - but I use it all the time :-) If you plan to cross-hatch straight lines with your waking foot, and your walking foot does not have one of ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


"Will This Presser Foot Fit My Sewing Machine?"

Believe or not – this is by far the MOST asked question from Sew Much Easier customers And the answer? Depends. The best way to find out if a certain foot is right for your machine, first you need to understand ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


All About Binding Part 2: How to Mitre Corners

Have You Ever Wondered How to go around a square corner using a bias binding foot? This article show you how to put mitre corners on your quilts with your sewing machine the easy way! Since putting binding on a mitre corner relates to quilts, I will focus this article on how to finish a quilt ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


All About Binding Part 1: Bias or Straight?

Since some of the most commonly asked question I get are binding-related, I thought I’d put together a small series all about binding – this is the first part. Hopefully you will find this helpful! What Do “Straight” and “Bias” Actually Mean? ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


A Quick Assembly Guide to Your Dressmaker's Dummy

If you are into sewing and designing clothes, chances are you already have your eyes on a dressmaker’s mannequin …. One of our most popular adjustable dress forms are the traditional UK ones with wooden legs. Almost all of my sewing friends have secretly (or rather, NOT-so-secretly) put a Lady ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


A Quick Guide to Your Sewing Machine Presser Feet

If you're wondering about various sewing machine feet : what they are, how they work, what sort of foot you need, the differences between the different version, and whether the foot will fit your machine - Read on. Here is a brief article, an overview on various foot for your sewing machine – h...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How To Attach Your Walking Foot  (and other Screw-On Feet)  to Your Sewing Machine

Finally ….. You got a Walking Foot, or Darning Foot, or Bias Binding Foot – for your Janome sewing machine. Wow, it looks like a piece of machinery all on its own! So you look at the foot, then look at y...
Author: Shelley Hong      


How To Use Your Ruffler Foot

Lately, quite a few people have asked me all sorts of questions about ruffler foot: how the ruffler works, how to use it, what sort of ruffler they need, the differences between the different rufflers, and whether the ruffler they have in mind will fit their machine. The list goes on….....
Author: Shelley Hong      


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