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  1. What do you do when your sewing machine breaks?
    Should you be proactive or reactive in looking after one?
    Where can you get a sewing machine serviced if something goes wrong with one?

    These are questions that sewers are faced with whether you are beginner starting out, a recreational sewer or an experienced sewer with years of practice behind you. Using our friends at Bobbin Along, a servicing and repair shop in Worthing, we aim to give you an insight into the importance of maintaining a sewing machine whilst also highlighting which machines can be most trusted in terms of reliability.

    With a love of sewing from an early age, Bobbin Along owner Katy has years of experience not only from working in the industry but tips and tricks passed down through two generations. When asked about her background in sewing and where she first developed her keenness she replied:

  2. Have you come across Shoben tape yet? 

    This stripey black and white tape sticks well to fabric and is very narrow - I use it to design new necklines or bust seams on toiles or garments I want to alter - like this: 

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    (this is Ralph Pink on Youtube designing seam on a bustier with Shoben tape)

    Then you can mark these changes back to your pattern using a sharp spikey tracing wheel (and board underneath - a cutting mat or even just a piece of thick cardboard box will do).

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    You can buy Shoben tape online for £7.50 from Sew Essential (it will last you years unless you're making numerous corsets like Ralph above!) here

    Buy your own tracing wheel online here

    Happy designing!

    Kat

     

  3. This week we've recieved some super cute swatches from The Fabric Shop, which has branches in  Burgess Hill and Worthing. Jenni who is wearing the gold skirt in the attached pic has just completed our Fashion Design & Pattern Cutting course and bought all her fabrics from there - they were gorgeous.

    It's a large shop with a huge range - I've attached my favourites here - cute rabbit print poly/linen £14.99 a metre, plus 2 gorgeous hard wearing cotton backed oil cloths at £12.99 a metre.

    The Fabric Shop also sell Husqvana Viking sewing machines from £150, plus made to measure curtains, haberdashery and hand knitting paraphernalia!

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    fashion design course - final skirt
    Jenni's skirt made from a fab remnant from The Fabric Shop, Worthing   

    The Fabric Shop Ltd
    The Show Rooms 55 Chapel Road Worthing BN11 1EF

    The Fabric Shop Ltd
    36 The Martlets Burgess Hill        RH15 9NN

    http://www.thefabricshops.co.uk/fabrics