Come in for these beautiful quality cotton poplins. Classic paisley in three colourways and a selection of adorable prints suitable for tiny tots to big kids.
Beautiful new fabrics just in – we’ve paired them up with some patterns that would showcase them brilliantly.
Don’t forget Kwik Sew patterns are all $10!
Come on down, our craft fabrics are $5.95/m!
Kwik Sew patterns all $10.
Burda, New Look and Simplicity half price.
Just a couple of places are left at our next sewing retreat, and we’d love to sew with you. Our venue is set in picturesque bushland in Boonah just over an hour out of Brisbane. Linen, meals, washing up – it’s all taken care of so you can dedicate your weekend to sewing.
Customers have asked us if you need to be an experienced sewist in order to come along to a retreat. The answer is NO! There are plenty of us with a few years experience under our belts and the exchange of knowledge at retreats is one of the most valuable parts of the experience. We’re all sewing a huge variety of things whether it be kids’ or adult’s clothing, patchworking, hand embroidery or bras.
Our retreats are the just the trick for relaxing and spending time away from your busy life, while developing your hobby amongst people of all ages and experiences.
New sewists welcome, always!
We can take payments over the phone.
Summer clearance sale
Already reduced craft prints
Including designer prints!
Matilda’s Own Quality Wadding
Sale ends Saturday 25th March
Store stock only. Some exclusions apply.
Sorry no lay-by or rainchecks. Minimum cuts apply.
Sewing with knits is quick and fun, but have you ever wanted to get the finish of a ready-to-wear garment? If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, I can give you a hot tip: twin needles. But how do you sew with a twin needle, you say? It’s easier than you think! You’ll get a professional result that you can be proud of without having to buy an additional sewing machine. Once you go twin, you never go back to zig zagging your hems. The double line of top stitching is created with a zig zag stitch behind it, which makes it ideal for stretch fabrics.
Twin needles come in a range of sizes. You can buy a universal twin needle for sewing woven garments or a stretch twin needle for knits. A 2.0 twin needle is great for producing a small width “pin tuck” style stitch, which gives you lots of ornamental options to take your garment to the next level. A 4.0 twin needle is perfect for finishing hems on both woven and knit fabrics. There are more widths available but these two sizes will do the trick for most of your twin stitching needs. Wider twin needles are only appropriate for machines that can accommodate a wide zig zag, if you only have a narrow stitch width capability you will break your needle.
Twin needle threading explained:
Customers ask me how to thread a twin needle all the time, so I thought I’d draw some handy threading illustrations for reference.
To thread a twin needle on vertical double spool pins or a horizontal spool pin, slide spools of thread on to the pin/s ensuring each one spins off in a different direction. For most newer machines this won’t matter, but my older machines prefer it.
But how do you thread a twin needle when you have only one vertical spool pin, or a short horizontal spool pin as I see on so many newer machines? Also simple! Wind a bobbin with your thread colour and thread it on the pin as if it were another spool of thread. Again spin the thread off in different directions.
Thread the machine as normal. On my Pfaff 1222E I slip one thread below the tension disc and one above – it’s a little tip I picked up from somewhere and it has never done me wrong. If you’re having trouble with thread tangling give it a go. Treat the two threads as one then when you get to the twin needle: left spool goes into the left needle, right spool goes into the right needle.
Twin needle tips:
- Ensure your stitch is set to straight, you don’t want to start a zig zag stitch and break your needle or damage your machine.
- The bobbin itself runs a zig zag stitch between the two lines of stitching, so you must stitch from the “good side” of your garment. Some people find that the fabric “tunnels” between the stitching lines so loosen your tension just a little to alleviate this.
- In essence, you are “stitching blind” if you are hemming, so do make sure to press your hem evenly and measure the distance from your stitching line to the hem edge.
- Trim the excess hem allowance. If you’re sewing with a knit you generally don’t have to worry too much about the fabric unravelling. When I sew with wovens I overlock the raw edge before finishing the hem with a twin needle.
Fancy sewing up some gorgeous lingerie for Valentine’s Day? Maybe a pair of matching jammies for you and your Valentine! I’ve been scouring the pattern books for knickers, bras, nighties, robes and other underpinnings so you don’t have to; and as my Valentine’s present to you I’ve even got some fabric suggestions.
Come in and talk to us about your Valentines sewing!
The colour of the year is green according to Pantone, and this year it’s been hailed as a new neutral. That means you can mix it up in a palette of other shades and still be trendy. I’m wearing a Hawaiian print with green leaves right now so it’s easy to be fashionable this year!
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”
So, we should all pursue our personal passion for sewing and sew up any fabric with green in it! I’m very partial to teal at the moment, as you can probably tell by the fabric and colour palette in this post. What’s your favourite kind of green?
A library bag is a great project you can sew with your kids in the lead up to school going back. Come into the shop, get them to pick their favourite fabric and trims, and go home to whip up a very simple bag with straight line sewing. Some of our young sewists are as young as 10 but I’ve seen lots of budding designers at around 7 years old!
5 Library Bags To Try
Which one are you going to make?