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Basic Sewing Techniques

Back to Basics beinner sewing tutorials and techniques

The Back to Basics series is a series of tutorials covering the basic techniques you need to know to sew.  They will introduce you to hand stitches, machine stitches, hems, seams, pressing, zips and more.  These techniques are written by Fiona Pullen and her mother Pippa Bray, a seamstress who has over 50 years sewing experience.

We will be adding new tutorials every few weeks to make sure you check back to see what's new.

How to tie a knot

Pressing tips

Hand Stitching

Machine stitches guide

Blind hem tutorial

Double Fold Hem Tutorial

Bound Hem Tutorial

Single Fold Hem Tutorial

Seam Finishes

Turning Up Trousers

Replacing a Fly Zip

Installing a Zip

Zig-zag hem for Jersey Fabrics

Sewing Tips from a Professional Dressmaker


This series of posts is sponsored by Coats Crafts, who provided the fabrics, thread and haberdashery used in these technique guides.