Expert Tips From Wendy Gardiner

Over the coming weeks our very own Wendy Gardiner will be sharing some of her top tips and tricks based on techniques seen on The Great British Sewing Bee to help make your next project as painless as possible!

Volume 1: Perfectly Concealed Invisible Zip Insertion

Wendy Says…

Last night we saw the contestants of the Great British Sewing Bee inserting invisible zips into the Palazzo trousers. This is my favourite type of zip insertion because there is no visible stitching on the right side of the fabric and actually I think it is the easiest to do – if you have an invisible zip foot!

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Volume 2: Quick Tips to Unpick a Seam

Wendy Says…

The Great British Sewing Bee is back – yippee! And, as happens to us all, one of the contestants has already had to unpick a seam! So I thought I’d share my top tip for quick unpicking below – you might as well make it as painless as possible

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Volume 3: Quick Tips to Unpick a Seam

Wendy Says…

We saw the Great British Sewing Bee contestants grappling with machine smocking on a traditional little dress in week three of this compelling competition. Here are some quick tips to make smocking so much easier!

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