Monthly Archives: March 2015

seam allowance guideSometimes the best ideas are the simple ones, and this seam allowance guide is a perfect example of that!
Most of us just want to get on with our sewing – we really can do without the annoyance of adding in a seam allowance, but we know how important it is to get it right!

This fantastically simple little tool offers the perfect solution! Just attach the magnet to the blade of your scissors, move the small black marker to the correct seam allowance and cut!

The Seam Allowance Guide includes a green and a yellow guide.
Green Seam Allowance Guide – The green guide is used for scissors that have no slope on the outer edge of the blade. Also great for the tip or at the pivot of the scissors.
Yellow Seam Allowance Guide – Some scissors blades have a slight slope on the outer edge. This is about 3 degrees. If your scissor blade slopes then you’ll need the yellow guide. Rotate it until it’s parallel to the table/fabric.

Where to Position the Seam Guide
This depends on your cutting style and also the pattern shape. For long straight cutting, position the guide further back towards the handles of the scissors. For curved patterns where the cutting action is smaller, it is better to move the guide closer to the tip of the scissors. Ideally the guide should be attached where the two blades separate during the cutting motion.

Detailed Instructions:

  • Mark the seam allowance with chalk
  • Attach the guide to your scissors
  • Cut into the fabric at the chalk mark with your scissors.
  • Move the black band to line up with the pattern edge.
  • Start cutting, ensuring that the black band remains parallel to the pattern edge at all times.

    The By Hollie Seam Allowance Guide is in stock now at QuiltDirect

Choosing the correct needle for the correct task is now so straightforward thanks to the new Schmetz colour-coding system. The needles are all colour coded to indicate the type of fabric and the needle size.

Not only does this system make it easy for you to select the correct needles when you’re buying needles, it also makes it so simple to quickly locate the needle you need within your own needle collection.

Quilt Direct carries the full range of Schmetz needles for all your sewing requirements



Download the pdf version here for printing!!



Anyone been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee?  Over 3 million viewers are watching series 3 of the  Great British Sewing Bee, presented by the fabulously quirky Claudia Winkleman.

If you were one of those that watched episode 4  you will no doubt have noticed a change of sewing machine in use and how effortlessly these machines handled the intricacies of corsetry and the demands of the heavy fabrics in kilt making!

To encourage the millions of people inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee to take up or further develop their sewing skills, and enabled by the partial recovery in the pound against the Swiss Franc, for a limited time we can offer special prices on the 330 and 350PE.


 Great British Sewing Bee Bernina Offers:


Bernina 330 Now only £599

Offer Valid until 30 April 2015

BERN330The BERNINA 330 leads the way in design and technology. Its modern LCD display, bright LED sewing light and automatic buttonhole function have proven to be real winners. This makes it the ideal sewing machine for creative sewing newbies who value quality, ease of use, and design. Includes Sew Table, 4 clip on soles and automatic buttonhole foot.



Bernina 350PE Now only £895

Offer Valid until 30 April 2015

 BERN350The new BERNINA 3 Series models lead the way in both design and technology. The contemporary style sets a new benchmark in the world of sewing machines and in the home of every sewer – from the creative beginner to the design conscious hobby sewer and quilter. Inside, cutting-edge technology and robust, long-lasting quality ensure that nothing stands in the way of your creativity. Outside, a beautiful user-friendly design – in other words, classic BERNINA.


Pintuck Feet -20% OFF all pintuck feet

Offer Valid until 14 March 2015

Episode 3 featured pintucking so we are offering 20% discount, both trade and retail, on our range of pintuck feet for everyone who was inspired by this episode. Get 20% off the following feet:

For older style machines: Foot 30, 31, 32, 33
For new models: Foot 30V, 31V, 32V, 33V, 46V

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