#Dakotasewalong:Get ready…

Recommended supplies:
Fabric of your choice {190cm/75”}
1 metre of interfacing
4 buttons (we recommend using shirt buttons:10.16 mm)
Matching thread

Iron & ironing board
Sewing machine
Overlocker/ serger (if available)

The essentials:
Button hole chisel
Seam ripper (We hope you won’t need it!)
Tape measure
Sharp fabric scissors
Paper scissors
Pattern paper
Marking tool of your choice: Chalk, water pens, etc
Tracing wheel and waxing paper 
Pencil and eraser

The cute luxuries:
Your favourite pincushion.
Colourful cutting mat & rotary cutter
Pinking shears for snazzy seams 
Your favourite tool!

Correct needle size for your fabric
Walking foot for those using knits

Host picks:
Rachel: Sellotape ring, fabric basting glue, pressing: cloth, ham & seam roller & narrow hemming foot.

Marie:Greaseproof baking paper & seam allowance guide.
Before you start:
  • Wash and press your fabric.
  • Test your stitches. Some fabrics will require a few adjustments, so get a small sample of your fabric and play around till you find the optimum settings. That means testing your interfacing too.
  • Have you changed your needle lately? Now is a good time, especially if you are sewing with a different weight fabric to what you have been sewing previously.
  • Love your photos!

  • I do too. and I’m craving the seam allowance guide! I have never seen or heard of this little gadget – please tell me where I can get it online – in the UK preferably? Please!

    • Its a fab gadget. I am so long overdue on my review on it that I am ashamed. Its a must. I got mine from here: http://www.seamallowanceguide.com ships world wide . I don’t know if anyone sells than in the UK

    • Thanks Rachel! Ordered and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  • Thank you! I will order one right now! i don’t mind ordering something like that from outside the EU – hopefully it won’t cost enough to get stuck in customs:).
    Thanks again for replying. And for putting such lovely detailed pictures and reviews. Portugal? I’m from Malta 🙂