Making Fabric Paper-Like

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I am inspired to use fabric for a variety of arts and crafts, but a lot of the time that fabric just won’t “play ball” and do what I want it to do.

I have tried a variety of starches, interfacing, backings and fabric stabilizers, but quite often they don’t work or make the fabric a bit too bulky.

Discovering Terial Magic is, well, just that… magic! It gives your fabric a paper-like feel (really great for unruly knits), and allows you the freedom to work with it much more easily.


It’s really great for applique… and even better for fabrics you wish to print on. In all honestly, I love putting fabric through my home based printer from time to time (really I do, it’s one of my favorite ways of up-cycling fabrics). Though I constantly have problems, the fabrics are either too flimsy or the threads get stuck in the paper rollers, etc. This stabilizer has really helped me combat all of these issues, and I highly recommend giving it a try.

The Up-Cycled Cloth Collective

Just a few short years ago Melanie Brummer launched a project to encourage others to up-cycle fabrics, and make them your own.

This project has grown exponentially since, with tens of thousands of members all around the world.

Up-cycling fabrics is something that is close to our hearts here at Sew You Magazine, we have shared many up-cycling projects with you in our previous issues, and we are excitedly looking forward to sharing more with you on our website as we move forward.

We are very aware of the harmful impact the textile industry has on the environment. Every year tonnes (literally, tonnes) of fabric and textile scraps find their way into our landfills and oceans. The needless waste is making a huge, negative impact on the earth.

tonnes of textile waste finds its way into our landfills every year

We joined the UCCC Facebook groups in 2018 and have watched her brand grow, it inspires us, and many others, to make careful decisions around our textile impact on the earth. We also love seeing how so many of the people in these groups create small businesses and careers out of selling their up-cycled products, proving that one persons “trash” can truly be another person’s “treasure” – and an earth friendly way to earn an income.

We love up-cycling and re-using, and for all those fabric scraps that don’t fall under one of these categories, we place them in eco-bricks and donate them to worthwhile charities and causes. (CLICK HERE to find out more)

Thank you Melanie for inspiring us, and many other sewists around the world!

Find the UCCC on Facebook, join in the fun and creativity, and help make the planet a better place for everyone.

Below is a short video on Melanie’s journey, watch and enjoy…what inspiration she is.

Will you be our Angel?

Own a Piece of of our brand – Sew You Magazine is itching to expand!

That’s right, we need to grow our team so that we can always bring you the best most up-to-date news and reviews on all things sewing, at absolutely no charge. In order to give us a boost and get us to the next level, Sew You Magazine is part of an equity deal, looking for angel investors.

An app is being developed, that you can download to your phone, which will help you to track the profits that you will be earning from the investment. How exciting is that?

What’s more, is that the equity investment also includes the brands for and

If you are as excited as we are CLICK HERE to view the full proposal and to get involved today!

This is next level exciting! You can be a part-owner in all three brands from as little as ZAR1,000 (Less than $70), and not only will be you an owner in the business, but you will also be helping to create job opportunities as we grow our team.

Come and be our Angel (investor) and be a part of our phenomenal future together!

Back to School Sewing Crafts

While some places in the world are getting ready for back to school after summer vacation, others are getting ready to go back to school after months of lockdown – what a weird year it has been, right?

To help everyone get ready for the transition back into to school life, Boo Le Heart Sewing Patterns has put together a pack of four really great sewing patterns to help you get started with your studies, in a stylish way.

So whether you are physically going back to school and meeting up with your friends, or whether staying at home and doing classes online, this pack is just what you need.

The best part is, these sewing patterns are really easy so it’s a great opportunity for parents and children to create together. So what does it contain?

The Weekender Rucksack:

This fun rucksack is a really great project for those looking to gain confidence in working with thick fabrics such as denims and leatherette.

As long as you understand the basics of sewing, this should be a breeze, and it’s a really great way to fool your friends into thinking that you are a master sewist, even if you’re just a novice.

The Dust Mask

A great stash buster that helps to keep those allergies, and viruses at bay.

The dust mask pattern includes triple layers, for maximum safety! 

Sew Your Own Day Planner

Make yourself a fun and stylish A4 (Letter) OR A5 day planner with this easy to follow pattern.
Included: diary pages for you to easily print and insert.

Easy Lunch Bag

This is a stylish lunch bag that is really easy to make. This sewing pattern is great as a project for beginners – and for those who would love to have a perfectly packaged lunch!

For maximum stylish effect, we recommend creating these patterns with a variety of matching fabrics – and make a couple of sets for different looks.

Fun, easy and stylish! Just what we love to see in sewing patterns!

Stay Safe

The Sew You Team

Rusted Fabrics

At Sew You Magazine we absolutely love brand new ways of creating, especially fabrics and textile art, so when we cam across this brand new range of dog themed, rusted fabrics by Rusty Dog Fabrics, we just knew that we had to share it with you.

About Rusty Dog Fabrics

Unique individually rusted fabrics create beautiful gifts!  How the process works: a Rusty Metal Template has been rusted and transferred to beautiful fabric. Every piece is original.

At Rusty Dog Textiles they create their fabrics in collaboration with Mother Nature.

Welsh Corgi throw pillow

Using their own unique designs along with the blazing hot Arizona Sun and the naturally occurring oxidation process, they create one of a kind fabrics for pillows and totes and fabrics.

Minute changes in the daily weather causes each piece to be truly unique. No two could ever be the same with this process.

They currently have over 30 different designs for dog lovers, and fabric lovers – the perfect gift, not just for yourself, but for those pooch, fabric loving friends and family members.

Great Dane on a tote bag

These designs are especially well suited for making fun tote bags, as well as throw pillows – just what you need to give your home that special rustic feel. This is something that is truly unique, and creative… you wont find it anywhere else. To view their full range of print option CLICK HERE

An example of one of the plates used to make the fabrics

Top Sewing Machines for Kids

As a young child my mom taught me to sew on her domestic sewing machine, and it’s one of the best skills she ever taught me – so much so that I even made a career out of it.

I often hear from mom’s about how proud they are when their children come to them for the first time and ask to be taught how to sew (boys and girls alike). If they remain interested in the hobby, the next step would be to consider buying them a sewing machine.

You will want to look for something that has all the basic functions, such as a straight stitch, zigzag and buttonhole function – but will also be a good enough quality machine to last them for years to come. I have put together 5 sewing machines worth having a look at.

Janome HD 1000 Black Edition 

Simple, sleek and stylish, we love this sewing machine for children – it’s easy to use, store and keep clean.

Key Features include:

  • 14 stitiches, including a 4 step buttonhole
  • Heavy duty aluminium outer body – strong and sturdy to last for years to come
  • Built in needle threader
  • Drop feed for free motion sewing – great for quilting and creative projects
  • Removable free arm – easy for teaching how to sew sleeves and small projects
  • 3 piece feed dog system
  • Includes a hard cover case
  • Easily adjust stitch lengths and zigzag widths


Five Stars – “I still haven’t explored all the options in stitches yet, but those I’ve used are amazing. This machine also has a metal bobbin case which was a major requirement when I was deciding on a new machine.” by Daphne T. (CA, United States)

Five Stars – Great Machine: “This is a great machine, so glad I bought it.”  by Laurie C. (OR, United States)

To view more about this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Singer 4452 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine

Don’t be fooled by the name of this sewing machine, it’s actually an entry level machine and is really perfect for children and young teens.

Key Features:

  • Online Owner’s class – Singer has really great support, and online classes to help you and your child get to know your sewing machine so much better.
  • Singer Sewing Assistant App – a sewing machine with an app – tech friendly and great for kids
  • 32 Built in stitches
  • Built in needle threader
  • One step button hole – it doesn’t get easier than that
  • Top drop in Bobbin
  • Drop feed – for quilting and creative moments
  • Easy stitch selection dial
  • Adjustable stitch length
  • Adjustable stitch width
  • Adjustable pressure foot leather – great for sewing heavy fabrics and lightweight fabrics
  • Reverse lever
  • Heavy duty metal frame
  • Stainless steel bed plate
  • High performance motor
  • High speed stitching
  • Free Arm for smaller projects
  • Soft machine cover – to keep off the dust
  • Snap on presser feet for quick feet changes
  • Variable needle positions
  • 15 Transparent Bobbin class for great bobbin thread tension


5 Stars – Very user friendly: “Really amazing! Bought it as my first ever sewing machine and had almost no trouble learning how to use it” by Matt (CA, United States)

5 Stars – “it is perfect which my wife wants… nice colors… good quality… she loves the name of the brand for most of her life thru her great grandmother and grandmother…” by Michael S. (United States)

5 Stars – “Absolutely love this machine. It has power for quick sewing.” by Ana C. (United States)

To view more about this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Janome Jem Gold 660

Compact, lightweight and great value for money.

Key Features:

  • Built in needle threader
  • Magnetic type horizontal full rotary hook
  • One hand thread cutter
  • Quick foot conversion
  • Extension table and free arm
  • Full Rotary Pattern Selector Dial Allows You Easy Stitch Selection
  • Presser Foot Lifter ideally located so the presser foot can be moved up and down with ease
  • Concealed Tension Dial
  • Fail-Safe for Needle Insertion
  • Reverse Stitch Lever


five stars from me! – “I love this machine. It has just what I need for basic everyday sewing. Easy set up and use.” by sharon G. (FL, United States)

Five Stars: Great first sewing machine! – “Perfect light weight portable quilter to travel or use at home. This is a good beginner machine to purchase.” by Nancy (NY, United States)

Five Stars Great travel machine – “I was looking to get a lightweight machine I can travel with and this one was recommended by a friend. It’s a great machine for travel!” by Abby (CO, United States)

To view more on this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Brother JX3135F

This sewing machine is SEW much fun – to start it comes with 3 different printed plate options, so you can pick the sewing machine that best suits your child’s personal style, making sewing fun right from the very beginning

Key Features:

  • 17 stitches
  • Free arm for sewing cuffs and other hard-to-reach areas
  • Automatic 4-step buttonhole
  • You can personalize your machine with Fashion Faces ™ decorative covers!
  • Automatic winding system
  • Quick change presser foot
  • Variety of stitch length and width
  • Built-in accessory compartment
  • Light and compact with built-in handle for portability
  • Accessories storage space: Yes, built-in
  • Accessories feet included: Zigzag Foot, Buttonhole Foot, Button Foot, Zipper Foot
  • Pedal: Yes
  • In the box: JX3135F machine, DVD, Power cord, foot pedal, screwdriver, bobbins, needle pack, twin needle, extra spool pin, darning plate, instruction manual


“I Love this machine, its exactly what I was looking for.” – by Linda F. (AZ, United States)

5 Stars – “This sewing machine is awesome …” by Jessica E.

To view more on this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Juki HZL-27Z Deluxe Compact Sewing Machine

It’s lightweight, it’s fun to use and it’s quite a pretty machine to look at, this is a little machine that seems to have it all.

Key Features for this machine:

  • Automatic Needle Threader
  •  Large and Easy To Use Stitch Selection Dial
  • Reverse Feed Lever
  • White LED Light
  • Easy Drop In Bobbin
  • 7-Point Feed Dog
  •  Free Arm
  • Easy Sewing Start
  • 22 Changeable Needle Positions


5 Stars – Love mu Juki: “LOVE my Juki!!! Always used a different brand for last 39 years ….won’t go back!!” by katy (United States)

5 Stars – Happy Sewing: “Only used twice so far, but very happy. Easy to thread. Light weight. Can take anywhere.” by Terry P. (NY, United States)

5 Stars – Great Portable Sewing Machine: “My wife loves this machine and was impressed with the quality of workmanship and durability of the unit. We plan on using this unit when we travel in our motorhome. The need for sewing and patching will be met time and time again with this unit. Thank You!” by Harlan M. (TN, United States)

To view more on this sewing machine CLICK HERE

Installing Eyelets – A Practical Guide

During my time as a bridal dressmaker, I inserted countless eyelets into corseted bodices, which also gave me the opportunity to test an assortment of tools for the job.

There was one tool, however that always stood out above the others. Not only is it really great quality but it is easy to use and requires less effort than many of the other tools available, and that is “The Hole in One” tool available through Boo Le Heart (

One of the things I love most about this tool is that it includes a punch to make the hole in your fabric before inserting your eyelets. I have used it to make holes in an assortment of fabrics, from PVC, leather, upholstery fabric to bridal satin, and it really doesn’t seem to get blunt.

I’m not going to leave you with just a really great review on this product, here’s a quick guide on how to use it.

On a scrap piece of fabric, the same as your intended project (I have used a piece of foam for this tutorial as I discovered it photographs best for this purpose) – insert the fabric into the bottom section of the tool and squeeze the handle to lower the punch.

Take your fabric and have a look at the quality hole that the punch has made. I have discovered that sometimes, especially on knits or lighter fabrics, the punch can be a little rough on the fabric. When this happens, I usually find it best to use a small pair of embroidery scissors to make a X shaped hole in the fabric where I intend to insert my eyelet.

Insert your eyelet, with the grommet section coming in from the right side of the fabric. The tool’s manufacturer recommends that you turn the eyelet a little to help it to take a small grip on your fabric, then place the washer on the eyelet on the wrong side of the fabric.

Now the common question that comes up is, how do we place the eyelet on the tool? Is there a right or wrong way to do this? Yes there is a right way to do this. On one side of the tool, there’s a little “tooth” that is attached to a spring, so when you push on it, this tooth will move down. You place the grommet side over this tooth (right side of fabric facing downwards) and the eyelet side facing upwards.

Give the tool a quick squeeze (no hammers necessary, this tool has all the power you need), and just like that your eyelet is fully installed – it really is quite a quick and easy process.

So whether your a home sewist, who may end up using this tool only once in a while, or a full time dressmaker who will make much more use of it, I highly recommend investing in this handy little tool.

Why Sewing IS an ESSENTIAL service

A look into the past, present and the future…

As the global COVID pandemic spread around the world, there was an unprecedented increase in people interested in sewing, something that is not unique in human history.

During times of great historical significance, this has always been one of the primary skills that women, and men, from around the world have turned to, to help during times of emergencies and crisis.

During The Great Depression, the Women’s Work Relief hired women to sew for hospitals, orphanages and other essential services, as well as taught women how to sew. This vital service helped women to bring incomes home to their families when a lot of men were losing their jobs, and helped to stimulate a suffering economy.

During World War 2, the Queen and Queen Mother ran Sewing Bees to help teach and train women to sew, again to look after their families, as well as to sew for essential services.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, thousands of people began sewing from home, creating medical and domestic use facemasks, as a way to create an income to support their families, as well as to donate towards hospitals and other essential services to help save lives.

The truth us that we NEED sewing, and people who are skilled sewists. Even once the pandemic has passed, it will take longer for economies to recover and for jobs to be created. Those who can sew are very luckily sitting with an upper hand – they have an essential skill that can help them to create their very own small, home based business, where they can learn to sew from home in order to earn an income for themselves and their families.

Moving forward we would love to see so many more people learn this skill and become a part of, not just an industry, but a movement. A movement of sustainability and self-sufficiency.

The National Sewing Circle has a rich assortment of tutorials to help you to learn to sew, or to improve your sewing skills, click on the below banner for more information…

The little machine that could

Are you interested in learning how to sew? Do you find yourself looking for a smaller and more lightweight machine for your sewing needs… then we have just the machine for you.

The Juki HZL-27Z Deluxe Compact Sewing Machine weighs only 12lbs (roughly 5.5kg) and is a simple yet robust machine that can tackle most all of your sewing needs. Smooth and quiet, the HZL-27Z is a pleasure to work on. And with two extra front feed dogs, this compact machine will sew light weight fabrics to denim with ease.

The extended throat distance and longer sewing bed contribute to an improvement in form as well as function. The large, easy-to-use stitch selection dial, oversized reverse feed lever, and white LED light make using this machine a breeze. With all of its great features, the HZL-27Z is a fantastic addition to Juki’s line of mechanical home sewing machines.

Here is some really great feedback we have had from those who own this machine:

“Only used twice so far, but very happy. Easy to thread. Light weight. Can take anywhere.” – HS, NYC, USA

“I love it YES would buy it again” – Bobby, USA

“My wife loves this machine and was impressed with the quality of workmanship and durability of the unit. We plan on using this unit when we travel in our motorhome. The need for sewing and patching will be met time and time again with this unit. Thank You!” – Harlan M. (TN, United States)

We also have GREAT NEWS for you! SewingMachinesPlus are running a HUGE 77% off special on this sewing machine!

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Key Features for this machine:

Automatic Needle Threader

 Large and Easy To Use Stitch Selection Dial

Reverse Feed Lever

White LED Light

Easy Drop In Bobbin

7-Point Feed Dog

 Free Arm

Easy Sewing Start

22 Changeable Needle Positions

Click on the link above to view more, including which accessories come with this machine, and really great videos showing you its features., Inc. carries high quality authorized sewing machines and sewing supplies at competitive prices. They offer a 100% money back guarantee and expert sewing consultants who are available to help you find the right products to fit your needs.

New Craft Shop on the Block

Online craft shops are growing in popularity, not just because they are a quick and easy way to buy handmade crafts as well as craft supplies, but also as a marketplace to sell handmade with love goods.

Nathalie Marran is a business woman pioneering the way for South Africans to be able to reach a worldwide market through her online craft site – uniquely designed for South African small, handmade business and craft shops to be able to reach a larger worldwide audience.

It is free for store owners to sign up and upload their products to sell. Her concept is to try bridge the gap that so many South African’s have experienced trying to sell their products online, making the process easier for the vendors.

In an interview with Melanie Brummer, she shares her passion and enthusiasm for her brand, and her wish to assist more South Africans to be able to sell their products on an online platform. CLICK HERE to watch this interview now.

As a special launch offer for small businesses, she is offering all new vendors, who sign up before the end of August 2020, the opportunity to win advertising space on banners on both the Facebook Page for NonStopCraft, as well as the Home Page of the website – an opportunity that will no doubt help any small business.

If you are a South African Vendor CLICK HERE to sign up now to take advantage of this opportunity or if you are interested in supporting these small businesses, CLICK HERE to shop now