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Should you wash fabrics before sewing? - My tips for washing and pre-shrinking fabrics Péťa  ·  3.11.2020  ·  9 minutes of reading

To wash or not to wash? That is the question. If you've been sewing for a while, you've probably come across this topic. And you certainly know that this question…

How do I know the level of my sewing skills? Péťa  ·  1.9.2020  ·  4 minutes of reading

Picolly.com patterns are classified according to the complexity of the sewing process. This overview will help you find out which patterns are right for you depending…

Types of textile materials (woven fabrics & knits, natural & synthetic…) Péťa  ·  25.8.2020  ·  10 minutes of reading

Woven fabrics and knits In the past, people have invented various textile materials. In this article, you will learn what types of fabrics exist and how to identify…

Test piece sewn on a sewing machine (Peplum) Péťa  ·  3.7.2020  ·  11 minutes of reading

Before I publish a new pattern and instructions for a women's peplum top with ruffles, I would like to show you a few photos from the process. I don’t really want to…

Thread tracing (Video tutorial) Péťa  ·  3.7.2020  ·  1 minutes of reading

Thread tracing is a special tailoring technique used to accurately transfer marks to fabric. For example, if you have darts on the back pieces of your pants and you…

5 sewing tools that you cannot buy in haberdashery Péťa  ·  1.7.2020  ·  5 minutes of reading

Because not all standard sewing tools are practical. sewing tools - tips & tricks There is no need to buy piles of sewing tools if you are just starting to…

How to choose tailor's scissors & cutting tools Péťa  ·  30.6.2020  ·  9 minutes of reading

In today's article, I would like to share my experiences with tailor's scissors. I will give you a few tips on how to choose scissors, what to look for and I would also…

Learn to use your sewing machine (straight & curved lines) Péťa  ·  16.6.2020  ·  4 minutes of reading

All beginning sewers must learn how to sew straight and curves lines on their sewing machines. If you want to learn to sew well, don't skip the basics. You may be bored…

How to calculate the required amount of material (for a sweatshirt, jacket, pants, etc.) Péťa  ·  15.6.2020  ·  5 minutes of reading

HOW TO CALCULATE THE REQUIRED AMOUNT OF MATERIAL You often ask me how much fabric you will need for a specific thing. And since it's not hard to figure out, I've…

How to baste fabric (simple & correct technique) Péťa  ·  8.6.2020  ·  9 minutes of reading

Unfortunately, many beginner sewers (but also those who have been sewing for some time) underestimate the power and importance of temporary stitching (and subsequently…