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Customer Q&A

What is poplin?

by Leah Taylor on October 13, 2010

“What exactly is poplin?” A customer asked me today what poplin is, as Sewbox has a selection of Liberty poplin fabric, and here’s my attempt at an explanation: Poplin is a durable, tightly woven cotton fabric, primarily intended for making clothes, but also suitable for other crafting too. It uses a plain weave and is […]


Stretch and Ballpoint Needles

by Leah Taylor on September 18, 2010

“Hi… I want to sew Hot Patterns’ Uptown Downtown Knit Dress and want to buy some new sewing machine needles at the same time, but I’m confused – what is the difference between stretch and ballpoint needles?” A customer e-mailed me today asking me about the difference between stretch and ballpoint needles, and I thought […]

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Sewing Patterns to Flatter Apple Shapes

by Leah Taylor on July 19, 2010

I was asked by a customer this week to recommend some sewing patterns that suit apple shapes, that is, the “rounder tummy”. I get great pleasure from helping customers find the perfect pattern for themselves, so I relished the chance to help! When it comes to sewing for apple shapes people often say “choose a […]