Lisa Marlin

I first picked up a sewing needle aged 5 and continued my love of crafts into adulthood, when I found sewing, knitting, painting and crafting the perfect antidotes to stressful working environments in the political and charity sectors.

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Free Amigurumi Patterns to Get you Started

Knitters and crocheters love amigurumi, with its heartbreakingly-cute designs made from yarn. This style has exploded out of Japan in recent years, and you can make fun projects in the amigurumi style of just about anything, from puppies and whales to fruits and people! Free amigurumi patterns (and tutorials) Whether you’re looking for a beginners’ …

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Brother JX2517 Review: An Affordable, Entry-Level Machine

One of the most affordable models on the market, the Brother JX2517 is a fairly basic mechanical sewing machine. Although first-time sewists will find it straightforward to use, it is not suitable for more advanced sewing tasks. We’ll take a closer look at what makes this machine great for beginners in this in-depth Brother JX2517 …

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Brother SQ9185 Review: An Affordable and Feature-Packed Computerized Sewing Machine

Are you looking for an affordable computerized sewing machine? Although not the most complex model on the market, the Brother SQ9185 is a good option for anyone looking for a reliable, versatile, and user-friendly machine. In this Brother SQ9185 review, we’ll explore the main features of the machine, along with why it makes a great …

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Janome MB4 Review: A User-Friendly and Versatile Embroidery Machine

Are you looking for an embroidery machine for home use, but with many of the advantages of an industrial machine? The Janome MB4 could be for you! Check out our in-depth Janome MB4 review, and see how this machine measures up. Janome MB4: an overview Janome revolutionized sewing machines when they introduced the metal bobbin …

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Brother XM2701 Review: A Beginner-Friendly Machine Packed with Features

One of the most popular sewing machines on the market, the Brother XM2701 is an affordable and exceptionally user-friendly machine. This is an entry-level mechanical sewing machine, but it is not a bare-bones model, with a number of functions and features. Brother XM2701: an overview Brother is a huge international brand that makes personal electronic …

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Singer vs Brother: Which Brand Has the Best Sewing Machines?

Singer and Brother are extremely popular sewing machine brands, and both produce a range of reliable and affordable machines. Ultimately, we recommend Brother machines for complete beginners, and Singer models for sewists looking for advanced features and a large range of stitches and accessories. Singer vs Brother: head to head Singer and Brother are two …

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