How does a sewing machine work?

The humble sewing machine has revolutionised the way clothing and fabric are made. If you’re looking to take up sewing as a hobby for quilts, fabrics, or dressmaking, you may be wondering how does a sewing machine work? Check out our short guide to give you the...

How to start sewing in 2021

Has 2020 made you feel the need to take up a new hobby? Maybe it’s time to start sewing in 2021. Sewing can be an incredibly rewarding and satisfying hobby, giving you creative and practical skills. Whether you want to start learning how to use quilting tools or start...

The best sewing machines to gift this Christmas

Do you want to treat a loved one this Christmas to a new sewing machine? Know a sewing enthusiast who needs an upgrade to their sewing machine? Here at Franklin’s, we have the perfect selection of sewing machines to bring a smile to the sewers in your life.  ...

The Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Knitting Supplies

If you want to get involved with knitting, it can be tempting to buy practically all sorts of materials if you’re just getting started: from yarns like West Yorkshire spinners and needles, to fabrics and even sewing machine parts if you’re working on a something much...

Best Ways to Choose the Right Sewing Machine For You

There are many different sewing machines on the market today, and we know that it can get confusing trying to pick out the right option. In this blog, we will be sharing some of the best ways to help you choose the right sewing machine for you. Know What You Want It...

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Translate your passion for sewing to gift-giving

Translate your passion for sewing to gift-giving

As the effects of the lockdown are being felt, and belts are tightening across the country, what better way is there to economise on gift-giving than to turn our talents for sewing towards home-making gifts for our friends and loved ones? As well as saving money and...

3 beautiful fabrics for summer dressmaking

Now you have found your favourite dress patterns, all you need to do is buy the perfect fabrics for bringing your creations to life. But what type of fabric should you look for? To start with, the style of dress that you are going to make needs to be considered. For...

3 summer craft ideas

3 summer craft ideas

As the days slowly start to get longer, and the temperature steadily rises, it is hard to believe summer has finally arrived. Should you find you have more time on your hands this summer than usual, it may be the perfect time to start a summer craft project. If you...

Inspiration for your next patchwork quilt

Inspiration for your next patchwork quilt

If you're a creative person, you will most likely love creating patchwork quilts. Sometimes, however, you may experience a creative block which prevents you from thinking of new and unique quilting ideas. Below we list some sources of inspiration to help you decide on...

4 key skills you need for patchwork quilting

4 key skills you need for patchwork quilting

One of the best crafting projects to take on is making your own patchwork quilt. Not only is this an easy project to complete but it will look fabulous when finished. It is key though to know which skills you need to practice first before diving in. If you need a...