How to do patchwork quilting

One of the longest standing and most satisfying crafts are patchwork quilts. Creating a big, beautiful quilt for your home, or to give as a gift, is easier than you might think. Here are a few tips to get you started. Getting Started With A Plan If you’re looking into...

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...

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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...

How to save money and save the planet!

How to save money and save the planet!

With rising sea levels and heightened concerns surrounding global warming, more and more people are making a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly. Of the vast majority of clothes which are thrown away, a whopping 70% of it ends up in landfill, and this...

With the change of seasons it’s time to work on your next project

With the change of seasons it’s time to work on your next project

As the season changes, it is the perfect time to get started on your next craft or textile project. In winter, making warm clothes or a new quilt can be a great activity. To complete winter projects, however, you might need to take a look at what fabrics you have...

Anything and everything to know about coverstitch

Anything and everything to know about coverstitch

What is coverstitch? Coverstitch is a sewing technique that creates a professional-looking hem through the combination of two stitching rows on the top and a serger-style stitch on the rear. What are the benefits of coverstitch? A coverstitch, first of all, looks very...

A guide to coverstitching

A guide to coverstitching

Maybe you are already a proud owner of a sewing machine, but you’re a little disappointed with the quality of the hems it is producing? A coverstitch machine may seem like a big purchase, but it promises to make your future sewing a far more pleasant experience. If...

A Beginner’s guide to quilting

A Beginner’s guide to quilting

Quilting is a craft that has been around for hundreds of years and has seen an increase in popularity recently with parents and grandparents making beautiful keepsakes for their children. Learning how to quilt is a relatively easy process, which you can then...