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We write about the things we love… fabric, sewing, design, and tradition. If our shop is your source for fabulous fabrics, our blog is your source for useful and diverting information on the topics you care most about. Join us for a close look at textiles (silk and all the others), what makes them special, and practical tips for working with them in your sewing. See how particular fabrics fared in our in-house tests. Check out our step-by-step tutorials, useful tips, and reports from the field, including our own Silk Road adventures. Dive into the history of textiles and discover what lies behind the fabrics we use today. Consider this blog your own personal repository of useful knowledge… as well as just a great read.

How to wash silk

How to wash silk

01.12.2023 Need to know

Can you wash silk? And how? We decided to find out. See our great silk washing test.

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How to choose thread for sewing

How to choose thread for sewing

24.10.2023 Need to know

Choose the right thread for sewing machines and hand sewing every time with our complete guide.

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Needle painting – silk embroidery tutorial

Needle painting – silk embroidery tutorial

Silk embroidery is a small luxury you can afford. Try it with our beginner tutorial and see what you need to get started.

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Wrap skirt sewing tutorial

Wrap skirt sewing tutorial

Look great in a wrap skirt you’ve made yourself! Detailed, step-by-step tutorial for an (almost) patternless sewing project.

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How to make a silk shift dress

How to make a silk shift dress

Step into summer with a simple shift dress. This timeless classic is a perfect project for beginners and a great way to use silk.

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How to make a throw pillow

How to make a throw pillow

Put your creativity on display! Make your own decorative pillows in the fabrics you love. It’s easy with our step-by-step guide.

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Sewing machine needles explained

Sewing machine needles explained

20.06.2023 Need to know

Ever wondered about sewing machine needles? Don’t know what size to use on your project? Our sewing needle cheat sheet comes to the rescue!

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Sashiko, the Japanese art of mending

Sashiko, the Japanese art of mending

Neat white stitches on a field of blue. Perfect, pleasing, simply geometrical. Discover the Japanese mending technique turned art form known as sashiko.

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Creative gift wrapping with furoshiki

Creative gift wrapping with furoshiki

Love wrapping presents? Wish you could keep the paper forever? Furoshiki, the Japanese art of gift wrapping, just may be the answer.

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The hare as Medieval textile symbol

The hare as Medieval textile symbol

24.04.2023 Bestiary

Depictions of hares on textiles of this period are not entirely common, which makes it all the more surprising how rich in symbolism these creatures were.

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How to make a silk scarf

How to make a silk scarf

There’s no better way to start sewing with silk than making a silk scarf. It’s easier than you think. Learn a new skill and gain an elegant new accessory. Our easy, illustrated tutorial takes you through the process step by step.

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Cheat sheet – Types of cotton fabrics

Cheat sheet – Types of cotton fabrics

29.07.2022 Need to know

How well do you know your cotton fabrics? Would that dress be better in batiste, lawn, or muslin? Cotton is more than t-shirts and quilting squares. It comes in a whole range of great options, many of which you’ll find in stock here at Sartor. This little glossary gives you the low-down on the usual suspects.

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Green, sustainable, safe – Understanding textile certificates

Green, sustainable, safe – Understanding textile certificates

23.05.2022 Need to know

How can you tell if a given fabric is organic? Safe for sensitive skin? That it’s not the product of child labor? These things matter, and the answers are usually at your fingertips. Just like food or cosmetics, fabrics have their own certifications for sustainability and fair trade that can help you make an informed decision. You just need to recognize what the tag is telling you.

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All about cotton

All about cotton

11.05.2022 Need to know

Let’s talk about cotton. It’s the natural fiber we all take for granted, but just how well do you know it? Can you tell a first-rate cotton from a cheap throwaway? And what makes the difference?

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Classic stripes are always in style

Classic stripes are always in style

14.01.2022 Of interest

Animal prints, Baroque bling, Kente cloth… it’s tough to keep up with the latest patterns, but one never goes out of style. Coco Chanel knew it, and we agree – every woman worth her salt should have some stripes in the closet. Sew yourself a cool French sailor’s tee, some wild culottes, or a prim little duvet cover. Go on, show your stripes.

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How to make a silk pillowcase

How to make a silk pillowcase

It’s no wonder silk has always been the choice of royalty. Sleeping on natural silk can smooth the complexion and put an end to bedhead. But there’s no reason to trot down to your local luxury boutique to pick up a fancy cosmetic pillow when it’s so easy to make your own using the gorgeous silk of your choice and at a fraction of the cost. Here’s a step-by-step guide.

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Empire style fashion and fabrics: Origins of a classic look

Empire style fashion and fabrics: Origins of a classic look

The Empire dress, it’s a look we’re still wearing 200 years after it first came into fashion – clean, simple, classy, with its high waistline and long, slender silhouette. Here’s the story of how the French gave Rococo the boot, turned fashion on its head, and introduced a revolutionary new way of dressing.

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All about linen

All about linen

02.10.2021 Need to know

Linen is an ancient fabric that’s well worth getting to know better. Practical, easy to care for, and very durable, it’s superior, in any number of ways, to cotton. What’s more, today’s modern linen is soft and comfortable—and it comes in an array of colors and patterns to suit any taste. Versatile linen can be used for just about anything!

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Momme – Traditional unit of silk weight

Momme – Traditional unit of silk weight

02.08.2021 Need to know

As you browse our silk selection, you may be mystified by the abbreviation “mm” in our fabric weight column. Millimeters? No. The mm stands for momme (pronounced moe-mee), a traditional measure of silk weight that comes to us from Japan. What can it tell us? Read on for enlightenment.

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The lowdown on linen weights

The lowdown on linen weights

30.07.2021 Need to know

Planning a summer dress, you go online to pick out some linen but there’s so much to choose from in various weights. Is 160 gsm too much or just right? Here’s the lowdown on linen fabric weights so you can choose with confidence every time.

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Biedermeier fashion and fabrics

Biedermeier fashion and fabrics

As young women in Regency England swooned over Mr. Darcy, what were their counterparts on the Continent up to? Both sides of the Channel saw the rise of a middle-class esthetic, demure and practical. Gone were the arch tastes of Empire fashion. In the heart of Europe the Biedermeier brought an idealization of hearth and home, the return of the hourglass figure, and a flurry of dainty floral prints.

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How to make curtains

How to make curtains

Restart your interior with new curtains. Our step-by-step tutorial shows 4 easy styles anyone can sew, whether you’ve just moved in or have a serious case of cabin fever and absolutely need to make a change. This tutorial shows you how to make simple curtain panels for the 4 most popular hanging options – ring clips, rod pocket, curtain hooks, and tabs. Treat your windows to a new look in linen or silk from our large selection. Let’s get sewing.

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Fabric weight explained

Fabric weight explained

28.04.2021 Need to know

Fabric weight is one of the key elements in any fabric description. It’s an indicator of what a cloth is actually made of and what it could be good for. In online fabric shops you’ll find it listed alongside textile content and width, in brick-and-mortar shops it’s on the sticker at the end of the bolt. So, what exactly does it tell you?

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The secret to choosing the right tailor

The secret to choosing the right tailor

26.04.2021 Need to know

A good tailor is the cure for all that ails you. But how to pick the right one for you? Whether you want to save the planet, need something that flatters your figure, or just want to look great, a good tailor is the key. But how does it work? What should you expect? This article takes you through the process of identifying a good tailor and working with them to produce the results you want.

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