Post 3 – Fabric Construction Lesson


23 May 2018

Shop Difficulties…

It is heartbreaking and very frustrating to pour so much work and energy into something with continuous negative results!  Humble apologies to disappointed customers.  

No cachier in this shop!
The sad, empty shopping trolly…. NO MORE!


In the end 4 different Technical Fundy’s have been on the job and able to sort out why some transactions got stuck on Check-out.  

Luckily there is no further problem and you can go SHOPPING right now!


The Featured Product for This Week:

25 Bobbins in Case Special
Normal Price R98.           R80 until Noon on 31 August 2018.


Your Anytime Classroom

New FREE Online Lesson Published:

Fabric Featured in the Fabric Construction Lesson
High quality 100% Wool Woven Fabric

Fabric Construction

Chapter 5.1  –  Introduction

– Relevant YouTube Video on how the Industrial Loom works – 

Chapter 5.2

  – First I tackle some Geometry to make the construction and characteristics of Wovens easier to grasp.

  –  I explain how pattern and a particular “feel” can be achieved.

  – A few interesting fabric types are introduced. 

  – All-in-all a very interesting lesson in under 25 minutes. 

Technique Focus

  • How fabric grain and pattern placing affect hang and fit of a garment or other article.
  • Become aware of how to obtain the grains of the fabric before cutting.
  • Become familiar with a few different types of commonly used fabrics.
  • Learn how pattern and texture are achieved in fabrics… and a lot more.


This lesson is part of Basics for Beginners

There is an enormous amount to know about fabric construction…

. . . in your next lesson

Chapter 5.3

The Plain Knit 


Joey Erasmus
Your personal sewing teacher


Keep well.

       Until next time . . .



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Post 2 – The Shop


3 March 2018

Empisal as a Brand…

The importers of the brand in our SHOP are going to lengths to improve the opinion and experience of the public.

This Empisal Deluxe has been in the family for 50 years and is still working beautifully to this day.

Unfortunately some years ago a licence for manufacture was sold and the products produced under this licence were of inferior quality.  These Empisal products were sold by some big grocery and department stores for about R1000 per unit.  Those incredibly basic machines came with no after sales service and no parts imported for repairs.  If something went wrong or broke, there was no remedy.  People were stuck with a “disposable machine”!  This did major damage to a trusted brand name.  A sad state of affairs for the Empisal that both my mother and mother-in-law used and trusted for numerous decades.

Since the cheapies disappeared, thankfully things have changed at Empisal International and a superior product with after sales backup is offered by Living Brands in Sandton. 

No, you cannot buy from them directly.  They are Wholesale Merchants.

Another Happy Customer.

Yesterday, Cindy Labuschaigne came in to test drive the EES10 featured in the Sew Fabulous Anytime Classroom.  See her visit video on YouTube:  Cindy’s Test Drive

Monogrammed Lettring in Two Fonts by the programmable Empisal EES50
Enquire for Details:

Cindy ended up coming back in the afternoon to pick up the “Bigger Sister”, the Empisal EES50 sporting 210 stitch types, featuring 7 distinct Automatic Buttonholes and Monogrammed Lettering in 2 Fonts of 7mm high.



Samples of the Felt Pages made by Busy Books for young learning fingers…

I need to punt Cindy here! 

Since she finished her Advanced Beginner Course in 2016 she has married her true love, had a baby girl and started a successful business using her Sew Fabulous skills!

The Bottom Line on Sewing Machines

Sew Fabulous supports and used BERNINA products in the Pretoria Classroom.

Very few people these days can afford the superior product offered by this Swiss Manufacturer.  See the Preferred Supplier Page to get in touch with Hennie or Alta at our favourite BERNINA Dealer if you are interested in the range.  Mention that Joey sent you!

But again, I have spent time to find and test a product that delivers without breaking the bank.  The Empisal EES10 is very well suited for the home sewer and even for a small business.

I will be available in Pretoria only for the next two weeks (until 14 March) for test drives on the Empisal EES10. 

Please make an appointment via e-mail:

Your Anytime Classroom

New Lessons Published:

Apart from being in the Anytime Classroom, these are all now available on YouTube too!

Go to our Facebook Page and check out all the links posted for you on 27.02.2018

Chapter 4.5 – Always do a Test Stitch after threading or re-threading the machine.

It is much easier to fix a threading problem before stitching your expensive fabric and having to pick and possibly damage it.

Chapter 4.6 – What went Wrong !?!

We look at common things that can go wrong with solutions and the correct procedure when you are a novice.

Chapter 4.7 – Play with the machine while learning about the Settings

Learn about Stitch Type-, Stitch Width– and Stitch Length Settings in a relaxed  mode.

Technique Focus

  • Focus on threading your machine enough times so that it becomes second nature.
  • Become aware of what can go wrong and how to fix it.
  • Become familiar with the different setting possibilities of your machine.
  • Practice and PLAY with your machine to know its capabilities.
  • It is important to gain familiarity and comfort with your equipment.
  • Study the user manual!

Next Time – Chapter 5  .  Fabric Construction

In the Next Lessons to be Published we will be looking at Common Fabric Construction Methods in reasonable depth.

Product Promotion


Product Promotion – March 2018


25 Universal Metal Bobbins and Box

Bobbins are 10.5mm high and do not fit Elna

Measure your existing bobbins… 

– Normal Price:     R98.00

– Until 30 March:  R80.00

   You can Order Now




Keep well. Until next time . . .





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Post 1 – New Beginnings

14 February 2018

Sew Fabulous Anytime Classroom and Shop

The now closed Brooklyn, Pretoria classroom                                                                      click to see the photo album

Recent history

On 30 November 2017 the physical classroom in Brooklyn, Pretoria closed. 

Now, only Online Classes are offered.  

About 30-some months ago I embarked on this steep learning curve creating the Anytime Classroom.  It was soon clear that I knew nothing about getting what was in my head, into a usable and user-friendly Online Learning Platform.  Not even mentioning the tiny but blossoming notion (pun intended) of having an Online Shop!

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Private Studio
Learning New Things            click to see more

A professional cameraman was a nice try at the time but proved not to be the answer for Sew Fabulous.  The fact that my mental image was a non-transferable concept resulted in long, painful days spent filming and editing side-by-side with this very willing Martian-Movie-Man.  And to me it was “just not right.”

An online editing course was next on my list of endeavours and proved rather useful in the pursuit of finding “the process” for this venture.  It took a lot of time learning and mastering the new skills.  Oh, but I loved the growing control over the end-product.

Eventually, about six months ago, the realisation dawned that being a “Control Freak” is a very good thing in certain instances!  A necessity in fact, in some. 

Complete Control brings Complete Responsibility… 

My Camera Jib

While embracing the newfound power, it brought with it an unexpected investment in wonderful professional lighting. Next arose the necessity for inventing and constructing some interesting camera jibs, holders and stands.   And now, I believe, Bob’s my Uncle!

Suddenly I have developed a certain awe for real moviemakers!  

What’s in the Online Classroom?

Anyone who has completed courses at Sew Fabulous will tell you that they received much more than they bargained for.  It remains my mission to continue this legacy.  For this reason the Basics for Beginners Curriculum is there for you, entirely free of charge.  There is enough to get you started now and new tutorials will be added as they are produced.

A Sewing Machine in good working order is required to complete this Course.  In Module 2, later this year, your machine will need to be able to make a One Step, Automatic Buttonhole.

In Future Posts…

There will be a regular Product Focus where we will strive to have the items at special discounted prices.

The product will be introduced in the next month’s lessons in the Anytime Classroom.

After Sales Support
Fabulous Machine at a Fab Price

First up is the Empisal EES10.  This surprising machine has everything you require for many years of sewing pleasure.

It is the featured machine in the Anytime Classroom.

Price and Fact Sheet

Take me Shopping

At present no online orders are possible.  The Apps and Plugins still refuse to communicate!

You are welcome to send an e-mail to with your Shopping List below.  We’ll get back to you with further details.

Basics for Beginners Sewing Course
Yours Free included with your machine

When students purchase this machine, they also receive the entire Starter Kit.  This kit is required for the Basics For Beginners Course.

Should you not require a machine, chances are you have some of these items.  You can make a Shopping List and order only those items.


N e x t    t i m e    y o u    c a n    e x p e c t    t o    f i n d :

Technique Focus:  Thread the Machine.  Fill the Bobbin

Upcoming Lessons:  Learn about Machine Settings

Product Promo:  25 x Metal Bobbins and a Bobbin Box

In the meantime:  Visit the Facebook page.

Important Notice

and disclaimer.

This BLOG overrides and takes precedence over any and all other information.

Any new information will be published here first.  Check every month-end for the latest news, products, events and lessons.


Until next time…

         Go well . . .    Sew well!



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