Rubyjam Fabric Blog

My favourite sewing tip

Sometimes the most simple sewing tricks are the best. When folding over a hem or band, carefully snip horizontally into the side seam at the fold or hem line and finger press each half of the seam back in opposite directions. Then fold over the band or hem as normal. This will reduce the bulk in the seam, allowing it to sit much flatter. It works for neck, leg and arm bands as well as regular hems. And the best part - your sewing machine, overlocker or coverstitch won’t groan when it stitches over the hump. 

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Rubyjam Fabric and GOTS + Oeko-Tex Certification

When a fabric is advertised as Oeko-Tex certified, it has been tested and is certified to be completely free from harmful chemicals making it safe for human use. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. I personally love working with Oeko-Tex and GOTS certified fabric, not only because it's healthier and safer for me when I'm handling the fabric but also for my customers and their families, and our planet <3 Rubyjam Fabric has worked hard to...

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The Mama Market - Vanuatu

In the middle of Port Vila (the main town on the island of Efate, Vanuatu), there's a big market place called the Mama Market, named so because it's run entirely by mums. These amazing ladies set up their stalls on Monday morning, and while caring for toddlers and nursing their babies, they sell a variety products from their village gardens such as bananas, ginger, manioc, peanuts and even chickens in handwoven baskets. The Mamas work and sleep in their stalls all week until Saturday evening (so they're back home for church on Sunday) or until they have sold out of...

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