Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool

 Name Your #1 Favorite Sewing Tool

Do you have a sewing tool or notion that you can’t live without? You know the kind that if you were on a deserted island you wouldn’t want to be without it?

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There is no way I could pick one favorite. I love my magnetic pin holder and my rotary cutter.  I also love wax tracing paper over chalk and glass head pins. I can’t live without my Roweta iron and my design rulers will be never leave my side. I have an entire room filled with notions and tools that make my job easier and faster!

What makes your sewing life easier? I would be interested if anyone can name just one tool (sewing machines not included) they can’t live without.

Leave me a comment below!

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Jill Case
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Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

This post is all about pockets for the Weekender bag. There are a lot of pockets on/in this bag. Plus, there are a few specific instructions for sewing them. Read on for the next step in the sew along. We’re almost finished!

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

In our last post, we focused on piping. Now it’s time to plunge completely into the actual construction of the Stella Weekender Bag from Swoon Patterns. There are a number of steps, but in the end, you will walk away with a fabulous bag, that is so well worth the time spent.

What’s wonderful about this bag is the fact that it offers so many pockets. The first pocket that we’ll work on is the front zippered pocket.

The first step in constructing this zipper is the most important and that is the interfacing strip. PLEASE do not skip this step. If you do, the zipper will not have the stability that it needs.

The zipper interfacing is a 1″ wide strip that is placed just below the handle reinforcement. My line is faint, but look closely and you’ll see that I have marked a line down the middle of my zipper interfacing strip.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

This may seem a bit scary, but trust me, it will work. Cut down the middle of the zipper interfacing strip. You will now have 2 pieces.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

The next step will be to add the ends to the zipper.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Fold back 1/4″ on both the top and bottom of the bag pieces and then position over the zipper as you see below. Stitch the top and bottom of the bag to the zipper with an edge stitch. When you are near the zipper pull, you will need to reposition it in order to stitch to the end.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Now that the zipper is in place, take the fusible interfacing and press to the back of the front bag. The instructions tell you to cut out a rectangular area for the zipper. I cut out the entire strip from one side to the other. The application of the fusible interfacing will be much easier.

Take the pocket and stitch it to the back side of the zipper. The seam allowance will be quite small, so just take your time.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Bring the pocket under and stitch to the lower edge of the zipper.

Once the pocket is in place, stitch the ends closed with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Now that the pocket is in place, if you are piping your bag, stitch the piping around the edge of the front bag.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

 Now for the cargo pockets.

Again, if you are piping your bag, you will begin by adding the piping to the edge of the pocket flaps. Be sure to remove the cording from the ends as was shown in our last post. This will be important in order to turn the seam allowance in once the flaps are ready to be attached to the bag.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Follow the instructions given for attaching the magnetic snaps.

One note, I like to add an extra piece of the fusible interfacing to ensure that the snap will not pull out of the fabric.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Attach the female side of the snap to the pocket and sew the pocket as instructed. Turn the pockets to the outside and press.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

To form the cargo aspect of the pockets, press the sides and the bottom of the pockets in 3/4″.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

At each corner, stitch across the 45 degree angle and then trim down to 1/8″.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Edge stitch around the creased edges of the pockets. You will need to start and stop at each corner. You will not be able to stitch continuously around the pockets.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Place the pockets on the front of the bags using the measurements given in the instructions. Be sure to the move the pocket bag of the zippered pocket out of your way.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Now stitch the pockets to the bag with an edge stitch. It’s best to stitch the bottom first, and then stitch each side.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Place the pocket flaps along the top edge of  the pocket and edge stitch across the bottom of the pocket flap.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

We now have 3 pockets inserted into the front of the bag.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

The next step will be the handles.

Once again, the instructions say to use a stiff interfacing inside the handles. I used the woven cotton fusible interfacing in my handles and I was quite happy with the result. I simply interfaced both sides of the handle.

Stitch the handles and be sure to leave 1 long side of the handle open for easy turning.

Once the handle has been stitched and turned, press and then edge stitch around the entire handle.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Follow the instructions for placement of the handles. Once in place, stitch around the tab ends. To reinforce the handles, you may want to stitch in an “x” in the center of the tab.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

The handles are now in place.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

The next step will be to create the tabs for the “D” rings that hold the shoulder strap.

Simply fold the strip in half and press. Then fold each side to the center and press.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Fold in half once again and press.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Top stitch along each side.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Cut the strip in half.

Place the “D” rings in the middle of each strip and stitch across to hold in place.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

Take the shoulder strap, press and stitch just as you did with the “D” ring tabs.

Once the strap has been top stitched, fold back each end with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Insert the swivel hooks and then fold down 1″.

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Stitch across the end of the folded edge. I like to do add an extra stitching line for security.

 Weekender Sew Along: Week 3 Pockets!

 

At this point, lay the strap aside.

In our next post, we will insert the top zipper, sew the bag together, stitch up the lining and finish the bag.

If by chance you think that you might like to give the bag a try, and you have yet to purchase a pattern, you can find a paper version of the pattern HERE at Shop Sew It All.

Until next time…

Sew On!

Rhonda Buss

sewbussted.com

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What We Love To Sew – From The Editors of Sew News!

Amanda – Senior Editor

2015 03 06 02.35.33 11 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!These days, I love a TNT (tried and true). I prefer basics that I’ll actually wear on a daily basis rather than special occasion pieces.  I usually don’t buy a pattern unless I think I’ll make it multiple times which saves time but also means I need to really love a pattern first.

Here are a few wardrobe builders on my list this fall.

I love leggings, especially when the weather turns colder. They’re more comfortable than skinny jeans and can be dressed up or down.

I lived in the Up in Arms blouse during the summer  months. With no buttons or closures, this pattern is super easy.

Of course skirts are always an easy project for any season. Love, love love to sew tunics. I’m making one now out of a knit and I’ll be showing it off soon.

Kate – Creative Editor

FW 160614 0656 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!My favorite type of garment to sew is costumes, especially if they come from historical patterns. I got my start in theatrical costuming, so I actually learned on costumes—sometimes modern, sometimes historical, sometimes dance. I have so much fun dressing people up, whether it’s myself or someone else!

I especially enjoy working from historical patterns. I always feel so accomplished when I take an image of a pattern piece with a grid laid over it and turn it into a life-sized pattern and from that into a garment.

Fun fact: I am really good at gathering up a skirt over a bustle so it falls in a way that’s pretty and balanced.

Lately I’ve been making more everyday items, like tops and bags. But costuming will always be my first love and my not-so-secret passion.

Jessica – Assistant Editor
Jessica Z Head Shot Cropped 200 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!I am typically a home décor sewer, or sewing up miscellaneous gifty items for friends and family. But I have recently sewn my first pair of pants and I was quite relieved at how simple they actually were.

However, I love to sew up simple dresses for myself. Dresses can be fun and fast to make, but also the easiest garment to add small details to that make it more special. I can’t seem to get enough colored piping in my seams, so fun!

Jill – Online Editor

head shot 200 wf 150x150 What We Love To Sew   From The Editors of Sew News!I love to sew garments. It would be hard for me to pick just one type. I do love more than anything else to sew vintage garments with vintage patterns. Sewing vintage is a bit more time consuming, but for me it’s well worth it.

One of my favorites is the classic circle skirt. I can’t help but twirl around where ever I go. I feel a bit like Audrey Hepburn and that is not a bad thing.

 

Currently I’m sewing a vintage cape from an old Butterrick pattern, circa 1960s or so. Can’t wait to show it off. But, I also like to sew kimonos, pants and tops and dresses and….

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Vintage cape in wool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, tell us what YOU like to sew!

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What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!

The one thing art requires, Jenny Hart says, is un-constructed time—freedom to create with abandon, sans restrictions or interruptions. Finding said time used to be a challenge when the Sublime Stitching founder lived at her Los Angeles warehouse, but it’s become easier to immerse herself in hand embroidery in her new home-based studio outside the city.

“It’s a thing that you have to work really hard to carve out, and it feels like
a luxury,” Hart says. “I always say I need a room that no one else goes in. I can close the door, be uninterrupted, and think and work.”

JH quote 1 WF 600 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!Since starting Sublime Stitching  15 years ago, Hart’s been producing contemporary hand embroidery designs that draw on both her fine art background and her combined love for rock and roll, bass guitar and comic books. It’s the hand embroidery company she wished existed when her mom taught her the craft in the 1990s, she says. “The patterns were really ‘70s and ‘80s and had fallen into this teddy-bears-and- bunnies realm,” says Hart. “Also the learning resources were extremely limited. They assumed you knew how to put fabric in a hoop and where the needles go.”

SWM Logo 300 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!We’re lucky to have Jenny Hart join our Sew With Me series. If you love embroidery hand and/or machine, you’re in luck. Jenny has made her designs available in hand and machine embroidery formats, the best of both worlds.

Great thing is, if you need help on basic hand embroidery, there are helpful videos for only 2.99. Great for beginners or those who are a little rusty (me).

BUNDLE JHart 218x300 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!Did you notice that the cover photo for our latest issue (Oct/Nov 2016) has Jenny’s Pretty Pheasants design on it.

SN1611 COVER 500 221x300 What Do You Need To Be Creative? Time, Space (A Free Design)? Read On!You can download the pillow pattern and the hand embroidery design free! Hurry it’s for a limited time.

Thanks and happy sewing!

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery – Episode 9 Preview

Have you gotten a chance to view the previews of our new machine embroidery series? This 26 episode series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects.

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

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This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Episode 9 is all about embroidery designs. This is the art with which you create beautiful garments, quilts and other projects. Learn about line art, redwork, fill, lettering monograms and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 9 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery above.

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for 24.99

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Weekender Sew Along Week 2: Piping and Cording Tutorial

Hello everyone, we are back at it with the Weekender Bag Sew Along. The pattern is from Swoon patterns and really is a versatile bag pattern. This post is all about making your own piping, cording for the bag. You don’t need to do this, but it really does add a pop of color to your bag and makes it look like the higher end bags in better boutiques. And, with that here’s Rhonda!

 Weekender Sew Along Week 2: Piping and Cording Tutorial

 Everyone who sews loves to hear the words, “I can’t believe you made this!” Although it’s a little bit of a back handed compliment, what the person is really saying is that our work has the look of having been professionally made. So what is it that takes our work to that elevated level? Of course there are many factors, but quite often, it’s the extra touches, like piping that makes all the difference. The Stella Weekender Bag from Swoon Patterns can of course be made without piping, but that added touch really does make the bag pop! Continue reading

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National Sewing Month: What Sewing Means to Kate

For National Sewing Month, I was asked to answer this question: “What does sewing mean to you?” It took me a bit to figure out the answer, but once it popped into my mind, it was obvious: Sewing to me is a source of pride.

I didn’t set out to learn to sew; I came to it as a supplementary skill that I needed to learn when I was studying costume design. And honestly, I wasn’t particularly excited about it initially. Continue reading

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