Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 1 Prep Work

We’re on our last sew along for the year. For December we have a lovely cape that can be made up quickly. The Cape Super Express Pattern from Islander Sewing Systems is just that, express! You’ll be surprised how fast this sews up. Jazz it up with a bold lining fabric for a smart look. For added drama pick the hood option. The arm hole placement on this cape is unusual, but allows for much greater range of motion. Give it a try and add a unique look to your winter wardrobe this year.

 Islander Cape Sew Along: Week 1 Prep Work

 There’s something romantic and daring about a cape. For some, the thought of a cape conjours up thoughts of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes dashing about, solving crimes with his keen sense of observation and logical reasoning. Continue reading

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Here’s A Thank You Gift From Sew News & CME Magazines!

Thanksgiving from many of us here is a special time to join with family and friends. It’s the kick-off to holiday parties, gatherings and coming home for visits with loved ones. It’s also the time for shopping till you drop, long lines, and other general craziness.

Are wish is that you can take time out to do what you love which must involve creating of some sort!

Thanks MRKT blog post Heres A Thank You Gift From Sew News & CME Magazines!Here’s a couple of freebies just for you as a way of saying thank you for all your support. We hope you can steal away for yourself or with a loved one and make something special for the 2016 holidays. Continue reading

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Laurel Dress Sew Along, Week 2

Today, we’re sharing a little Laurel love with a guest post from Colette Patterns founder, Sarai Mitnick. No secret around here that I love (LOVE!!!) a great basic pattern. Also no secret that I’ve recently been bitten by the knit fabric bug. I’ve been taking a close look at the patterns I already have in my library that could work for both wovens and knits. Below are tips from Sarai on doing that with the Laurel Dress pattern.

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I made this version of Laurel because (1) knit striped shift dresses are just about the easiest thing in the world to wear, (2) no closures, and (3) I wanted to see how Laurel would do in a knit fabric. Continue reading

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Ultimate Sewing Wish List + A Giveaway!

Too Many Presents Under The Tree

I find it more than amusing that no one in my household, when it comes time for gift giving, gives me any sewing related presents. None. I really can’t think of a Christmas or birthday where I was presented with anything related to sewing. Nothing.

20 Bad Vintage Christmas Ads Ultimate Sewing Wish List + A Giveaway!

Will I really be happier with a Hoover?

Not that I’m looking a gift horse in the mouth. I truly love the mustard-colored velour extra- large underwear set. Who doesn’t need an electrical foot bath and a pot holder set with Paula Deen’s face emblazoned on them? The cone-shaped watch from Walmart still sits in a honored place in my sock drawer. And, the electric staple gun and sweat suit, well, what can I say about that? Every year it gets better and better.

Trust me, I’ve given hints, practically tattooed a list on my face. Until they “get the hint”, I make sure I always have something for myself under the tree. Trust me it’s good.

Question for you is what does your sewing wish list look like? Want a sewing machine, a nice pair of scissors? Maybe a gift card or two? Tell me a great (or not so great) gift you received from a spouse or significant other. Maybe you’re like me and pop something for yourself under the tree.
Let me know in the comments section below and you’ll be entered to win a Seamstress’s Holiday Gift Pack.

One winner will be picked on Monday November 21!

Until then!

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: Preview 11: Freestanding Lace

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 12 is all about freestanding lace. Learn what it is, how to embroider, project samples as inspiration and more! All this and more in the full 26 series video.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 11 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery above.

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

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Veterans Day & Quilts of Valor

How do you celebrate Veterans Day? Do you go to parades? Maybe you shake a veterans hand and tell them ‘Thank you!’

Perhaps you make a quilt to be used by military veterans in their recovery? There is a wonderful organization called Quilts of Valor, which offers quilts to veterans for comfort. Their mission is “to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. They are always looking for quilters and seamstresses to sew quilts. I encourage you to check it out!

If your interested in making a quilt there are many patterns and inspiration for you to choose from.

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String of Stars Quilt

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Fluttering Flag Quilt




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BurdaStyle Cape Top

Seasonally appropriate? Not in the least!

I’m a summer girl, so sometimes the only thing that gets me through fall and winter is dreaming about when the warm weather will come around again. That’s what was behind my choice to stitch this cool, drapey cape top from BurdaStyle.

The pattern is designed for knits, so I used this fun print from Art Gallery Fabrics’ Heart Melodies called “The Key of Hue.” I love the colors and the way the print is reminiscent of a piano keyboard. This knit is 95% cotton, so it will be nice and cool come summer.

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The Key of Hue

The Cape top pattern comes from the May 2016 issue of BurdaStyle. I love the way it drapes and shows a little bit of upper arm. The pattern includes a front and back piece that can be cut top-length or dress-length. Continue reading

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