FREE Stuff Friday!

‘Tis the season for giving, receiving and eating! Everyone will be busy cooking and baking their favorite holiday receipes this month and should have a cute apron to do it in.

Enter to win The Perfect Apron: 35 Fun and Flirty Designs for You to Make, by Rob Merrett, Cico Books, and learn how to stitch a festive apron for the holidays or for year-around.

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For your chance to win, simply answer the question: What’s a sewing technique that you’ve been dying to learn? Or is there a skill you’re trying to master, such as bound buttonholes or set-in sleeves?

One winner will be selected from the answers on Monday.

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69 Responses to FREE Stuff Friday!

  1. Barbara says:

    I’m terrified of an FBA…and I really need to learn how to do it!

  2. Jeny says:

    What I want to learn is machine embroidery cutwork! I got a package of things to do it (Husqvarna Viking), now I need to find the time….

  3. Dawn says:

    Wildly enough, I just finished making an uber-cute hostess apron as a holiday gift! To do so, I picked up a ruffler, which is a great attachment in theory – what I really need to do is learn how to use it better to do all the things I want to do – I’m hoping to use it to make quicker work of pleating – without the needle coming out 6″ into the project! eep! Plus, once I learn how, I’m thinking of some quick tulle skirts quickly pleated with my new ruffler…

  4. Sara says:

    I want to become more proficient with my serger. Along with Jeny, I need to find the time.

  5. Donna says:

    I want to learn to sew with suede! It seems like when I do, it doesn’t like to feed through my machine evenly which makes the stitching not uniform, it kind of bunches up, etc!

  6. Maria C. says:

    I have a serger that I’ve barely used! I need to dive in and learn what it’s good for and use it more often!

  7. Linda Boothman says:

    I want to find the time to learn to use some of the extra feet I have splurged on….I just heard there is a Stitch In the Ditch foot….I better look into that! Another foot to learn…..

  8. Lynn Feek says:

    There are so MANY things that I still wish to learn, I’m always picking up a new book here or there to try something new. I think the thing I need to learn next is design for popular clothing… I’m fairly good at designs for renaissance costumes, but they’re pretty repetitive and surprisingly basic compared with today’s fashions. My 11 year old is quite the fashionista, I’d love to design her clothes to be the envy of her friends, all without patterns!

  9. Linda T says:

    There are so many feet for my machine, serger and cover hem machine that I need to conquer. I am always learning.

  10. Theresa says:

    I would love to figure out my serger, it scares me!!!

  11. Sandy says:

    I would love to learn trapunto….but don’t know of anyone to teach me.

  12. Susan Brooks says:

    I also don’t use my serger enough. I’ve seen what can be done with them but I haven’t put the time in to learn. I’m afraid of how fast it goes, which makes mistakes fast too.

  13. Jefiner Jones says:

    I have a Brother Inovus-80 and I want to learn all the stitches and what they are used for. I make mainly smocked dresses, but there’s so many things I have not yet tried and I feel I’ve not even scratched the surface!

  14. Lois Johnsen says:

    I want to learn more about using the ruffler machine attachment. I’ve got this idea about using the serger to finish edges and then ruffle fabrics for trimming aprons and things. Now I just need the time to play with it all !

  15. Sheila Whitney says:

    I love to do machine embroidering & have sewn almost everything. I would like more time to learn how to do machine quilting. I will be a grandma for the first time in a couple of weeks and need to make a quilt for my grandson.

  16. Jennifer says:

    I would love to get more comfortable with buttonholes and also in different ways of finishing my seam allowances to look professional.

  17. Cheri Dodson says:

    I want to learn to fit pants better. The waist to crotch is always too long!

    Barbara, what is an FBA?

  18. Heidi says:

    I would like to get better at free motion sewing – embellishing, quilting, etc.

  19. Robyn says:

    I’m attempting to make a box-pleated skirt. I love the way pleats look and I’ve always wanted to try making something with them. It’s a bit daunting, but I know I’ll be happy that I gave it a go.

  20. Alisha says:

    I would love to be able to use my serger to its full potential. I know that there are a million things that I could be doing with it but just don’w know how to. I know that I could be doing couching, applying beads, flat-locking trim and all kinds of exciting things, but I just don’t have anyone to teach me!

  21. Candy says:

    I have had a wool coat cut out for (years) a long time that has welt pockets. Because of the welt pockets, I have been frozen and unable to go on with the coat. How sad is that??!! It probably won’t even fit me anymore but I would still like to finish it.

  22. leslie watova says:

    I would love to become more proficient will machine stitching appliques and using the decorative stitches that are on my machine. Just need some time.

  23. sheila breslin says:

    I would like to. learn free motion embellishment

  24. Debbie Lauzon says:

    I would like to learn and have the patience to do heirloom sewing .

  25. Joanne Deschenes says:

    I want someone to hold my hand while I finally try the serger I have. I get so afraid that I’ll make a mistake, that I don’t use it…. Just a scaredy cat…

  26. Sharon J says:

    I would like to learn more on using all the machine feet for techniques and embellishments.

  27. Lorie says:

    I would like to explore more of the decorative stitches available on my machine. I know that I’m not using it to its full potential!

  28. jance meleo says:

    I really need to learn how to do machine embroidery using the stitches provided on my Husqvarna Lilly. There are so many beautiful stitches I never use.

  29. Jean B. says:

    Been learning how to use my serger for the last year, and finally upgraded to a Babylock Evolution!! But I’ve yet to do much fancy stuff on it. I’d also love to learn how to do pattern and clothing alterations. I’m a real moron in that area!

  30. Sherry M. says:

    I’m dying to learn free motion quilting…I’m hoping one of the local quilt shops offer a hands on class. I can’t seem to do it on my own!

  31. Jennifer P. says:

    More serger techniques and learning how to make patterns from scratch.

  32. I would love to have the time to learn all the new stitches on my new Brother machine.

  33. Jill C. says:

    I would love to learn what all the different stitches are used for.

  34. Ann says:

    The different ways I can use my serger, also the correct tension that I need to set sewing.

  35. TheresaL says:

    I actually have a couple. I would love to put in a perfect zipper and I have a serger that I would like to learn how to use.

  36. DebbieW999 says:

    I want to learn to make cording and make new cushions for my furniture!!

  37. Jill Sala says:

    I want to learn how to use a master pattern to help adjust other patterns that are not necessarily my correct size. I love collecting and sewing vintage patterns,but sometimes shy away from purchasing one that is too large or small. I would also love to learn how to remove the excess fabric from the shoulders and sleeve caps of patterns from the 80′s. Some of the jackets and dresses are so cute but a liitle too “Era” specific with those “line backer” shoulder pads!

  38. Susan McLaughlin says:

    I want to learn more about my embroidery machine.

  39. Sharon B says:

    I have a very nice Babylock Imagine Wave serger and am terrified to try it!! I went to one 2 hour class and it has been in the rolling cart ever since!!

  40. I would love to do machine quilting! It’s an expensive hobby, but one I’d love to know before I leave this world. I am almost 58, and have quilted, but never machine quilted!! *I wish, I wish*

  41. Diana says:

    I need to learn how to do a pant with a real fly front. I’ve been terrified of them for 30 years! The directions always confound me in pattern directions.

  42. Dottie Jones says:

    I just got brave enough to cut out my granddaughters dupioni silk ruffled skirt I am making for her to wear this holiday season. Now I have to learn how to sew on silk! Any hints?

  43. I would love to know more about my serger, machine quilting and buttonholes. Am very tired of snaps and Velcro.

  44. Gail Banks says:

    I bought 2 Pink Fig pattern for my Granddaughter that have sheering in the back. The instructions told me to get elastic thread but I have been afraid to get started on the project. The elastic thread goes into the bobbin casing and it really scares me to start the project but the pattern are so cute!!!

  45. Connie says:

    I’m trying to get up the nerve to try couching on silk…..and I need more confidence using stitch recipes….I love what I see others do, but haven’t tried much myself!

  46. Diana says:

    I need to learn to use my bias binder attachments. Have one for my coverstitch machine and one for my sewing machine. I can’t figure them out.

  47. michelle says:

    I am lame – I just want to be able to put a zipper in a dress. I avoid all zipper patterns.

  48. Mary says:

    I would love to be able to do heirloom sewing. I have always dreamed of making fairtale dresses for little girls. Working with all those delicate fabrics intimidate the heck out of me.

  49. Conni Brown says:

    Zippers are my biggest problem, I don’t know if I’ll ever master them.

  50. Sheriann D. says:

    I would love to learn to do smocking and do it really well. Also, I want to learn to do my quilting much better. I have a desire to really improve all my sewing skills. I am a perfectionist!

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