Free Stuff Friday Giveaway!

Welcome to another edition of Free Stuff Friday!

Today we’re giving away a copy of the Singer Simple Sewing Guide. Not specific to a Singer sewing machine, this guide gives you essential tips and techniques– from information on sewing tools and machine features to tips for working with patterns and specialty fabrics.

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PLUS: we’ll throw in a package of 350 long pins from Dritz. Who among us couldn’t use more pins!?!

All you have to do to enter to win these ESSENTIAL prizes is post your answer to the following question in the comments section at the end of this post:

How often do you reference your sewing library?

Are you constantly flipping through pages to refresh your skills? Or are your sewing books collecting dust?

We’ll randomly select one comment and announce the winner on Tuesday! Good luck and have a GREAT Memorial Day weekend!

 Free Stuff Friday Giveaway!
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115 Responses to Free Stuff Friday Giveaway!

  1. Chris W says:

    I use my books quite a bit to refresh my skills and to try new techniques.

  2. tammy t says:

    I only have one book since I have just started sewing–The Sewing Book by A Smith. It is helpful and I also use my Sew News and Sew It All magazines. I also go to the internet for information. I could really use more references because I REALLY need help.

  3. Sandra Cadman says:

    collect dust parish that thought I keep my book handy after 40+ years of sewing my machine sometimes has lapses and i need to refresh it’s memory.

  4. Cecile says:

    The more challenging the project, the more of my books I consult. Some are definitely used more than others, but I treasure them all.

  5. Deirdre Long says:

    I’d say I use some kind of reference every other project, and randomly when I need a break from life. I just flip through some projects and get inspiration for the future. I also love getting vintage sewing/craft books from yard sales, my mom, etc.

  6. Ali M says:

    My sewing books aren’t gathering dust, but they do go through long periods of disuse when I’m not trying new projects and making the same patterns again instead of digging into a new one.

  7. Carol says:

    I reference my collection regularly, both for inspiration and information. I am learning to use ebooks and online resources, as I have recently retired and have more time to dedicate to sewing.

  8. I”ll read mine often but more when I have an alteration to do and not quite sure how to do it, would love to have yours, especially for free.

  9. Juanita M says:

    I love my sewing library and refer back often. Even if I am not making something will sometimes just look at the books and review different techniques and mentally make something using that technique to get familiar with it. I am a visual person and need pictures most of the time. Weird, I guess, but that’s just me!

  10. Brenda says:

    I love to read as much as I can about sewing. I read books, watch videos, surf the Internet and any other resources I might find. I do this almost daily. Thanks for all the great giveaways. Sewing is such good therapy.

  11. Kristin says:

    I’m still just learning to sew, so I refer to my books often!

  12. annette yegge says:

    Every single time I sew something, I refer to my sewing books, magazines or notes from classes I’ve taken. I’m still a beginner and find he help where I can get it.

  13. Vanessa Helton says:

    alot , i still have no clue what i am doing …. so i have 2 books , and my kids books but true !!!

  14. Savannagal says:

    I reference my manual and my one beginner sewing book all the time. I’m a beginner sewer and need all the help I can get. Thank goodness for all the thoughtful people posting on YouTube. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Joyce D says:

    I am always referring to my reference books when I am sewing. There are many different ways to approach a project.

  16. Grace says:

    Pretty often although I often just wing it too – with sometimes rather sorry results!

  17. Michelle Shook says:

    I reference my library probably at least once a week…..for a refresher on something….for education on something I’m totally unfamiliar with…..or just because they are fun to flip through and read when I need a break. I find the later item keeps me fresh in my sewing skills and motivates me.

  18. LisaVH says:

    I definitely pull them out often. I am semi-self taught. I know enough to know there must be a better way than the way I’m doing it. :) I usually run into a problem and seek out a book or reference to get myself unstuck.

  19. Kate Oliver says:

    I have many books in my personal library, each for different things, I like to do many different things that it helps to have books to refer back to. I also look things up online quite a bit too. Lots of times I look through for ideas and use them as a jumping off point.

  20. cathie cole says:

    I love to refer to my sewing library and I’m alway’s looking to find new and different ways to approach my sewing needs. Sew News offers many inspirational and inovative resources and ideas that are always helpful both to the beginner sewer and those of us with many years of experience.

  21. Jennifer says:

    I refer to them occasionally to refresh my memory of certain things. I could always use new books with tips and tricks in them.

  22. Sarah Bailey says:

    I am always looking in my books for ways to do something.

  23. Beverly says:

    I do use them when I get stumped on something..

  24. Angela Cianfaglione says:

    I either refer to for best techniques with some difficult projects or I just look to get inspiration.

  25. rachaelhannah says:

    I don’t have much of a sEwing library yet.I Just turned 11, but I use my grandmothers all the time

  26. Loretta T says:

    I have found since I started teaching two 9 year old 4-Hers I reference them more often. Things I just do need to be clarified to explain.

  27. Glenda DeLillo says:

    It is always great to have a variety of reference books and a sewing network to refer to the directions don’t explain things completely.

  28. Dusty says:

    I own one sewing book. I can’t think of the name right now but it some Ultimate Guide to Sewing type book from the ’70s. I reference it when making my own garments without patterns. However, the local library’s extensive sewing book collection is a regular in my home.

  29. Blossom says:

    I taught myself how to sew, largely from books, so I do reference my sewing library quite a bit.

  30. Barbie Jones says:

    My books are so old and collecting dust, although I do dust! I need new updated versions. Although the old ones are helpful, it’s always nice to upgrade!

  31. Roberta Benson says:

    Every time I make something. Usually it to remind myself of how much fabric I need for binding.

  32. Jean Clark-Collins says:

    I like looking at them for ideas I have put them on a special shelf so they can be found easily. I seem to always find new things in them. Sewing is always evolving and there are many ways to get to the final product. Sometimes we have to put two ideas together to get the best way to finish a project.

  33. Jessica says:

    I’m fairly new to sewing so I don’t yet have a sewing library. I regularly scour the internet for new ideas and helpful tutorials. and of course when I have a quiet moment i sit and watch Sew It All off my DVR :)

  34. Audrey says:

    -If I’m not in a rush, I get out my sewing books to check how to do something correctly. If I’m in a rush, I do a quick search of the internet. But I treasure my sewing books.

  35. Candy says:

    I am always going through all the reference material that I have accumulated!

  36. Rosemary Pack says:

    I have a couple that just sit but others that I flip through all the time, including machine manuals. You can always come up with a new technique or idea!

  37. Stephanie says:

    It is my opinion that you can never have enough sewing resource books. I pick a couple and a book sale for $1 each. One was from 1948 and the other from 1953. One of them is a Singer book. There is WEALTH of knowledge in these books. Some of the hand sewing techniques alone are worth it. I always learn something new from every book I own. Thanks for the give away!

  38. Kimberly N says:

    I love reading through my sewing books! They are great for references on my current projects or ideas for new ones. :)

  39. Judy says:

    I love reference books! When I or my granddaughter runs into a problem it is good to see what the reference book says.

  40. Jeanne says:

    I pick up a book whenever I need to review a skill or learn how to do something. This happens often when I am quilting since my first training is in clothing construction. I also sometimes take several books with me to read in bed hoping they will inspire some “dream” projects!

  41. Donna Allen says:

    I use my books for inspiration about once a week. I am afraid after sewing for 40 years I am not trying many new things so don’t use reference books but about every 3 to 6 months.

  42. Shellee says:

    I use my books regularly… some more than others!! Also keep magazines for reference and inspiration. Bought my daughter-in-law a sewing machine and hope to spend some time increasing her sewing knowledge and confidence!! If I win the box of pins – I would give them to my d-i-l to add to her new box of sewing essentials!!

  43. Cheryl Scholes says:

    Even though I’ve been sewing for many, many years. I regularly refer to my sewing books to hone my skills or learn new techniques.

  44. Melvina Montalvo says:

    When ever I start project Iam not sure of I always pull out the books .

  45. Viviana says:

    Quite often! Although most times it’s just reading for fun :p I love following patterns and instructions, but there’s some crazy joy in adding a bit of yourself every now and then!

  46. Lauren H. says:

    I just got back into sewing so I’m a bit rusty. As a result I’ve amassed a rather large amount of sewing books from garage sales, thrift stores, and the like.

    I reference them all the time! I’m self-teaching myself how to sew; my sewing library has become quite handy if I have a question on something or just want to learn more about a particular topic. I can easily imagine myself referencing my books for decades to come. :)

  47. Heather F. says:

    I reference my library constantly! I am self-taught, mostly from books and patterns. :)

  48. Heidi says:

    I use my books frequently when I haven’t used a certain foot in a while, or when I need inspiration. THIS summer, I’m teaching a grandchild to sew! :)

  49. Barri says:

    I refer back to my sewing library CONSTANTLY !!!! There are time my sewing room looks a tornado went through with so many books and magazine strewn around, both for garment sewing and quilting.

  50. LisaAnn says:

    I have a couple of books that I refer to regularly, but I have far too many collecting dust :(