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!

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115 Responses to Free Stuff Friday Giveaway!

  1. Vickie T says:

    I love to look through my books to see if I get some fresh ideas for doing something different or trying something new. I also get one out when I am not sure I do something I haven’t done in a while be right the first time then have to rip it out.

  2. Jamie F says:

    I’m always needing a tip or refresher but I seem to go the internet for the info. Sometimes I’d rather use the “old school” way and look through an actual book. I’d love to have this!

  3. Roberta Schultz says:

    I have several books on sewing that I use on a regular basis for advice. My sewing books have helped me expand my horizon’s by trying projects or techniques I wouldn’t have discovered without them.

  4. Mary says:

    I treasure my sewing books and sometimes read them just for fun. They are the first place I go when I have a question about a process, and when I need inspiration.

  5. Wendy Graves says:

    Sadly, and I must admit, ashamedly, I rarely refer to my books. I am always so busy sewing that I don’t have time to read. Doesn’t make much sense does it. Maybe I should make it my bedtime reading…..

  6. Shirley says:

    I have been sewing for a long time and can do most things on auto pilot. However, it is great to go back to the books to see how techniques have changed, new tools have made the process easier, or how to fit my shifting body. My other favorite books are Domestic sewing handbook, 1942 and Vogue New book for Better Sewing, 1952 for use with vintage patterns and looks to get techniques that made those garments so special.

  7. Marthie says:

    I just love to browse through my books for tips because sometimes the older the tip the more useful

  8. Virginia Darwin says:

    I am starting a new business of teaching girls sewing classes. I use my books and “Sew News” to get my ideas. Constant reference to these valuable books.

  9. I have a huge collection of sewing books, many vintage. As a general rule, they’re scattered from the living room to the bedroom because I’m re-reading 10 or more at a time.

  10. Kelly Schafer says:

    You can never have too many sewing books. I help my daughter and several others with their 4-H sewing projects, so this one would be part of my lending library. Thanks for the opportunity.

  11. Evelyn says:

    My books are mostly used for inspiration and less often for reference — it’s great to have them handy whenever you need them for whatever purpose.

  12. Janice Baldwin says:

    I teach beginner sewing and it’s always good to refresh my brain on basics

  13. Jaklina says:

    Im constantly looking up how-to videos, sewing blogs and referencing notes and books. Also, with each sewing class I take, I create a typed notebook with tiny samples of each piece as well- plackets, cuffs, different stitches, etc. to make it super simple the next time I have to recreate it. When you have samples to reference, it makes it much less intimidating :)

  14. peggy Olson says:

    I use my reference books when I have not been sewing for a while and I need to refresh my skill set. Also, as I teach my children to sew, and I prefer them to learn good sewing habits, and not have to unlearn my bad habits.

  15. Daphne Bradley says:

    I am constantly looking in my old Sew News, Sew Simple, and Threads magazines and sewing books to read up on techniques, inspiration, or other information. I love to read about sewing. I heard that reading about it is the next best thing to sewing! I am ready for the new issue of Sew News.

  16. Rose says:

    I have quite a collection of sewing books and magazines, and often refer to them for inspiration and ideas, and for use as a visual help when giving a sewing lesson or teaching a class.

  17. Barbara Wroe says:

    I just have to tell you…I have been a material petter for years, and I collect my sewing books and magazines from the late 70s till now. There’s just something about being able to hold them in my hands, feel the pages, look at the pictures and read all the exciting, yup I said “exciting”, interesting information…it’s almost as joyful as actually working wiith the materials and threads and patterns. Need I go on?? I’m always fondling my literature, and when I’m not sewing, knitting, crocheting or embroidering (by hand, haven’t yet been able to afford a machine…don’t know if I’ll ever be able to….I’m looking, pinning, clipx-ing or reading information on all the needleart sites on the net. And there again…I think of myself as a needlecrafter….not a sewist or any of the other new terms they have these days, it truly is an art and even the name carries the full-bodied feeling that these treasures bring. Sorry if I got carried away….I usually do when it comes to material and all that is involved with it.

  18. Very often, for the classes I am teaching, I just love to reinforce what already know or refresh and get ideas for the classes.

  19. Janice Peterson says:

    All the time! I am a newbie at sewing and sewing for Idiots is my guide, along with every other magazine and book.

  20. Shirley Mautz says:

    I’m sad to say that I don’t have any sewing books at all and would love to receive one in this contest to use with my sewing. I usually use the internet, or have attended a class. I do use my sewing machine manuals a lot though.

  21. Eileen says:

    I reference my books fairly often. I do alterations, thus I like to review proper procedure before I begin.

  22. Pam says:

    If my magazines, such as Sew News, are considered part of my library I go through them on a daily basis, taking them to work to read at lunch time. I love the inspiration they give!

  23. If I cannot figure out what I am doing I do check my reference books out. If I still have a problem I will research it until my problem is solved. Sometimes it takes a little longer than I expect but you have to have patience. I try my best to do things right the first time but if they don’t come out right do it again as I have been told until you get it right. I do refer to Sew News articles for help at times.

  24. Pamela Wright says:

    almost every time i sew

  25. Patricia George-Lezama says:

    I am always in my reference library. I always need help on some thing. This is particularly because I have just started sewing again after an eleven year hiatus.

  26. danni armstrong says:

    A little bit of both. If I am garment sewing then my Quilting books are collecting dust. If I. Am Quilting then my garment sewing books are collecting dust. Lol

  27. carol womack says:

    I usually start collect 4 or 5 of the books most on point whenever I plan a new project. If I find a good pattern, it’s free. I wish I had more time to search the internet, but the search engines are not really geared to sewing vocabulary.

  28. Sarah Stephenson says:

    All the time. I have sewn for 48 years, and I am self taught. My reference library is critical to my success!

  29. carol womack says:

    Sorry, here’s wjat I meant to say: I usually start by collecting 4 or 4 of my sewing books most on point whenever I start planning a new project. If I find a good pattern, it’s free. I wish I had more time to search the internet, but the search engines are not yet geared to sewing vocabulary.

  30. Susan says:

    I have tendency to just sew thinking I know what I’m doing and then make big mistake and have to find my trusty quick unpick and consult one of my sewing books. One day I will consult the book first!

  31. Kelli says:

    I like to look at my reference & quilt books about once a month to see if I am doing it right or to get new ideas.

  32. Candy Culnane says:

    I do refer to reference books and have many in my collection including magazines, but I like to try to work things out myself as personally I find it’s the best way I learn, in a funny way I like making big boo boos, sometimes I even find a better way to do it.

  33. LauraM says:

    Always refer to them when I’m making fitting alterations.

  34. Sue says:

    If anyone needs a refresher on sewing I sure do. I’ve used my latest sew. machine for under 3 years, sewing only on a few occasions, and already I can’t get the machine to even start. (Could it be I need a new needle?)

  35. I have shelves and shelves of books and videos. I have been sewing since I was 6 and I am 62 now and I still find new things to learn and and old thing to rediscover

  36. Sue says:

    Forgot to answer the question, so I may be entered in the contest. Whenever a sewing question keeps coming to mind, I look through every sewing book that can be readily accessed; also have checked out sewing reference books from the library for info. Thanks

  37. Sandy L says:

    Love to look through sewing magazines to come up with new techniques. So much has been simplified since I have been sewing. Just because that’s the way we always did it doesn’t mean there isn’t a simpler and more efficient way. I love to try new and challenging things. Never a dull minute.

  38. Jean T says:

    I have been making more projects without the a pattern. I need my reference material every time a task comes up that I have not done latel

  39. linda says:

    I use them for reference books, but also to get ideas of things I have not tried

  40. Pat Hersl says:

    Probably not often enough, ususally after ripping the secind time. Just laziness. I am admonishing myself….

  41. Linda Poulin says:

    I often go back to my sewing library. I’ve included the Sew News Magazine on my shelves. Last night I made a handbag after I found the directions in my library. It took me only a few hours to make. It’s great to go back and review techniques I haven’t visited and get ideas for new projects.

  42. Maria Kievit says:

    Love my books. When I’m stuck, it’s the first place I look for answers. Or for new ideas when stuck. Thanks for another giveaway.

  43. Calla Ferguson says:

    I don’t exactly have a sewing “library”….I have a sewing book and a serger book. I do however live close to my local public library. Now that’s a library!! I regularly check out books about sewing or machine embroidery. That library comes in handy for specialty sewing books that you don’t necessarily want to own, but just want to read
    I could really use the “Singer Simple Sewing Guide” as a daily reference guide! Would three books make a library? lol lol

  44. Liz Kuntz says:

    I constantly refer to my books and magazines for inspiration as well as knowledge.

  45. Jenni Davis says:

    I reference my sewing library when I need a refresher or when I want to try a new project. I have two beginner books thus far and keep a notebook with tips and how to instructions from the classes I have taken. I also have two vintage sewing books from my late Grandmother – those are dear to me. :)

  46. Carla says:

    I read my sewing books like novels, and CONSTANTLY! I’ve practically memorized most of them (I have a LOT, not including sewing magazines!) but I’m afraid to actually DO it! LOL!

  47. I’d be lost without my sewing library! Some of the older books are my favorites. I probably go to the books once or twice for every day that I am sewing.


  48. LethaG says:

    I like to pull them off the self every once in a while and just flip through them to refresh my skills. It also gets my creative juices going too.

  49. Linda T says:

    Mine are always handy.

  50. lynaeve says:

    I can’t really afford to buy all the wonderful books I want. my library is mostly online. However, i did find 2 great vintage books for cheap. I love vintage books because they seem to have more information about everything. I can’t take classes so I need all the information I can get!

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