Free Stuff Friday Giveaway

sewingtips Free Stuff Friday GiveawayAny plans for the weekend?  I’m going to be finishing up my dress from Nancy Zieman’s Sew Knits with Confidence pattern collection.  Be sure to come back on April 23rd to see how it all turned out.  Make a comment about my dress or sewing with knits and you will be entered to win Nancy Zieman’s book Sew Knits with Confidence AND 4 of her knit patterns.

For today 200 Sewing Tips, Techniques  & Trade Secrets by Lorna Knight is what we have on the sewing table for Free Stuff Friday.

This book is packed with awesome tips, hints and time saving secrets.  Great for beginners and intermediate sewists, but might just teach a few ‘ole timers and thing or two as well.    Answer the following question in the comments section below:

Who taught you how to sew? Was it a home economics teacher (do they still exist) or your mother, grandmother?  Maybe dad was the one who was handy with needle and thread.   Or, are you like myself who was largely self-taught.

Please let me know in the comments section below! One winner will be announced on Monday.

Happy Sewing!

 Free Stuff Friday Giveaway

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113 Responses to Free Stuff Friday Giveaway

  1. Paula H says:

    I learned how to sew in my 7th grade home economics and started with 1 yard skirts. I started making all my clothes and my younger sister’s clothes. By the time I was 17 I was working in Sew Fro Fabrics and taking home more fabrics and patterns than pay. I majored in Consumer Sciences in college hoping to become a fashion merchandiser. I still have a stash of fabrics from back in the day and I try to collect one new piece per month. See what one class in sewing can set up a woman’s future. I am a fabriholic and fiberholic. However, I am a perfectionist when I sew and my daughters whom I taught to sew would say I am the worst kind.

  2. Kath says:

    My mother taught me to sew. I remember, me helping her with my Chatty Cathy wardrobe picking fabric just like my dresses which she sew not only for me but my two sisters and shirts she sewn for my brothers. I even remember installing my first dress zipper with her help.

  3. Jean Thomas says:

    My Momma taught me to sew. It was also out of necessity. There was 5 children in our house. Our clothes were all made, as finances were tight. Momma would keep us a weeks worth of clothes made and if we wanted more, we were expected to sew them ourselves. My love of sewing/crafting is a precious gift that my mother blessed me with!

  4. Lorna says:

    My mom taught me how to sew when I was 10. Been sewing ever since. Whenever anyone in my family needs to sew something, I hear from them. That way, I get to pass my lifetime of learning on to them so they will keep sewing. I also have the best fabric collection for whatever project comes up.

  5. Brenda says:

    My mom taught my sister and I to sew. I remember making these maxi skirts — elastic waist — lots of HUGE flowers! I think there is still some of the fabric in a quilt at my mom’s house.

  6. Daryl Reese says:

    My mom taught me to sew when I was about 10 years old, though I didn’t complete my first garment until 7th grade (12 years old). I sewed clothes for myself all through school, then made clothes for my children when they were young. I intend to take up quilting but that may be a few years off yet.

  7. MelodyJ says:

    I haven’t learned yet. I’m considering if taking a class or self-taught is best for me.

  8. Colette Wilson says:

    I learned to sew from my home economics teacher. I learned a lot from her that I continue to use today.

  9. Linda Lamothe says:

    Who taught me how to sew? My Mom (93 yrs old) taught me how to sew when I was about 12 years old. She had me mending on a Singer sewing machine. I was also mentored by my two older sisters. My Love of Sewing is part of me & what makes me me.

  10. Debkb says:

    My mom some but mostly home ec classes. I was doing simple basic sewing thanks to Mom at the age of 10. Took home ec in 7th grade where I started learning more. Haven’t stopped since and I’m in my mid 50′s!

  11. Jennifer says:

    My mother taught me to sew. When I was young, she would sew brides maid and other ‘formal’ dresses for people. I was allowed to use the scrap and sew for my Barbie. My love for sewing began there. In high school mom sewed most of my clothes and a new dress for nearly ever dance. I had more then I needed and never felt out of place. I didn’t nurish my love and talent again until I had daughters to sew for. Now I’m the one sewing pants for the tall skinny daughter who can’t find any to fit right, prom dresses so we can afford that look she wants while making it modest, and just general clothes because my budget won’t allw for all the items they want. The most exciting part is that my girls have finally decided that they too want to learn to sew clothes and I’m have a blast teaching them.

  12. Tish says:

    When my sister and I were about 7 & 9 years old respectively, Mom & Dad decided we needed to learn how to do some things for ourselves that would benefit us in the future, and that meant learning to sew and learning how to maintain/fix a car. There was no such thing as hours in front of the TV unless you were doing something constructive or very sick. After several small sewing projects of making things we could use or wear, we each made our dresses that we wore to our Uncle’s wedding about 3 years later. All through junior high and high school, at the end of the school year Mom trotted us to the local Hancocks Fabrics, and we picked out patterns, fabric, and notions for the next year’s school clothes. We were only allowed 3 or 4 “store bought” items, the rest had to be sewn by us. Then we would spend our entire summer sewing our new outfits, and getting excited about what we made. From that experience alone I can sew a button down shirt, blindfolded, half asleep, without instructions and almost without a pattern as a guide. Now my sister and I make some pretty awesome things, and sewing has become CHIC instead of GEEK like it was in high school. Oh and the car thing? I’ve built my own engine and collect Italian sports cars, and my sis is great a diagnosing problems on her own vehicle, but that’s another story! Thanks Mom & Dad!

  13. Brynn says:

    Born to Sew! Started cutting up and hand sewing the bed sheets when I was in 3rd grade (were my parents mad!) and did I look horrible! But I was proud of my ‘creations’ and my mom would let me wear them out in the yard. The neighbors probably thought my parents were having financial problems (haha), because I have seen the pics my parents took of me in my ‘creation’. In 4th grade, they bought me a sewing machine from JCPenney’s where I learned a little from reading patterns but they sent me to classes at the YWCA. I really have no relatives that I can brag that helped me, especially my mom! She was the worse!!!! By 7th grade, I was well ahead of my home ec class. ~~~ My dad, strangely, taught me how to knit, as he (and his class) had to knit squares for soldiers during WW-II. He remembered how to knit and wanted to add to my ‘sewing phase’ (that I never grew out of)! Don’t knit much but – like everyone else – when it comes to sewing, love the creativity of having something that I can proudly say that I made!

  14. Angela Self says:

    My grandmother (Mom Mom) taught me how to hand sew when I was 6 years old, and a great-aunt taught me how to sew on a machine when I was about 11. I’ve been hooked since, and have taught my nieces how to sew :)

  15. Sandy L says:

    My mother started me out very young and I never stopped, learning many new techniques on line and books. If I can read it, I can do it. BTW, our school cut the sewing classes at our High School, stating, it’s cheaper to buy what you want. All machines were sold to the public. Don’t let it become a lost art. Teach your children and grandchildren and keep our young sewing!

  16. Mary Mag says:

    My sister taught me to sew when I was 7 years old. I was hot and needed a pair of shorts and she said “let’s go make them”. Within a couple of hours I had a pair of shorts. After that I watched and helped her whenever she was seeing and that’s how I learned to sew. Thank you dear sister!!

  17. Tina Elliott Sabo says:

    My grandmother! She was a beautiful seamstress. I also took classes from a local lady that taught teens how to sew. Then, to top all that, my mother-in-law added to it. She too was an amazing seamstress. I’ve learned a lot from these women! Now, I continue to learn and tweak methods through Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery, Designs in Machine Embroidery, and many many others.

  18. nicole w. says:

    my sewing teacher in 9th grade.

  19. Evelyn says:

    In 7th grade sewing class Mrs. Caley taught me basics — enough to get me going. In college Mr. Bullard was the best — he taught me industrial techniques that made sewing so much faster and easier. Today I’ve gotten into quilting and home decor.

  20. Michelle Hall says:

    Mostly my Mom although I did take some classes from other teachers along the way

  21. Debbie Lovas says:

    I am basically self-taught, with a little help from my mother, grandmother, friends, and many, many books. I love to sew. My grandchildren love to watch me when I sew. They help by pushing the buttons on the machine. My 8 year old granddaughter wants to be a fashion designer and she asked me to teach her to sew. Her first project was a pot holder. She is now embroidering and sewing a pillow for Mother’s Day for her mom. She is extremely artistic and talented. I am proud to teach her the art of sewing.

  22. Sharon Thomas says:

    Who taught me to sew? My mother taught me to replace zippers when I was a teen. I made one apron at a sewing class in Home Ec. But it was a lack of money that really got me going. My then Marine husband was going overseas and I had to find a job. My mother and I bought fabric and patterns with what little money I had. We would cut out a pattern and sew a skirt or a blouse in one evening and I would wear it the next day. We did this every night for a couple of weeks. When my kids were young, the only way I could afford to dress them nice was to make all their clothes. Of course, that was when I could find a nice yard of fabric for a dollar. But then, I could also make a skirt from one yard of fabric and it would fit! Although I still sew, it’s for enjoyment, not necessity.

  23. Michelle says:

    I learned to sew in my home ec class at Mount Mercy Academy in 1968 Mom had an old treadle machine that I found fascinating Had to learn to use it

  24. Roberta Schultz says:

    I started sewing scrap squares with my mom around the age of 9. In January I suffered from 3 cardiac arrests with surgery. I don’t sew all that often as I now have a brain injury that makes reading the instructions and sewing difficult. Will now have to re-teach myself to sew at the ago of almost 42, but maybe someday I will be able to enjoy sewing again. I really miss it!

  25. lara m says:

    I will give it to my mother..When was very young she had quilt store..Before she will open it..We went to every quilt..What you do different and the colors..And the quilt is speaking to you..Do you like the colors and what kind.And what you would put in it place..Does the colors balance or are they fighting with each other..Or does it hurt your eyes….ths you mom ..from your loving daughter…oxoxo

  26. Rosa Jarvi says:

    i learned to sew from my grandmother who came from Finland. She had to make all sorts of things for the family when they arrived to America, then Canada, since they were as poor as church mice. We would call this up-cycling today. She even made my mothers dresses from curtains that were rescued from a house that was blown apart by the Russians! She lived with us and when I was about 4 yrs. old she put a large needle in my hand and showed me how to do a running stitch. As I grew so did my sewing skills. She passed away when I was 10, I miss her very much and still have her sewing kit that I treasure to this day!

  27. Tammy Waggoner says:

    My sister , and mother taught me to sew on machine. But my brother taught me to sew by hand.When I was older I took the home ec class which also taught you sewing.

  28. Barbara Jo Stricker says:

    I learned to sew from my mom, my grandma (on her treadle machine), several 4H instructors, public television and I keep on learning from every sewer, quilter and crafter I meet.

    I remember going to the dry goods store in town and buying 1/4 yard of material to make clothes for my Ginny doll and later I made a pink denim pants suit on my grandma’s treadle machine.

    Just can’t imagine my life without sewing!!!

  29. Gail Seabolt says:

    When I was a young teenage, my mother bought a used left-handed sewing machine that she let a neighbor use. The lady wasn’t skilled at sewing and I was the only one who wasn’t afraid of the machine. My job was to read in the open living room and watch so I could “help” her out of the frequent trouble spots she created. Mother’s strict command was not to embarrass her and to fix all the problems she could create. I was too young to realize how much I didn’t know so I did as instructed and gained both knowledge and confidence that has enriched my life ever since.

  30. Rita Gronberg says:

    Taught by Sister Irena at Mother McAuley High School many many years ago.

  31. Jane Coombs says:

    My mother who was an experienced dressmaker and daughter of an experienced dressmaker taught me to sew when I was around 9-10. It ruined our relationship! Too many tears. She then sent me to a sewing class at our local Singer shop. My first project was a pink “linen” dress with a circular skirt and spaghetti straps and a white picot jacket. It was a horror and eventually ended up in the trash. When I got into high school I was way ahead in the sewing class, and probably learned nothing but at least I had sucess. I really learned to sew in my 20s when I had a roomate who made all her own clothes. Cut out on Friday night, sew on Saturday and Sunday, wear on Monday to work. I started selecting patterns that were complex and satisfying.

  32. Kim Greaves says:

    My sewing education came from “need to know” when my son was born. I had taken sewing in Jr. High schoo, but never put it into practice until my son was born and I could not believe how expensive those little pants were. So I started, and it was trial and error. I now make my husband’s flannel shirts, lined, with pockets inside and out, zippers, every convenience I could put into them. Now I am teaching myself to quilt….I absolutely love to see what can be created from a flat piece of fabric!

  33. Carol Womack says:

    My mom taught me to sew on my grandmother’s treadle machine. I checked out books from the library with patterns for stuffed animals and doll clothes.

  34. Marthie says:

    Mom tried to taught me many moons ago. Did not work. Now at this age I had to teach myself. Such a lot that I missed

  35. Susan Harvey says:

    I started learning from my grandmother on my great-grandmother’s treadle machine, which I still have — and it still works, and then my mother. Now I am learning to use an overlocker and machine embroidery. My how things have changed!

  36. Paula says:

    My mother and my Aunt Meme taught me how to sew when I was very young…11 or 12? I got my very own sewing machine for my 16th birthday. I am now 57 and have been sewing since.

  37. Kimber says:

    My late Grandmother taught me to sew as a little girl. She used to sew my doll clothes by hand, and that is how I started sewing over 35 yrs ago (boy I sound ancient don’t I? ;)

  38. cathy haddock says:

    I had a variety of teachers throughout my childhood. My grandmother, my mother, a 4-H teacher and of course, home ec. Probably even my dad taught me a little bit as he would help mom sew on buttons for his work coat.

  39. Annette says:

    I’m self taught and still learning. But I love it!!!

  40. tammy t says:

    I took Home Ec in 11th and 12th grades—I made several clothing items. But with no machine at home, I never went back to it until this year (many many years later).
    I am learning how to quilt and trying to remember how to sew shirts and skirts. I have not done a zipper yet!

  41. Theresa Brooks says:

    I am mainly self taught. I love reading sewing books, magazines and now sewing blogs. There are so many talented people out there!

  42. Kathy Elamon says:

    Learned sewing from my grandmother making clothes for Barbie. Took home economics every year through school. Think it’s a shame they no longer have it. Love sewing and now teaching my granddaughter.

  43. Kathleen says:

    Taught myself to sew. My mother had a sewing machine and made some curtains or chair covers. My great aunt lived next door and I would watch her sew when I was a child. She often made me shorts or halter tops. I made doll clothes by hand. Really never used a sewing machine until high school and then stated making clothes for myself. It came fairly easy to me, so from then on I was hooked! I even designed a few outfits for a college art class project. I then went to a fashion design school in Chicago. While going to school in Chicago I made all my clothes. I love to sew and also love choosing the fabric and pattern for a project.

  44. Carol K E says:

    My mother was my first teacher. She started me sewing hems on flour sack dishtowels. Martha Neuzil taught Home Ec where I learned more advanced skills. Later, classes at Stretch N Sew expanded my skills to knits.

  45. Niki says:

    I am almos completely self-taught, mostly by using the Internet and great blogs like yours!

  46. Tina Fleischmann says:

    My first sewing project was in my Home Ec. class that I took in the 7th grade!!

  47. Letha says:

    I learned to sew in 4-H. I was in it for 7 years so I got to make some pretty advanced stuff. By the time I got to Home Ec class in 9th grade, I was a better sewer than my teacher. My mom also sewed a lot so I got lots of help, encouragement and support from her too. LOL!

  48. Theresa says:

    My sweet Mama taught me how to sew when I was a little girl. I will forever be grateful for that. Since she passed last year, whenever I sew it is like she is watching over me as I go. I hope to start teaching my children this valuable skill soon.

  49. Carrie Cunningham says:

    I started sewing a bit before 8th grade. In High School, I enrolled in Dressmaking and was fortunate enough to have Mrs. Farley as my teacher. She taught and mentored me and thus opened up a whole new world for me. I made clothing for myself, and my brothers and sisters and did alterations for neighbors all through High School. Mrs. Farley sent me to a tailoring class, a drapery factory and taught me how to make alterations for those with physical disabilities. She also helped to get my first part time job – sewing sweatbands into fire chief’s and police officer’s caps! LOL!

    Unfortunately, I lost contact with her, but I think of and thank her often!

  50. Chantay Heidenthal says:

    My Grandmother taught me how to sew on a Singer treadle sewing machine. We would make baby and Barbie doll clothes. My sister and I spent summer with her and my Grandfather so we learned all sort of crafts. We make tea towels and pot holders and aprons.
    Later on in life I worked at a Levi Strauss plant. I was part of a special group for new product and sewing procedures. I loved it and I learned so much about construction and layout.
    Now I sew for my special needs super cutie grand daughter modifying clothes for her.
    If I don’t sew every day, I at least draft and draw pattern ideas.