See it here first–the new Sew News logo!

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The new Sew News logo is here! See it first, before the new issue hits your mailbox!

Last week I shared that we’re redesigning Sew News, and everything starts here with the logo.

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You can see that we really amplified the word “SEW.” What I like about it is that it reminds me of the first-ever issues on newsprint. I think it’s more sophisticated and modern. It’s the first element that we changed and really sets the tone for the inside pages and content direction.

Then we added the tagline, which is unchanged from our last redesign. But we added in “Established in 1980″ to really bring home the longevity of the publication.

SewNewsLogo Tag See it here first  the new Sew News logo!So, my friends, what do you think? Once you see this on the cover, you’ll get a clearer picture of how everything will work together. But I couldn’t go sharing everything just yet! Do I have you on pins and needles (pun intended)? I hope so. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks as the month progresses.

Thanks for reading,

Ellen

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See what’s in the latest Sew News magazine

Maybe because it’s a celebration and all with cake, but this latest Sew New issue is one of our favorites.

SEWP 1503 COVER 500px See whats in the latest Sew News magazineDon’t miss out on this celebratory issue! I’ll give you a peek inside of what we have going on to celebrate our 35 years.

Reader Tips: We’ve got the 35 best of Reader Tips. We’ve got the funny ones, the “why didn’t I think of that” gems plus some that will be sure to surprise you.

35 Must-Know Sewing Terms by Susan Beck. This is great for the beginner sewer in your life. Pass it along!

Fitting FAQ is rocking even more so with expert Rae Cumbie. She’ll tell you how to eliminate armscye folds and more!

We’ve got a great flashback to the 80′s with Katie Vardijan and some adorable Sew News covers from way back when. Don’t miss it! Plus shoulder PADS!

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We’re selling hot cakes! Actually, our pincushion cake kit is available at shopsewitall.com. Super cute!

CakeCushion 500px See whats in the latest Sew News magazineRead all about 35 Tools of the Trade by the lovely Rae Cumbie. Who does know a thing or two about tools.

Tune in to the 35 Must-Know Stitches and 35 Fitting Factors from Joi Mahon.

We also have a free skirt pattern available and read all about how to change it up 35 different ways in 35 skirt embellishments on page 68.

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Wary of sewing with silk? We have, you guessed it, 35 Sewing Tips for Silk!

35 silk See whats in the latest Sew News magazineGet ready for the Sew Chic Sew Along starting in March, we’ve got the details in the magazine too. You can purchase it now to get started.

sew chic 500 See whats in the latest Sew News magazinePlus, Home Dec Help, Haute Topics and more from your favorite contributors. Don’t miss out, this issue is selling out fast!

 

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Change is Good!

Hello readers!

I’m happy to say that we’re in the midst of some big changes here at Sew News. We’re redesigning the magazine to bring a whole new look and feel to the pages, and I know you’ll love it as much as I do!

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We’re still adding the finishing touches to this work-in-progress project, but you’ll see most of our hard work in the April/May issue, on newsstands March 17. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll see it even sooner and you may wonder, “What’s this magazine in my mailbox?” That’s how dramatic the change is. But I assure you that the same great content, if not better, is inside.

Throughout the year, I’ve been encouraging you to send in your feedback to let us know what you like, dislike and want to see more of in the pages of Sew News. We’ve received some great letters, emails and Facebook comments and have used it all to fuel our discussions pertaining to these changes.

I really want to make sure your voice is heard and that you continue to receive the magazine you know and trust. So please help by completing this survey. I won’t lie–it’s not the shortest survey in the world (it will take 15 minutes to complete). But I wanted to include anything and everything to learn more about you and be able to provide you with the content you desire most. After all, you’re the reason we’re here and the reason we get to do what we love every day.

As with anything, change is often difficult to accept. But I have a feeling you’ll love what you see and agree that this change is good! I’ll be posting more teasers to bring you sneak peeks during the month of February, so check back here frequently for an inside look at what we’ve been up to.

Thank you for your loyalty and honesty.

Sincerely,

Ellen March

 

 

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Doll Couture – Making your own doll clothes & dolls

Many girls learn to sew by making doll clothes. I think most of us had a favorite doll or two growing up and if we sewed we made our favorites cute outfits. My grandmother made one of my favorite dolls and she made a closet full of clothes for her. When I learned how to sew I had so much fun making clothes for her.

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Did you make doll clothes or did you have a grandparent or relative make them? I was looking through these doll books and thought this would be such a great introduction for someone just starting to sew, or for anyone who loves making dolls and doll clothes.

To be entered to win this collection leave me a comment about your favorite doll growing up, or if you like to make dolls and doll clothes.

I would love to hear!

One winner will be picked on Monday January 26!

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Become a Sulky certified instructor!

Become a Sulky® Online Certified Instructor!

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If you’re interested in becoming an instructor, this course gives you

  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic, National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Learn how to understand threads and stabilizers: where, when, why and how to use them

This course is a fantastic opportunity to take your sewing to the next level too!

But if you’re interested in using your skills to start a business, or even just make a little extra money, you’ll also get

  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • Training on the Business of Teaching: Marketing and Promoting Classes

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Plus

  • Discover where to teach
  • Learn about class pricing suggestions
  • Learn about kit fees & class policies
  • Master teacher preparation

 

 

 

The Details

  1. This is course is a three month class. This is not a 3 day course but 3 MONTHS of quality instruction. Classes run February 2nd  – May 1, 2015.
  2. You can take the classes in the comfort of you home. No traveling and having to haul supplies!
  3. Video instruction by the top professionals in their field.
  4. The classes are live &  you can ask questions just as you would in a regular classroom setting.
  5. Comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education.
  6. The Sulky brand, name and company is a highly valued  leader in the sewing, quilting and machine embroidery world.
  7. Also included is instruction on how to teach others sewing and quilting.
  8. Last but not least if you register now you get $100.00 off the course fee (full price is $499.00)! Coupon code is SN100. Use this code at checkout, but hurry seats are filling up fast.

Here is how to get started!

Go to Craft Online University to sign up. 

When ready to register use the discount code SN100.

And, you will be on your way to becoming a certified Sulky® Educator! Share your passion and teach others!

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Cool Tools for Pressing and Ironing

I have a guilty secret and that is I love to iron, except during the summer. There is something about ironing that I really enjoy. I love seeing all the wrinkles disappear with each pass of the iron. It’s all kind of meditative I guess. Now, pressing is a whole ‘nother game. I like pressing the seams flat in my garments and I do love giving my finished projects that final press. But, pressing can really be a chore. Fortunately, I’ve found a few great products that will make pressing (and ironing) a breeze and with less pain!

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The hottest products in pressing and ironing (pun intended) are from Clover. Clover Pressing Perfect products are invaluable for the seamstress, quilter or crafter.

No more burnt fingers with the Clover Pressing Perfect Hot Finger (1). Use this any time you iron. It’s a multi-purpose, heat resistant pressing tool to use in place of your finger (or pencil or whatever you use) at the iron.  There is a spatula end for finger pressing, point turning and gripping fabric to hold in place. Use handle as seam roll to press seams open. Press with or without an iron. Soft grip for secure and easy handling. Length 9 1/4in and it’s amazing!

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Another product I like from the Clover Pressing Perfect line is the Hot Hemmer (2), which makes quick work of hemming and pressing.

Measure, mark, and press hems and more in one step. Great for purse handles, binding, hems, rounded corners, interior and miter corners. Heat resistant, thin, accurate ruler can be pressed with dry/steam iron, features non-slip surface to hold fabric for precise results. Size:  5in x 6in of awesomeness.

My other favorite tool is Iron Safe (3). I don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten the setting I have on my iron and then just ironed away on a delicate fabric only to leave it scorched and ruined.

Protect your iron and fabric by preventing scorch, burn, and shine with this iron shoe that fits over the soleplate of your iron. Non-stick surface protects fabrics while adhesives wipe off. Eliminates the need for a pressing cloth. One size fits most household irons, works with all temperature settings, dry or steam. Not for use with cordless or multi-directional irons. Size 9 7/8in x 5 1/2in

Let me know how you like the new line of pressing tools from Clover!

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Commit to your sewing resolutions with Sulky Classes & Online Training!

As the  New Year approaches are you thinking about your personal Sewing New Year resolutions? I know I have a long list already started. We have great ways for you to keep focused on you sewing goals for 2015. Sew News is again offering the Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training program. If you missed out last year now is the time to do it, to spend time on you doing what you love.

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Whether you want to begin a career as a sewing teacher or advance your sewing career, the Sulky® Online Teacher Certification Training program is designed to enhance your success with the most up-to-date teaching skills. In the comfort of your home you’ll learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and how to use the newest creative products as you develop beautiful, inspiring samples; and have lots of fun doing it! Or, maybe it is just time to do something creative and educational for YOU, because you deserve it! Lots of people take this course just for the fun of it!

Join us – everyone is welcome!

The Sulky® Online Certified Teacher Training Program includes:

  • 10 amazing projects that teach you over 65 Machine Art Techniques
  • Video instruction by highly skilled, enthusiastic, National Sulky Educators
  • Access for 3 months to download all course materials and videos, and watch them for as long as you like
  • Access to communicate for 3 months with the Sulky faculty who will be available to answer any question you might have about projects, patterns and teaching methods
  • Downloadable Certification Manual which includes a comprehensive, tried and true curriculum, lesson plans, reproducible class handouts, full color photos which show you step-by-step how to create each project, plus Sewing and Business Education
  • An official Sulky® Certified Teacher Certificate
  • The immeasurable opportunity and status associated with the Sulky name

In this economy, a lot of us are using our sewing skills to save money by making clothing and gifts. Some of us are even hoping to sell some of our creative projects. But where do we start? How do we succeed? In this online certification course, served through our sister company, Craft University, we’ll show you ways to help you successfully market your projects and/or your teaching skills.

Plus:

  • Receive training on the Business of Teaching: Marketing and Promoting Classes
  • Discover where to teach
  • Learn about class pricing suggestions
  • Learn about kit fees & class policies
  • You’ll receive the news release guidelines
  • Master teacher preparation
  • Learn how to understand threads and stabilizers: where, when, why and how to use them
  • And much more!

Who Should Take This Course:

  • Anyone who wants to learn or improve their creative machine art skills
  • Anyone who wants to teach creative machine arts
  • Teachers who are looking for a prepared, proven, ready-to-teach curriculum
  • Anyone who always wanted to become a Sulky Certified Teacher but could not afford the time or money
  • Anyone who wants to do something creative and educational for themselves in the comfort of their home
  • Anyone facing retirement that is looking for a wonderful way to supplement their income while having the fun they have been looking forward to in retirement.

Plus, save 100 over the registration cost now using PROMO Code: SULKY100. Hurry offer expires 12/31/2014.

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Thank you for joining the 2014 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

The winner of December 23rd Giveaway (The Singer One Sewing Machine )is Valorie! I will be in touch with you to tell you how to claim your prize.

12 days of xmas image1 Thank you for joining the 2014 12 Days of Christmas GiveawaysThanks to everyone for joining in. We all enjoyed reading your comments and we’re so thrilled we have the vibrant sewing community. We’d also like to thank SVP for all the wonderful prizes this year. It really has been one of the more memorable 12 Days.

On behalf of

  Nicki

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12 Days of Christmas Giveaways Day 12!

~ Please note special instructions: Due to the holidays I will be picking the winner on Friday December 29! I will announce the winner on the blog and will contact the winner as well on Friday December 29th! ~

On the 12th day of Christmas Giveaways my blogger friend gave to me…..

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Visit SINGER to view a video of this and read more details.on the sewing machine.

All you have to do to enter to win this prize is answer the following question in the comments section below:

“What is your favorite item to sew?”

And, the winner from yesterday’s contest is Amanda W! Amanda W. I will be in touch with you shortly to tell you how to claim your prize.

So don’t delay entering the last day of this contest. I will announce the winner and contact the winner on December 29th!

Jill

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Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The Sewaholic Robson Trench Week 4 & 5!

Due to holiday schedules we’re going to combine the last weeks of the Robson Coat Sew Along. There are video portions for each and the end of the post. Don’t forget to post your photos on Flickr! If you would like to join at a later time the blog posts will remain up as will the video portions. If you would like to purchase the pattern and get started later head to Shopsewitall to purchase!

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We’re in the final stretch!

Now that the collar and flaps have been attached, we’re ready to set in our sleeves. There’s a bit of work that needs to be done to the sleeve before it’s set in ready. The sleeves have tabs like the tabs that were sewn for the shoulders. Sew them together just as you did with the shoulder tabs. Press and top stitch.

There are notches on the sleeve pattern that you will match the notches to. Be sure that your tabs are facing in the right direction. The tabs should go over the top of the sleeve and face towards the back.photo 110 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

When sewing the bias tape to the sleeve seam, be sure that the seam will be facing in the right direction. If you sew the seam so that it is facing in the wrong direction, it will cause the tab to flip and go in the wrong direction. Finish the bias tape just as you have for the body of the coat and top stitch the seam.photo 210 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The first seam is easy to sew and top stitch since the sleeve is still open, but once the back seam is sewn, it’s much more difficult to top stitch the seam. The easiest way to top stitch the seam is to stitch inside the sleeve. The wrong side of the sleeve will be facing out. Once you get close to the wrist, you may need to cut your thread and then go in from the wrist end to finish the top stitching.photo 35 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Determine the hem of your sleeve prior to sewing on the bias tape. Once you have determined the length of your sleeve, sew on the bias tape and stitch the hem on the machine.photo 41 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Once the sleeves have been set into the coat, trim the armholes down to 1/4″ and finish with the bias tape.

Sew the back neck facing to the front facing and finish the edges with the bias tape. Attach facing to the coat. The inside of the coat is beginning to look so pretty!photo 51 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Stay stitch the back neck facing between each shoulder. Once the stay stitching is complete, tack the back neck facing to the coat at the shoulder seams and the center back seam.photo 61 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Sew bias tape to the hem of the coat. Press hem in place.photo 71 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Top stitch down the front of the coat from the collar to the hem. Turn and stitch across the hem.photo 81 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

If you careful about pressing your hem evenly, you can use the ditch of the bias tape along the hem as a guide for sewing your hem.photo 91 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The hem is finished.

photo 102 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing DetailsThere are notches on the pattern pieces that have been provided as a guide for the belt loops. I recommend trying the coat on and tying the belt around you to determine the best placement of the belt loops.photo 111 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Once the placement has been determined, cut the belt loops. The instructions state to cut the loops 4″ long. I used the entire length of my loop strip and my loops ended up being 4 1/2″ long. It’s not a lot, but just in case you would like to use a purchased belt with your coat and it’s a little wider than the belt pattern, you’ll be in good shape. When stitching the belt loops to the coat, I recommend using a size 16 top stitching needle.photo 111 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Sew up the belt, turn and top stitch. I used the entire length of the pattern for my belt as I like ample length to tie my belt.

The coat I’ve been working on for the sew along is almost finished….almost. As you can see, the belt and the buttons are missing. I have not quite decided what I would like to do with my belt. At the moment, I think I want a belt with a buckle, but we’ll see. As for the buttons, they have been ordered and I’m just waiting for them to arrive.photo 131 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

All in all, I am VERY pleased with my new coat.photo 141 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

In determining the placement of your buttons, you can follow the button placement that is on the pattern, but I recommend trying the coat on. With the coat on your body, you can determine the best placement for your body.photo 151 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

The buttons that you chose may not be the exact same size as those used for the pattern. Here’s a rule of thumb when determining where the buttonhole should begin in relationship to the front edge of the coat. Measure the button. Measure over from the front edge of the coat, half the size of the button plus 1/2″. So if you are using a 1 1/2″ button, your buttonhole will begin 1 1/4″ from the front edge of the coat. Half the size of the button is 3/4″. Add 1/2″ and the total will be 1 1/4″. Nothing screams homemade more than a button hole that is too close to the edge of a garment.  And for that matter, too far away from the edge as well.photo 161 Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sew along. The Robson Trench is a lovely coat that will work with everything from jeans to an evening gown, depending upon the fabric that you choose. Another nice aspect about this pattern is that it lends itself to so many different fabric choices. You can make this coat out of everything from lace to corduroy! I now have 2 in my wardrobe and I won’t be surprised if  I decide to have another 1 or 2!!! Once you get one made, I bet you’ll want another too icon smile Robson Coat Sew Along Week 4 & Finishing Details

Thanks for sewing along with me!

Rhonda

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Week 4 Closures & Buttons

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Plus Finishing Details Video

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