Tackle The Trickiest Fabrics – 2 Ways To Stabilize Silk

Making Stuff In May

Over the weekend I worked on a simple camisole. I’d like to say that I totally intended this for Me Made May, but like every year MMM completely surprises me.

I originally intended the gold fabric to be a pair of wide-leg pants. The fabric was so slippery and unforgiving that the whole thing turned out to be a mess. I salvaged what I could and made a camisole. Continue reading

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A Spoonful of Sugar – Free Project!

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A Spoonful of Sugar by Lisa Cox

We have a treat for you today! Not only am I going to share my insights of this lovely book, but you get a FREE project download from the book. Yahoo! What is better than a sneak peak??  Continue reading

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Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 3 Color Blocking

Not much longer and you should have a wonderful dress for spring and summer wearing. Rhonda will talk about color blocking. This dress looks marvelous using color blocking.

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 3 Color Blocking

With all the color blocking possibilities and fabric choices, the Magic Bias Dress from Fashion In Harmony is one of the most versatile patterns I have ever come across. But like with everything, I tend to get a little board, so for the construction posts, I decided to try something a little different by developing an asymmetrical hemline and creating a tunic rather than a dress or a blouse. Continue reading

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 1 Preview

Hello everyone. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects. Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

ABME 450x3001 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 1 Preview Your fearless host is Sara Gallegos. She is a nationally recognized sewing and quilting educator and served as host of Behind the Seams and My First Quilt. She’s been a guest on America Quilts Creatively, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty and several online shows. She has been a regular a contributor and columnist to Sew News, Creative Machine Embroidery, and Quilters Newsletter magazines. Check out the episode notes below for the first series. And stay tuned for all new episodes which will air on QNNtv.com. Continue reading

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Sewing In America – Tell Us Your Opinions & Experiences!

As a loyal Sew News fan we’d love to know more about your thoughts and experiences with sewing in the Sewing in America Survey.

This survey explores important 2016 topics including social media, trends in project types and fabrics, and online versus brick-and-mortar shopping habits. The goal of the survey is to provide the entire sewing community with a current picture of sewing in the USA.

SewSurvey 800x4501 Sewing In America   Tell Us Your Opinions & Experiences!The survey will take 10-12 minutes. After completing the survey, on the thank you page, you can enter the Sewing in America Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 gift certificate from ShopSewItAll.com for one lucky person.

Everyone who completes the survey will receive the free digital pattern, seen below.

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Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course brought to you by Sew News and hosted by Craft U.

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This course will run from May 31st 2016 through September 6th 2016.

 

You may be asking yourself, “What will I get out of the Islander Sewing System Certification”? This course has a lot to offer for all types of sewers.Janet Pray 300 Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems has written in her own words what each and everyone of you may get out of the course:

For the home sewer who wants to simply improve the quality of their finished projects, eliminate the frustration when operating the sewing machine and to cut down the amount of time each project takes. “If you like to sew, after you learn these techniques you will LOVE to sew!”islander sewing image Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

For the sewing professional, making clothes and alterations for others this course will help increase the profit margin and gives helpful business information including record keeping and client contracts. A sample price list form and contract are included in the workbook for this course.

For the person who wants to manufacture and sell sewn items this course not only provides the more efficient sewing methods that create a better profit margin, it also provides help with pricing, purchasing wholesale and how to test market. I discuss how to increase the amount you can sell by hiring subcontractors and some of the important details of hiring subcontractors.

thumb IMG 4072 10241 1024x682 Islander Sewing Systems Certification CourseFor the home sewer who wants to teach others to sew the Islander Sewing System is an excellent opportunity to teach the very best techniques.

In the course I provide important information on teaching at different venues and how to structure your teaching approach for each and why. A sample teaching contract is provided in the workbook for this course. Those who certify and become teachers Islandersewing.com will post their contact info and teaching schedule. We will provide several handouts, critique forms and class descriptions when requested. Those certified as teachers will also have the ability to buy Islander Sewing Systems’ products wholesale to resell to students.

As you can see, no matter what kind of sewer you are, the benefits of this course will improve your sewing life.

You can enroll in the course at Craft U. In addition to the course, we have put together a convenient kit of all the specialty tools, notions and sample fabrics you will need throughout the course at Shop Sew it All.

We hope you enjoy the course as much as we do!

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Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 2 Color Blocking

Jill here. If you have ever been afraid of sewing a bias cut garment, fear no more. With Rhonda Buss taking you through step-by-step it’s almost guaranteed that you will have a beautiful wearable garment. Plus, with the Fashion In Harmony Magic Bias Dress sewing pattern, so expertly drafted you’ll see how wonderful sewing a bias garment can be.

Today, Rhonda is talking about color blocking for your dress, should you decide to use this as an option. It can really jazz up a garment.

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 2 Color Blocking

 

When it comes to playing with color, there’s a kid in all of us! While coloring books are fun, why not put your efforts toward creating an interesting garment? The Magic Bias Dress from Fashion In Harmony is the perfect pattern for playing with color. With this one pattern, the possibilities are almost endless. You could wear the same pattern in a different color configuration every day of the week, and everyone would think that it’s a completely different dress. Continue reading

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