Pro tips for sewing high-end bags, purses and totes

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Do you love sewing bags, purses and totes? Summer is the perfect time to hone your sewing skills. And the perfect time to make a few new bags for your collection! If you’re looking to do both, join expert instructor, designer and all-around bag-guru Linda McGehee for an instructional webinar, Bags, Purses & Totes: Tips, Tricks & Troubleshooting for Professional Results with Linda McGehee. Continue reading

 Pro tips for sewing high end bags, purses and totes
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Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Details

Well, this is the last post on the Magic Bias Dress. Rhonda will be showing off her wonderful details to make your dress one-of-a-kind. Hope you enjoyed the sew along!

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Details

The magic is in the details! I think that most of us have heard this saying before. I know that on many occasions, I have started a project with such excitement, and then the excitement fizzles when it comes to the finishing details. Why? Most likely fear…the project has gone so well, and now, what if it all goes wrong because the details were’t executed well? If those haunting thoughts ever come across your mind, here are two bits of advice that I have adopted:

1. It’s just fabric. If it all goes wrong, this will not end my life or bring about the destruction of the world.

2. We are always learning, at least we should be. If for some reason it doesn’t work out, try to figure out why and add that to your list of, “one more thing I have learned.” Believe me, although I have sewn since I was 5 years old, my list of learning something new is always growing.

Now let’s conquer the finishing details! Continue reading

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 4 Finishing Details
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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

 Magic Bias Dress Sew Along: Week 3 Color Blocking
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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

 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 1 Preview
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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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