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

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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113 Responses to Free Stuff Friday Giveaway

  1. Mary Fitzgerald says:

    My Grandmother taught me how to sew on her treadle machine when I was 6. Then I used my mothers Singer featherweight. I still have the singer. Grandmother seldom used pattern. She made beautiful dresses. My husband bought me a new machine for Christmas a few years ago and I am learning so many new ways to sew.

  2. ann says:

    My mother taught me how to sew when I was 8. Then when I went to high school I took 4 years of sewing!! I love it and can’t imagine not sewing. I quilt, sew garments, embroidery and now getting into thread painting!

  3. Jo McVey says:

    My mother was a beautiful seamstress and started me sewing at a very young age. It was not my favorite thing to do at the time as I wanted to be outdoors. I also had Home Economics in High School and did learn a lot there. I didn’t really do much sewing until I had friends encourage me to start quilting.

  4. Jan Borchardt says:

    My mother taught me after I was married. I then emerged myself into several sewing classes and books. I was always interested in home dec sewing , making curtains and even recovering my couch cushions. They sold fabric spray at that time,so a new color for the couch and new covered cushions to match. Always sewed for my kids and Grandkids. Am still having great fun sewing for my Great Granddaughter and her American Girl doll now.

  5. Diane Jettinghoff says:

    My mother taught me to sew and school helped.

  6. Diane Jettinghoff says:

    My mother taught me when I was young and school helped. My mom doesn’t even sew now, but loves all that I do.

  7. JessicaC says:

    My mom taught me how to sew and she’s still going strong!!

  8. Linda Moser says:

    I took homemaking in 9th grade and my mom thought my skirt & blouse so bad that she ripped a lot of it out and sewed it herself! Then in the early 60′s when I had two young daughters (my husband was in the US Navy), we had very little money and I learned to sew and dress my daughters in (what I thought) were the cutest little dresses! Later I sewed for grandkids. I still enjoy sewing and machine embroidery.

  9. Rocio H. says:

    My mother was a garment sewist growing up, but she can no longer teach me because she of health problems.Last year, I took a beginner class at an adult school. It was so much fun, and I learned to sew an apron, tote bag, and skirt.

  10. Judidarling says:

    When I was six, I was sick in bed. My mother handed me a needle, thread and scraps from her own sewing and my Ginny doll, and I spent the day sewing. I was hooked, and while my sewing has progressed over the years, I still enjoy sewing doll clothes for nieces and grand nieces.

  11. Maria says:

    My mom got me started in needle-crafts, especially embroidery and crochet, and she bought me my first sewing machine when I was 12. I also used her old treadle machine. Home Ec class in high school introduced me to garment making. A maxi skirt was one of my early projects, and a lavender gingham apron with cross stitch on the waistband. I’ve always loved to sew and have made soft toys, dolls, clothing, bags, and even upholstered furniture. I’m quilting now and always on the lookout for new projects. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  12. Janice Beitz says:

    My mother got me started and I’ve had several mentors along the way that helped me solve problems but mostly I’ve taught myself to sew. By the time I got into Junior High Home Ec class I had been making my own clothes for 2 or 3 years and didn’t get along with the teacher at all because she was VERY rigid in her teaching methods and refused to help me improve my skills and move faster than those in the class with no sewing experience.

  13. Chuck says:

    Self taught. Still learning some from my mom and some from my wife, who is helping me stop my bad habits.