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    Giveaway: Sew Better, Sew Faster class from Craftsy

    I’ve noticed that among the things home sewists are always eager to learn about, industry sewing methods are near the top. First, we want our clothes to look at least as good as ready-to-wear. You know, well-formed cuffs, perfectly positioned plackets, clean topstitching, and all the other little nuances you expect when looking at a …

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    Giveaway: Sewing Bras class from Craftsy

    Years ago, I made my first bra. Walking me through that process was Beverly Johnson, who created the pattern and book (The Bra-Makers Manual) I used to better understand the construction of this highly specialized sort of garment. It was one of those experiences where you realize just how much there is to learn, but …

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    Free pattern roundup: Quick gifts for your fellow sewists

    As part of our partnership this month, the folks over at Craftsy asked me to round up some free patterns for you guys. These patterns are from their marketplace, where people can submit their own projects and patterns. Some of them cost money (and the designer gets all of the sale, which is really cool), …

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    How to sew a couched edge finish

    The other day, I was perusing the Bernina blog and came across a tutorial for an edge finish technique I’d never tried before – a couched edge using cord. Susan over at We All Sew demonstrates this technique for craft and decorative projects such as book covers and wall hangings, but I wondered how it …

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    Free class: Bag Making Basics with Kristin Link on Craftsy

    I’ve often heard the advice that when you’re shopping for clothes, you should evaluate purchases in terms of cost-per-wear. I try to take the same approach with sewing. Instead of thinking about the monetary cost, I think about the time I’ll spend. That’s what makes challenging projects like tailored coats worthwhile in the end, but …

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    Free class: Machine Basics with Amy Alan on Craftsy

    I often meet people who say “I want to learn to sew, but I can’t even thread my sewing machine!” My answer is always the same: “But that’s the hardest part! It’s all downhill from there.” What I mean by that isn’t that threading a sewing machine is soooo incredibly difficult. We all know it’s …

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    How to hem Jeans, with Bernina

    Have you ever tried to hem a pair of jeans? If you have, you probably realize that there are a few special considerations, both because of the fabric (denim is thick!) and the look (decorative topstitching). For your next pair of jeans, I’d like to point you to this wonderful tutorial from the folks at …

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    Giveaway! Sew Ready: Garment Basics with Brett Bara on Craftsy

    I don’t know about you, but I’m a hands-on learner. When I first learned to sew, I did it by actually making things I wanted to wear, however basic. Of course, trial and error isn’t necessarily the most efficient learning method. If I were starting again, I’d still take the hands-on approach, but I’d look …

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    Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z: Free class from…

    When I bought my first sewing machine, it came with a bag full of presser feet. To me, they might as well have been spare parts from a rocket ship, that’s how foreign they seemed. There they sat, hidden in their little case while I tried to eyeball edgestitches and sew most hems by hand. …

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    Giveaway: Win 64 colors of cotton thread from Craftsy!

    Today, we’ve got a fun giveaway from our friends at Craftsy! They’re giving away a set of 64 spools of heavy weight thread (worth about $366). Read on for more info on both the thread and the giveaway. How to use cotton thread As a garment sewist, you’re likely familiar with the old standby thread: …

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    Giveaway: Sewing Fashion Knits with Linda Lee at Craftsy

    Craftsy has chosen a winner! Congratulations to David, who has been notified privately. Obviously, we’re all about knits right now. I’ve extolled their virtues left and right lately, and if you’ve been following my Me Made May posts this month on Instagram, you might notice that I’ve been wearing them just about every day. If …

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    Free class: Mastering Zipper Techniques at Craftsy

    When I first learned to sew, nothing plagued me more than zippers. Lumps, bumps, gaps, and frustration were de rigueur with each zipper I sewed. As a young self-taught seamstress, I simply loathed them. It took a lot of trial and error (and wonky projects) before I mastered that finicky fastener. But times have changed …

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    How to Build a Creative Brand, a new series from…

    Learning from the best When I started my business, I knew absolutely nothing about creating a brand. As I’ve mentioned many times, my background is in product design and usability. That means I’ve always been focused on the person who winds up with a product in her hands, and how I could make things a …

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    Video: Creating ruffles on a serger with Bernina

    Today’s tutorial is brought to you by Bernina, who created this quick video that demonstrates one of my favorite (and often overlooked) features of the home serger: the ability to create fast and easy ruffles. There are several benefits to creating ruffles on a serger instead of gathering by pulling basting stitches: It’s really fast. …

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    Giveaway: Win a Pattern + Gorgeous Modern Fabric from The…

    I’m always interested in how other business women define success. When I first spoke to Rachel at The Needle Shop, I knew I’d met a woman after my own heart. Rachel’s goals are not what you might expect for a typical business owner. “This might sound strange, but making money is not our top priority,” …

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    How to shop for your first (or next) Bernina

    The last time I posted about how much I love my Bernina, I got this question: what should I look for when shopping for one? It is tricky to know where to start when the options (and price points) are so vast. Bernina offers everything from the cute little Bernette line to full size machines, …

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    I love my Bernina… and you can win one soon!

    I’ve owned a lot of sewing machines. Maybe it’s because I’ve moved around a lot (Los Angeles, New York, LA again, all around the SF bay area before settling in Portland), but I never really invested in a great machine until a few years ago. I’ll be honest. Until that time, my sewing machine purchases …

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    Gift idea: Creativebug subscriptions for the holidays (up to $104…

    Have you tried the online classes at Creativebug yet? I first heard about Creativebug a couple years ago when they emailed me to tell me about this new site they were launching with video-based online DIY classes. At that time, the first thing I noticed was the absolutely gorgeous quality of their productions. Their videos …

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    Why We Love Fabricworm & Birch Fabrics

    Cynthia of Birch Fabrics is a triple threat. She runs an online retail shop, a brick-and-mortar store, and a manufacturing division. Here is why all 3 are worth checking out: Fabricworm.com The largest selection of Japanese Import fabrics online. Cynthia has always had a soft spot for Japanese designers. “Japan has such a vibrant culture …

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    Giveaway: UK Retailer Sewbox Offers Fabric From Their Vast Liberty…

    Hey, all of you fans in the UK- Our October Partner Sewbox is from your side of the pond, which means cheaper shipping fees for your online ordering! Susan Stevenson began running the online retail shop in 2011, bringing together carefully selected indie patterns from around the globe and top quality  fabrics. What kind of “top quality” …

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    Meet Linnie Darling

    Let’s give a warm welcome to Lin Hendrix of Linnie Darling, our second participant in the Partnership Program! Lin’s lovely online shop offers a variety of new and resale craft products. Q&A With Shop Owner, Lin How did you start this unique online shop? I’ve been sewing since I was three and knitting and crocheting …