New Products & Free Fabric Friday

on April 11 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 571 Comments

What an amazing fabric season we’re having!  The beautiful new collections keep rolling in… 

We just received Bell Bottoms from Jennifer Paganelli.  As usually, Jennifer has outdone herself with the elegant prints and outstanding colors.  In addition to new designs, this group includes the very popular Casey Scroll in novel colors.

We also have Flutterby from Tula Pink, the designer who brought us Full Moon Forest.  This time the theme is insects, so the prints include lovely ladybugs, beautiful beetles, and cool caterpillars.  We have yardage of this great fabric, as well as Charm packs.  Each pack includes 40 different 5″ x 5″ squares. 

This week were giving away ten Flutterby Charm Packs!  To qualify for the drawing, tell us about one of your sewing conundrums.  What skill do you wish to learn?  How to use your buttonholer?  How to line a jacket?  Whatever it is, we’re interested in your goals.  We’ll announce the winners Monday morning. 

We also hope you’ll be back Monday because we’ll be introducing one of our new Sew,Mama,Sew! Board members!  Four of our favorite bloggers have joined our SMS Blog planning team.  They’re doing a wonderful job as we work out where to take the blog in the future.  Beth will introduce one member a day, M–Th.

Have a great weekend!

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571 Responses to New Products & Free Fabric Friday

  1. Badia says:

    oooh, it’s all so pretty. i love your article for beginners.

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  3. Alejandra says:

    I would love to learn how to sew pretty much everything, but mainly, I wish I knew how to sew my own and my childrens clothes.

  4. Bonny says:

    I would love to learn to make bags, using all the fabulous fabrics and mixing them up!

    p.s. My sister just purchased a “hidden” zipper and you buy the special hidden zipper foot to fit your machine. She said it was the easiest thing she’s ever done.

  5. Cecilia says:

    I’d like to learn more about my sewing machine

  6. Theresa Jacques says:

    I love all the ideas that you have for projects and have been getting a lot of inspiration from people on your site. I love that you show new fabrics when they come out. i hope to learn to quilt my finished quilts on my sewing machine this year. i also want to learn how to fit patterns to me for some clothes that i wanted to make this year for myself and my husband. i have never taken any classes for that so far, however, i saw that a voch-tech school in my area has pattern fitting and project assistance that i am looking into.

    Keep up the good work-
    Theresa J

  7. Mindy says:

    I want to master it all. I just started sewing clothing for my daughter and I want to learn to make a garment without having to use my seam ripper more than my sewing machine.

  8. Christy says:

    I’d like to figure out how to use the buttonhole feature that came with my machine. Supposed to be pretty easy but I just can’t figure it out!

  9. Blakely says:

    I have been sewing for years, but I still don’t know how to install a zipper. I see so many patterns that I love, but won’t make them because they have zippers. I know how to smock, quilt, and heirloom sewing, but I have know idea how to put in a zipper.

  10. Martha says:

    I would love to know more about how to use my walking foot. I’ve never used it and I’m just too “plain chicken” to try. I love to make quilts and want to attempt quilting some bags, but it takes too long to do it by hand!

  11. betsy says:

    I want to be able to put a zipper on tote bags or some kind of fastner. I am very visual and I need a step by step tutorial.

  12. McArt says:

    I would love to learn freehand embroidery on my 40 year old Bernina.
    All I seem to do is make freehand mess!!

  13. Linda says:

    I’ve been sewing for a long time, but have never mastered “rolled edges”. It seems like it should be so easy, but when I try it never turns out quite the way I have it imagined.

  14. Melanie says:

    I’d love to learn to do smocking! I have two girls and a love for smocking. I have two boys also, but they’re not so much into the smocking.

  15. cherrie says:

    Hi! I would so love to be able to quilt. I haven’t learned either the hand or machine method yet. Whenever I try I always manage to bunch up the backing fabric so I hide it with an extra piece of backing. More warmth I guess. O and one day I will learn how to tat! Cherrie

  16. Ohhhh I wanna know how to smock… and quilt!!!
    I look at the things my great grandmother created and wished that I would of known the pleasures of sewing when she was alive so I could of learned her very talented skills! It amazes me that no one else in my family sews, when my great grandmother and great great grandmother made EVERYTHING, out of scraps of course, but you would of never known the difference!!!

  17. Heather says:

    Wow…no longer do I feel “alone” in my inabililty to conquer the zipper! Practice makes perfect I guess!
    I absolutely adore that Georgie Orange print in the new Bell Bottoms line!

  18. Laurie says:

    I sew patchwork, and quilt, with cottons and silks. However, I don’t “do” garments. I can’t truly consider myself a true sewist until I conquer the dreaded — yet everso simple — elastic waist, pull-on skirt. I’d love to turn out a half dozen for my 8-yr daughter, but I can’t. seem. to. take. the. first. step. Ugh! I need a little hand-holding. . . and somewhere to stash my tear-stained hankies!

  19. Katy says:

    (jumping in late)

    I would like to learn how to tailor clothing that is already constructed. I recently replaced the zipper / fly in a pair of dress pants and, aside from installing the zipper backwards the first time (so you’d have to stick your hand down your pants to pull it up) and then sewing the pants completely shut when I re-did the fly, it went pretty well. (I view my mistakes as a way to learn while laughing) I can hem just about anything, but I don’t have a clue how to go about taking in a waist, etc. I haven’t been able to find a book on the subject, either.

  20. Jeanne says:

    I want to learn how to do a blind hem stitch. I’ve tried doing it by hand, but I need much more practice, and I can’t seem to figure out how to do it on my sewing machine.

  21. Stacy says:

    I want to learn the sewing secrets from an experienced seamstress! I can do the basics, but I want to learn to do them better and be more efficient about it.

  22. Heather says:

    My biggest sewing conundrum is so basic and universal – finding the time to drag out the machine and get something going (and finished). ~H

  23. Heather says:

    I ALWAYS have trouble sewing zippers on, even with a zipper foot. Really, its the end part i have trouble with. The end never finishes nicely. I also have trouble sewing on binding tape and have followed many different types of tutorials but i can never seem to get it right. i can pin it the correct way, but then when i get to the sewing machine the sewing machine never sews it the way i have it pinned. Help!

  24. Elaine says:

    I would love to know the trick to blind-stitching an opening closed ~ can’t seem to conquer that one!

  25. Larici says:

    I still have a lot of things to learn. But at this moment I’m trying on quilting as I want to make one for my son. I’m revisiting the quilt month posts you did not long time ago.

  26. Lynne in Hawaii says:

    Love the new fabrics. I have difficulty doing the math to create my own quilt blocks or just filling out a quilt when I have randomly appliqued a large block with my own pattern. I just can’t seem to get the figures right….aarrrrgggg!

  27. Jennifer says:

    I really need to learn how to use the different feet attachments on my serger. I still have not used my ruffler, because I am not sure how to set the gauge right so that it ruffles in the right…increments? I cannot even phrase my conundrum properly!

  28. jmbmommy says:

    I am interested in
    A)Learning how to pick an appropriate pattern for a shirt.
    B)Braving the sleeve/body seam.
    It has not worked for me in the past!

  29. katy says:

    yes, a sewing conundrum. Getting a neat and tidy corner while turning a binding. Sewing in a hidden zipper. Sewing curves with out puckers or profanity. Finally, selecting prints that look interesting, contemporary,unexpected, and nice together. can’t do it. need help.

  30. Colleen says:

    I would love to learn how to do professional quality alterations of dresses, pants, jackets, etc., and not just follow the “nip here and a tuck there” method.

  31. Amanda says:

    I need to learn how to use my serger. I inherited it from a friend and know it will be invaluable once I figure out how to make the crazy thing work.

    I also would love to learn how to modify patterns so that they actually fit me. I have pretty much given up, because even when I double check my measurements and make the appropriate size, things never fit and I don’t know how to fix them.

  32. janalee acereto says:

    I’d like to learn how to do a nice hems on cutoff jeans without making them look all cheap like Can you tell my mom just hemmed up my jeans?

  33. Karen says:

    Zippers, definitely! I avoid all patterns with zippers….

  34. jill says:

    I really want to start a “take along” quilting project, since park season is here and I have two little boys. I’m trying to figure out all the logistics of what to make and how to carry pins / needles / thread / tiny squares and triangles of fabric and sharp scissors while keeping my one year old out of danger.

  35. Carrie says:

    I’m a complete novice when it comes to sewing, I would just like to sew straight!

  36. Alice S says:

    So many things I would like to learn… how to make a button hole, how to work with interfacing, how to free hand machine quilt, etc…

  37. Alicia says:

    My current sewing condundrum is that I am trying to make a small lap quilt for a swap partner. I used disappearing 9-patch, and one patch accidentally got turned about. Now there is a HUGE mistake, because two colors (lime green stripes of all things) are directly on top of each other! The condundrum is how (or if) I will be able to fix it??!?! I’m hoping to simply unnattach that whole row, and just resew it to the bottom of the quilt. Did I meantion this is my first quilt?!?!?!?

    Oh and I want to learn to do blind hems on my sewing machine!

  38. Amy M. says:

    I would love to learn to sew with knit fabrics. I’m so afraid to use anything other than 100% cotton when sewing clothing – especially since I am new to adjusting clothing patterns!

  39. Kathy says:

    I’d like to learn to bind satin binding on a baby quilt. I tried last week and had issues, I had to rip out all seams and start all over. I am now trying to glue it on first to hold it still, and will stitch over that. I am hoping the fabric glue I used will keep the binding in place while I sew the pieces onto the blanket.

    I’d also like to learn how to modify an existing pattern to incorporate some coordinating fabrics pieced together. I was inspired by another blogger to make an A line dress for my daughter, utilzing a McCalls pattern. I have the Ginger blossom washed and ready to go – now I am just waiting for the sale at Joann’s to buy the pattern!

  40. Carrie says:

    I, like many others apparently, need help with zippers. They really scare me and I always find a way to work around having to use them, but there are a lot of projects out there that I would like to make if I could just figure out the zipper thing! Maybe you guys could put together some pointers or a tutuorial????

  41. Deborah says:

    I would LOVE to learn how to use my button holer!

  42. Beth says:

    I agree about zippers! Mine are always wonky!

  43. I wish that I had more time to practice and that I could leave my sewing set up. I really feel like I need to work on everything… except ripping out, I think that I have that down!

  44. emily says:

    i just read your response. wow!!! can you elaborate a little? do you spray all of the fabric? before or after you cut it?
    thanks… you’ve given me hope!!!

  45. Kendall says:

    Where do I start? I definitely need to learn to use all the presser feet that came with my machine. Also, I have a new serger that I have yet to learn to use! And pretty much everything I see someody else make I think to myself, “I need to learn to make that!”

  46. Libby says:

    Right now, I would love to be able to sew a straight line. I can put in a zipper just fine, but for the life of me I’m not able to sew a straight line. I can’t draw a straight line, walk a straight line, or cut a straight line either.

  47. Liz says:

    I have recently acquired three of the most-recommended books on Fit, because I need to graduate to a new level of garment sewing. I feel I’ve mastered the invisible zipper (hooray!) and even my auto-buttonhole. So now it’s time to put those features into some garments that really fit me well! Most likely fixes I’ll need to learn: SBA (small bust adjustment) and alterations for sway back and maybe broad upper back. Lots of reading and a measuring session with my husband’s assistance are planned for April vacation!

  48. nessa says:

    I have two sewing goals: (1) become more confident and comfortable sewing clothing (I do it now but it’s like pulling teeth and I’m always second-guessing myself); and (2) learn how to hand-quilt!

  49. Donna Hendrix says:

    I have never had a problem with piping (the zipper foot on my old Kenmore worked great) until purchasing my Pfaff 2046. I would love to have a tutorial so that I can once again embellish with piping.

  50. Laine says:

    I need to figure out my butthole! I am fairly new to sewing, but am enjoying it! I have a collection of wallets, purses, and journal notebooks, but have a button sewn ontop and velcro dots for closures because I can’t figure out my butthole for the life of me!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Abi B says:

    I’d love to learn to use a quilting machine.

  52. Megan says:

    I also need to learn how to insert a zipper. It seems like I keep picking projects based on whether or not it needs a zipper. I’m glad I’m not the only one who has trouble with that silly thing!

  53. Sarah K says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew on zippers for handmade purses. I hear again and again how difficult it can be, and have yet to get the courage to actually try it.

  54. Jennifer says:

    This will sound completely crazy, but my biggest sewing conundrum? When to sew? When to sew?

    And since I know that’s NOT what you guys are looking for, I’d love to learn to put in zippers.

  55. I would like to be able to use bias tape around tricky corners without bunching.

  56. Michelle says:

    I would love to master sewing a curved seam and finishing seams with a professional look….without using a serger since I don’t own one. My seams always get “eaten up” by the feed dogs whenever I zigzag stitch the seams.

  57. EchoBeach says:

    I would love to start quilting, I do a lot of garment sewing right now, but I’m really attracted to quilting as a visual art.

  58. Liz says:

    I want to learn how to use my rolled hem foot. I can’t seem to get it to work.

  59. lola says:

    I wish I was a more patient sewer. With knitting & can rip 1,000 times to get it right. With sewing, if I get a pucker I’ll just shrug it off.

  60. Daphne says:

    I would love to perfect a zipper pocket in totes and purses. Also to really follow through on creative thoughts and make them come together.

  61. alison says:

    I want to learn how to draft my own patterns. As well I’d like to learn how to make my own piping, as I have a pattern for a dress that requires piping and I haven’t been able to find a piping that matches the dress fabric.

  62. Tina says:

    I want to learn how to freehand quilt, but I need a running foot for my machine first! Love those Flutterby charm packs!

  63. ayumills says:

    One of the sewing skills I wish to have is the way to hand-sew opening closed to complete stuffed items like toys and pincushions. I have never done great jobs doing this. Sometimes it looks too obvious where it has been hand-sewn and in other times it opens up because of the pressure from the stuffed poly-fil…

  64. babelouise says:

    I want to learn how to quilt and to make aprons. Pretty pathetic, I know, but nonetheless……….

  65. Malin Odenslätt says:

    I would like to improve on my handsewing skills. I came to your blog today to see if I could find a nice first project. 🙂

  66. Jenny says:

    I would love to learn smocking. And how to stitch those openings closed. Mine never look right somehow.

  67. Megan J. says:

    My biggest sewing conundrum right now is…me! I sew a lot for my kids and friends and my shop, of course, but the last thing I sewed for myself was about four years ago. How do I prioritize sewing for me, darn it?!

  68. Leilani says:

    I wish I knew how to hem circle skirts and put in zippers so they look normal.

  69. Staci says:

    I would really like to know if there is a good resource out there for learning to sew clothing. I am a quilter and have just started sewing for my daughter but I don’t know whether it is best to take a class or if there is a good book out there to help me hone my skills and learn all the little tricks.

  70. I want to make clothes. These are the troubles/fears I have–sleeves, buttonholes, and zippers. I quilt, so I can sew a straight seam, but the arm seams frighten me. I also mess the zippers up and buttonholes are just scary. Thanks!

  71. Kathy Hurst says:

    I would like to learn how to sew a lined, tailored jacket. I have sew clothing for children and grandchildren, and would like to sew a stunning tailored jacket. One that friends would say, “Oh my, you made that!”

  72. Anna says:

    To be able to thread my overlocker (sorry serger in American English) looper in a foreign country which does not sell my brand of overlocker. Three days of trying to thread the looper in vain. Three days of the thread bunching up and not sewing anything. Three days of cutting fabric from under the needle plate. Sigh.

  73. Emily S says:

    Definitely more on clothing making. I’m pretty good with simple patterns for pants, aprons and skirts, but more complex things – and shirts – still elude me.

  74. I really wish to learn how to put a zipper in a bag or a wallet. My mother always told me that zippers are hard ….thus, I am scared to try it.

  75. zippers and buttons!!! two things that SCARE me…(silly I know) but I avoid them at all cost for fear of failure…(again, silly I know!)

  76. Becca says:

    Gorgeous fabrics!
    My sewing problems all seem to stem from me not paying attention, getting too comfortable with what I’m doing, or rushing to finish. My most notable dumb mistakes have been- sewing the front lining to the back of a dress bodice and vice versa, upside down zippers, and handles that are sewn INto the lining of a totebag!

  77. Carol says:

    I wish I was more confident about hand piecing and hand quilting.

  78. Danielle says:

    I have two, an invisible stitch & zippers. I have yet to use a zipper, they terrify me. I have managed to sew a perfect invisible stitch but lost the link to the tutorial I used and I haven’t been able to do it since!!

  79. Leah says:

    I want to learn how to make clothes that fit. I can follow a pattern, but it never seems to work when I put on whatever I made

  80. Amanda says:

    The zipper, the set in sleeve, gathers, and pleats. Also, getting the fabric on grain and cutting the pattern are my least favorite.

  81. rachel hayes says:

    i would love, for once, to maintain tension on my old hand-me-down, high-school-home-ec.-class sewing machine. then……..i would like it to stay that way! for once!

  82. Kate says:

    I’d like to learn different techniques for reinforcing bags – which types work the best with what you want and how to decide how large to leave gaps when you turn bags and other sewn items inside out.

  83. Jackie says:

    My most prized possession is a quilt my grandmother made. She died when I was 7 and I think of her often and her love of fiber arts. Particularly quilting. I would love to learn to quilt and it’s something I have been thinking a lot about lately. I’m in the process of researching local quilitng shops to begin the process. I think my grandmother is smiling!

  84. Jane R says:

    I would enjoy creating several miniature quilts with one of those packs, so choose moi!

    I enjoy machine or hand piecing my miniature quilts and hand quilting them. My LEAST favorite part of quilting is the basting. I’m never happy with safety pin basting or thread basting –unless I thread baste lots and lots!!! My favorite part (honest!) is applying the binding…especially making those sharp mitered corners on my bindings.

  85. Natasha says:

    I would like get over my fear of zippers so that I could learn to do them also I would like to learn how to do french seams and how to polish my garments so that they have a nice tailored finish.

  86. Anne says:

    My conundrum? How to keep from outgrowing the stuff I make! (General fitting, really…)

  87. Kim says:

    Beautiful!!! Zippers! How hard could it really be to put in a zipper? I just tried putting one in a quiet book, and lets just say it took as long to figure out that one page as it did to complete the other 13 pages. Practic makes perfect right? Hopefully!!!

  88. Chris says:

    Basically – and quite simply – I’d like to be able to use my sewing machine to the best of my abilities. It was given to me by my great-grandmother before she passed away and I’d like to make her proud. The machine is from 1958 and has so many accessories and feet and doo-dad’s that I don’t know where to start!

  89. mel says:

    I have a horrible bobbin holder that I have to remedy with two little folded cloths. It is a pain in the butt!

  90. amye says:

    i would love to understand how to use my serger. my mom gave it to me for my 21st birthday, now i am 30, and i have used it once to make a pair of pants of all things! it would help if it had come with an instruction manual and not an instruction VHS! it’s ok though, i make do with my 2 other sewing machines.

  91. I would like to know more about sewing with fabrics other than 100% cotton. I would love to make some skirts for winter or some knit tops but am unsure of where to buy fabric and what to look for in the fabric (quality, if it should be 100% linen or a cotton mix, etc.).

  92. adrienne says:

    I want to start quilting. Probably start with something simple… Hand-tied, maybe?

  93. Meg says:

    I know it is elementary, but significant none-the-less. I’m a brand new sewer, and I’d love to learn how to do a better job of “squaring up”. I want all of those hems and corners to line up! But something is always off.

    Perhaps all it is is a more systematic way of cutting, or better tools (my mat and rotary ruler are tiny!). Whatever it is, it is on my to do list to discover!

  94. kim says:

    I want to learn how to quilt… I might just give this a try here soon.
    I’d also like to figure out how to do smocking! My mom made me soooo many smocked dresses when I was a little girl. I’d love to make some for my own daughter!

  95. Donna says:

    I would love to learn to machine quilt.

  96. Julie says:

    I’d love to learn about making collars — for shirts, jackets, or whatever. I have done them here and there based on a specific pattern but now that I have started making a lot of clothing without patterns and have learned about pattern-making myself, I still struggle with things like collars.

  97. mikawendy says:

    I want to do more curved piecing (especially curves that aren’t circles) and also free-motion quilting.

  98. Katherine says:

    Basting quilts. I’ve been making a lot of quilts recently, and I haven’t found a good solution. I basted a large quilt recently, turned it over and it was all wrinkles. Argh! I’ve read some people use spray basting, and I was really excited to order some, but when I got it and read all the warnings on it I didn’t feel like I could use it on baby quilts, which are meant to be eaten as much as worn. 🙂 I’m going to try some Sulky spray though, it doesn’t look too toxic.

  99. Absolutely gorgeous fabric. Making lots of lightbulbs go off in my head for projects 🙂

  100. Sarah says:

    I would be delighted if I could successfully sew a hidden pocket (inside of a purse) with a zipper.

  101. Ann says:

    I would love to learn to make my own patterns just like my gammy used to do during the latter part of the depression. Learning to make better use of my sewing time would be great too.

  102. Amy says:

    Beautiful fabrics!! I’d like to try free motion quilting this year.

  103. Lindsay says:

    I’m having trouble turning corners and sewing curves…I must practice more I guess.

  104. Amy says:

    I love the flutterby and bell bottoms collections! So bold. I would love to have space to sew that is my own. I use the kitchen table and must put things away on a daily basis. It makes it hard to keep going some days.

  105. AnnaW says:

    Ahhhh! So pretty! I definitely have fabric envy! :u) Well, maybe I’ll get picked this time. If not, I just might have to splurge a bit and add some of that lovely fabric to my stash! A skill I would like to learn is how to make some of the “fancy” stitches on my machine (that is, anything other than a straight stitch or zig-zag) without looking it up _every single time_ in the manual. Yeah, that’s how bad I am. But hopefully will get better! :u) Happy Friday, everyone!

  106. Mel says:

    I would love to master the skill of zippers.

  107. Shelley says:

    I would love to order fabric from your shop, it’s all gorgeous! But can not justify the high shipping as I am in Hillsboro too. Maybe someday you’ll let us locals come for a “doors open” sale??

  108. Kimberly says:

    It sounds like such a basic thing but I would love to learn how to do buttonholes! There are so many things that would be better with buttons!

  109. Emily says:

    I want to learn to sew knits without a serger, with just a regular sewing machine, and have them look similar to rtw, and not homemade.

  110. Three things are on my must learn list: How to insert an invisible zipper; Free motion machine embroidery; and Proper tailoring for a suit jacket.

  111. Cecilia says:

    Hello…I love to sew and crochet…I love your blog too…peace for us…nice weekend

  112. I want to be able to make my own patterns. Every time I think I am good enough at sewing to freehand something, it fits all weird. Sometimes it works though. 🙂

  113. The greatest issue i have with sewing is wanting to cut corners and not use my iron! My iron is my friend, I have got to learn that!! But i have to say, when i use my iron my sewing comes out 10 times better!

  114. sarah miller says:

    How to make something that actually fits me.

  115. Heather says:

    I’d like to learn to finish more of the projects I start!

  116. Maureen McCroskey says:

    I want to get back into sewing and have been reading some sewing blogs for a month now, but I don’t know where to start! I see so many lovely projects.

  117. Erin S. says:

    Only one conundrum? Alas, I have many. Sewing with knit or stretchy fabrics is one.

  118. Margaret says:

    I remember in eighth grade taking Home Ec and learning or should I say trying to learn to sew, even at that age I was a perfectionist and was so frustrated that I gave up and didn’t sew again for another 40 years. I wouldn’t even replace buttons on my husbands shirt, just threw then away. So now after I have retired I am giving it another try, not quite the perfectionist I used to be.
    I am learning to sew for my own pleasure by learning to piece quilts, and making purses.
    So I guess my conundrum is learning to accept new obstacles by being patient, and knowing that it is not a life and death matter, but rather to just learn to enjoy the process.

  119. Stephanie says:

    I know everyone says this, but zippers still scare me stiff. I have nightmares about them.

  120. Carol Roberts says:

    I would love to learn how to alter patterns to get just the right fit.

  121. sh@ron kile says:

    Zippers scare me and I am not sure why???

  122. Rebecca says:

    I would like to learn how to paper piece. It looks so easy when I look at other people do it, but I can’t seem to get the hang of it!

  123. Sara says:

    I want to just be better at sewing, I love the idea of making stuff and have made a few bags, but want to get better at it.

  124. Sarah S says:

    Lovely new fabric you have there. I’ve just dusted of the sewing machine a few months ago, and I find fitting garments properly and adjusting patterns to be my biggest challenge right now. I’m on the lookout for a class in my area to help me out..

  125. Ellen B says:

    I have two conundrums: the fear of zippers and free motion quilting!

  126. Dawn says:

    Such pretty new fabric!!!

    I have a really difficult time with color decisions when making quilts. I get hung up on getting my fabrics to go that things are too matchy and don’t have that punch of interest that I want. When I try to add the punch sometimes it makes the piece almost seem like it’s hitting you in the face!!!

    Also in the theme of quilting, I’d like to get better on my actual quilting. I really only do straight lines and I’d like to get more adventurous.

  127. Dawn says:

    Buttonholes!! I avoid any pattern with a button/buttonhole or I have my mother do it. After all the work of completing a garment, I’m afraid to ruin it.

  128. Lil' d says:

    I’m currently researching how to quilt – still haven’t finished my doll quilt…

  129. skmill says:

    Hello, I am 11 years old and I love to sew. I would like to learn how to make a buttonhole so that I can make myself and my family some nice clothes!!!!

  130. tess says:

    I’m terrified of zips, I know they’re not that scary but too me they are the monster under the bed……..

  131. apmama says:

    I want to be able to draft a pattern from clothes I already own. I have a few items I love and would like to make again but I’m just not sure where to start with out tearing them apart.

  132. Stefanie says:

    I really want to learn of to “free-style” when it comes to quilting *smile* I am hoping this is the year!

  133. theavc says:

    I want to feel as comfortable sewing on my machine as I do stitching by hand! It would save me so much time!

  134. Cindie says:

    I want to be able to do free motion quilting. I have a new sewing machine and have the attachment… but have been reluctant to try. I love all of the new fabrics.

    I enjoy your blog as it really is a bonus with the tutorials and photos of what others in this creative world are doing 🙂

  135. Steph W says:

    I’m a relative newby, too. I’m trying to learn how to sew a baby’s dress.

  136. Donna Barker says:

    Love the new fabric lines. I want to learn to use all the decorative stitches on the Bernina I just bought. Yay!


  137. Clara says:

    I have a fear of zippers. I know that if I just sat down and sewed one I’d be okay but this fear is keeping from starting.

  138. Kristin Lawson says:

    I would love to learn to make mitered corners for binding a quilt. I have read the instructions so many times and something about the folding and flipping has me stumped. I think I need to see it in person!

  139. Ollie says:

    free motion quilting!

  140. Roseanne says:

    There are many skills I have yet to master! But top of my list now are sewing knits, adding zippers, and shirring! That elastic thread gives me fits!!!

  141. Suzanne says:

    Right now my goal is to keep practicing free-motion quilting. I love what can be done but I have a long, long way to go. I love the fabrics!

  142. Julia Molewyk says:

    My sewing conundrum: I have an inexpensive machine, and need to make buttonholes with it. No fancy stuff. I do not know how. The manual explains it, but I can’t figure it out.
    More yummy fabrics. I love your store’s offerings.

  143. Christy S says:

    I really want to use my ruffler foot attachment. Well, that and the bias tape foot. Oh yeah, my gathering foot — sure would like to know how to use that. And the biggie – I want to learn the art of fabric collage one day.

  144. Trina says:

    I would love to have an intimate relationship with my serger! As yet we are simply tolerant of eachother’s presence, and I can only get her to do what I want through manipulation!!!

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  147. Well, I’ve just finished sewing a shirt except for the buttonholes, which I’ve never yet done on this machine – so learning how to use that buttonholer ASAP would be great!

  148. Karen says:

    I definitely want to learn how to make a quilt someday soon.

  149. sarah Schultz says:

    I literally have just received my first sewing machine as a birthday present this week. I have been wearing hand made clothes since I was a child thanks to my talented grandmother. I would just love to follow in her footsteps and learn how to sew clothes as brilliantly as she has over the years. When I was little she taught me how to sew stuffed animals and it is one of my favorite memories of her. So this weekend I will take the first steps and try to sew a pair of PJ Pants. Ultimately I would love to get to the point where I can make my own patterns… but lets see how the pj pants work out first 🙂
    Thank you so much for this blog… it has been so amazingly helpful as I start this journey!!

  150. Mel H says:

    Oh goodness! Zipper and lining are two things I need to learn. I also need a nice tutorial on how to hem correctly – I can fake it but it looks bad.

  151. Carolyn says:

    Umm… how to use my buttonhole foot, how to use my embroidery foot, how to stipple, how to make clothing… shall I continue!?!

  152. Amy W says:

    I have always found an invisible zipper easier than a regular one. But for this project I’m working on I’m going to use a regular one…..I’m wondering how many times I’m going to have to rip it out before getting it right.

  153. Kimber says:

    Oh, if I could only make a pair of pants that fit me! You know, at the hip, the rise, AND the waist? So, my dilemma is fitting or drafting patterns.

  154. Mette says:

    Beautiful fabric. I would love to learn how to smock sew. Have a great weekend.

  155. Kate says:

    Zippers would be a great thing to know how to put in correctly. Right now I just wing it and hope for the best…

  156. Megan says:

    My conundrum — I wish I knew how to freehand quilt on my Pfaff — because I just am not good at manuevering a fullsize quilt around for straight line quilting.

  157. BethieB says:

    I love the insects fabric! It’s so springy and cheerful.

    The sewing problem I’m ready to conquer? I desperately, desperately, desperately need to learn how to cut a straight line! This sounds like an easy thing to manage, but it isn’t. I am a quilter and this one huge problem is holding me back in so many ways. I have a rotary cutter and mat; can’t cut an even square to save my soul with it, have to beg my hubby to help me (after hours of ripping my hair out and muttering under my breath, lol). Last week I bought one of those big rulers with the slider that cuts your fabric for you. I waited to use it until a time I was feeling particularly brave…and it was beyond my capabilities. I can’t even trace a square or two straight lines and cut them out by hand without having all kinds of wobbly action going on. So, that’s my sewing conundrum.

    I can use my buttonholer. I can do zippers. I can manage all kinds of feats as long as someone else does the cutting for me. :0)

  158. Korie says:

    I’d really love to get better at putting zippers in clothing. I have it down for bags, but I just can’t seem to get how to get that nicely finished top and bottom of the zipper.

  159. Ruth says:

    I would like to learn how to properly fit patterns for myself. I’d like to learn pattern making. I’d like to someday design my own patterns. 🙂

  160. Kristine says:

    I want to learn to use my darning foot! I bought it when I was going to work on my rumpled quilt skins pig, but the quilting was honestly a lot easier when using my regular presser foot and going REALLY slow.

  161. Grace says:

    I’d like to learn how to fit/alter clothing patterns to fit my figure better.

  162. Judy says:

    I’d like to find the reach the level of quilting ability where I am happy with the results. I figure there must be a point where I am satisfied with the quality of my workmanship, yet it still looks handmade. And color values! I also struggle when a quilting pattern says to choose a dark, medium & light fabric.
    Happy weekend, everyone!

  163. Oiyi says:

    The fabrics are gorgeous. I would like to learn how to do a button hole. And how to sew a fabric lining to a knitted piece.

  164. nora says:

    I just agreed to make my sister and her husband a comforter cover for their birthdays (they share a birthday). This seems like a very easy project, except for the buttons. Please, a tutorial on making button holes, I need it!

  165. Zoe says:

    I am sure you have heard it before but I am a new ‘sewing’ girl and bottom line… I just want to follow a pattern. I think it would help me be creative if I could just understand the language as a newbie in the sewing world. I need to take a serious lesson.

  166. Christina says:

    I REALLY want to learn paper piecing! I’m just waiting for a class to come along to sign up for.

  167. Georgia says:

    My main sewing conundrum is finishing things! I get all enthusiastic, start something…going well…still going…eek, what if I mess it up???!!! Stop. Add it to the pile of unfinished bits and pieces, and in the meantime I have been inspired to do somethng totally different, get all enthusiastic about that…and so on and so on.
    Okay…I’m off to work on a partly finished something…and I WILL finish it! Maybe.

  168. Elizabeth says:

    I do okay with zippers, however, i have tried to figure out my button holer and can not get it to go right. i have a beautiful Bernina and it says it should just about do it all for me. but something isn’t adding up! i also want to learn how to let go of squared-ness, and do a more abstract quilt. i don’t know how to just get zany! I love all of the fabrics out this season too! i am so glad that SMS has been so helpful with introducing me to so many lines. I am excited about my order that i am putting together of fabric for several projects. I like the direction keep it coming!


  169. Erica says:

    I need to learn to have confidence in sewing for myself. I have the fabric, patterns and ideas, but I lack the courage to just start. Instead, I sew a gift or something for my kids.

  170. I used to hate zippers until I discovered invisible zippers, they are awesome! Especially if you have the special foot for them.

    I would really like to learn pattern drafting for clothing.

  171. lindsey says:

    Arms, for some reason I dont like doing arms and sleeves. I also have issues with zippers. I remember on here at some point someone had a good tip on zippers. Button holes on with my machine too. Im obviously a newbie! But im having soooo much fun learning all these techniques 🙂

  172. Kathy says:

    Using a ruffler foot…and putting in a zipper, always a least favorite task! That ruffler thing has me stumped though!

  173. Kate says:

    I’m slightly scared of quilting. I can do small things, but I would love to do a big quilt some day…

  174. Cindy says:

    I’m really rusty at zippers and buttonholes–I don’t think I ever mastered them but now I have a bear of a time getting them done neatly . and evenly.

    AND Machine quilting–I can’t seem to get the fast foot slow hand thing–my stitches are crazy uneven–I don’t expect perfection–but some are 1/4 inch long and some are so tiny I can’t get the seam ripper through them when I make a mistake!

    I have a feeling that practice makes better if not perfect so I’ll keep working on these.

  175. Jane says:

    My sewing cunundrum? Since I mostly just piece and quilt, I would love to perfect curved piecing.. seems I just can’t get the ends to match up the way they are supposed to. Mostly just a matter of putting in the practice time!

  176. Beth says:

    Those new fabrics are gorgeous! A sewing problem I usually have is getting my zippers in with nice even top stitching.

  177. Shana says:

    this is silly because I can sew my own clothes, but I usually make skirts out of cottons and the like, I am deathly afraid of hemming nice dress pants! I have a pair that have been hanging in my closet for over a year because they need hemming (in all fairness I was also pregnant for a good part of that year) and I don’t want to take them to a dress shop because last time I did the woman didn’t even hand stitch the cuff! I know I could do a better job than that, but I don’t want to ruin a nice pair of pants, they were a gift from my mother and I can’t afford nice pants!

  178. As someone else said – hemming by machine. It looks so easy “on tv” but when I sit at the machine, I’m so insecure about what I”m doing that I’m virtually paralyzed into inaction.
    Love love love the Flutterby charms.

  179. Mary says:

    two conundrums–Piping that actually looks good and curves in quilting that also actually look good.

  180. Debbie says:

    I want to buy a feed dog cover and learn to do machine embroidery (with a machine that pretty much only does zigzag).

  181. Sarah says:

    I want to pull out my walking foot and starting working with more knits.

  182. Claire says:

    I REALLY want to learn how to do smocking. I have a little girl, and it would be so fun to be able to make her a smocked dress.

  183. Bree says:

    I wish I could finally figure out the flat-lock on my serger. It never comes out right!

  184. Patti says:

    I have the darndest time with zippers. I love to make purses, but when it comes to the zipper, I am totally stumped. I follow the pattern instructions, but always run up on a dead end. Please help! I’m in the middle of the Kimberly Bag by Amy Butler, but I am unable to finish it. It’s such a crying shame!

  185. Allison S. says:

    I would love to learn how to smock someday! It is so beautiful! Just need more time to be able to learn;)

  186. Andrea says:

    Points! When I’m doing applique and it come to the sharp point more often then not they get nubbed out!

  187. Jen says:

    I need to learn how to stop sewing and GO TO BED when I’m tired! Beautiful fabrics =)

  188. anja says:

    i would like to figure out how to combine my felted knitting with some funky sewing–cool patch pockets on felted bags. i would also like to figure out how to stay focused on one project long enough to finish it, instead of just being enthusiastic for the material-gathering stage.

  189. Abby says:

    I would love to learn paper-piecing, to master free-motion quilting, and to learn to quilt as you go. Also a goal is to tackle a Dear Jane quilt.

  190. Amanda Materne says:

    Love the blog – been a silent lurker for a few months now! 🙂

    I’m throwing my hat in the ring for flutterby squares, though – totally diggin’ the new collection! One of the things I would like to learn is a curved or funky-edged binding for a quilt. I only know how to do the straight edge!

  191. Jodie says:

    I absolutely want to learn how to make button holes. I have a Singer Simple machine and have followed the directions in the manual but have not been successful! UGH!!

  192. Amy says:

    I would love to learn how to make a wrap around skirt for summer fun!!

  193. Annette says:

    Again – more gorgeous fabric. Okay my sewing conundrum has to be having seams roll properly in a rolled hem. YIKES i always have to skip over the seam and go back and try and roll it so very carefully and sew over them with a regular stitch. Maybe someone has the trick to share!!?? And then there’s invisible zippers – no problem with a regular zipper – in pretty much any fabric – but invisible zippers… ahhh another conundrum (don’t you just love that word?).

  194. E. Lorenzen says:

    Foot pressure- I don’t understand how it works, or how to get a nice seam on fabrics of very different weights without hand sewing it first.

  195. Jenny says:

    My latest conundrum ( like the big vocab??) re:sewing is where to store all of my fabric. I LOVE to be able to see it so I don’t want to hide it away in drawers or anything, but my little boy seems to find it and wants to use it to play “nite-nite” all the time when I leave it out and exposed. I know this isn’t a technical sewing problem, but it’s what I’m dealing with lately!!

  196. Nada says:

    love that charm pack!

  197. ColleenM says:

    I use my machine to machine quilt. I want to learn how to use the machine for sewing purposes!! I would love to be able to make my daughter’s dresses for themselves and their dolls. That would be the best!!!!!

  198. Melissa says:

    I would love to learn how to sew zippers better. I have done some zipper bags recently and struggle with that step.

  199. Nichole says:

    The zipper…definitely the zipper! Would love to make it look more polished in finished garments.

  200. claudia says:

    I’d like to learn how to do alterations!

  201. Thursday Next says:

    I’m another person who is hopeless when it comes to zippers. Arrgh.

  202. amberly says:

    The hardest thing for me would have to be PLEATS! I REALLY want to learn how to do them perfectly! Awesome fabric!

  203. Shannon says:

    Oh, I have to second the comment about invisible stitches…I’ve gotten pretty good at hiding the parts where I sew up a softie or pillow, but it would be nice not to have to hide them at all! A whole fabric line about bugs – can’t get much better then that!

  204. jessica mathew says:

    I would like to get better at sticking to a sewing schedule. I would be sew 😉 much more productive! I would also like to try my hand at draping.

  205. Cocoa says:

    I’ve always wanted to learn how to machine quilt with my sewing machine.

  206. I have two! I’d really like to learn how to quilt – I suck at it. Also, sewing clothes wise, I’d love to learn to do a welt pocket. (And that fabric looks amazing!)

  207. Deb says:

    I wish I could get a better hang at doing free-motion quilting. I tend to over-try rather than letting the machine do the work!

  208. Courtney says:

    I’d love to see a tutorial on how to sew edges with ric-rac or ot trim.

  209. Kim D. says:

    I’d really like to learn how to have more time to sew! I’d also like to tackle a project like a winter coat and have it turn out!!

  210. Amanda H says:

    Like many others it’s the dreaded zipper. After buying 3 different (although eerily similar) zipper feet and finally taking my whole sewing machine to the store with me to get the right foot I decided I’d tackle the “zipper issue” that has plagued me for years. After a broken needle, a seam that looked like a small child had sewn it and large amounts of zipper hanging out on either end with no apparent place to put them, I gave up! I tried once again a few weeks later with better results, but I still had a bunch of zipper left over. Just where oh where to you put the fabric when you do this? at the end of the pull? The end of the zipper? What do you do with the left over zipper? Doesn’t seem like you can just sew over it again and make the whole thing pretty (tried that and just broke another zipper). I did like the method (iron 1/4 inch of fabric over and glue it (with fabric glue, silly) to one side of the zipper, sew and then repeat for the other side THEN sew everything together. But again, I was left with more questions than answers.

  211. Maria says:

    I would really love to learn how to draft up ruffles and add them to dress, skirts, etc…

  212. Esther says:

    I would love to learn how to make a waistband with a zipper for a skirt!

  213. Toni says:

    Not to copy your ideas – but I have no clue how to use my buttonhole attachments. I’d love to know so I can actually use it (and have usable buttons!)

    I’d also like to work on a quilt – but have no idea where to start. Any ideas???

  214. mary Connelly says:

    I would really like to learn to smock. I am just so overwelmed when I look at patterns for it.

  215. Beth says:

    The sewing skill I would most like to learn is how to fit clothing. I used to sew my daughter’s clothes when she was little, but I’ve always had trouble making something that fits me well. And now that she’s older, it’s hard for me to make things that fit her well, too.

  216. I need to just learn to sew!!! LOL. I would love to lean patterns better. I would love to learn hand stiching. And I would love to learn how to put a zipper in.

  217. Kate says:

    OOOOh, I definitely want to learn how to make clothes well. Buttons, zippers, linings, all that. I and want to learn smocking, but that seems overly ambitious ;).

  218. Michele says:

    I’m going to jump on the “zippers” band-wagon. I don’t know why the thought of sewing in a zipper intimidates me…but it does. Then next would be tips on adding a lining to a pattern that doesn’t already have on. Also I’m having issues with gathering techniques…any imput or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  219. Katie Mitchell says:

    I also can’t seem to sew zippers to save my life. They always turn out looking not quite right.

  220. Diana says:

    I would love to learn machine quilting!

  221. Lindsay says:

    Freehand quilting!

    Also altering and/or designing clothing patterns.

  222. Maria says:

    I have never made a quilt before, so I really want to win this fabric so I can start one! I have about 100 different ideas of what I want to make, but I think I might be starting on the more advanced side… Oh, well. Life is full of adventures!

  223. upstatelisa says:

    Gorgeous fabrics!!!!!
    I want to sew with knit fabrics!!!! Help!!!

  224. Lisa says:

    Machine quilting has been difficult for me especially since I undertook a difficult pattern on my first sampler quilt. If I had to do it all over again, I would have stitched in the ditch and done something simpler.

  225. Leslie Newton says:

    I have sewn everything from “crotch repairs” for a dry cleaners to oufitting the entire Female section of a Wedding Party, including the Bride. My favorite thing is to sew a vest or lined bodice and stitch around the neck and armholes first and then sew the side seams. I don’t like to sew the shoulder seam last, as most patterns instruct you to do. And, I have continually turned a vest in a circle, never to reveal the right side!

  226. Megan VS says:

    Just ONE! There are so many! I am just beginning, and even though I have so many things I would like to learn it is so satisfying to tackle new challenges. Right now I am making an apron for my mother-in-law for her birthday, and I would love to learn how to embroider GG (for Grandma Gail) on it. It would give it the perfect personalized touch and mean a lot to her.

  227. CaRho says:

    Ooo I would be so happy to learn machine quilting!

  228. Sharon Gollman says:

    I would like to try the Amy Butler Weekend Bag! I think it would be a challenge as it is made with heavier fabric and has multiple layers. It would have to be perfect as it would be a gift 🙂

  229. jenn says:

    I’ve just started quilting and would love to learn how to do appliques. Also, I’m still afraid of sewing zippers! I’m a sewing newbie, but these two things would probably really help me out!

  230. Trina says:

    I would love to learn how to do zippers on a machine!
    I am quite the pro at doing them by hand but man it takes forever and a day and I always worry if it is on a garment that gets lots of wear.
    Oh and to beable to applique would be marvolous!!!

  231. MelissaB says:

    I want to learn how to make good fitting pants. Sewing them is not hard, fitting my swayback is.

  232. Stephanie says:

    Free-motion quilting…smocking would be great too!

  233. I would love to figure out how to use a walking foot and a ruffler foot one of my two sewing machines!!!!

  234. Megan says:

    This summer I’m going to enter the world of hand quilting a quilt top I’m currently working on. I’m scared. 🙂

  235. danna osen says:

    i need to qulit talking about free motion and just do it and do it and do it some more….

  236. silver says:

    I want to learn how to put binding on curves. I always seem to run short on binding when I go around a curve.

  237. Susan in SC says:

    I would like to learn how to make buttonholes that actually are functional and looks like a buttonhole! Although freehand quilting sounds like something I would like to do too!

  238. Emily says:

    I would love to learn how to sew some clothes! Everytime I try, it comes out an absolute disaster! Guess I’ll be sticking to handbags and quilts for now!

  239. Megan says:

    I would love to learn how to add a simple (but full length) lining to a dress (or shirt) when using a pattern that doesn’t include one. I think garments look so much more finished and professional that way.

  240. Mona says:

    I really want to learn freehand quilting.. I have finally learnt to make a quilt but havent had the courage to try freehand quilting! And I want to learn to sew a skirt.


  241. tira says:

    i would like to learn how to read patterns better! it takes me forever to figure out what they are asking me to do! (not that i’ve done that many…but if it were easier i would try more!)

  242. Lisa D says:

    My husband and I are just learning how to sew. Thanks to this website, I’ve already learned so much. We actually just bought a Viking Emerald 118. We love it! And we’re scheduled to take classes this coming Monday. I visit this site every day to read the blog and drool over the fabrics. There is so much that we both want to learn that it’s hard to narrow down. I’d say that right now, my husband is having a hard time just guiding the fabric through the machine since he’s left-handed. He wanted to know if they made left-hand machines..LOL. I would like to be able to do elastic without it looking all wonky. And then from that point, there is just so much more we both would like to learn.

  243. Richelle F says:

    Learning zippers would be nice.

  244. Becca Balmes says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew with silk! My husband brought back some beautiful silk from a recent business trip to Singapore, but I’m so nervous to even touch it.

  245. Carrie says:

    I would really like to learn to use my serger properly. It’s an older model (15 years) and you have to set everything manually. I have it set for one thing and I daren’t touch it to change anything because I’m afraid I’ll never get it back!

  246. Sally says:

    I want to learn how to put in invisible zippers.

  247. Funda says:

    I want to learn to picture smock. I have a mostly finished hand smocked blouse for my oldest daughter but wanted to put a few (what I thought would be simple) tulips on it. Just can’t seem to get the knack and no one near me knows how either. If I won the charm pack I’d just go back to quilting! 🙂

  248. Love the fabrics!! I want to learn how to use a ruffler foot, I have 2 little girls, and there are so many outfits I could make super cute if I added ruffles to them.

  249. Kimberly says:

    Love the fabrics they are all great designs! I am not new to sewing, but have not really expanded my knowledge beyond basic simple items. I would like to know how to machine quilt, make patterns, machine applique and smocking. I hope this means there will be some tutorials on the way!

  250. Melody says:

    I would love to learn how to freemotion quilt with my machine, and also how to read and use clothing patterns!

  251. Myra says:

    I would love to learn to sew curves more smoothly.

  252. Kirsten says:

    Hmmm, Iwould have to say the most intimidating thing for me as I am considering moving into quilting from a long career in hobby fasion sewing is how to do all those calculations for bindings and borders. I work in a fabric store and stay pretty much exclusively in the fashion sewing department. So those questions always scare me. 🙂 On the other hand if you want estimates for making a shirt or jacket, I’m your girl 🙂

  253. Cara says:

    I feel like the odd woman out, but I can handle the zippers but not the buttonholer. I always end up screwing up ten times on scrap fabric and then ditching it for the old fashioned zigzagging way. But, it’s never as neat and precise as it would be if I could master the “easy” way my machine thinks it works. I can join in on the blind hem, though. I can hem the piece of scrap fabric, following the manual but once I move to a tube I confuse myself thoroughly.

  254. Paige says:

    I need to learn how to put in a zipper, for one thing (amongst many others)! I’m fairly new to machine sewing….maybe I should add sewing a nice, straight line, too…haha.

  255. brandy says:

    I need to learn more about how to use my buttonholer!!! um, and would like to learn how to freehand quilt…oh golly, there are lots of things for me to learn!

  256. Kate Downing says:

    I’ve only been sewing for 3 days, so I’m still in the obsessive stage. So far I’ve made a pair of yoga pants for my friend’s 2 year old out of one of my husband’s old T-Shirts and I’ve appliquéd a onesie for a baby shower gift and last night I started making super hero capes for my friend’s twins who are turning 4 next month. Needless to say, the housework is suffering. My conundrum is this: when I use bias tape to bind an edge what do I do when I get to the end? Corners? What if you’re doing a circle? I tried every way I could think of folding the bias tape and not only did it look awful, but tended to jam the machine and get the material stuck down inside the bobbin compartment. I love the way the bias tape looks and in so many ways it’s an easy beginner thing to do, but I won’t always be able to cover the seams with something decorative, so HELP! (please)

  257. Mara says:

    I’m contemplating making clothes from patterns but need to understand how to alter them. I’m a buxom lass so I know those standard B-cup measurements aren’t going to fit me. I’m trying to figure out how to make the bust bigger but keep the shoulders and the rest the same. I’m afraid to buy the wrong size pattern so I want to figure this out first.

  258. Gretchen says:

    Wow-what great fabrics! I only wish they sold them here in japan…hmmm a sewing goal…lining jackets, quilting, dresses…you name it!

  259. Lisa says:

    I would love to perfect free motion machine quilting on large quilts (can only really manaage the mini quilts)

  260. Brenda Ward says:

    I’ve been sewing and designing clothing for over 25 yrs. The one skill that I have not quite mastered is: Don’t cry when you cut up all the beautiful fabric! I love to have them sit on the shelf so I can just look at them. They all are so pretty!! LOL But seriously, would love to learn how to do smocking. Something I have not tried as of yet.

  261. Lissa says:

    My sewing nemesis’s are
    1. machine quilting, no matter how much preparation I end up with puckers, having to un-sew and using naughty words that would make your granny blush
    2. zippers – I use naughty words that would make your granny blush
    3. button holes.. I either make them too large or too small… and I use naughty words that make your granny blush!


    see a theme happening here? so I have decided I am a ‘topper’ when it comes to patchwork and anything else I send off to be quilted or I visit the dressmaker.. I figure its cheaper to pay them than it is the swear jar! LOL


  262. Sarah says:

    I would love to be able to make my own clothes, I am hoping this year to start with a skirt, but also want to make a dress and a top. Just find it a little daunting!

  263. i am a fairly new seamstress and still have not mastered zippers! i have a gorgous skirt hanging in my closet that cannot be worn until i replace it’s invisible zipper… *sigh*

  264. Jill T says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I need to learn how to do a button hole. And also how to properly make bias tape… I’ve never been good at the whole bias thing.

  265. Jennifer says:

    Time is my conundrum…
    I have so many projects and so little time!

  266. Keri says:

    I would love to learn more about linings (my grandmother always said it was just like making the garment twice – um, not helpful!), and simple tailoring. I’m a horrible tailor, which makes my finished garments always less than stellar.

  267. Charlene says:

    I just received my first sewing machine last month for my birthday. I’m in the middle of making my first apron, but my real goal is to learn quilting. And curtains. Quilts and curtains. I’m so excited.

  268. I want to learn how to sew a nice curve, like for a set-in sleeve. I can do it, but it takes me forever (it seems). I’ve seen tutorials and practiced but… not with the results I want. Part of the problem could be a lack of control I have with my foot pedal. Not sure if that is a “me” or “the machine” problem.

  269. susan says:

    would love to learn how to free motion quilt, and to use all the feet I have amassed for my
    embroidery and sewing machine. i would also love to get the Embelllisher out of the box, it’s home since I brought it home 3 years ago, maybe 4.

  270. Andrea says:

    Free motion quilting! I have 2 quilt tops just waiting for me to get up the nerve.

  271. Tamra says:

    I’m trying to learn how to do a blindhem. And some free motion quilting like so many others want to learn. =)

  272. jo ebisujima says:

    yummy yummy yummy!

  273. Miss Sassy says:

    I’m super scared of my serger.

  274. knittin mama says:

    I’d like to learn how to adjust patterns for a better fit.

  275. dodee says:

    I want to learn the different needle type and threads and when to you use them.

  276. Yetta says:

    There are so many things… I’d like to sew a zipper properly; I’d like to learn how to do smocking; I’d like to learn how to do ruffles. Those are the most pressing ones. Thanks for the FFFs. It’s a great way to finish a week.

  277. Crisanne says:

    Zippers! They terrify me!

  278. Barbara says:

    My sewing conundrum? How, having sewn for more years than I care to admit, did I STILL manage to put in a sleeve backwards on a simple fleece jacket???

  279. Michelle says:

    You mean aside from learning how to do that perfect 1/4″ seam? Well, I suppose I have two more major things I’d like to master: machine quilting and putting in zippers! Then I shall be a perfectly contented woman…

  280. Alma-Momma says:

    Wow, still learning everything. My biggest disaster yet has been sewing terry cloth. What stitch was I supposed to use?!? I made a little terry cloth cat for my daughter and am constantly resewing the seams by hand… and the tail back on… and the head back on…. I’m ready to throw it away, but she loves it so it will stay until it is a ball of embroidery thread with eyes! I need help! My son wants one too!

  281. Martha W says:

    I’m old but new to relearning how to sew and am starting on pajama bottoms. Any easy tips for putting in elastic so it doesn’t curl.
    Martha W

  282. Anna says:

    I want to master pressing an a shirt hem evenly, so that I can topstitch it instead of invisibly hand-sewing!

  283. wendy says:

    love the flutterbies!!!
    I need to learn to draft my own sleeve patterns that fit my (apparently) oddly-formed arms/shoulders. Commercial patterns just never sit right…

  284. Laura says:

    I have been intimidated by sewing on knit fabrics and would like to jump in and try it!

  285. Kelli says:

    I’d love to learn how to do a fake fly on a pair of little boy pants. I really don’t want to fuss with real zippers, but I like the look of a fly in the front.

  286. Rachel says:

    I really want to improve my free motion skills. I just can’t seems to ever get the tension correct.

  287. Jessica says:

    I want to learn to quilt and to sew knits. Love, love, love the Flutterby fabric!

  288. Molly says:

    I would really like to learn how to use all the features of my sewing machine. I’ve never made a buttonhole or used any of the “fancy” stiches. I also want to learn how to put a nice binding on a kitchen towel.

  289. earthchick says:

    My sewing nemesis is trying to handstitch stuffed toys closed. I keep reading instructions and looking at pictures of how to do it, but no matter what mine always is rubbish.

  290. froghair says:

    Pintucks. I am pretty accomplished at most other techniques, but I love how pintucks look (the right level of femininity for a tomboy like me…. wait, can you still be a tomboy at 30?), and I would love to be able to incorporate them into some clothing reconstruction ideas I have….
    And I just *love* that flutterby fabric — I’m a crafter *and* an insect enthusiast!

  291. Anary says:

    Free style machiene embroidery…and a nice a complex quilt pattern. One day!!!

  292. amber says:

    I really really really want to master sewing a circle…I know simple….but for me impossible lol.

  293. Marianne Johnson says:

    I would love to know how to line a purse. I’d also love to learn piping.

  294. Kristal says:

    Mitered borders! Sometimes they go well; sometimes they won’t go at all.

  295. Melissa says:

    My mom taught me to sew with her machine when I was a child. Now that I want to sew for my own child, it seems like it would be simple, but I haven’t kept up with it. I have to stop and search through my brain to remember the proper steps to take. It’s difficult for me to always remember to go “with the grain” of the fabric when cutting something out and always have the right notions and thread color on hand.

  296. Ayala says:

    I would like to learn free motion embroidery using the machine and the special foot to create real art with my sewing macine.

  297. Solveig says:

    I want to learn freehand quilting. I just bought a new foot for my sewing machine, so I’m ready to try.

  298. Dani says:

    I have two current goals.

    I need to make stretch knit neck bands with no wrinkles.
    I want to learn to manage slippery fabrics better. I can’t sew a straight line on slippery fabric to save my life.

  299. Ann says:

    I’m interested in finding out ways to eliminate puckering when machine hemming pants or inserting sleeves. Love Free Fabric Friday!

  300. Char says:

    I want to learn how to sew zippers using my favorite purse and tote bag patterns. Purses that can zipper closed are so practical… And I would love to make more clothes for my little two-year-old boy. There isn’t much in the way of cute patterns for boy stuff–how to be cute without being girly? Apparently no one has figured that one out yet in the pattern world…

  301. dianne says:

    So far my invisible finishing stitch is really not so invisible, so I am hoping to master it soon!

  302. Barb Reeves says:

    I look forward to your blog every morning and every afternoon after work. Your messages nudge my creativity and encourage me when I just wanna sit and put my feet up after 8-10-12 hours of work! Here’s what I’m doing this weekend. Making my daughters wedding dress. She lives in NM, I live in MA. She asked me to make her dress about three weeks ago–wedding is 4/26! I made a cotton lawn “sloper” and sent it to her. She took photos and e/m them back. Simple dress, A-line, cross over bodice in dupioni silk–celadon (?) blue. So I just checked out about 10 books from the library for fitting help. A little gap on the side of the bahzooms and a little pulling over her “saddlebags.” Other than that fits well! Before hunting thru the books methinks a little 2″ piece of clear elastic sandwiched between the bodice front and lining might pull in the gap. And a taper starting midriff to base of hem on the side seams easing the thigh by about 1/2″ each side. I figure if I totally mess it up I’ll make another one when I get out there the Wed before the wedding…….kinda want to put some beaded bugs or butterflys around the hem….maybe make a bolero jacket too…..guess I’d better quit stalling and get to work! 🙂

  303. Katie says:

    I really want to learn how to hand quilt. I’ve been trying to find just the right fabric for a couple weeks now to no avail. I’m really excited about quilting (especially after quilting month) and am totally ready to take my skills to a new level!

  304. bec says:

    my biggest conundrum is that i have all these big ideas and i never finish them! i wish i could see the project through to the finish line.

  305. Kari says:

    I would absolutely love to know how to use the buttonholer on my sewing machine. Every time I have tried it just ended in a mess. It is supposed to be one step, but apparently that is too hard for me!

  306. Joanna says:

    I would like to learn how to smock – I can sew and quilt really well but this is one thing I’ve never learnt. And now I see that it is making a big comeback!

  307. Christy says:

    While I have a pretty good handle on crafty sewing, I would love to learn to make more clothing. I just bought a new machine that has a lot of potential, and I have been pouring over the manual and looking at all the different feet, wondering how in the world am i ever going to learn how to use all this stuff?!?! But my deepest desire right now is to have a ruffler and make ruffles. I have seen some of the most amazing stuff with coordinating ruffles, and I am so aching to be able to do that. I don’t even know how to start. Then there is smocking, shirring, nice pointed darts, pockets, and on and on and on! One thing I can do is put in a zipper, don’t ask me why, but I do those babies pretty darn well!

  308. Terri says:

    Hi first love your site! I’ve been sewing for years and believe it or not I have yet to sew a buttonhole—completely intimidated! Hoping to tackle and conquer soon! : )

  309. Jennifer says:

    I echo the desire to learn how to put in zippers – the few I’ve tried were a frustrating project to say the least.

  310. Laurel says:

    I’d love to learn how to embroider. Supposedly my sewing machine does it, but I think the manual lies.

  311. Jessica says:

    I REALLY need to learn how to use my new (to me!) serger. I’m still in the figuring out how to thread it stage…=( I know it can do so much more then just serge a raw edge. Just need to take the time and learn how to use it!

  312. Alisha says:

    I’m relatively new at sewing and I’d like to learn how to sew simple garments. Once I conquer that (hopefully soon), I’d really like to learn how to alter patterns and alter completed garments so I can get a custom fit.

  313. Lael says:

    I’d love to figure out how to freehand machine quilt like the experts I have seen on the web!

  314. Cascade Lily says:

    I want to learn how do an ‘inside yolk’ in little girl dresses to avoid binding and end up with a much neater finish on the inside that protects young skin from seams. I’ve worked out how to do a full lining, but a ‘half-lining’ or inside yolk would be much better for summer dresses 🙂

  315. Chandra says:

    I love the giveaway! I’d love to learn how to do a blindhem on the sewing machine. It’s something that I’ve never done before.

  316. Kari says:

    How to put darts into garments….Jackets, skirts, even t-shirts so that it is more form fitting and flattering. It seems so simple but maybe there’s a principle behind the dart placement and how it is done? Thanks!

  317. Bree says:

    I want to learn smocking and freehand quilting, I think the smocking would be great for making kids clothes, and the freehand quilting, well for quilting.

  318. Rhiannon says:

    I love these new fabrics.

    Right now I’m struggling with my sewing machine. It can’t do free motion and has a very small table area due to the free arm. It’s very frustrating to quilt on. Does that count as a conundrum?

  319. stephanie calkins says:

    I hope to become better at shirring. And attaching any elastic in general with a 3 step zig zag. For some reason i am horrible at it. I would also like to learn to use my button holer….i avoid patterns that call for buttons. lol. Also i LOVE the flutterby line! AMAZING

  320. katie says:

    that dang rolled hem. it should be so easy but i can never do it without complete wonkiness. . . the time i could save!

    and this year is the year i get some legitimate pattern making skills.

  321. Katrin says:

    I would like to learn how to do the free motion quilting with my machine (Pfaff) for example stippling.
    But deep down I know it’s not only about learning but about practicing, practicing….

  322. Anne says:

    My next project requires a zipper and piping, both of which are new to me! I’m most terrified by the prospect of making my own piping by creating bias tape from my fabric and covering plain cording. I just don’t understand how I’m going to sew that tape tightly around the cording … I’m heading to the bookstore tonight!

  323. Michelle says:

    I’m still pretty new at the whole sewing thing (though I’d say I’m an old hand at buying fabric – I love the stuff) and I seem to have a hard time keeping tension on my machine set correctly. Or I think that is what I’m doing wrong. I get all these horrible loops and bunches of thread on the bobbin side of my sewing. I’d love to learn what it is I’m doing incorrectly so I can get through a project without having to re-sew sections 4 times before I’m not embarrassed to let anyone see it.

  324. alicia says:

    I want to be good at machine quilting. I know it takes lots and lots of practice but my perfectionist little self wants to be good at it overnight! I have a lineup of projects stuck at the machine quilting stage.

  325. Christy says:

    I wish I could learn to use my narrow hemming foot, it would make my life so much easier! I can use the wide one just fine, but the narrow one is a nightmare!

  326. Anna says:

    I would love to learn to quilt – I have been making lots of dresses, skirt, shirts for my husband. I am still a bit overwhelmed by the amount of detail and work that seems to be involved, but it is one of my next dream projects 🙂

  327. Emily says:

    I want to learn to follow a pattern. I’m new to sewing and they just look so intimidating!

  328. cindy k says:

    zippers scare me, too!

  329. renee says:

    Learning how to do buttonholes, jacket lining arms, and piecing quilt pieces with lots of curves. Love those fabrics – especially the charms!

  330. NIKOLE says:

    I just machine quilted my first piece, I’d like to learn to do it right (I just found out my foot was on wrong). I’d like to be more adventurous and try “harder” things, more complicated, curvy quilt patterns or difficult clothes patterns.

  331. Lala says:

    I would like… no… make that LOVE to be an accomplished “sipper putter inner”… LOL… I do an OK job… but would like to do a bit better than OK… and buttonholes… I’d like to look at a pattern containing buttonholes and not break out into a cold sweat running and screaming in the opposite direction!!! Lala :o)

  332. Cami Paul says:

    I would love to learn free motion quilting.

  333. Erin says:

    Well, I have a one year old daughter and deeply wish to sew her beautiful, cute clothes! So, I need to learn how to sew clothes, not just tote bags and quilts. I have an obsession with fabric, so I have started many a quilt in my day! I would love to win!

  334. Christy says:

    I just started sewing a few months ago. So I still need to learn how to sew zippers, button holes and I am really wanting to start using bias tape.
    I have so many projects that are waiting for my creative hands to tackle in my craft room….but it seems there is not enough time in a day to complete everything that I want to do!
    Hopeful next progect: fusing plastic bags together and sewing them together to make a reusable plastic bag!!

  335. Pam says:

    Zippers used to be one of my biggest challenges when sewing clothes. My m-i-l taught me the simplest trick; stitch the two sides of zipper tape to the seam selvage, then turn, pin and hand sew in place. It’s fast, easy and allows you to ‘fudge’ waistlines a little, if needed to make them straight.

    My challenge now is learning to draft my own patterns. I’m thinking of taking a community college course in my copious free time. HA!

  336. Meghan says:

    I mastered the buttonhole and zipper (thank goodness for special sewing machine feet!) but I am just starting to sew clothing (right now, just basic shirts) and am totally clueless (and terrified by) sewing darts.

  337. Jessica says:

    I love seeing the new material!!

  338. Stacy A says:

    Hmmm, my sewing challenges? Although I have made button holes and put in zippers I would love to become good at it. I find myself avoiding projects where they are involved. I am working up to machine quilting. That is my ultimate goal. I want to be comfortable enough with it to be creative and work outside the lines. Both those fabric lines are fantastic!

  339. karissa says:

    I would like to learn how to make my own patterns for clothes for my little girl. I love the new fabric!!

  340. Mellissa says:

    I have been putting off learning to put in a zipper. I would really like to and really need to learn it. I always find alternativers such as buttons or elastic, but I need to just make myself put in a zipper.

  341. Heidi Marsden says:

    I would like to be more confident about my machine in general. Other than straight stitching, I feel intimidated. Your blog is giving me more confidence. Thanks

  342. Andi says:

    I love seeing the new fabrics. It’s so inspiring! I would like to learn how to adjust a pattern so that garments actually fit me when I make them. I hate making clothes out of beautiful fabric only to find that they just don’t fit properly in the end. i bought a book on the subject and it has helped some, but it gets confusing when you are making multiple adjustments. Maybe it would be easier to learn how to make my own patterns!

  343. floribunda says:

    I used to pretty much make all my own clothes, but over the years my bod has changed so that the occasional thing I make for myself doesn’t really fit well and ends up looking awful. So — I guess my conundrum is how to pick patterns that will actually flatter and fit!

  344. Maggie says:

    I would like to learn how to sew on a binding without cursing for six hours straight and having to rip it out 3 million times! (Can you tell it frustrates me just a smidge?)

    Love, love love the fabrics, by the way and can think of many great things to do with them that don’t involve a binding of any kind!

  345. Susan says:

    I can sew fairly well and crochet pretty well and follow a pattern just fine, but I’ve always wanted to learn to knit. I love my little girls in sundresses with matching sweaters or cotton tops with woolly longies and I’m too cheap to buy them. I also learned to quilt recently and I would love to know how to match the corners. I can get the beginning of the row lined up, but by the end of the row they aren’t matching anymore!

  346. Amy says:

    I am having a hard time choosing one thing to sew. When I go to a store, I say to myself “I could make that,” but actually, I don’t have time to make much of anything with a small child and a very small apartment. I don’t know how to choose what to tackle, so I read a lot of sewing and quilting books from the library instead.

  347. Shannon says:

    Oh my gosh what awesome fabric…thanks for showing me I am suppose to be on fabric buying restriction:) Just kiddin’

    I have this lastest conundrum of sewing up a small purse with a zipper. Something about 7″x10″ just to keep in my purse or book bag. For some reason I just am nervous about sewing something with a liner. I must overcome this because these would make great gifts.

  348. I am trying to figure out how to follow one of those packaged tissue paper patterns. It’s been a looooong process for me because I find the directions and diagrams to be confusing. I am also going to learn how to do buttonholes for this pattern I’m working on now.

  349. Janet says:

    Though I’ve taken a couple of free-motion quilting classes – the skill just seems to escape me. I know I need to practice more, maybe some day it will come to me in a flash! Any tips are welcome! I’d love to get FREE FABRIC to practice with!!

  350. Celeste says:

    I did my very first zipper not to long ago–it came out okay, but could definitely use some practice at it still!

  351. Holly says:

    I need to work on zippers. I have some cute patterns and ideas for zipped pouches that are just waiting to become reality.

  352. Stephanie says:

    LOVE both lines of fabric! I would like to learn how to scallop borders. I have the book, the tool, but haven’t had the confidence to tackle it alone.

  353. Alison says:

    I just started to sew last year after finding my mum’s old machine rusting away at the back of a cupboard. Really I need to learn everything – zippers, buttonholes, pattern adjustment, lining, straight hems, curved hems, darts – you name it. However, I’ve already discovered that more than anything I need to learn patience and organization. Would help greatly (and not just in terms of sewing!) if some had a tutorial on these lying around. LOL!

  354. zarinaia says:

    Awesome fabrics! I love this blog! I’d like to learn to draft patterns and machine quilting.

  355. I want to loosely slip cover a chair or my sofa but I’m afraid to start and afraid to pick fabric. I know it will be pricey and I’m ok with that but I want to make sure that it will be nice when I’m done and not homeade dorky looking. I wish there were a very good tutorial out there for the whole thing. I have some books but everything looks like its missing steps or glossed over. Definately slip cover conundrum.

  356. kabira says:

    another aspiring zipper-er — especially in handknit garments!

  357. Grace says:

    I’d really like to learn to make a quilt. I’ve done easy girls dresses and purses, but don’t have the confidence for a quilt. I’d also like to learn how to make clothes patterns, but that’s way down the line!

  358. I want to learn — make that NEED to learn — how to properly bind quilts. I am comfortable with piecing tops and am making great strides with my machine quilting, but I absolutely dread the last step — and that dread manifests itself in poor workmanship! I don’t think I’ve ever bound anything and been happy with the result. Luckily, my current projects are for babies and they arent’ very critical…

  359. Amber says:

    I’d have to say the zipper. Somehow it just eludes me. I think I just need more practice!

  360. Lucy says:

    As baby gifts, I like to take a square of flannel fabric (approx 40″ x 40″) and bind off the edges – its great for swaddling and just general use. I use my rolled-hem presser foot to finish the edges – which works fine except for the corners. I’d love to know how to do corners with a rolled-hem presser foot 🙂

  361. susan says:

    I have a six month old daughter and would love to learn smocking for some summer dresses.

  362. Nancy says:

    I want to learn to make a double wedding ring quilt. And how to properly put in a zipper. And how to properly make a good buttonhole.

  363. Lynn says:

    I would love to figure out Y-seams. Oh and an easy way to hem things. I hate hemming. I think it’s the ironing the seam at the perfect 1/2 inch. Or something.

  364. Rita says:

    I really want to learn how to do free motion embroidery. I really love how it looks and it seems to be a little more versatile than hand embroidery.

  365. Lizzie says:

    I want to learn how to use my serger!

  366. nettie says:

    i wish that i enjoyed hand quilting. I love the look, but cannot stand to do it!

  367. Frank says:

    First, LOVE this blog! It’s a must-read for me…

    Second, I would just like to get more organized and more picky about what I want to actually complete. So little time and sew much to sew!

  368. Mary Ann says:

    I want to learn to use my buttonholer. Also to learn to do simple monograms and appliqué. I love the new fabric!

  369. Missie says:

    Yikes! I think I’m now afraid to attempt zippers after reading all these comments! I would love to learn how to do them so I can make more than just a wrap skirt or an elastic waist band.
    I’d also love to learn how to make my own clothing patterns. I’ve figured out purses, but just don’t know how to make clothes all that well.

  370. Carolyn says:

    I’d love to figure out how to find more time in my day…… I can sew/quilt and check out all the wonderful tutorials and inspiration on the web. On a more serious note, I’d like to learn more about designing/drafting patterns.

  371. Michelle says:

    I vote for either a zipper tutorial or a buttonhole one. I can do both, but I’m never completely happy with them. Especially the invisible zipper one.

  372. cally cruze says:

    i pretend to know what i’m doing; i know nothing of smocking…needles…pretty much all lingo is over my head. i need to take a class. and a sewing machine that works. and a serger.

  373. Alli says:

    I really want to learn to appliqué. I’ve only just tried my hand at it once and got discouraged rather quickly. All of the gorgeous things people create with it keep me inspired to try again!

  374. Rose L says:

    After your quilting month, I really want to take on this project. Plenty of inspiration out there, but I’m sort of scared to start… I have some beatiful fabrics picked out, but I don’t want to ruin them!

  375. Karen B says:

    Flutterby fabric…awesome! I have not yet appliqued anything I would be proud to show, I would love to learn traditional applique, as well as free motion quilting…I can’t seem to get the
    ‘free’ part, too tense, I guess.

  376. Anne says:

    French seams and their usefulness

  377. Bethany says:

    Smocking, working with stretchy fabric (on a regular sewing machine), elastic thread. Anything that’s stretchy fascinates me, but I’m not sure how it will all work out.

  378. KB VanHorn says:

    Screenprinting. I vowed that this will be the year I start doing it. But I haven’t, yet.

  379. Lisa says:

    I’m still learning everything. So I need to learn it all. Probably the biggest problem I had with the dress I recently finished was in attaching the skirt to the bodice and the gather. I somehow ended up 1/4 an inch short on one side.

  380. Jessica says:

    I’d really love to learn to draft my own patterns… I feel so much more creative!

  381. Jessica says:

    My biggest problem is sewing in tight spots, like sewing the base of a fabric box to the sides. Amy Butlers organizers from In Stitches nearly drove me to drink.

  382. Tricia says:

    Fitting. I need to learn more about proper fitting. The whole point — or one of the points — of sewing for yourself is that it fits better than off-the-rack, right?

  383. Lauren Elliott says:

    I am a novice when it comes to sewing (I am working on my first quilt right now) so I would like to learn just about everything. The sewing conundrum I find most intimidating is putting in a zipper.

  384. Barbara says:

    I’m in the process of trying to learn how to make soft toys. I’ve been knitting soft toys for a while, but the shaping with fabric is so different! Do I use darts, or gussets, or make a body part in 2 pieces, or 3, or 4? There’s so many questions I have, but I plan to keep experimenting.

  385. Tabitha says:

    I’m going to freemotion quilt and NOT worry about the stitches being absolutely perfect! I’m trying very hard to tell myself I can do this without a Bernina Stitch Regulator. …and I can.

    I also want to get to know my serger a bit more and feel more comfortable using it.

  386. Mrs. Pear says:

    Before I share my biggest sewing conundrum, let me say that I love being a mommy, and am trilled that baby #2 will be here in September.

    That being said my biggest conundrum is simply finding time to sew! I have 4 projects completely cut and waiting to be sewn, but cannot seem to sit down at the sewing machine. I have ideas galore, but can not start more projects when the ones I have are not finished!

    How do you find the time! And, I am a stay at home mom!

    No sewing during nap time and bed time as the sewing machine is right outside the bedrooms…

  387. Lisa says:

    My zippers and button holes are always functional, but they’re never “just right.” I’d really love to master both skills.

  388. Becky says:

    Since I started reading your blog I have learned how to box the bottoms of tote bags and purses, which was a HUGE question for me. Solved! I think the thing I still struggle with is mitering corners on my quilting projects. Even with the tutorials, I am still turned all in a quandry.

    And that charm pack of fabrics is beautiful. I sure hope you pick me.

  389. Karen says:

    I want to learn how to use my serger to install elastic waistbands.

  390. Alissa says:

    I am scared scared scared of free motion quilting!! How to get up the guts to use my pretty quilt sandwich as the first attempt?!? No number of practice bibs seems to calm these nerves. I guess I need to try on a quilt I’m not in love with?? But why would I make a quilt I’m not in love with?? You see the dilemma…

  391. Kristan says:

    I really need to learn to make button holes better, so that would be one of my goals. Another is figuring out a way to get my patterns out there. And another is to figure out how to be a pattern tester for you guys!!!

  392. beki says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m in love!!

  393. Bethany says:

    I am a new sewer and just did my first zipper the other day. But I am by no means an expert now and would love to master this skill!

  394. Lia says:

    I want to learn how to adjust a skirt facing for a skirt with darts. I know this should probably be obvious, but I can’t seem to figure it out. For that matter, I want to learn how to properly use darts!

  395. Jeannine says:

    I am learning (and struggling with) free motion quilting. I will get it. Eventually.

  396. Karin says:

    Buttonholes are the bane of my existence. I have resorted to hand-stitching in my buttonholes now, because they are such a difficult thing for me. Somebody help me!!

  397. Melody says:

    as a beginner sewer.. i cannot wait to figure out zippers & buttonholes. It’ll be a whole new world for me then!

  398. whitney says:

    I really really want to learn to do zippers. I have seen a few tutorials, but I am too chicken to try them! I also want to learn how to sew clothing from a pattern. Totally lost with all the pattern lingo.

  399. carrie says:

    oh man. i need to figure out the buttonholer on my machine. i tried once and… it was not good!

  400. april says:

    Welt pockets and front plackets..and collars!

  401. Lisa Poole says:

    I have a tendency to wing it so I would love to become better at following patterns. Fun fabrics!

  402. Nancy says:

    I would love to learn (or get the confidence is maybe all it is) to sew REALLY close to the edge (like in topstitching). Gives me the heebie-jeebies every time!

  403. Tammy says:

    Definitely free motion quilting for me too. This weekend I am jumping in with both feet and hoping not to ruin my beautiful quilt top.

    The zipper has always plagued me too. Last time I tried I ended up in the ER with a needle stuck in my thumb nail. Does anyone have a good zipper tutorial up?

  404. Karen L says:

    I have just purchased a new-to-me machine and machine quilting frame. I am excited and scared to death to get this thing up and running. Would love to know enough to use it right now. Soon!!! Karen L.

  405. Andrea says:

    I’d love to learn how to use the buttonholer on my machine. I’m too scared to try it. I suppose I could try it on some scrap fabric, duh!

    Love the charm pack. Do you usually carry charm packs in the shop?

  406. Laura says:

    I just want to get up the courage to tackle a full-sized quilt. I first got interested in quilting because my grandmother made 2 quilts each for her 10 children and 1 for each of her 33 grandchildren, and had started on great-grandchildren by the time she became too old to quilt. Every aspect of her quilts was done by hand, and she didn’t even cut pieces with a rotary cutter! I’ve managed to do a mini-quilt (most people think it’s a placemat…) but I would love to make a beautiful bed-sized quilt… just need more courage and dedication, I guess!

  407. Pamela says:

    My sewing nemesis right now is set-in sleeves. I just CAN NOT get them right. 🙁 Very Frustrating. Maybe I should look for an online tutorial. Why haven’t I thought of that before? Off to search. Thanks for the nudge.

  408. Stacy Leigh says:

    I want to master hand-embroidery. The possibilities for cuteness are infinite! Oh, and I need to learn to do button holes on a machine that doesn’t have a button hole setting.

  409. Audrey says:

    I would like to learn how to put in a zipper and a buttonhole. I would also like to learn how to smock! I am learning slowly how to quilt but haven’t attempted binding yet.

  410. I’ve just heard about the dramatic impact of using silk organza interlinings, and am excited to learn more about that.

  411. brianna says:

    I would like to learn how to work better with knits on a regular (not a serger) machine. Oh, and also tips on fitting garments would be great too!

  412. Regina says:

    (hhmm – my first post did not go through) – applique on quilting intimidates me – I like how it looks, but it seems so fussy. I guess i just need to do it and see how it goes.

  413. Linda says:

    Mine would have to be free motion quilting. I can do grid work and in the ditch with my eyes shut (almost) but letting loose and doing free motion is somewhat daunting.

  414. Shelly says:

    I can’t even keep up with all the cool fabrics out there these days. I love the flutterby though. Happy Spring!

  415. seemownay says:

    I would love to try machine quilting and find out whether my machine (and I) would handle a try of free-motion quilting.

  416. Christi says:

    Zippers and getting my seams straight! Off to take the machine back in for service. I dunno what i’m doing wrong. Such a newbie!

  417. Anne says:

    I really want to figure out the serger my friend lent me. (She doesn’t know how to use it either!) The new fabric is so pretty!:)

  418. Lissy says:

    Beautiful fabric, but it always is…I’m also chiming in for help with the blind hem stitch, I just don’t get it. I’m making bags left and right, but can’t get my courage up to do a simple A-line skirt, those darn darts and zippers.

  419. meredith says:

    I’d love to learn more about ruffles and I’m planning on learning how to quilt.

    I also wanted to share my tip on zippers. For a long time I found them so hard to do. Now I’d like to say I’m pretty good at putting them in. What I do is tack them in place with a little fabric glue – so much easier than pins since the pins make the zipper pucker.

    Love the new fabrics!

  420. Kirsten says:

    I’m a self-taught quilter who is still getting used to my machine, so for me, it would be figuring out all those machine tricks that everyone else already knows.

  421. alissa says:

    I’m still learning to use the on-line tutorials. I’m pretty excited about setting it as a goal, since it opens up a world of possibilities. Thus far, I have only been super successful with patterns. Tutorials are a lot less perfectionism and more creative.

  422. I’m planning on making some summer skirts for my daughter and thing a ruffle is in order. I’m scared of that!

    Beautiful fabrics. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  423. Leah says:

    I would love really precsise instructions about how to follow patterns. I feel like patterns assume you know how to follow them, so they leave out steps that I should already know how to do but don’t. Most of my sewing is from tutorials or I just put stuff together and hope it comes out ok. Often I’m pleasantly surprised, but I’d like to be able to follow a pattern when necessary.

  424. Emily says:

    Glad to hear I’m not alone on the buttons and zippers, but I’d really really like to learn how to use the mysterious ‘zigzag’ foot that comes with my machine. Maybe reading the manual would help :o)

  425. Mindy says:

    Oh I love all of those!! I am terribly afraid of buttonholes.

  426. my biggest challenge is that i spent the big bucks on a long arm machine, because i love quilting and do it way more than clothing construction. however, on occaision that i do want to sew clothes my machine can do everything but button holes!! how weird. so now i have to either buy a whole new machine for button hole-ing, or figure some other way to do it every time.

  427. amelia says:

    mitered corners elude me.

  428. Kathy says:

    Sewing conundrum for free fabric Friday consideration:

    I’d like to make a completely reversible, lined bag. I like the style of the plastic grocery bags but the patterns and tutorials I’ve found , though lined, are not reversible.


  429. Jordan Durbin says:

    hm, i think probably free-motion machine quilting. I’ve tried. I’ve failed. But I keep trying. I’d just like to know if there’s something I’m missing in the whole scheme of things. I got pretty good at altering patterns while pregnant (have you LOOKED for maternity clothes?! or patterns??!!! What a joke!) and I’m not scared of zippers or buttonholes. But feeddogs are my friends and I start to panic without them!

  430. Sara R. says:

    I’d love to learn more techniques for working with delicate fabrics (the spray starch tip above is really helpful!).

  431. kirsten says:

    I seem to always get stumped at the zipper…I did figure out my buttonholer though so I know there is hope somewhere down the line.

  432. Sequana says:

    Here’s mine: I want someone to build my machine into the top of my worktable so I have a big enuf space for larger quilts to be supported and moved around. It would also be so much easier on my shoulders.

  433. Jamie says:

    Oh man…I really need help on hand gathering. For the life of me, I can never get the darn gathering to look even on the outside of the garment! Am I not using enough pins? Do I need a steadier hand? Argh!

  434. Paula says:

    I’d love to be entered in your drawing!!! Free motion quilting is on my list of things to learn….

  435. Christina says:

    I want to master machine quilting. And making my own patterns. And not spending too much on fabric. 🙂

  436. Linda F. says:

    There are so many things I would love to learn! I would like to be able make my own patterns. You know, sort of deconstruct something I really like and make a pattern from it!

  437. Brandy says:

    I am new to sewing clothing. It is sooo much fun. I used to do mainly home dec sewing. I had a baby girl last May and have had fun sewing clothes for her. But my biggest problem is time management!! I read this blog and others and wonder how everyone fits sewing into their day? I have a big project list that I would like to get done but I find it hard to balance other stuff (cooking, cleaning, playing with the kiddos) and still find time to get sewing projects done.

    Love the new fabric!!

  438. micki says:

    I really want to learn to smock. I even accumulated all the supplies! but I’ve never actually gotten up the courage to try.

  439. Sarah says:

    I’m literally afraid of my button holer. And I’ve put in two zippers in bags, but I’m still scared of them. I wonder how I got them in at all, since I probably had my eyes closed the whole time. ^_^

  440. Gretchen says:

    I want to learn more about quilting in general. I made a small one, but I’m not sure if I did it correctly. I need very basic steps!

  441. Beth says:

    I am new to sewing so there are so many skills I’d like to learn. Quilting with my machine is one, but in the near future I want to master binding. Great fabrics, btw.

  442. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I am trying very hard to draft my first pattern to replicate a vintage dress. Darts, gored skirt with flap pockets, side zipper…. there’s a lot for me to conquer to transform a 2D piece of fabric into something that will follow curves!

  443. Ruth says:

    I wish to learn how to sew clothes. That’s the goal I’ve set for myself this year.

  444. MzTallulah says:

    I’m sucha a newbie, the first skill I’d like to learn is sewing a REALLY straight line… I’m also about to tackle my first quilt, so I guess that all quilting related skills will be coming up next. I have an ancient sewing machine which only goes forwards and banckwards, so wish me luck!

  445. Jen says:

    I’d love to drop the feed dogs on my machine for some free-motion practice, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t actually have any idea where the feed dogs are let alone how to drop them. Someday…

  446. Mama Urchin says:

    Free motion quilting. That and finding enough time to sew all the things in my head!

  447. gatorgirl4325 says:

    Pants!! I want to sew a pair of pants that fit – and make bound button holes that look good.

  448. Lola says:

    I would love to learn how to alter a pattern to make it fit! I have made several clothing items that I would like to fit better!

  449. Laura says:

    To be honest, I really want to learn how to be more creative and unique with my sewing. I am getting tired of tote bags.

  450. Renee says:

    I need to learn how to work with slippery fabrics. How do I stop them from sliding around while sewing? There has to be a good way to accomplish that.

  451. Kristin says:

    I think my biggest sewing stress is figuring out what all the feet are for. Do I need them? Which ones should I have??
    That Flutterby collection is calling to me! I just love it.

  452. natalie says:

    I’m new to sewing and there are so many areas that I need to improve upon. I would love to be able to make a tailored jacket and line it with ease. Zippers also tend to send my head into a spin…LOL. That’s why I love reading about the tutorials and tips so many of you post and share online – it really helps newbies face the challenge and muster enough courage to tackle these problem areas.

  453. Bonnie says:

    I want to learn how to do free motion quilting and I also want to learn how to make pants.

  454. Alisa says:

    I would like to make a garment for myself that actually fits properly.

  455. kristena says:

    Something that’s a bit of a mystery to me (and that I haven’t gotten right yet) is sewing a lining to something that I’ve knit. For example, I made a little purse, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to neatly sew in a lining. I ended up sewing it in by hand, and it was a bit funky… I’d love any advice on doing this well.

    Love the new fabric! It’s both pretty and fun!

  456. Wendy says:

    Free motion quilting here, too! I get frustrated that it doesn’t come easily and give up too fast.

  457. Dawn says:

    I’d love to master free motion quilting….have my sleeves be perfect the first time in…without frogging…and have less dread of buttonholes.

  458. Rachel says:

    Right now my biggest problem is controlling my fabric stash–and seeing fabrics like these come along doesn’t help :-\ But realistically, I’d like to master serging. I’m so afraid of messing up my project when I do it, that I rarely take advantage of it.

  459. Jacquie says:

    I have a fear of zippers. I need to conquer that so I can make bags! I would also love to learn to free motion quilt.

  460. Ariana says:

    I hate to be so lame, but the two things you mentioned are definitely on my challenge list!

    Buttons seem so intimidating. And lining? Even scarier.

    Also, maybe working with more exotic fabrics and a Serger.

  461. Carrie Chilton says:

    Oh so many to list. Buttonholes! I don’t know why they scare me so much. I see a pattern with buttons and I break into a cold sweat.

  462. Mika says:

    MIne is so basic its silly! Handsewing openings shut so they look NICE!

  463. Denise says:

    I want to do more free-hand quilting. Thinking about up-grading my machine and getting the Bernina Stitch Regulator. I would love your comments if you’ve used it. Thanks!

  464. Carrie says:

    I want to learn how to do free motion quilting. I keep seeing stuff about it, but I don’t even know how to stop my feed dogs!

  465. Amy says:

    Zippers..I have not tried putting in a zipper just yet. I havent had a project that requires me to…exactly. … or maybe I just avoide the projects that require me to!

  466. Debra says:

    I am a relative newbie to sewing and I would love to learn how to truly adapt a pattern to fit my body perfectly. I am very intimidated by cutting and sewing against the directions. I have sewn a few things that are either too big or small and I would love to feel comfortable ripping those seams and revamping them!!!

  467. Sonya says:

    I’m terrified to amend a pattern to add a zipper to a handbag. Just loving my handmade bags, but sometimes I just need to insert a ZIPPER so everything stays put…ugh…
    Funny how these things scare us so much when they probably are do-able, but new experiences.
    Thanks for fun fabric freebies (pick me pick me!)

  468. Karen says:

    I’d like help with hems…. for some reason, I can sew everything, but when it comes to hems? I leave them undone- or they don’t turn out well.

  469. Samantha says:

    I have no hand sewing skills whatsoever, and I’d love to be able to quilt by hand.

  470. Jess says:

    I’d say my biggest sewing connundrum is trying to keep my stitching completely straight while my 8 month old is jumping up and down and flailing wildly in the carrier on my back.

  471. Andrea says:

    I have a couple of things that I want lear. But my fear is stopping me. I have no idea why. It seems silly to be afraid to learn something that will make my life easier. 1st is using my buttonhole thing on my machine second- zippers.

  472. Jen says:

    Actually, I want to learn how to replace a lining in a vintage coat that I “borrowed” from my mom. My grandmother made it for her, so it’s over 50-60 years old now, and still in good shape, except for some parts of the lining.

  473. Angela says:

    I can’t shirr to save my life! EVERYONE tells me how easy it is and I’ve been sewing for a LONG time and I can do other fancy stuff (I can do zippers AND buttonholes!) but shirring–Oy! It makes me think ugly words and have to walk away……

  474. Marlana says:

    That fabric is so pretty! I would also love to know how to do smocking and how to alter patterns to fit me better. My bust, waist and hips are all different sizes and nothing ever fits!

  475. Jen says:

    I would love to learn how to machine quilt. I also would like to be brave enough to modify patterns or just take a piece of fabric and design my own “thing” with it!

  476. Arlette says:

    Quilting, hands down. I want to learn how to quilt correctly by a professional quilter. I know if I learn on my own, I will most likely break every quilting rule known to womankind.

  477. Dana says:

    I have resisted sewing anything with knit fabrics. I read about stretch and it gives me the willies…I can just imagine a never-end piece of fabric growing larger and larger as it dangles from my machine table!

    Beautiful new fabrics!!!

  478. Kathleen says:

    My sewing conundrum is how to get the lining of a bag to be professional looking. IMine somehow always turn out a it too big and no amount of fiddling can remedy it!

  479. Margaret says:

    I am in love with your blog.

  480. Jan says:

    The charm squares look yummy. When my daughter was little, I had sewn a darling Victorian style dress for her. She wore it one time and all her friends teased her…..”does you Mom MAKE YOU WEAR THAT???” they teased. She was heartbroken, so I cut off the sleeves and the big collar and converted it into a trendy jumper………..

  481. Elizabeth says:

    I really want to learn how to crochet. I’m also making my first quilt, which is a learning process everytime I sit down to work on it. Flutterby is so cute!!!

  482. Polly says:

    You are right, the great new fabrics just keep coming!!!

    My sewing conundrum would be that I really really want to learn free-motion quilting. I need to take a class maybe. I’m sure if I could just watch for awhile….

    Anyway, besides that I’d like to get better at garment making for me- I do fine for children but it must be the whole sizing thing with patterns, I make too many ill fitting clothes and that is discouraging

  483. Vicki says:

    I want to learn free-motion quilting!

  484. denitza says:

    I would love to learn free motion quilting. that’s probably the one thing that I would love to learn the most.

  485. Jennifer Watson says:

    To learn how to free hand machine quilt.

  486. Kay Snyder says:

    First things first, I’d love to master going the “speedlimit” while sewing. I tend to be a speed demon and mess things up. How do you learn to go easy on the foot pedal?

  487. Krista says:

    I’m dreading the moment when I have to try to buttonhole again. Maybe I’ll get someone to do them for me. I did learn to ruffle better, but what I really think I’m going to try is a quilt. How’s that for a goal? There are so many individual skills involved in quilt making. One thing for sure: I’m going to do straight-line quilting for my first quilt, instead of hand-quilting or some cute flowery design.

  488. Jean says:

    PS: regarding Emily’s post- I just worked with a sheer for the first time- but I used spray starch to make the fabric easier to work with- don’t know if that helps?

  489. marisa says:

    I would love to learn how to smock fabric in order to make those really cute one seam sundresses or skirts (without being limited on the selection of pre-smocked fabrics available).

  490. Liz R. says:

    Cute fabric! The list of sewing skills that I want to learn is endless but I would love to learn how to do buttonholes- I am a beginner sewer.

  491. Jen Coyle says:

    I really want to learn smocking. I just got a new machine that has smocking stitches, and my best friend just had a baby girl, I want to make her some little smocked dresses!

  492. Leisha says:

    Hi!!! My biggest sewing conundrum is how to bind quilts – I’ve made quilts, yet its something I haven’t been able to figure out yet and my binding is always super sloppy looking as I makeshift my way through it. Lovely fabrics!!

  493. Jean says:

    I certainly have an issue with zippers- though the last one I put in I did so by hand and it worked out better than the previous attempts by machine. Also, I get bogged down in pattern sizing- the measurments I take whether on myself or anyone else never seem to get me the right size!

  494. Aimee Davis says:

    I want to learn how to sew knits. I am sure that it is a very simple thing to do, but I’ve never done it.

  495. Shannon says:

    I would like to learn how to do buttonholes.

  496. jessi says:

    I really want to learn free motion quilting – I bought the foot, have had a lesson from a friend, but I still just don’t get it and I can’t my foot to go on right. But I still think it is definitely one of the most beautiful crafts out there.

  497. joni says:

    Well, in addition to learning time management skills (I’m doing a juggling act with my library science degree, sewing, knitting, sketching, crocheting and volunteer work at the animal shelter) i would really love to learn English smocking. I could die a happy girl when that time comes.

  498. miss chris says:

    (I had to catch my breath after seeing though Bell Bottoms prints — OH MY) Ok, I’d like the confidence to sew for myself. And also, try sewing with different fabrics… I’m kind of chicken when things get to slippery.

  499. Tammy says:

    Hmmm, I have been sewing for over 20 years, which makes me sound very old, but in fact, I’m only 31. 😀 I have trouble with zippers too, though I’ve gotten better at them. I think my nemesis is interfacing! After your interfacing tutorial last year, I did get a little better, but I still have problems with it.

  500. Avlor says:

    Learning to do button holes would be a fabulous thing. I want to make more clothing for my children – button holes are important for that.

  501. Sam says:

    I would love to learn to make clothes. I’m a quilter, and I’ve made a few softies and such, but the idea of making a skirt? Terrifies me.

  502. Treah says:

    I would love to learn to freehand machine quilt. Thats just one of many things I wish I could learn!

  503. Susan says:

    I would like to learn free motion quilting and start mastering quilting of any kind on a machine. I am doing better at piecing and getting that 1/4 inch seam down but haven’t yet put a whole quilt together with quilting, I am always tying them.

  504. Liz says:

    I would like to not be afraid to sew with knits and silk!

  505. Kate says:

    I want to learn to think outside of the box. Modifying patterns or GASP creating my own are my goal.
    Gorgeous fabric!

  506. Lorajean says:

    I would love to learn how to bind a quilt together. I’ve read a lot of tutorials but I love taking classes. I’m a hands on doer and find learning this way is best for me.

  507. Bean says:

    Beautiful new collections! I really have a hard time with inset pockets… I can deal with just about anything else, but pockets – ahhhh!!!! they never come out *perfect* and it drives me nuts… if anyone has any good ideas/tutorials (hint, hint for the tutorial contest!) for doing welted or zippered interior pockets for purses/bags I will love you forever!

  508. Kate says:

    zippers or button holes, I don’t have a clue how to do either!

  509. shelli says:

    to Brekster – when I lay out my quilts, i go downstairs to the co-ops laundry room… ; )

    And I keep my sewing machine on a bookshelf in the living room, and pull it out when my daughter goes to sleep, using the “dining room table” (and I use the term loosely, as we don’t have a dining room) as my workspace. I stick the iron and ironing board in the kitchen. Heh – I never thought about how funny it all sounds, but we all just do what we can in NYC! 😉

  510. Rachel says:

    I want to lean how to work with knits!

  511. Liz says:

    ACK! That flutterby fabric is to die for. I sooooo hope I win. (pick me, pick me… PLEASE)

    Anyway, my sewing conundrum is that I’m terrified to do anything with zippers. I know it’s silly because everything I read says it’s so easy, but it just freaks me out a bit. I need to get over it.

  512. emily says:

    i am trying to sew ultra sheer organza. my 1st attempt was a disaster!!! i cut on the fold… apparently you have to lay out the pattern whole, then i used a rotary cutter… apparently you have to use shears, and then i tried to use invisible thread, wrong again. i am holding the last few yards and now i am terrified to try again. i read that you have to use a loose bobin so that the organza does not pucker. how do you loosely thread a bobin and how do you keep everything from sliding? i tried fabric glue and that did not work. any help would be great right now.

  513. AmyB says:

    Yeah…the zipper issue is big here too!

  514. Amanda says:

    I would love to learn more about machine quilting as well. I would also love to learn how to alter a top, jacket pattern to accommodate my full bust.

  515. shelli says:

    only one? 😉

    OK – so my “sewing conundrum” is SLEEVES

    OY. I think my daughter will have tank tops until she’s 90, for my fear of sleeves!

  516. Jennifer says:

    Patience would be number one!

    Number two would be professional looking top-stitching (I think it is in fact related to #1 that mine isn’t always perfect). In the meantime I do a lot of hand finishing of my work (e.g., bias binding) because I like the look better.

  517. Stacey says:

    I’d like to learn how to alter clothing patterns so they fit me better.

  518. Teresa says:

    I want to practice hand quilting. I have done a few quilts that are machine quilted, but there is nothing like my great grandmothers hand pieced, hand quilted quilts!

  519. so many things I want to learn. It would take all day to list them all. But today top of that list is “smocking”
    very cool new fabrics

  520. Helen Gillis says:

    I would like to learn free-motion quilting. I love the look, but it’s always seemed too difficult. This year one of my goals is to try a few small pieces, and see how it goes.


    Helen in Malden, MA

  521. Sarah says:

    Well, I’m just starting to sew, so there are a ton of things I want to learn. But I’m especially afraid of zippers.

  522. Marilyn says:

    I would love to be able to make buttonholes by hand-not with the buttonhole maker!

  523. Jen says:

    I love the new fabrics! I keep eyeing all those adorable little dresses with the smocked bodices… I wish I could do that! Smocking looks so hard! Oh, and zippers!

  524. Sarah says:

    I’d love to learn more about machine quilting, especially freehand. I’d also like to learn about tricks you can do easily with special presser-feet, like piping, hemming and ruffles.

  525. Breckster says:

    How do I sew in a small space? We live in a 560 square foot apartment in Manhattan, and there just isn’t room for me to have the sewing machine out at the same time as the ironing board. Not to mention how hard it is to cut anything larger than 4 inch squares. There are other reasons a tiny apartment for a family or three with one on the way is challenging, but the thing I miss most is having a larger than baby size project.

  526. Alyssa says:

    i need to get over my enthusiasm to make the final thing and make a garment out of muslin FIRST (like mom always says to do) so I don’t mess up the nice fabric 😉

  527. Using the blind hem option on my sewing machine is an enigma to me. It seems like it would be very helpful if I could only figure out how to fold the fabric!

  528. Becky Rico says:

    What beautiful fabrics.
    I would love to master curved seams for quilting. I’m getting there, about 1/2 of my attempts lay as flat as I would like. Any tips would be great though.

  529. autumn says:

    I need to get better at putting in zippers. I would also love to do more quilting. I made a baby quilt for a friend last year and loved it, but haven’t made one since.

  530. Sally W. says:

    ZIPPERS………….I am so bad at putting in zippers.
    I can do a mean elastic waist, though!!
    Beautiful fabric.

  531. Viv says:

    My list (of desired sewing skills to learn) is endless as a newbie sewer, but right now I’m trying to decipher a commercial pattern, a dress for my daughter. I have yet to read a good outline of how to interpret and follow commercial patterns – the best one I’ve seen yet is in the “Sew Everything Workshop” but I am still having some trouble.

  532. Carrie says:

    Loving the Flutterby! Already have started my order and have a project in mind – a lapquilt for my camper. How perfect.

    As for a new skill I am almost embarrased to admit this but what I really want to do is learn to use my machine better. I am not an instruction manual reader at all and tend to just fly by the seat of my pants. Not the best path I am learning when it comes to my machine.

  533. Cheryl says:

    I would love to learn to use my buttonholer and how to use all the other fabulous stitches on my machine. I would also love to learn to sew a hidden zipper on to a skirt pattern. I have a fear of the zipper. I’ve seen some great tutorials, but I do a lot of trial and errror and the end result doesn’t look like it should. Ah, they say practice makes perfect.
    I need to do some stashbusting. There are some beautiful fabrics out there that I need to make room for in my stash.

  534. Terri says:

    I have been forcing myself to know my machine better. I am comfortable with doing zippers now, since making a few zippered pouches. I am also comfortable with buttonholes, since making Amy Butler’s drawstring bag. I finally figured out I had been using the wrong type bobbin in my machine; what a difference that has made! I would like to get more comfortable doing pleats and tucks, and also making up my own pattern ideas.

  535. mj says:

    Oh I love charm packs! All of the new fabrics are tempting, but I guess that’s the point, right?

    I’d like to know how to (easily) line things- it’s something I’ve never thought about until recently.

  536. amy says:

    I want to learn to machine quilt but just with my normal sewing machine.

  537. Amy L says:

    I’ve been bitten with the sewing bug again and turned my interest towards clothes. I would like to make a jacket with a linen fabric that’s lined and complete it before the fashion trend ends.

  538. Karla says:

    Zippers have always been a challenge for me. I have such trouble with those pesky things.

  539. LizzyM says:

    Gorgeous fabric! I am pretty new at sewing and completely self-taught (and not really well, either!). I am starting some baby quilts as gifts, but I’m terrified of getting to the point where I have to actually bind it. Eeek! So I guess the one thing I really want to learn is how to make a neat quilt binding… 🙂

  540. Dana says:

    I personally would love to learn how to alter patterns (and ready-made clothes, for that matter) so things really fit me. My husband says I’m too picky about fit, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask…

  541. Amy says:

    I’ve never lined anything so I’m a bit intimidated by that. I would also like to learn more about customizing garment patterns for a tailored fit.

  542. Steven says:

    I’m a little ashamed to admit (though I am very new to sewing) but just cutting out/following a pattern from one of those tissue paper patterns makes me a little nervous and I haven’t been able to force myself to do it yet. Some hand holding through the process would be awesome.

  543. Valerie says:

    Free-motion quilting!

  544. britt says:

    Well my first conundrum was the zipper. Not an invisible zipper just a zipper in a skirt. The patterns instructions were impossible. then I read the little slip that comes w/ the zipper! Oy! I felt so stupid.
    Now I just have to figure out how to sew something a bit more real than 1 skirt. I think the skill I am looking forward to learning now is sleeves, setting them in and such.

  545. Lily says:

    Oh, but there are so many things I don’t know how to do! I’m determined to figure out freehand quilting, though.

  546. Joanna says:

    I’ve gotten pretty good at sewing, but I have a fear of the button hole. I’ve tackled the zipper (with mostly good results), but I’ll do anything to avoid a buttonhole! I also want to try smocking to make a bunch of tank tops for myself and dresses for my girl.

  547. Kate says:

    I’m horrible at hand sewing, i would love help with it. That and attaching binding… i want to make a quilt, but the binding scares me!

    love the new fabric!

  548. Dyan says:

    I’m so inspired by all of the quilting around me. I have made my first small quilt and am so excited to continue the adventure. I would like to get some hands on training on machine quilting.

  549. Jessica says:

    I’d like to learn to draft patterns or to alter commercial patterns to fit my body.

  550. Laura B says:

    I love quilting although I can hardly sew in a straight line. I would love to try a Robbing peter to pay paul quilt. But the one thing that haunts me is trying to do pant hems. No matter how hard I have tried, which you think I would have given up by now with as many pants I have ruined, I am still very unsuccessful. Maybe one day though!

  551. min says:

    HOW HOW HOW do you make a nice invisible hand stitch when you need it? I need pictures or a video, I believe.

  552. apple cyder says:

    I am afraid to drop the feed dogs when I quilt, but I want to get some practice doing it soon. LOVE FLUTTERBY!

  553. Amy says:

    Wow! That new fabric is incredible! I’m saving my sheckles to buy some!

    The new skill I want to learn is how to use the rolled hemmer. (I think that’s what it’s called). I managed to figure out the ruffling foot (gorgeous!), and most of the other specialty feet that came with my old machine, but I’ve never been able to produce a decent rolled edge with the rolled hemmer foot. (especially on gentle curves). Does anyone have a tutorial on using these feet? Any tips?

    A second new skill I want is specific to my Bernina (for which I don’t have a rolled hemmer). It has a “magic needle” that’s supposed to produce nice huge basting stitches. It looks to me like when I use it, 5 stitches are skipped, and then the 6th is caught. However, I can’t get it to work. It always breaks the bobbin thread. Does anyone have an older Bernina (mine is a late-seventies 801), and know how to use the magic needle?

  554. Melanie says:

    I’d like to learn how to quilt! I’m trying hard, I bought books, but this is gonna be a long process. I will start with a small baby quilt, and learn as I go. Quilting is such an old art, and there’s so many ways to do it, and it’s artsy, but at the same time technical. I’m having a hard time just choosing the perfect fabrics, but I’m confident I will reach my goals!

  555. Suzanne says:

    I am addicted to Flutterby! Well, I sew for fun and for my craft business– so now I am really working on (when I sew for my craft business) DISCIPLINE! I need some tips on how to stay focused! There has to be a balance between creativity and productivity right???

  556. Coralee says:

    I need to learn about which needles to use for different projects. Thankfully, the ladies at Mitchell’s Fabrics are happy to suggest the right needle, but I’d like to know for myself what to use.

  557. christa says:

    Like most of the commenters already, I would like to gain more zipper installation skills. More specifically, I would love to learn about installing zippers in handknit items. I have a cardigan I haven’t finished for my husband because of this problem.

  558. I purchased a double needle for my machine the other day. That’s step one. Never used one before but the instructions on my machine said that extra peg was for the spool when using a double needle. IF it works it will save me time when I want to do double rows of stitching AND it will be great fun for doing fancy stitching on things. Anyone wanna wish me luck?

  559. Valerie says:

    Smocking and pleats are something I would love to learn how to do. I realize pleats are a lot easier but still, I haven’t done any yet!

  560. Jennifer Napier says:

    I want to learn how to use all the different types of presser feet that I have for my sewing machine. I also want to master using a serger.

  561. Erin says:

    I’d like to learn more about my sewing machine…I wind up with a snarled mess half the time.

  562. Brandy says:

    Mine is to tackle a jacket pattern I’ve drafted for myself. I’ve made it twice in doll size and the collar is what gets me every time. I want it to stand, but not be too stiff. So its all about finding my happy medium and making it right at the same time. *chuckles* And when you can’t seem to sew a straight line twice……it gets to be an interesting sewing session.

  563. molly m says:

    I want to figure out how to do freehand quilting. I’m pretty sure my machine can do it but I need to sit down and figure it out. Happy Friday.

  564. I love to sew and quilt. I would love to extend my knowledge of making garments, especially putting in zippers. As a child, my mom taught me some and she is a beautiful seamstress. Somehow I never got that far. Hope I win!

  565. Laura says:

    My biggest sewing problem is the zipper. I have done four or five zippers successfully, but each one was ripped out no less than 5 times before I got it in. I’ve read tutorials out the wazzoo, and it just doesn’t seem to “click” for me. I have several projects on deck that have zippers, just so that I’m forced to keep practicing.

  566. Molly says:

    I love those new fabrics! Lately I have been wanting to learn smocking!

  567. stephanie says:

    I really need to learn how to properly sew zippers – I have sewn one in a pouch and although it works, it’s not the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen! 😉

  568. Amanda N says:

    It sounds horrible, but my sewing nemesis just happens to be the zipper. They NEVER work out for me. What am I doing wrong?

  569. jackie bateman says:

    i love both lines! i would love to learn how to hand smock. also to draft my own patterns. sewing was part of my major but i did an internship the year i was to take drafting instead…

  570. Sarah says:

    I’m a relative newbie when it comes to sewing so the skill I want to learn is putting in zippers.

  571. Marianne says:

    I would also love to master freehand machine quilting on my Janome!

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