Sew,Mama,Sew! shop closing (truth) ~ Great new things on the way!

on April 11 | in Etc... | by | with 91 Comments

This is a bittersweet post, which requires some background and explanation.

When my oldest daughter was born, I left my job as an instructional designer at a software company, dusted off my sewing machine, learned everything I could about screen printing, and launched my own line of baby clothes called, Go,Goose,Go! After a couple of years I was working with contract seamstresses and selling to small boutiques. I was also buying fabric by the bolt, which was one of my favorite parts.

Go,Goose,Go! 2005

Go,Goose,Go! 2005

On a couple of occasions I decided not to use some of the fabric I had bought, so I sold it on my website. It was a fast and fairly easy sell since there were so few online fabric stores and demand was high. I bought a little more fabric, then a little more, until I decided to separate the fabric from the baby clothes, and Sew,Mama,Sew! was born. I loved it, but within the year it became clear that I couldn’t successfully run two businesses and raise a small child. My instincts were telling me to follow the fabric, so I sold the other business and invested in growing Sew,Mama,Sew! One of the first things I did was start a blog and hire Beth to help me with that. She’s been our awesome blog editor ever since.

Sew Mama Sew 2006

Sew,Mama,Sew! 2006

Next month marks the 8 year anniversary of Sew,Mama,Sew! It has been an amazing experience and I’m very proud of what Beth, Liz, Irene, Gabrien, and I have done. The shop has grown, the forum was launched, we’ve embraced social media and we’ve established a sizable list of newsletter subscribers. Most importantly, we’ve grown a useful and popular blog. We love collaborating with the hundreds of talented contributors who have written tutorials, led sew-alongs, reviewed patterns, and told their story. We love inspiring people to sew. As former teachers, we definitely love helping people learn something new.

Sew Mama Sew 2009

Sew,Mama,Sew! (putting a bird on it since) 2008

Even though we started the blog to support the shop, it has taken on a life of its own and running it and all the other social media is often like having a second business. I already know I can’t successfully run two businesses and be a good mama too. It’s time to follow my heart again, which is telling me to do what I’m best at—collaborating, motivating, and teaching. We are therefore going to close the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop and focus on making the blog a spectacular site for sewing enthusiasts! A new design is on the way, with cool new features and better organization. We have plans for multiple posts per day, greater reader interaction, better integration with other social media, and a cleaner look. We’re already working on new partnerships that will allow us to bring you excellent content in exciting new ways. Closing the shop is hard, but Beth and I are both thrilled about the possibilities of having a stellar site full of information, inspiration, and community. We hope you’ll stick with us as a reader, a contributor, a participant and a supporter because we certainly can’t do it without you!

Sew Mama Sew 2010

Sew,Mama,Sew! 2010

We’ll be clearing out our shop inventory starting today! ALL the fabric in the store has been marked down! Our shelves are packed full of brand new collections that aren’t on sale anywhere else, so be sure to take a look around. We have dozens of amazing fat quarter bundles, including our popular new Seeing Spots packs, the full range of Kona Cotton, brand new LibertyAnna Maria Horner linen and much more! If you have a gift certificate, now is definitely the time to use it.

To everyone who has shopped with us over the years, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We have always appreciated your business and we’re sad to say goodbye in this way, but we’re excited about the future of Sew,Mama,Sew! and hope you are too.

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91 Responses to Sew,Mama,Sew! shop closing (truth) ~ Great new things on the way!

  1. Qlt812 says:

    Glad to know you are not leaving just in a different direction! Whew, this is great to know and thanks for sticking around :-)!

  2. florence says:

    good luck sweetie,,,,,

  3. Abbey says:

    As a total DIY and sewing beginner I look forward to coming back again and again for helpful Sew Mama Sew content!

  4. Suzanne Richter says:

    I feel llike crying; you were the first spot I checked each time I began a new quilt. I’ll continue to watch the blog with a heavy heart.

  5. Jen S says:

    Sad to see the shop close. It was a great when you linked an image of a piece of fabric to match a pattern from a blog post.
    Your blog has always been my go-to site for inspiration, articles of other bloggers, etc for over 5 years. This your strength and I can’t wait to see what newness will occur this year.

  6. Jemellia H. says:

    I have been a reader/shopper since 2007, I remember the website changes and so much other things along the way, I’m sad to see the shop go, but, I am happy that you are sticking around to do other things, best of luck to you!

  7. Susan says:

    Best of luck with your new calling. I would love to keep following you. Please let us know more details as they develop. I am off to check out your fabric as soon as my cat gets out of the way.

  8. Maggie says:

    Like many, I had a mini panic attack when I first started reading this, thinking that you were going to drop the blog and focus on fabric. SO glad you are focusing on the blog since it has been my go-to resource since I started sewing. Keep up the amazing work, I look forward to checking out all the new content you’re working on!

  9. Ginger says:

    I’m so sad to hear that you are closing the fabric shop. But I wish you lots of luck on your new venture.

  10. Wishing you all the very best for the future! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! :)

  11. Lindsay says:

    Good luck with your goodbyes and hellos… I know it’s a bittersweet decision, but it sounds like your heart is more excited about growing the site than the store–which is a great thing!

  12. Georgi P. says:

    Wow! Big news! Congratulations on moving forward and making decisions! I think I’ve been with you for 7 years – you might have been the site for my first internet fabric purchase! I’m looking forward to following your new endeavours!

  13. sewmodern (Carole G.) says:

    I will miss your shop, but I’m so happy to hear that your blog will be available. The new path sounds exciting, and I can’t wait to see what you’re doing!

  14. Oh I really thought everything will be closed down for good. Thank God I was wrong. Anyway, good luck with the transition you will be having. Hoping the best for you and your team.

  15. Melinda says:

    Great blog! I have just discovered this….looking forward to the new look! What a great inspiration to see someone follow their passion!

  16. jill says:

    Bravo to you for being brave enough to choose family first and to follow your heart on matters of business. I look forward to more inspiration from the blog as you spur my creativity. Blessings, J

  17. Cori says:

    Congrats! I love the blog. I have a suggestion though, removing the out of stock items (since I figure you won’t be reordering) would make shopping in the shop easier.

  18. stephanie says:

    I too nearly had a heart attack as I thought you were going to close the blog….. Your my go to person. Whew.

    I wish you all the best and cannot wait ’til the new site is launched. You ladies rock.

    Steff

  19. Lee Bowers says:

    Good luck in your new venture. Are you sure you don’t have more 1 lb. packages of scraps?? lol
    Lee

  20. Robyn says:

    I may not be a regular commenter but I have appreciated being able to drop by and learn something each time I visit and referring others to this blog. So glad i can continue to do so :)!

  21. This site is so fantastic now, I can’t even imagine how much more awesome it will become! Congrats on this new venture!!!!

  22. Samantha says:

    This is one of my favorite blogs ever! Thank you for not going away entirely. I’m excited about what’s in store. Thanks for sticking with and loving your faithful followers!!

  23. marilyn martin says:

    have been very inspired by your blog,sewing again now is a passion after a lull for many years.I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.
    regards marilyn from Australia

  24. Susie Mackenberg says:

    Best of luck — it’s always a bit scary to dip your toe in new waters, but hopefully this is just what you need to do and if it’s what you love, you’ll find it most rewarding. Cheers!!

  25. Sandi Pierie says:

    I am anew quilter. I have been reading your blog about 8 months and have enjoyed. Glad you will be continuing it. Good luck with new blog and I will continue to follow you.

  26. Faith says:

    May I heave a sigh of relief along with everyone else that you are not closing the blog? Excited to grow and change with you, and looking forward to the always top shelf content!

  27. Terriaw says:

    Congratulations to you on your new adventures! I think it sounds very exciting. I can just imagine how hard it was to make these tough decisions, so I give you a lot of credit. I am looking forward to following the new blog.

  28. Beth says:

    I love the blog and am thrilled to see that there will be even more great things to come!!

  29. Paloma says:

    I am thrilled that you are expanding the sew mama sew blog and community. I’ve really come to value it so much; buying from the shop always felt mostly like a way to show my support of the blog (though also always appreciated your wonderfully curated collection). There are many places to buy great fabric now but only one Sew Mama Sew!

  30. isabel freire says:

    Good luck to you and your team!!!
    I will keep following you, of course! :)
    Wishing you all the best!

  31. StephW says:

    No wonder I love your site so much, I’m an ID too!

  32. Morgan says:

    I have to say, I am addicted to the blog but have never bought fabric from the store – mainly because online fabric purchasing is too much choice for me – but I LOVE the blog and am glad to see more of it. It’s like my Joy of Cooking for sewing – the first place I go.

  33. Gun Adrian says:

    First time I visit your blog, was when I found the pattern to the garden bag and I love that bag!!! I´m so excited to see your new blog and I´ll visit every day :)

    http://rutigt.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/en-till-vaska-another-bag/

    Gun, Sweden

  34. Berene says:

    How brave and adventurous of you. Wishing you all the best. I will miss your shop, but look forward to seeing what new ideas your blog comes up with.

  35. Teah Petersen says:

    I’m so sad to see you’re closing the shop! And very happy to hear that you’re keeping the tutorials!! Thank you! My husband and I are wondering if you’d be willing to sell the shop. If you’d like to chat more about this you can email me or email me for my phone number. I’ve been coming to your shop and blog for years. Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into it all. We all love you! :)

  36. Amy Morinaka says:

    I’ve shopped at your fabric store a number of times and I really enjoyed the wide selection and the super fast shipping! (We live in Southern California). I truly enjoy your fun and informative site, also. It’s sad to see the shop go, but I’m excited to see the upcoming changes! Good luck and thank you for your hard work over these years!!

  37. Savannagal says:

    Good luck to you. Glad your blog is sticking around. I just wonder how folks earn a living just running a blog. I know there are sponsors on many sites, but can they provide enough to live on and cover blog costs. I guess I just don’t understand the process.

  38. Becky says:

    I’m so sad to hear the shop is closing – buying fabric from you guys is my guilty pleasure. I’ll still visit the blog daily, but I’ll miss getting your wonderfully packaged fabric in the mail. Thanks for everything…going to check the sale.

  39. I completely understand your decision and wish you every luck for your new focus. I am also a passionate blogger and am trying my best to help others get started on their sewing journeys so I know how much time it takes!

  40. Tracey Wirth says:

    Silly as it seems I am writing this with tears in my eyes. I really do not like change, but as humans it is one thing that is always consistant!! It is very hard to wear multiple hats and also be a good mom, those precious years of mothering are something that occur for such a short time and really do impact how and what our children will become as adults! I will surely follow your blog- although I am saddened by the fact of not being able to hop ob over to sewmamasew for supplies, I will suredly stop by for sewing advice and blog posts!
    Good luck to you and your team, as I am sure there will be even more exciting endeavors on the horizon!
    Xoxo
    Tracey Wirth

  41. Lee Ann Bailey says:

    Sorry to see the shop go, but looking forward to the new website!

  42. Beth Louche says:

    As a shop owner, I always looked at your shop in amazement wondering how you had time to run a fabric shop and have such an amazing blog. I barely have time to brush my teeth. Best of luck to you in your next adventure! I have no doubt whatever you do, it will be a huge success!

  43. --ginger. says:

    Oh–how exciting!! I have always believed you all to be gifted community builders. This is great to hear–best to you on the transition

  44. Cherie says:

    I am a new reader to your blog. I love it! So, I am very excited about your new adventure. I love the tutorials you provide. Your blog motivates me to sew. It is very inspiring to me. I don’t have a lot of time to read blogs, but yours is one I will definitely keep reading.

    Thank you.

  45. becky says:

    I am excited to see what this brings. your site is wonderful to begin with and i have been honored to be one of the contributors in the past.

  46. Sherri says:

    Congrats on the new venture… I’m super excited to see what’s in store!

  47. Leona says:

    Sorry to hear that you are closing your shop. But life is all about change and how we adapt to it. Looking forward to seeing the changes as they progress…

  48. CityCraft says:

    Best wishes in all of your new endeavors! I know that our customers find your site an invaluable resource and we are consistently sharing great things we find there with them.

    (Oh, and giggling over your Portlandia reference.)

  49. Christina says:

    A big change!! The best things happen when mamas follow their hearts. Best wishes to you all.

  50. Sydney says:

    I love that you are going to have a site for sewing enthusiasts. There is a dearth of them online, in my humble opinion. Your track record leads me to believe this can be one I’ll visit regularly. Good luck!

  51. Shelli Wilson says:

    Wow think this is going to be an exciting time for you all, as a UK crafter I absolutely love your site and look daily so am really looking forward to the new look Sew Mama Sew blog, congratulations, I can’t wait!

  52. Sallie Sue says:

    Good luck in your new adventure! Would love to have any info on your new endeavor.
    Thanks Sallie Sue

  53. Kathleen says:

    I am sorry to see you closing your store. I do read your blog and have enjoyed the tutorials. Please keep me informed of your new website, as I would like to follow you on your new adventure. Wishing you much success!

  54. Mary Rogers says:

    Wishing you much success in your new venture. I look forward to following your progress and receiving more information about plans.

  55. Sarah says:

    Wow! Sad to see your shop close, but excited to see what’s next!

  56. I am sad to see the shop go, but I’m excited about the possibilities for the blog! I totally understand — life changes on you and you have to adapt. Go Mama Go!

  57. Julianna says:

    I remember my first shopping at Sew Mama Sew in 2009 – not so long ago, but for me it’s important date (I started then interesting in sewing&quilting, prior to that I haven’t even got sewing machine). I was surprised how many wonderful fabrics you have in stock. It’s not good for costumers that you close the shop, but I totally understand your decision and I’m sure your new wider website will be successful! Wishing you all the best!

  58. Susanne says:

    Congratulations! I know it was a tough decision but I am looking forward to seeing your phoenix-like transformation. Thank you for all you have brought to our community thus far….now I have to go shop.

  59. kathyh says:

    Good luck on your ‘new’ venture.
    I have enjoyed it so far.

  60. Beverly says:

    Love your store and will miss you. But, inspired by following your heart. Good luck. And, will follow your blog.
    Kind regards,
    Former teacher and always a mom

  61. Sandra says:

    When one door closes another opens! Can’t wait to see the great things you are going to be doing!!! Good luck!!!

  62. Sheryl Miller says:

    As a beginner quilter I have found your site and blog very informative, so thank you for that. I have not ordered fabric from you – shipping costs are too high for me to justify my purchase (I live in Canada).

    Anyway best of luck with your new venture and I look forward to continuing to subscribe to your new newsletter.

    Thanks again and I am sure your new venture will be a huge success.

    Cheers!

    Sheryl

  63. Cheryl says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! I’m sure it will be as wonderful as your past ventures!

  64. Tammy says:

    Good luck in your new focus! :)

  65. Emmers says:

    Oh no! So sorry to hear you are closing shop… But very relieved that you will continue on in this space! Looking forward to see where you go! These kinds of decisions are always the hardest but reap the greatest rewards :)

  66. Karen says:

    I always enjoyed looking but felt I wouldn’t have the time. We finally paid off our 2 sons college loans. They moved out. I finally have time to sew.This was a surprise.Guess timing is everything.

  67. Janet says:

    Life gives us may opportunities and options. I have followed my path over the years and it has brought me back to creative sewing.

    Good luck with your path. I look forward to your enhanced site.

    Now to go shopping!

  68. Alexia says:

    Here’s to making hard decisions and to knowing yourself and your talents & limitations. Such a hard thing, & I appreciate your honesty and openness. It is hard to run a small business but a joy to run one you are passionate about. I am excited to see the new and exciting things to come!
    Take care :)
    xoxoxoxo
    Alexia

  69. elsa says:

    So sorry to hear that you’re closing your fabric shop but really glad that you’re not totally going away. It’s exciting to start something new ~ looking forward to what’s next!

  70. Erin says:

    Congratulations to you and best of luck!

  71. becky says:

    Gutted! But wish you the best in your new adventure and thank you for providing the excellent products along with the excellent service. You will be missed.
    Becky in France

  72. Pamela Graham says:

    Sorry to hear you are closing shop!! But, I understand the need to follow your heart (I’ve been doing that for the last 5 years by making handbags). I’ve always looking for ideas on sewing and in particular making bags but who knows, by checking out your new “shop”, I’ll get inspired and find a new passion! Good luck and please forward me your new address.
    Pam

  73. Tara in OH says:

    I have to say that at first, the announcement made me sad. But after reading this post, I have to say that I understand and love your decision. I visit SMS not for the shop but for the content, tutorials and personal stories of your contributors. SMS for me is much more than a fabric shop. I look forward to your new site! Congratulations.

  74. Regina says:

    It’s really a shame that will stop selling fabrics so beautiful, but I wish much success in achieving your new plans.
    Hugs from Brazil

  75. Dottie says:

    Sad to see the old go but so very happy for you re your new endeavor! Hooray for you to put family first and stick to what you do best. Proud of you. Do keep me on the list so I can be part of your new blogging. VBG

  76. Amy Greif says:

    I’m sad to know that you are closing however, I trust your judgment and look forward to your new endeavor. That said, what will happen to your fabulous tutorials? Also, how can I be connected to your new venture? I thank each of you for SEW inspirational information found on the Sew, Mama, Sew site.

  77. beverly says:

    I can’t tell you how much your website has meant to me. I’ve bought fabric, but I’ve learned so much. It really brought me back to sewing & opened up so many ideas for me. Thank you & good luck on this future adventure. I hope where I am in my life will allow me to follow along w/ you.

  78. Ivy says:

    Wow, I am so sorry to hear the shop is closing, but thrilled that you’re not closing your blog, etc. I learn so many useful things from your posts and tutorials.

  79. Laurie says:

    Sounds very exciting! Congrats!!

    Laurie Anderson
    Southern Stitches
    Brer Rabbit Designs

  80. Congratulations on the transition! Change can be exciting, scary, and oh so fabulous! Looking forward to the new site and new ideas … Best wishes.

  81. Annie K says:

    Wishing you lots of success!

  82. Ginny says:

    Oh..I was so sad to receive the email telling me your shop is closing! However, I read the blog and certainly wish you well in your new endeavor..Thank you for the fabulous fabric I’ve purchased from your shop over the years..

  83. Sheila Perl says:

    I am looking forward to your new adventures!

  84. Catherine says:

    oh such sad shop news – but for such a happy and exciting reason! – good on you for going with your gut and putting your family’s needs first AND for growing an even-more-awesome blog, which will so greatly benefit the sewing and crafty community. Thanks so much for sharing your news via a lovely blog post – here’s to lots of great things coming your way, and all your team too. Catherine.

  85. Andrea says:

    Wow! I must say I am shocked and a little sad to hear this news. Yours was the first on-line fabric store I ever discovered! (and if I didn’t live outside the country I probably would have become one of your number one shoppers!) :) On the other hand, I am so very excited to hear your plans for the blog. Congratulations on making what I know must have been a difficult decision and I wish you all the best as you embark on this new chapter of the business! Thanks, as always, for all that you do to enrich the sewing world!

  86. Becky says:

    When I read the headline my heart sank. I thought closing the shop meant closing the blog too. Thank goodness you’re keeping the blog open! I start each day with you over coffee. The inspiration you serve up helps start each day with clarity and peace. I love being here and look forward to it.

    Good for you for following your heart. God is showing you the path of happiness for you and yours. I’ll be here to follow the transition and wish you great luck!

  87. It’s sad to see the shop close, but I’m excited to see the next adventures for you and Beth via the SMS blog and forums.

  88. Angela Wicentowich says:

    Thank you and good luck!

  89. Florence says:

    Congratulations, Kristin, on what must have been a difficult decision to make – I’m so looking forward to seeing where you and Beth take your wonderful blog next. Florence x

  90. KeriAnn says:

    As an avid blog follower, I am very excited for the future of Sew, Mama, Sew! I can imagine that this is a difficult transitioning time, but I think that it is a wise decision if it will make you happy and will allow you to spend more quality time with your families. Thank you for all that you have done for your supporters!

  91. Amy mayen says:

    For a second I thought you were going to sell the blog to focus on fabric! I almost had a heart attack! So glad you aren’t going away- I’m off to see your fabric.

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