Contest Name Change: The Super Online Sewing Match

on July 9 | in Contests & Giveaways | by | with 16 Comments

One of the things I love about the online sewing community is that we talk openly about the many sources of our inspiration. We discuss what energizes us and we share references to what excites us. We use our creativity to build on ideas and we recognize the derivative nature of art and entertainment.

Unfortunately, when you admit you were inspired by a TV show you might get contacted by lawyers. Apparently we can’t use the term “sewing bug-with-a-stinger” and we can’t make reference to what inspired us. I’m not in a position to argue. I need to make it clear that our contest is not affiliated with any TV show or production company. It’s just me and Beth, typing in our jammies.

But we can make the most of this. I like “Sewing Match” better anyway, don’t you? Bees are collaborative, so the name never really made a lot of sense to me but I wanted to honor the inspiration. But “Sewing Match” is a contest! Amiright? Can I get “woot woot” for moving on? Let this Match begin!

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16 Responses to Contest Name Change: The Super Online Sewing Match

  1. Corinne says:

    Woot! Woot!

    I’m so regretting that I missed this sewing match – darn my luck! I was travelling for work for the last part of June & first part of July. Boooooo! But I do hope everyone is having a great time and I’ll definitely keep my watching for the next one.

  2. ANN Bench says:

    I am new here and do not yet know what this is all about. Who is sewing what and for what reason. I am not a competitive person but do join in playing the game I do not care who wins . I just have fun playing. I sew a lot and make many things . I was big into quilting for about 25 years. but i make other things also such as, dolls,home decor. clothing and right now I am into making bags all kinds of quilted bags from hand bags to back packs. . These quilted bag projects are small and fast to make and useful and make good gifts and give me something to do that is creative. I often add my own creative ideas to any project. I do not want or like to make the same thing over an over all just alike . I have to change it up make it look different from the last one. I change the size the color or add something or go to a different pattern. I am trying to use up a lot of fabric I have on hand. 28 years of collecting fabric. I was on a 6 years depression because of many life changes hitting all at the same time and had not been sewing at all. but something inspired me it was a art quilt challenge on face book. I had never been into art quilts. But I wanted to join in and have some fun and do a project. be creative. while in the group on face book. I did several challenge projects and started pulling out forgotten projects i had hidden away and I finished several. I made a quilt for my brother now i need to get it quilted. Then i started making all these bags. I have found many free patterns on line that I can use and change up the patterns Just call me the Bag Lady . I have a new Janome sewing machine , “The Horizon 8900 “. i have been making it work hard. So now what is this sewing match all about????

  3. dannyscotland says:

    I’m with all the other commenters. It seems completely dumb to me when someone is basically giving a show or product FREE publicity, and they get in ‘trouble’ for it. Um, shouldn’t they be sending thank-you notes instead? Whatever. Their loss! (Also, it kind of makes me *not* want to watch/use that product when that happens. Also sort of the opposite of what one would think they would want, right? Well I like the new name a lot, so all’s well that ends well!

  4. lattegirl40 says:

    woot! woot! Use to be a compliment to be somones inspiration!? Don’t understand the conflict, maybe it isn’t in Canada??
    Anyway looking forward to following the Sewing Match!!

  5. Jill says:

    What do bees have to do with sewing anyway?! I love a good sewing match!

  6. Caroline says:

    Woot woot! The lawyers need to have something to show for their retainers, eh? ;)

  7. Jemellia H. says:

    Woot woot! I’m happy that you are doing this! Point, set…

  8. Judy says:

    Seriously who spends their time searching the internet to make sure no one is using them as refernece or inspiration. If that is a job people are getting paid to do, well I would like to have it since I am on the internet every day anyway.

  9. Elizabeth Horn says:

    I often wonder if some people have way too much time on their hands????? I do like the new name and did enjoy watching the British version. Which does bring me to this question: Do you think that next year you could have a 2 tiered version of the competition? It would be fun to have a truly 100% amateur segment(consisting of people who have little to no professional training education, and/or experience) and another segment that includes contestants who might be considered semi-experts due to their background. It would also be fun to have a junior division that only permits contestants under age 18. Sewing is growing hobby and young students love the thrill of a challenge.

    • Great idea, Elizabeth! I was actually expecting there to be all levels of experience in the contestants. And a junior division is GENIUS. Pure genius.

      And P.S., Kristin – Sewing Match sounds lovely!

  10. Lorrie says:

    Oh, brother.

    Match sounds just fine!

  11. Samina says:

    “Match” has a sport connotation, and I think it’s wonderfully appropriate. Isn’t competitive sewing a sport? I think so.
    I’m so thrilled to be following your blog…..

  12. Red says:

    Reminds me of the cease-and-desist letter Ravelry got from the International Olympics got, to stop them from using the term Ravelympics

  13. Nay says:

    The Super Online Sewing Wasp?

  14. Stephanie says:

    What has the world come to?! They should really be glad the show is referenced instead of sending lawyers :)

  15. Darcy says:

    Woot, Woot! Good save on this one! I didn’t catch the stinger reference; haven’t had cable in YEARS.

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