Category: Industry News

Reflections + Predictions: Nydia Kehnle

We asked a big group of sewing industry leaders to fill us in on their reflections for 2016 and their predictions for the year ahead. Looking back helps us celebrate the beauty, the surprises, the fun and the big sewing moments. 2017 predictions get us all excited about what’s to come! First up is Nydia Kehnle telling us what she noticed and what she’s excited about…

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Sew Good: The Coffee Creek Quilters

Allison Evans is a regular here with our monthly Sew Good series. This month she focuses on The Coffee Creek Quilters, a sewing program in a women’s correctional facility. Participants learn to sew and they donate lots of quilts too! Learn about the constraints of sewing in a correctional facility and hear from instructors; it’s a powerful program…

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Sew Good: “do. Good Stitches”

Allison Evans, an art historian home with her darling toddler, joins us each month with our Sew Good series. We love to learn about people who use their sewing skills and creativity to help others! This time Allison explores online sewing bee options like “do. Good Stitches,” where you can sew at home but still connect with a larger group and effort…

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FINAL Reflections + Predictions: Kristin Link

To wrap up our Reflections + Predictions, I’m talking about the contributors to this series–they are what we loved most about 2015! Plus, they inspire us to be the best crafters, entrepreneurs, and people we can be. Also, I share the two things from 2015 I’m most proud of.

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Reflections + Predictions: Bari Ackerman

We’re wrapping up our Reflections + Predictions with sewing industry leaders with Bari Ackerman from Bari J. Designs. Bari Ackerman is the popular fabric designer who also lends her beautiful artistry to wall art, home decor, stationery, cards, wall murals, wall paper, stencils and more. We asked Bari to join us with what she noticed in 2015 and what’s next for her in the new year. Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew will have a wrap up post tomorrow with her thoughts…

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Reflections + Predictions: Sara Lawson

We asked a big group of sewing industry leaders to fill us in on their reflections for 2015 and their predictions for the year ahead. Looking back helps us celebrate the beauty, the surprises, the fun and the big sewing moments. 2016 predictions get us all excited about what’s to come! First up is one of our favorite designers (bags, fabric and more!) and an all-around lovely person. Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness tells us what she noticed and what she’s excited about…

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How to Pass Quilting Traditions to Millennials

Felice from Sew Scatterbrained has lots of ideas for how to introduce sewing to a whole new generation of quilters. We’re also interested in your thoughts… Are you new to quilting too? Have you passed your love of quilting on to someone younger? Is your local guild, quilt group and/or fabric shop open and welcoming to all? What are effective and positive ways to invite everyone to share creative expression through sewing?…

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Spring Sewing Trends with Kelley

This marks a year of Kelley Gilbert’s trend spotting posts for Sew Mama Sew! Kelley has a great eye for important trends in the online sewing world, and we really appreciate her updates each month. This time around it’s separates for spring… What have you been sewing?!

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Pattern Shops, Clubs + More: Online Pattern Sales

Deanna McCool of sewmccool.com is back with lots of information about curated pattern sites, pattern bundles, pattern clubs and more. What are your experiences like when you purchase patterns online? Do you gravitate towards sites that curate the selection for you, or do you stick to a favorite designer? Do you rely on the recommendations of online sewists? Do you take a gamble and try new designs out for fun? Have you had good experiences with online pattern purchases?…

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10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing

Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake and Gingercake Patterns, is the author of Pretty Birds and Sewing to Sell. Virginia has given us free patterns, plus a thoughtful discussion about “The Balancing Act of Putting a Price on Handmade.” She’s back with 10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing. What are some big, important things you can do to improve the quality of your sewing time?

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Support Shops with Sustainable Business Models

More and more “gray market” and non-traditional fabric sellers are competing with online as well as brick & mortar businesses for sewing and quilting industry dollars. We might be getting a great deal on products, but at what cost? Both consumers and manufacturers need to do a better job of weeding out the sellers who threaten the viability of shops with strong business models–those who are growing the industry, contributing to a healthy economy, and providing customers with great products and service .

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Trends with Kelley: Winter Sewing

What are you sewing this winter? Trend-spotter Kelley Gilbert from Casa Crafty joins us each month with a few themes that jump out at her from the online sewing community. Are you sewing spring dresses, lingerie or incorporating metallics in your latest looks?

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