Category: Fabric & Tools

Buying a Sewing Machine: School of Sewing Excerpt

Chances are, if you’re learning to sew, you’re going to want a functional (and fantastic!) sewing machine to match your new skills. Shea Henderson and Lucky Spool Media have a handy How to Buy a Sewing Machine PDF excerpt for you from School of Sewing: Learn It, Teach It, Sew Together. Learn about must-have features, where to buy your machine, why that $80 big-box store machine might not be the best idea, plus find info about test-driving various models and more…

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Participate in our Teach a Friend to Sew Series

Throughout our Teach a Friend to Sew series we’ll have a different topic each week that represents a stepping stone to becoming a better sewist. Each time you achieve one the goals, you earn a virtual sewing merit badge and gain an entry into a drawing for a fabulous sewing machine or a gift certificate to a fabric shop of your choice! Keep reading to learn about the Pfaff Passport 3.0 sewing machine and how you can enter the drawing!

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Teach a Friend to Sew: Series Kick-off

First up in our Teach a Friend to Sew series is an excerpt from School of Sewing: Learn It, Teach It, Sew Together by Shea Henderson. Shea shows you how to begin, whether you want to learn to sew yourself or you want to teach a group to learn together…

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Teach a Friend to Sew: Series Introduction

Part of our mission at Sew Mama Sew is to spread the love of sewing far and wide, so we reached out to Shea Henderson of Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and Susanne Woods of Lucky Spool Media about collaborating on a series that encourages our readers to TEACH A FRIEND TO SEW! Chances are you know someone who has expressed an interest in sewing, but doesn’t know where to start. Maybe you’ve thought about teaching them, but don’t know where to start. That’s where this series comes in–we’ll help you start! Please join us–grab a friend and help them learn to sew!

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Color Theory for Quilting

Deanna McCool from showed us how to choose thread, organize our sewing spaces and she designed the handy “Goin’ to Camp” Duffel Bag too. Deanna’s here again, this time with some easy color theory tips to help you select prints for quilting. Learn how concepts like light vs. dark, saturation, complementary colors and proportion impact how effective your color selection may be in a quilt project…

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Crafter’s Utility Belt Tutorial

The Crafter’s Utility Belt from Ashley Lotecki is a must for craft shows or intense, creative sewing sessions! Ashley shows you how to make her easy, reversible belt and she also has a PDF pattern for you to download. It’s a fun and functional project!…

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How to Sew Piping

Heather Lou of Closet Case Files designs chic, modern sewing patterns and writes about sewing, personal style and creative entrepreneurship. She designed the Carolyn Pajamas, our Round Four Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match. We asked Heather for some Carolyn Pajamas tips, and she came through in a big way. Here is a detailed how-to for adding piping to your sewing. Piping adds extra interest to bags, clothing, home dec items and more, plus it’s actually really easy to make and sew!…

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How to Install Rivets

Anna Graham from Noodlehead is the designer behind our Round Three Challenge in the Super Online Sewing Match II, the pretty Caravan Tote! Anna has an intuition for just the right bag hardware picks and placement in her bag designs. She shows you how easy it is to install rivets so you can use them in your next bag! Rivets are a nice way to “up your game” as you sew accessories, and you can use relatively inexpensive tools to get the job done…

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How to Gather Fabric

Karen LePage of Gentle Clothing is working on a series of pattern booklets with Alison Glass, set to publish later this summer. One of the patterns in the series is the blouse below, all sewn up in Anna Maria Horner’s new Loominous fabric. Loominous is yarn-dyed with a big of sparkle and Anna Maria’s signature rich, vibrant colors.

Karen shows you how to gather fabric “almost perfectly, almost every time,” using her new blouse design in Loominous to demonstrate the easy technique. Karen’s Loominous is from Harts Fabric; they carry the full, gorgeous collection!

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How to Use Vintage Patterns for Inspiration

Christine Haynes designed the Marianne Dress, our Round Two Challenge for the Super Online Sewing Match. Christine is based in Los Angeles where she writes and teaches about sewing, and designs patterns “perfect for the vintage-loving modern seamstress.” We asked Christine to tell us a little about how to use vintage patterns as inspiration. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to select details from various patterns in your next project, or to venture into the wide world of vintage patterns!…

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How to Find the Best Thimble

Jake Finch, publisher of Generation Q Magazine, stops by with a comparison of various thimbles. Learn all about the important characteristics of thimbles and discover which thimbles were popular with the Generation Q testers. Find your best thimble!

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Top 10 Reasons to Sew Ruler Free

Sherri Lynn Wood’s Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously presents a new approach to modern quilting. Ten frameworks or “scores” guide quilters to create innovative, improvised modern quilts. Check out Sherri Lynn’s Top 10 Reasons to Sew Ruler Free, peek at an exclusive gallery of some of the test quilts for the book and comment for a chance to win a copy of the book!…

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How To Print Your Own Recipe Tea Towels

This spring Lisa DiAntonio launched Green Park Studios, a new “print your own fabric” company. Lisa shows you how to prepare files to print your own Recipe Tea Towels. The Peach Margarita sounds great, and we think these would also be lots of fun with scanned recipe cards featuring traditional family favorites. A set would make a thoughtful wedding or Christmas gift!…

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