Best Black Friday Sales: Making the most of your time online

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Our regular readers know we don’t usually send around more than one email or so a week.  This week, however, is one of the few exceptions because of the holidays and the now famous Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  We want to help you get the most out of this exciting time of year. As a lead up to the sales, yesterday we announced a new Huge Janome Sewing Machine Giveaway with a RRP of $1,499.  If you haven’t yet entered, you definitely should.  Since we launched last night, many readers have asked the best way to enter the contest to have the highest opportunity to win this major prize.  Easily the best way to do this is to use the “Share With Friends” entry option.  When you do this, not only do you register an entry for yourself at … Continue reading

50+ Cute and Cozy Free Dog Bed Patterns

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They are our most special friends…bottomless cups of cuteness all day long and all night too! We want only the best for our furry friends because there’s no one in the world who loves us quite like they do and the feeling is definitely mutual! Sewing for your dog might be some of the most rewarding sewing you’ll ever do…because you just know that whatever you make for him is going to result in far more than just one future smile. Where our pets are involved, there’s just no end to the joy they bring and so the same goes for our doggy sewing efforts.  We’ve done some features on Sewing for Your Dog in the past but this time we wanted to focus solely on one of the things that makes your doggy the happiest and put together a … Continue reading

T-shirt Upcycle Madness: 15+ Fun Projects

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So…with well over 2 billion t-shirts being made every year, it’s no wonder so many of us find ourselves with cupboards (especially our male counterparts’ cupboards) which are starting to overflow with years and years worth of t-shirts which are kind of cool but just don’t seem to get worn all that much. We are loathe to throw them away… I’m a big fan of the comfort and feel of soft t-shirt material and I know that I always keep mine in the hope of finding a way to upcycle them later on. Another little addiction of mine is thrift store tees, old logos and prints which maybe aren’t in production any more or at any rate, rugged old tees which just seem so infinitely cool. Knowing that many of you might have a similar affinity I thought, why not … Continue reading

Which Sewing Machine Needle? + bonus download

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Ok, so you’ve taken up sewing but you’re still learning the ropes, as they say.  When talking about sewing machine needles, people in your sewing circle keep spouting off numbers like 90/14 and 75/11, which makes little to no sense to you…the problem is, you’re just a tad too shy to ask. Well, that’s why we’re here: so you can arrive at that next sew-along date spouting off some useful info of your own, maybe teach the old experts some stuff that even they didn’t know (we won’t tell them, if you won’t). Before we get to those blasted numbers though…what about needle types, why the different shapes and when are they appropriate? When it comes to sewing machine needles you’ll have a few needle types from which to choose, namely quilting, topstitch, embroidery, denim, metallic and universal. Your rounded tips are … Continue reading

Tips on sewing with fur every beginner should know

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Sewing with fur is relatively easy (and fun!), but every beginner should know these tips before starting a project.  Bear in mind we will be talking about faux fur and not the real thing..  Working with this special material does require patience, however. You can make many fun and interesting things with faux fur.  While it’s very inexpensive, it can add beautiful accents to garments or bags you may make.  We’ll be using it in a few projects in the future so it is worth having a look through these tips now. Faux fur is also known as fake fur, synthetic fur or fun fur.  Whatever the name given, today sometimes is very difficult to know the diference between fake or real.  Looking at the back of the fur is the only way to distinguish between the two. Real fur is … Continue reading

Computerized Sewing Machines: Here to Stay

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If your reaction to the words “Computerized Sewing Machine” is something more like what you’d expect if I just yelled “Plague!!!!” …then this article is meant for you. What you need to do is calm yourself, open your mind, take a deep breath and be prepared to learn something new! Computerised sewing machines are here to stay and chances are you’ll be seeing more and more of them, so before the times completely run away with you…let’s get to grips with them. It’s not as daunting as you might expect and trust me, computerized sewing machines are around for a reason. Some of the nifty little things you can do are definitely worth the time time it takes for you to learn the ropes. Besides, the computerizing is, in essence, a time saving function so you will benefit in the long run! … Continue reading

Common sewing machine problems and how to fix them

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Whether you are a beginner in the sewing world or an expert who has completed innumerable projects, there is always a chance that your sewing machine might create some trouble for you.  Sometimes it can be that annoying sound or as bad as the machine refusing to work at all.  Here are 5 common sewing machine problems encountered by most of the sewing enthusiasts and ways to fix them that don’t involve seeking outside help. Machine not sewing: This is one of the most common sewing machine problems faced by all. This could be because either the thread or the needle is not properly set up. Read the user manual carefully while threading and inserting the needle. While threading, make sure that the presser foot is up and once threaded the presser foot should be brought down. Similarly, make sure that … Continue reading

An Intimate Look at Maternity Fashion

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In the Middle Ages, a mere apron was considered as a maternity dress.  It was simply used to cover up because pregnant women’s dresses of the day did not fit around the belly anymore.  And this was maternity fashion for centuries. Fortunately, mothers-to-be today have more options to choose from as maternity fashion has evolved significantly.   If your next sewing project happens to be a maternity wear, here is an intimate look at maternity fashion to inspire you. Maternity Fashion in the 14th Century Before the 14th century, pregnant women made do with their every day clothes.  Dresses did not follow the female form at the time.  With no seams and just flowing fabrics, women’s dresses could comfortably be worn by pregnant ladies. It was only in the 14th century when women began to wear clothes that hugged their curves to reveal more of … Continue reading

Salvage your Selvages!

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Now any seamstress or hobby sewist will undoubtedly have discarded that little white strip along the fabric edge without a second thought, probably a few hundred times or more. You know that “useless” strip where the manufacturer’s branding is printed…along with a few strange coloured circles? Well, there’s more to it than just branding! That printing along the fabric edge is known as the fabric selvage marking and, together with keeping the fabric from fraying or unravelling, it actually contains more useful info than you’d previously imagined. What’s in a name? Before you learn the secrets of the strip: how about that weird name?! Well, the name selvage or selvedge originated form the term self-edge, meaning a self finished edge of fabric. You will find that the specific weave in the selvage strip stops it from fraying entirely. It is … Continue reading

NEWS FLASH: HOME SEWING COOL AGAIN

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Social media makes home sewing cool again Under the headline, “Social media makes home sewing cool again”, we were delighted to see So Sew Easy get a press mention recently in The News & Observer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.  If you were in any doubt that your sewing hobby was officially “cool” again, this article should leave you in no doubt.  Perhaps we’re a bit biased, but we’d certainly agree! While we were only mentioned in the sewing resources section, it was still fun to see ourselves listed alongside such big names as Craftsy, Creativebug and Fabric.com as well as a few other of the larger bloggers.  There are many aspects of this article that we have written about before, so it is great to see the mainstream media is finally catching on. According to the author: A key … Continue reading

The Many Amazing Benefits of Quilting

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A lot has been written about the many benefits of quilting, but it is only in the last couple of years that scientists and scholars really started to study this claim. A long time ago, quilting was done for a very practical reason –to keep the family warm especially during the cold winter months. This is not really required as much anymore because of advances in technology and with women working more outside the home, there has been less time.  Surprisingly and thankfully however, this did not cause the demise of quilting which is still alive and popular as a form of hobby and expression of creativity. A few months ago we did an article about How Sewing Fights Depression.  If you missed it, please check it out.  We were delighted that this article was widely shared and reprinted by several … Continue reading