Pinterest Feature – bias and binding pins

Pick of the best pins for bias, piping and binding tutorials

Do you use Pinterest to save and collect your sewing inspiration?  I love it, but admit I don’t pin as much as I used to.  So much to do, so little time and Pinterest can suck me in until I’ve enjoyed a couple of hours browsing and reading without realising it! I thought you might enjoy checking out a few of my Pinterest Favorites, so here’s my top picks from the Bias Binding Tutorials board.  There are 55+ pins covering all aspects of how to make and use binding, bias binding and piping.  Here are a few of my favorites and some of my own: (Take note of the numbers and scroll down to the bottom for the Pin links) Check out these pins to find great content and repin them to your own Pinterest sewing tutorials boards to save … Continue reading

Make new sewing friends locally with the sewing map

A worldwide sewing map for sewers and fabric stores. Contact a new sewing friend, arrange a sewing meetup or start a new sewing or quilting group locally.

We know there are people who love to sew everywhere, but did you know there are most probably people who love to sew very locally to you that you don’t even know about.  They might find themselves in the same situation as you are – looking for a fitting buddy, someone to help them measure, or just be looking for a new friend who shares a common interest that they can go fabric shopping with. Or maybe you are looking for the best sewing and fabric shops near you, in a new town, or in a place you’ll be visiting for your next vacation. Or maybe you’d love to arrange a sewing meet-up in your area or even start a new sewing or quilting group with like-minded local people. photo credit: Close-Up, Multiple quilts on display – King of Kings … Continue reading

Interview with the Great British Sewing Bee Winner

Sewing Bee team images courtesy of the BBC

If you are British and enjoy sewing then as soon as I mention the Great British Sewing Bee I’m sure you know all about it.  If you aren’t in the UK, you might not be aware of it – but you need to watch this show! The Great British Sewing Bee is a series on UK TV run by the BBC, where amateur sewing contestants sew or alter projects against the clock each week.  Their garments are then all judged and one at a time the contestants are knocked out and the rest go though to the following round until there are just 3 sewing contestants left in the final – sewing furiously to be crowned the series winner. It’s very tense, sometimes funny, and often there are tears when things just don’t go right.  We’ve all been there. It’s … Continue reading

An introduction to corsets, patterns and fitting

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The corset-theme is widely popular all over the world today, and it’s a pity that not everyone can attend my classes in person. And that is why I have created this website – the Corset Academy. Here you will receive the knowledge and skills required for the creation of wedding dresses, evening gowns and high class haute-couture dresses. These skills and know-how’s will enable you to stand out among others. But remember that you should not focus only on one particular technique of corset garment production. There are plenty of varying techniques for the creation of wedding and evening dresses and I commit myself to teach you to use them. Please don’t forget that theory should be backed up by practice. Without the practice any knowledge soon tends to melt away. You can download my video tutorials to your computer … Continue reading

Learning to sew with knit fabrics – offer

Learn to sew with knit and stretch fabrics. Exclusive discounts off all the knits classes on Craftsy.

Did you take advantage of the Craftsy pattern drafting class offers?  I hope you got all the classes you were interested in and are starting to build up a great library of sewing resources. If you missed it, some of those classes are still on special, so its not too late to make some savings on the pattern drafting classes too. I love to bargain hard with suppliers to try to get you all discounts and specials or prizes for giveaways.  This month, I’ve been working on one of our favorite sewing sites, Craftsy and have come up with a very special exclusive deal I think you will LOVE. I asked the members of our sewing chat group to vote on what classes they were most interested in taking next and reported this list to the Craftsy team, to see what offers … Continue reading

Neat way to fold and organise fabric

Fabric envy! How to fold and organise your fabric stash. Makes things so much easier to find and match. I'm doing it!

I’m lucky or unlucky depending on what way you look at it.  My local fabric store only has about a dozen bolts of quilting cotton, and many of those feature vegetables, so I’m never tempted to buy too much.  That means compared to many, I have quite a modest stash of fabric.  Still, it is easy for it to get out of hand, as I rummage about in the crate, make a mess, and the fabrics get creased and just well, messy. An example of what I mean.  Hmm, messy. That annoys me a lot so I sought advice in our sewing chat group and found the perfect solution.  You can buy these ‘magazine boards’ from Amazon.  They are basically designed for people who collect comics and things like that I think.  It’s a thin but stiff cardboard board, glossy … Continue reading

You’ll love these patterns and a giveaway

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You know how sometimes you are just looking for something and then quite by chance you come across something else that catches your eye.  Happens to me all the time – short attention span.  Etsy can be the worst for that and it was while browsing for some trim, that I came across the store for Maria Palito – she makes the most amazing felt toys, patterns and kits. Check out The Pattern Hub on Etsy. You know me well enough by now that when I find something I think you might like, I try to do us a deal.  So I asked Maria if she would create a pattern just for us, and give you the chance to win something from her store.  She said YES to both – what a star!  So enjoy below as she shares with … Continue reading

Interview with the Dragon Charmer !

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Our sewing chat group has been so inspiring to me.  From time to time I see things there I would never have discovered otherwise, different aspects of sewing I’ve never tried.  Many times I’m just so impressed with all of the design, sewing and fitting skills from the members, but then other times I’m just blown away! We have one member, Sabine, who is fairly new to sewing and only recently started to use a sewing machine, so when she showed us photos of her first doll she made – well, the internet went crazy!  Since then she has been taking our breath away regularly with her gorgeous sewn creatures and dolls of all sorts, so naturally we were all clamoring to know where she got the patterns from. Etsy comes up trumps again and she pointed us to the … Continue reading

Design your dream dress with the Corset Academy

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An introduction to what you can learn with the Corset Academy     Have you ever wanted to create amazing Haute Couture evening or wedding dresses? But you never found any information about the secret technology behind their design and construction? My name is Tatiana and I know how you feel! That’s why I founded Corset Academy – online Haute Couture classes. Here you will receive the knowledge and skills required for the creation of wedding dresses, evening gowns and high class Haute Couture dresses. These skills and know-how’s will enable you to stand out among others. But remember that you should not focus only on one particular technique of corset garment production. There are plenty of varying techniques for the creation of wedding and evening dresses and I commit myself to teach you to use them. Please don’t forget … Continue reading

Best sewing books as recommended by our readers

The Best Sewing Books as recommended by the So Sew Easy readers. Lots of great reference and inspiration here.

I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of sewing books at our local second-hand bookstore that supports our Humane Society.  It got me to wondering, do people still buy sewing books or do we all now look for our answers online.  So I asked our readers here in the sewing chat group… “Do you buy sewing books still, or just use the internet to look things up? Do you have any favorite books you refer to often and would recommend – and why? Is it for beginners, intermediate or advanced? Thanks.” I was pleasantly surprised at all of the answers, and even photos of book shelves full of sewing books.  It turns out that many of us still love our sewing books and some (you know who you are) have accumulated quite a library of books that are … Continue reading

Pattern of the Month Club and Pattern Bundle Sale

2015 Pattern Collection Bundle Part 1 - 7 sewing patterns, 5 bags, 1 top and 1 skirt

About this time last year I launched the enormously popular Pattern of the Month Club, where members paid a single subscription and received all of the patterns for the year automatically sent to their inboxes as they were released. Lots of you have been asking when it will be launched for 2015 – well it’s not quite ready yet. I want to put together my final ideas for the patterns to work on for the rest of the year and then I’ll let you all know. We may end up with the 2015 Collection Part 1 and then Part 2.  Let’s see … In the meantime, we are 6 months into 2015 so its the perfect time to create a mid-year 2015 pattern bundle. Thank you everyone for your support.  By investing in a paid pattern, you help me keep … Continue reading

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