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

Sewing video for the Swoon Della Wallet Pattern

Full step by step video tutorial on how to make the Della Wallet from Swoon Patterns.

I’ve been sewing up someone else’s bag pattern again this week.  Another from Swoon Patterns.  Did you see my video tutorial from before on how to sew the Glenda Clutch Bag?  This is a great pattern too, give it a try if you are looking for a clutch bag. This week, the Della Wallet pattern.  I like sewing other designers’ patterns.  Gives me an idea of the materials they are using, any techniques I might want to try out, and how they are writing their instructions.  All good tips for improving my own pattern writing skills.  The Della Wallet is no exception, with some interesting ideas to work on. This pattern is described as: ” The Della Wallet Clutch is an ideal accessory, she’s easy to sew and practical enough to use daily. This wallet features 8 credit card slots, 2 … Continue reading

Craftsy pattern drafting classes – exclusive offer

Exclusive discount for 50% off on ALL the Craftsy pattern drafting classes. These are just the best way to learn all aspects of pattern drafting - and all are 50% off here.

So Sew Easy site, the pattern store and the sewing chat group have grown a lot this year.  Things really started to take off when the site won a couple of awards and now there are more readers visiting each week than ever before.  Which is great, because as a team, it gives us a certain ‘bargaining power’. 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 they … Continue reading

Burda patterns without all the crazy tracing

New Burda Style Flagship Kits - 51 sewing patterns as a single download. Great value for money.

This week I made a sewing first for me – I sewed with chiffon!  Just a simple light and boxy throw-over cover-up style for wearing over my swimsuit or a plain cami.  It’s from a pattern from the Burda Style May Flagship Kit. When I first started out in sewing, I used to be a subscriber to the Burda monthly sewing pattern magazine.  I think the Europe and UK version is monthly, the US version is quarterly.  It’s very trendy, has interesting patterns and styles you won’t find anywhere else and is fun to read. What’s NOT so much fun is the way the patterns are delivered.  There is a large sheet in the center of the magazine that you pull out and that sheet has ALL of the pattern pieces on it for all of the patterns, all laid … Continue reading

Sewing 4 Free – my other site

All the best of the webs free sewing patterns in one place. A new free sewing pattern added to the site every day at Sewing 4 Free.

Did you know that I have another sewing site? It’s been going for a little while now and focuses purely on free sewing patterns and tutorials. You can find it at Sewing4Free.com There is a new free sewing pattern or tutorial added everyday, and there are pages for: dress patterns skirt patterns tops patterns lingerie, swimwear, night wear things to sew for the home pants  bags stuff to sew for kids – unisex, boys and girls seasonal for Christmas, Valentines, Easter and Thanksgiving things to sew for pets gift ideas miscellaneous and sewing tutorials Find the ideal free pattern easily All of the categories are ‘picture indexes’ which means you can see all the pictures of dresses on the dress patterns page, and then click through to the ones you like.  Same with skirts, etc.  It really helps to see … Continue reading

Pretty gifts to sew for Mother’s Day

Some really nice ideas for gifts to sew for Mother's Day. My mom would love any number of these.

Are you a Mom?  What do you want for Mother’s Day?  Is something made just for you especially dear to your heart?  I love to get gifts that have been made just for me – shows so much extra thought and care.  With Mother’s day coming up, I wanted to know what you all thought would make nice gifts and the Facebook sewing chat group came up with all sorts of great ideas. Whether in the garden, in the kitchen, hitting the shops or the sewing room, Moms are busy people so there are plenty of things to sew to make those jobs more colorful and fun. With a bit of work and a lot of love you can soon create something for Mom that will have her smiling all day long. Or maybe just give her the gift of … Continue reading

New Fabric Swatch Kits you’ll love

3 fabric swatch kits you can get to help you pick the right fabrics online. can't beat having samples of all these fabrics on hand.

  Great news – the answers to all of your fabric questions are here.  I’ve got TWO new fabric swatch kits for you, and the original is back in stock after repeated sell outs.  If you buy fabric online, or aren’t sure which fabrics to use for which types of projects, you are going to LOVE these kits.  (And you can get them for free too – find out how!) Do you remember the knit fabric swatch kit?  I had been getting a lot of questions from readers about the different types of knit fabrics.  Many of us are finding it hard to find nice apparel fabrics locally to us. Many fabric shops have been closing down, and you may find your local store now is more of a quilting store – so to get the best choice in apparel … Continue reading

Class review – Custom bedding; Decorative shams and bolsters

Review of the Custom Bedding class where you can learn to sew different sorts of high quality pillows. Plus a special price for you from the instructor.

[There's a special price on this class for you - check out the bottom of this article] OK, so I don’t have much of a home here and only complete the simplest of home decor sewing so far.  When you only rent a room in a shared house and are strictly not allowed to change anything, there is only so much you can do !  But we can all dream and have plans and one day hubby and I hope to design our own home – hopefully here in Cayman if they let us stay.  Time will tell on that one. But I’m really interested in learning new sewing techniques, especially for really special-looking pillows and cushions so when I learned from Jann that she had been asked to create a class for Craftsy, I was so excited for her … Continue reading

Take a Free Online Sewing or Quilting class from Craftsy TODAY!

Links to all the free sewing and quilting classes on Craftsy and a summary of each, all in one place.

So Sew Easy has grown a lot this year.  It seems sewing is getting more popular, lots of people got new machines for Christmas and took up sewing and all of my beginner articles have been hot, hot, hot!  So for those of you looking to learn to sew, improve your skills and learn some new ones, I thought I’d give you some tips on how I started out in sewing and the best way to get quickly up to speed with your new hobby. You may have read a lot of mentions on this site, in my patterns, and on Facebook etc about Craftsy.  OK, I admit it, I’m a total Craftsy addict.  Maybe their biggest fan?  The 108 sewing classes and  103 quilting classes at Craftsy, quickly turned me from a complete sewing beginner to where I am … Continue reading

Make your sewing pattern weights 11 ways

Serger Pepper Pattern Weights DIY

Hi there! Irene from Serger Pepper here! How is your sewing machine? Did you clean it from the last time we met? And did you make a bag for your laptop? Or maybe you’ve been too busy choosing  your first serger… Today we’re here to talk about a sewing tool I didn’t use for a lot of time (my mom still looks at me weird when I say I’m not using pins… whaaat?): Pattern Weights What are pattern weights? Exactly what their name says! They can be any heavy object, better if not too fragile or spiky, absolutely not sphere-shaped They are used, just like pins, to keep the pattern pieces stuck to the fabric while you cut it, to make sure you’re cutting as accurate as you can. Let me show you my unconventional pattern weights: You can see I use … Continue reading

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