Sewing trip to Denver

Are you any good at keeping a secret?  We’ve had to keep something very exciting under wraps for a few months now, but soon will be the time for the big reveal.  Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement of the details soon here on the site.  Maybe sign up to the newsletter if you haven’t already done so, so you don’t miss the news. In the meantime, here are a few photos from a recent trip I took to Denver.  I stayed in the rather funky Curtis Hotel right in downtown.  Very retro!  I wish I had one of the Star Trek rooms, but mine was rather more tame, on Floor 9 – the Big Hair floor apparently!  Still a very fun place to stay if you get a chance to go to Denver for some sightseeing. It’s a … Continue reading

Sew Your Blues Away! – How Sewing Fights Depression

Sewing Fight Depression

The World Health Organization estimates that there are 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression. It is also found out that women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression compared to men. The thing is –anyone can get depression and that includes you and me. Indeed, people around the globe can get depressed regardless of their socioeconomic standing or age. This is not exactly a very encouraging piece of news but it is also a fact that we can combat depression and one of the ways in doing so is to take up a craft like sewing.  You can literally Sew Your Blues Away! Many studies indicate that sewing is good for both our mental and physical wellbeing.  Just to reiterate, aside from the obvious benefits of sewing like having an up to date and well-fitting wardrobe or getting … Continue reading

Making 1000 dresses- The Little Dress: A Journey of Hope

Little dress

I am very privileged to share with you a cause that is close to my heart –sewing for charity.  We’ve written about this topic in the past and most recently in our article called Sewing for Charity, Anyone?, but we’ve just been made aware of a story that is truly inspiring.  We’re glad to be able to share this journey of hope with you all. Some people sew and others feel the need to tell the story.  The latter is the case with Vicki Vasilopoulos, an independent film maker whose first film “Men of the Cloth” is an acclaimed portrait of three Italian master tailors in the twilight of their career.  The film was partly funded through PayPal contributions and crowd funding and has gone onto premiere at the largest documentary festival in America and been seen all over the world.  Vicki’s latest work tells … Continue reading

The Sewing Revolution

Sewing Revolution

Sewing back then When ready-to-wear clothes were not yet popularly available, generations of women learned how to sew for home and hearth.  And they usually started stitching when they were still at their mother’s knees.  Others learned sewing from their home-economics and 4-H club teachers, but unfortunately this practice has been done away with some years ago.  And during the height of the feminist movement in the 70’s, many women stayed away from the sewing machine as an act of protest.  While we certainly don’t support any of the negative stereotypes, you have to ask how a skill that makes you more independent and self-sufficient should be seen as a negative.. photo credit: 1957 Simplicity Fashion Layout, with Singer & TV Star Gisèle MacKenzie, Sew for Spring in Rainbow Colors (2 pages, full color) via photopin (license) Sewing in the 1990’s It … Continue reading

British Sewing Awards 2015 – You Did It Again!

British Sewing Awards

We had some terrific news recently which we’d like to share it with you.  Thanks to the fantastic support of our readers, the So Sew Easy site has won the British Sewing Awards 2015 Award for Best Sewing Blog.  This is the second year in a row that we have won this award and we owe it all to the support of our loyal readers. A HUGE THANK YOU everyone.  It was all down to you and your votes.  To win, we had to overcome some significant competition.  We were truly astonished and delighted to again receive the award and want to thank everyone for their nominations and votes. Many readers may not be familiar with this contest which has been running for a long time.  Nominations were months ago now and the voting was open for months too.  So although … Continue reading

Sewing for Charity, Anyone?

sewing for charity

One of the nicest things about sewing is that it gives us a great chance to show people who are in need that we care about them. All of us may have already sewn something for our family and friends, but not many of us have sewn something for charity. Indeed, sewing for people who are in need is one of the most wonderful ways for us to share our love of sewing and to show those who are not as lucky as we are that we care about them. Finding a bit of extra fabric should not be that difficult so the next step is to choose the item that you will be stitching and which charitable organization you are planning to help. We did an article a while ago talking about MJ from MJ’s Lost Cause which was ultimately … Continue reading

At The Button of Things

choosing the right button

Often times, buttons are the last things sewers think about when they stitch garments. Choosing the right buttons, however, may have a big effect on how your finished garment turns out. This article will try to get to the bottom of choosing buttons for your sewing project –so let’s start by making a list of the different factors that have to be taken into account when choosing a button for a garment, and this includes function, type of garment, fabric and style. What’s the function of the button? Generally, buttons are chosen for their function such as a fastening mechanism, but they can also be used for aesthetic reasons, or more commonly, for both.  As fasteners, buttons keep shirt sleeve, dress, collar, pocket, coat and the like closed. They may also be used to attach a piece of fabric or … Continue reading

For Men Who Love to Sew

men who love to sew

Sewing is one of those rare fields where women dominate the scene –but there are surely a few men out there who would love to learn to sew at home.  So why don’t we see more guys famously sewing when we have many male fashion designers who have made names for themselves and nearly almost all tailors are men? The main reason is perhaps the widely held, but fixed and oversimplified, idea that sewing is a task fit only for women. Alas, sewing was on the standard curriculum for girls in high school while the boys were usually taught some kind of industrial arts like carpentry or car repair, weren’t they?  As a result, sewing became something that a woman was expected to know, which she can use as her contribution to her future family.  This was especially true during … Continue reading

Yes! You CAN make professional looking custom sewing labels!

make your own sewing labels

There are so many nice label shops out there, especially on Etsy.  I’ve been wanting to get some custom sewing labels for myself for some time now, but for wanting so many different styles, it would cost me a fortune.  Now that I know how to make them for next to nothing, I can make them more personal like “Made for Paige by Nana”, “Made Specially for You”, or “Love Mom”. You get the idea. I’ve tried this a couple of ways to see what would work best and quite honestly, I like them all. Let’s get started. What you will need: Sewing machine Iron Ink Jet printer A word processing program, or design program Scissors or a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat (preferred) Thread to match label Sewing machine needle Sewing machine foot you can see through (I LOVE … Continue reading

Do you need an industrial sewing machine?

Do you need an industrial sewing machine

Do you need an industrial sewing machine?  Take a good look in your basement and perhaps you already know the answer.  Down there under the dusty covers and dark shadows, there are the many wounded soldiers of your exploits and garage sales.  Unless you are an antique dealer or a collector, why would you want to clutter your home with any more unused machinery?  Some women buy sewing machines like they buy jeans.  Don’t believe me? Run to your nail salon and ask around.  You will find that the average women have 6 pairs of jeans, some will have more. I am guilty of this, at one point of my life I had 12 pairs of jeans and 6 sewing machines (1 Singer, 1 Toyota, 1 Juki, 1 Janome and 2 sergers..).  I’m not sure if you know, but Toyota … Continue reading

Broken Needle: best practices to prevent it happening to you

sewing machine problems

A broken needle flying into the eye is a fear that seamstresses share all over the world.  Something like walking into a spider web and not knowing whether the spider is stuck on your hair or lurking on the floor ready to strike –but potentially much, much worse.  Those that have experienced the consequences of a broken needle often wear eye protection in the form of safety goggles or spectacles.  To avoid this unfortunate incident, here are the main reasons why this happens and some best practice tips to prevent it happening to you. Avoid pulling the fabric This is a mistake made mostly by seasoned home sewers, because they are experienced and get distracted by music, internet or tv and cannot hear when the machines complains.  The sound of the machine always tells you when it is working too hard or … Continue reading