Broken Needle: best practices to prevent it happening to you

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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

How to find your way around So Sew Easy

Tips for how to find what you are looking for and navgate your way easily around the So Sew Easy site

Welcome to all the new readers we’ve had visit us so far this year. It’s great to hear that so many of you got your first sewing machine for Christmas and are just itching to start creating and sewing things you can be proud of. There is so much content here already and so much more planned and I don’t want you to miss a thing so here are all the ways you can find your way around, search for patterns and tutorials and find great content you missed. Use the menu bar The menu bar is a great place to start when navigating round the site and you’ll find the major pages here as the start point for your sewing journey. Click Home at any time to return to the front page. Free Patterns page Whether you are looking … Continue reading

Jan 16-18 Only: Do you want to get 50% off NEW classes at Craftsy?

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This weekend only, Craftsy is doing something they almost never do — all new online classes start at $14.99. That’s right! That just-released class you’ve been eyeing from your favorite instructor? It’s on sale at prices so rare, you definitely don’t want to miss out. These deals will be gone soon, so shop now! I’ve been eying a couple of the new classes, particularly the one called: Mix & Match Clutch Bag Techniques with Janelle MacKay.  The So Sew Easy community seems to really like sewing bags and we’ve done quite a few clutch bags in the past but maybe there will be something new to learn that we can share. If you want to see the various clutch bags we’ve done, just go up to the top of the page and search the word “clutch” or you can just … Continue reading

January Mug Rug Tutorial – It’s SNOW much fun!

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Mug rugs have become so popular lately! For the past couple years they are by far my biggest pattern sellers. This is probably for many reasons. They are super easy to make, they can be made using your favorite techniques (hand or machine), they make great gifts, and they can be decorative as well as functional. Most of all, they are so much fun, or in January’s case, it’s SNOW much fun! I hope you will follow us along here on our Mug Rug of the Month Tutorial.  For more holiday mug rug patterns, as well as everyday patterns, stop by my Craftsy Shop or Etsy Shop. Lets get started! What you will need for one mug rug: Small scraps of fabric for appliqués 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of … Continue reading

Crafting to make money in 2016?

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If you have any plans for crafting to make money in 2016, here’s an offer you won’t want to miss.   I don’t know if you’re familiar with CreativeLive or with one of their leading craft instructors, Megan Auman.  CreativeLive is a popular site for training courses and videos tending to be more business-related rather than purely artistic. Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business.  Megan is well-known for both her easy style as well as her detailed knowledge of business.  She’s a successful business owner who has grown her craft into a national business and is now teaching online.  One of her well-know classes is called “How to Make a Living Selling What You Make.” If you made a resolution to commit … Continue reading

Fabric Covered Beaded Necklaces from scraps of fabric

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Looking for a new fabric scrap project?  Why not make some fabric covered beaded necklaces. This is an exciting new and easy tutorial on how to make fabric covered beaded necklaces from the mountain of scraps from the Christmas sewing marathon. Yes, I hear you!!! What to do with this enormous amount of fabric scraps left over from all the sewing that you have been doing?  Too beautiful and expensive to throw away, not to mention, it’s money going down the drain.  Too ugly to give to a friend, yet you know this pile of mangled fabric is still useful.  These beaded fabric covered necklaces are the perfect gift for a friend as a Thank you, birthday or Valentines Day present, and I will show you two techniques to cover the beads with fabric. Here are the materials you will … Continue reading

Can you cut paper with your sewing scissors?

Advice from the experts on whether cutting paper with your sewing scissors really dulls the blade or not. Really interesting reading.

Ah ha – the age old question.  Should we keep our sewing scissors just for cutting fabric.  Will cutting paper somehow ‘dull’ the scissors, make them less sharp, or less able to cut fabric if we dare to cut paper with them as well? Is this just an urban myth?  Did seamstresses of old simply pass on this mantra to stop the family endlessly borrowing their sewing scissors.  Was it just told to make sure the sewing scissors were always there when they needed them? We’ve all seen the funny memes on social media warning of the dire consequences of using our sewing scissors to cut paper. It’s discussed from time to time in the sewing chat group, and there will always be those who say yes they cut with paper occasionally and still have nice sharp scissors.  We all … Continue reading

How to upcycle kid’s clothes, reusing hems

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Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says again, and I’m sharing one of my favorite tips on how to upcycle kid’s clothes. A new year often triggers cleaning out the closet, but don’t donate all those clothes just yet. You can upcycle adult clothes into kids clothes quick and easy – there are a few adjustments to make so you can reuse the existing hems and skip the fussiest part of sewing. If you don’t have any clothes to work from, I have some tips for thrift store shopping effectively, specific to sewing refashions and upcycles. Something that looks dated and frumpy for an adult can turn out to be just perfect on a child! Step 1 Pick out a pattern to use, and make sure that you will have enough fabric by holding it up to the existing garment. The main … Continue reading

‘Leather’ Kraft Tex wallet – video tutorial

Kraft Tex leather-look wallet. Free pattern and video tutorial.

I’ve been playing with this new ‘fabric’. It’s called Kraft Tex, is described as a paper fabric, designed to look a bit like leather, is tear proof, water resistant, easy to work with and very versatile. You can use it in crafting of all sorts, including sew with it. Use it flat straight out of the packet or pre-treat it to make it look more like leather. It’s great for sewing and using in bags as well as all sorts of mixed media and paper crafts too. I have a couple of previous articles you can look at here to learn more about it: All about Kraft Tex and how to pre-treat it Kraft Tex ‘leather’ key fob C&T Publishing who have created this product have some cool free project ideas so that you can try out various different projects. … Continue reading

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric

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I must admit, I am new to blogging, but I wanted to start with a topic that is near and dear to my heart. So many people spend hundreds of dollars on a good sewing machine, use it for a few months and then they give up, and put it back in the box in the basement where it remains for years –untouched.  Somewhere in their sewing journey, many aspiring sewers become afraid or demotivated because the project did not turn out the way they wanted.  A big pile of unfinished garments is a dead give away!  Our brain is trained to look for inconsistencies and it is how we judge beauty.  Unconsciously, we know something is off and we give up before we finish.The reason for this doomed journey starts at the fabric store but is often made worse by how … Continue reading

More free patterns in 2016 – Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone and wishing you even more free patterns in 2016! We hope you and your families have a happy and prosperous New Year… and the best of luck with all your new sewing projects.  We’re really looking forward to being part of your sewing journey in 2016 and beyond. Last year was a great year for the site but we’re looking forward to an even better year in 2016 with more free patterns, more sewing tips and more sewing tutorials. We expanded our team when Mayra joined in December.  She’ll be looking after the social media sites including the extremely popular So Sew Easy sewing chat Facebook group whose membership numbers recently topped 15,000.  Mayra will of course be bringing you even more free patterns in 2016! We won a number of awards during the year and recently learned we … Continue reading