Join the latest (and best?) sewing chat group

No 'Bitchin' in this online Stitching group.  Fun online sewing community launched.  All are welcome.

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If you've been following along here for a while, you'll remember the launch of our sewing forum. So far there are 316 members – that's pretty good! But even with all those members its a little quiet there. Not as much sharing and activity as I had hoped for.

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Just over the last few weeks quite a few people have written and asked if we could have a Facebook group as well. The forum is cool, but it's a little bit ‘out of sight, out of mind' for many who are used to spending chat time on Facebook instead. It can be easier to check in with a group if you are already there updating your status or watching cat videos 😉

Ever happy to please you, I'm delighted to introduce the newest, and hopefully the best, new sewing group on Facebook. The So Sew Easy Sewing Chat group.

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Before you worry it's just another place for me to talk about myself, and bore you at every turn with So Sew Easy chat, I really want to make this different.  People are looking for a fun and easy place to chat about sewing, share projects, reviews, pattern links etc and I want it to be a real neutral ground.  A place you can find all the best sewing chat without it having to be centered around this site.

So, I had to add a group description.  It's hard starting out to think what we'll chat about there, but this is what I started out with:

A group for everyone interested in sewing to come and chat, ask and answer questions, and share projects.
Feel free to chat about whatever takes your fancy. It doesn't have to be solely about So Sew Easy patterns – there is a whole big sewing world out there for you to explore.
Share pattern reviews, give and receive sewing advice or just complain about your husband using your good scissors again!
But please be nice, give encouragement rather than criticism. No drama here please!”

So it's open-ended pretty much.  So long as it's about sewing, quilting, embroidery, patterns, classes, learning, fabric etc then it's welcomed.  If you want to join so you can spam the group with your links to buy knock-off Ray Bans, then it's not welcome and you'll be banned.  Naturally.

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And I want all of you to join and run it for me, creating your own sewing community talking about the things that YOU find interesting.  I can't always be there to answer all of your questions and chat, but with lots of members all interested in sewing and people all over the world online, you should always find someone there to chat too, maybe to help you out or sympathize when sewing disasters happen, and you simply MUST have it finished by morning.

People have already shared some great projects and although we've just started out a few days ago, it already feels like a fun and friendly community.  Here are a few pics so far:

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Lucy has already started us with an introductory thread, so when you join up, pop HERE to say hello, where you are from and give us a little info about you and your sewing.

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So that's a little bit about the newest sewing community on Facebook.  I'd LOVE for you to join us.  It's a closed group so you have to click on the JOIN button, then I'll approve you as soon as I can and you can chat away, comment on a thread or start a new topic.

JOIN THE SEWING COMMUNITY HERE

 

Once you've joined, make sure you get notified about what's going on in the group.  ***To make sure you get notified of new articles posted, see where it says Notifications on the bottom right of the header picture – click there and select ALL Posts. ***

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What about those of you that don't use Facebook or prefer the old forum.  No worries – it will still be there.  No immediate plans to remove this for now and I hope it will continue to work alongside this new group.

See you there and chat soon !

p.s – we really need a cool header image for the new group.  I've put in the site logo for now, but would love to change it out to something a bit more eye-catching.  Anyone out there good at design who would like to create a logo or banner for us?

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raha
raha

hi
i want to sew and i dont have any experience in sewing. i wish to have an overcoat like this
http://www.upsara.com/images/n8sr_820891_raw.jpg

or this
http://www.upsara.com/images/fbq_3456.jpg

I looked for in many sites for printable pattern and free pattern of those model but i cant find. 🙁

can you help me?

lydia
lydia

I can’t remember my username, password got reset, but I can’t log in because I don’t have my username right. is there a way to retrieve this?

Jacqlyn
Jacqlyn

Hi Deby, great site and you make sewing seem so easy! I’m really nervous because i’m going to embark in this again after doing it in school when i was 13 years old! Argh! …

I’m in a worship dance ministry and we need some simple dance tops or organza material that we wear usually over our basics. I’m trying to look for simple patterns for tops that newbies like me won’t be intimidated by.

The tops should be like an overall, comfortable fit to allow a full range of movement and preferably something that allows us to adjust to the different dancer’s body sizes.

Do you have any recommendations?

Many thanks,
Jacqlyn

Mary
Mary

Love your site and all the links but every time I’m in a link for any length of time eg just now to vote for you in the British Sewing Awards, I get a message about bugs in the link and everything freezes. However if I go into a link by opening a new tab and entering the name of the site then I’m fine. Is there any way you can fix this as it is so much handier to go in thru your link. Otherwise, Keep up the great work. I just love your posts. There’s something for everyone.!

Judy Immel
Judy Immel

Where can I buy the expanding gate closure that you used in the little sweetie purse?

Donna
Donna

Question about the swap. How can we find out if our swap partner received our gift?

Diana
Diana

Wow! I just found your site Deby. I am 56 years old and I used to sew quite a bit but got away from it. Recently, I got the urge and picked up a simple Burda pattern for a dress. Ugh. NOT so simple and the dress is unfinished. I was just thinking that maybe I should just forget about sewing again altogether and found your site tonight. I am so excited. I want to try to download one of your patterns and try a simple skirt first.I love your tutorials. You are so careful to explain things and your diction is lovely. However, I may need to get back to you if I get stuck. Thank you. Thank you from Canada.

Jeannie
Jeannie

Hi Deby. I just downloaded and printed your cute Fit & Flare dress pattern. This is my first time working with a sewing pattern download that employs layers. Mostly everything went just fine. However, for tiled pages # 6, 11 and 24 I have extra lines that printed. At first I thought I had neglected to uncheck one of the sizes, but then I realized that if that were the case all of the pages would have extra lines. I don’t know if I did something wrong, or there is something wrong with the file, or if perhaps Acrobat is acting up. I printed those pages again, and they are still doing the extra lines. I am printing size F. Can you offer any advice on what may have gone wrong so that I can avoid this problem in the future for layered sewing pattern pdfs? Thanks!

Jeannie
Jeannie

Deby, Thanks for attempting to solve this issue. I am using the Adobe Reader DC, and it says it is the most current version available. I also printed it using Adobe 9.5. It happens with both versions, and on two different printers. I thought maybe you had a quick fix for it. I must be doing something wrong when printing the layers. I just tried it on size E, and the same thing is happening. I can work with the pattern the way it is printing. I just wish I could figure out what I am doing wrong. lol

Marlene
Marlene

Hi Deby,
Why is the fold in the skirt front and not the back?

Patty Miller
Patty Miller

Having difficulty in putting the “Wrap Dress” pattern pieces together. Those pages did not download with the dress assembly instructions. Is this again “operator error” (me), or can I print the pattern instructions? (I’m rather technologically challenged!) I love the pic of this dress! Can you help?

Patty Miller
Patty Miller
Reply to  Patty Miller

Thank you so much for you very fast answer! Your time and patience is greatly appreciated by “us old ladies”! LOL Thanks again!

DEBI JIMENEZ
DEBI JIMENEZ

Deby I have to say first and foremost your patterns are great. I have a granddaughter that is a Senior this year. She wants a dress with the Floucey Skirt pattern for the bottom. She wants a sweetheart neckline and short simple sleeves. So I am using it you have pattern that would at least have the drop waistlines like the Floucey shirt.

Nancy Owens
Nancy Owens

Deby, I enjoy your patterns, they reflect the style I like to wear. My only issue is that I need to wear sleeves, do you have a basic sleeve that fits your sleeveless dresses and tops? I also love the idea of your chat group, but have given up Facebook, so I hope this is a good way to communicate with you. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Nancy Owens
Rockwall, Texas

Margaret
Margaret

Can the cowl neck top pattern be used with any other fabric, such as melange?

Margaret
Margaret

OK Deby, thank you much.

Bonita
Bonita

I thought this was a free pattern but u have just charged me for something and I don’t even know what it is or how much!

Beth Balius
Beth Balius

How do we know when you have a giveaway?

Jillee
Jillee

Hello Deby. I wasn’t sure where to ask this, but if you remember, could you share what material used for the half circle wrap skirt? Thanks much. I love your web site.

Jillee
Jillee

Thanks, Deby, for the reply. I really appreciate it. I’m looking forward to making this for my girls.

Gretchen
Gretchen

Do you have, r will you have patterns for full figure women.

Carol
Carol

You said in your Sunday newsletter that you would be sending out a new pattern on Monday using your new software program. Has that been sent out yet? Also what sizes will be offered for these patterns?

Nancy Gmble
Nancy Gmble

this is my second day signing up and going back to my email to complete the process but there is no email in my box. please help, I’m excited to start. thanking you in advance

Debi Jimenez
Debi Jimenez

Deby, I have sent a request to join the group. Waiting for approval. In the meantime I need some help. I have so many of your patterns found on Craftsy some might think you are my personal designer. I love the wrap dress and the wrap top. I have to tell you that I am more of a quilter than I am a dress or clothing maker. I have a problem with fitting patterns. Example: Pattern says the bust for size 12-14 is for a bust that is say up to 39inches, and size 16 – 18 fits bust that is 42 inches and up. My bust measures 41.5 so if I use the size 12 it is too small and the 16 will swim on me. I am 5ft 1in and I still have the baby belly. I am about 155 pounds most carried in the belly. So what do I do to make the patterns fit? Thanks for your help..

marieanne sophie
marieanne sophie

The twisted dress is very nice where can I buy the pattern thank you

paulineperry65

Hi Deby – I love everything you make and show – thanks. I recently thought about making a quilt backing using cotton voile – I had heard that if feels particularly luxurious to cuddle up in. I ordered a sample and I find it quite fine and it is silky to the touch but I am not sure if it is durable enough for a quilt backing. I usually use 100% quilters cotton fabric. I value your opinion and look forward to your response. Thank you for your time.

Mary Grace Ronan
Mary Grace Ronan

I want to find your bias directions…where can i find them?

Jane Hester
Jane Hester

Hi Deby

I really want to try your easy cosmetic bag but am confused as to how I can actually get access to the pattern download. Could you help? Can’t wait to get started 🙂

Barbara Every
Barbara Every

Are you based in the UK. I am very new to Etsy so haven’t a clue what I am doing on line shopping, need an explanation! Lovely videos. Thank you so much. Barbara

Frances Copeland

Where can I fine all of my free patterns that I have saved?

Lora Cole
Lora Cole

I have a question. I need to know how to make a gusset. It will be in the back waist of some pants.

Brenda Carter
Brenda Carter

Would you consider offering a class to make these little coin purses? I would take it!!

Vickie Davis
Vickie Davis

question. when you made the toddler dry erase place mat did you transfer the coloring image to t shirt fabric …I am confused. thanks

Vickie Davis
Vickie Davis

Thank you!

Laurie
Laurie

Deby—i would like to know what your #1 selling pattern is and your most viewed youtube video??? I love them all…..

Sue
Sue

How do I buy and download a pattern?

syltoy68

I purchased the Ultimate Wallet sometime ago. Now I can’t find the step-by-step tutorial. Would you u give me the link? My name is Sylvia Stevenson email lady2k7@gmail.com. I’ve tried to cut all the pieces and now I need the tutorial.

Wanda
Wanda

Hi Deby, I’m new to your site and absolutely love your work. You are so talented. I’ve been trying to download a couple of your patterns and I am having trouble with the zipped files. I can download the file to PDFS but can’t unzip the file. Can you help? I’m using an iPad and when I download my option is an app “to PDF”. The file go there and that’s where it ends, I cant open it because it’s zipped. I know you have a tutorial on downloads, but ironically I can’t open it either. Any help will be appreciated.

Carolyn Knipper
Carolyn Knipper

I can’t find the fusable tricot tape.Can you help me?

Kstaylor
Kstaylor

I am not from your country and I don’t understand what a fat quarter of material means. Could you please explain.

Sharon
Sharon

Please could you help me with how to sew a hem on a skirt with a kick pleat? I have seen your tutorial on how to blind hem which was good but I’m still stuck, and frustrated, on how exactly to make the kick pleat look professional ie not a bulking looking folded up job! Any help you could give would be most appreciated.