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July 2009 Blog Posts (52)

Essential math for sewing

There are a few math equations that will really boost your successes in sewing. The first is finding the circumference of a circle. Why do I need to know how to find the circumference of a circle, you may ask? Well, if you ever need to know how much trim to buy for the hem of a circle skirt, or table cloth, you will need this equation. [read… Continue

Added by Susan on July 21, 2009 at 6:56am — 3 Comments

Baltimore City Community College

I'm always trying to enhance my sewing skills to a professional skill level. To accomplish that I enrolled in the Fashion Design program at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC). The school offers several Associate Degrees in Fashion. I have learned so much while attending.

So far I have completed classes in Fashion Illustration, Draping and Flat Pattern Design. The skills that I have learned have… Continue

Added by Blondell on July 19, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

Niamh sewing true colours

Just six years of age Deception Bay youngster Niamh Cadoo-Dagley sure is a crafty person. After winning the 2008 primary section of the

Queensland Quilt Show, Niamh will now enter her prize-winning quilt in the junior section of the Brisbane Ekka’s "Quilts Across Queensland" awards. The Southern Cross Catholic College pupil became the youngest person to win the Queensland Quilt Show primary… Continue

Added by Susan on July 18, 2009 at 9:39am — 9 Comments


DO WHAT YOU LOVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. That's what this wallhanging in my sewing room says!! I couldn't agree more. I have been sewing forever (we'll keep that undisclosed!), and have been quilting for 20 years. Although I've tried my hand at many crafts, cross stitch, tole painting, floral arranging and so on, sewing has always been my passion. This is where the bulk of my "investment" to myself lies. I truly believe that purchasing good tools:… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on July 17, 2009 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Swaddle blanket

Does anyone have a tutorial on making a swaddle blanket? My daughter is about to have her baby and everyone is telling her to buy one of these. She said it has velcro attached to it. Has anyone seen these? It sounds like it would be easy to make but I'm not sure what it looks like.

Added by Kathy Schwendeman on July 17, 2009 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Are Sewing Patterns Copyright Free?

Are sewing patterns copyright free? The simple answer to this question is no, although what you are allowed to with your sewing pattern will vary depending on the pattern itself and the company that made it. Copyright when sewing patterns are concerned is a very controversial thing and many people seem to have differing opinions on it. If you went to a shop and purchased a sewing pattern you would see a copyright logo on the pattern and some where it would say "for personal use only" or "for… Continue

Added by Susan on July 16, 2009 at 2:27pm — 8 Comments

Thanks SWN!

Hello all- this is my first post on this site- and my first time here. I write a crafting column in my local weekly paper and SWN picked up the feed to post it on the main page. What fun- especially because it can be hard for me to connect all the way up here in Juneau, Alaska.

Anyhow, this place looks great! I have another blog at and a collective crafty blog with other Alaskans and even some Georgians at I'd love to hear form your… Continue

Added by Tanna Peters on July 16, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

Fashion Design & Sewing Contests

Does anyone know where I may find a listing of Annual Fashion Design/Sewing Contests which also includes entry details, guidelines and prizes?

For those of you interested, "Threads", is sponsoring a Linen contest now, deadline 8/17/09.

Added by Erika M. Yuille on July 16, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

Who taught you to sew ?

I taught myself of how to sew. I have been sewing sense I was a kid. I use to make all my dolls clothes and bedding. But I lived around sewing all of my life. Both my grandma's sew.

Added by Jennifer Howell on July 15, 2009 at 11:16am — 2 Comments

Sandra Betzina conducts Joplin workshop

Sandra Betzina loves to sew more than anyone she has ever known. And Betzina, 65, has made a living sharing that passion with people across the nation and now, Joplin. Betzina, a San Francisco resident, was the host for the HGTV television series Sew Perfect for six years. She continues to design a full line of patterns for Vogue and has her own tab in Vogue’s pattern books called “Today’s Fit.” Sandra Betzina loves to sew more than anyone she has ever known. And Betzina, 65, has made… Continue

Added by Susan on July 14, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Let the sew-off begin

Seven designers, four Sundays, one winner in Project Runway-inspired contest THE CHALLENGE: take one extra-large black T-shirt, and using only a needle, thread and scissors, create the perfect little black dress in an hour, fitted on a model you’ve never met before in front of an inquisitive audience, and under the unwavering gaze of three industry judges who will decide if you’ve got what it takes to become a style leader. Six young designers were given that surprise… Continue

Added by Susan on July 13, 2009 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Volunteers sew hundreds of quilts for service members overseas

Blankets make a statement - By Meg Jones Volunteers show up for three hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Plymouth to sew thin camouflage sleeping quilts for service members in Iraq and Afghanistan. The sewing began when Todd Richter asked his mother-in-law, Linda Wieck, to make him a thin blanket that he could use during warm-weather service. As quilts go, they're fairly simple. No Celtic knot, double wedding ring or mariner's compass patterns, no months-long effort to make… Continue

Added by Susan on July 13, 2009 at 6:25am — No Comments

Sewing A Neat No Bulk Flared Hem

By Marian Lewis

When sewing a flared skirt, do you have a problem with a too much bulk in the hem? Here is the answer for a smooth finish.

  • Face a circular or flared skirt hem with bias.
  • Cut a 5-6 inch wide bias strip of organza or light weight lining fabric long enough to fit the lower edge of the skirt.
  • Piece the strip on the straight of grain of the fabric to create the length you need.
  • Mark the desired hemline on the…

Added by Susan on July 13, 2009 at 6:05am — No Comments

Sewing With Elastic

By Deepa RC Active lifestyles demand garments made of fabric that provides freedom for easy movement. In most garments, elastic is used for making them versatile and flexible. Elastic is also used for other craft projects too. Do you ever wonder why the elastic that you used in your last project does not seem to work with the present sewing project? Why the elastic in your cotton pajama is causing problems while the same elastic in your swim wear is working perfectly? In fact, the type of… Continue

Added by Susan on July 12, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

sharping machine needles!

Hey there!!!

Since I sew more than a few hours a week. I always change my machine needle every so many hours. I like a sharp point. Can you resharpen a machine needle is what I need to know.

Thanks in advance.

Added by Mary-Anne Watson on July 11, 2009 at 6:26pm — 3 Comments

Purses are their bag


NORTH COUNTRY ORIGINALS: Sewers design, sell creations

Shae C. Roggie knows bags. The Lowville resident sews everything from brightly colored clutches and backpacks to wildly patterned purses and cell phone cases for her business, Valerie Ann Designs.

“The name is my mom’s,” Mrs. Roggie said. “She taught me how to sew when I was growing up and I thought her name sounded very classy. It’s just to honor her, really.”

Mrs.… Continue

Added by Susan on July 10, 2009 at 5:50am — 2 Comments

Nothing better than a clean craft room!

Hello! So I spent most of yesterday and today working on cleaning and organizing my little craft room, and let me tell ya, it has been quite the adventure. It all came about when I decided that I just HAD to find one specific pattern that I was sure was in my closet, so I tore EVERYTHING out looking for it. After gutting the closet I decided it would be a good idea to finally go through and organize things. I'm on a VERY limited budget (My husband and I are both going to school and we have a 17… Continue

Added by Lizzie Fenwick on July 9, 2009 at 1:13am — No Comments

Why recession may be turning women to sewing

By Chester Chronicle With the recession kicking in, reports suggest that more women are taking up sewing. We go undercover to find out why women are becoming keen to buy needles and thread. When it comes to arts and crafts, you can safely count me out. Artistic in a cerebral, imaginary sort of way, my recurrent attempts over the years to unite my daydreams with a sewing machine have ended in tearful failure. So it was with much hesitancy and curbed enthusiasm that I walked into my… Continue

Added by Susan on July 8, 2009 at 7:23am — 11 Comments

Sew stylish: Her men's shirts

By A.D. Amorosi

Since 2005, Van Aken Custom has fitted, designed, and crafted hand-stitched shirts for men who crave definition (literally and figuratively), quality and panache. Unlike shirtmakers who calculate only cuff, neck and sleeve length, she takes 15 measurements: chest, neck, waist, hips, forearm, upper arm and the distance between shoulders. Weight, height and arm length are factored in as well... [… Continue

Added by Susan on July 8, 2009 at 7:16am — No Comments

I never need an excuse to buy fabric

My husband is 100% behind my fabric buying & sewing. I sometimes think I should feel guilty about buying more fabric, but for some reason I don't.

Added by Donna on July 7, 2009 at 1:50pm — 3 Comments

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