Friday, January 7, 2011

Stitch by Stitch is an awesome book!

I have yet to do the projects as I just got it yesterday but while going through while sitting around with my kids, I was very impressed with the simplicity, creativity, pictures, and tone of her writing. I will do a more thorough review when I have the chance to get into it. My intent is that this be the first sewing from I do from cover to cover.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

'Care from the bolt' tip from

When you purchase fabric, take note of the care instructions printed on the end of the fabric bolt; (printed care labels used to be available at the cutting tables). Before laying out the pattern pieces, you need to preshrink the fabric and straighten the grain. These two simple steps ensure easy-care garments with straight hanging seams and hems. Preshrink linings & interlinings too.

Sewing lessons give student confidence to make pillows, tablecloths and dresses

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Sewing Books: Stitch by Stitch and Martha Stewart's Sewing....

Hubby has been such an amazing support of my new year's resolution of everything sewing.  We are totally revamping the whole living room and turning it into a sewing studio where I can sew away and teach others the art of sewing as well.  He took me to B&N today to pick up sewing magazines but after looking through them was not too impressed at $6.99-$9.99 an issue, I headed to the sewing books.  I thought I hit the jackpot but was just too overwhelmed with the selection.  It hasn't been too long since looking out for a good sewing book and was surprised to see so many new ones.  I knew that I had just hold off, log online, read reviews and decide on the one I want.  After doing just that, I came up with 2 books that I will be adding to my sewing library.  They are Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time and Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z.  I chose them both for their reviews and both come with CDs that have the patterns and templates ready for print out.

There were other books that I was interested in store but after seeing that their patterns required extra steps, if I wanted to preserve them for future use, I backed out.  I hate it when they have 10 things or patterns on one big sheet and I am required to trace them with trace paper blah blah blah... I know that is poor excuse to not buy a sewing book, but at this point, I find it gives me a headache to see all that print and lines jumbled together and a bigger headache figuring out which line I should or should not trace and transfer... ugh! I really could my time better, like, cutting, or something.  Anyway, so I await these books.

I ordered from Barnes & Noble.  I had a gift card and with 25% off with the code E4A4D3W along with the use of my MasterCard (debit, of course), my only out of pocket was $10.83.  Sweet Sewing!

Purchased Singer SF150G (Dress Form) in Small

It's not top of the line or the most beautiful or anything but something that is closest to my size and has decent reviews and decently priced combined.  I went with Amazon despite it being a few bucks more expensive than because the return policy is just so much better if there was a problem with it, and according to reviews, there are problems more times than one would expect.  So here she is... expected arrival is Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reviews of the dress form: Amazon and Joann's

I just noticed that it is $229.99 right now at Joann's.  It was $99 when I was thinking of buying from them on New Year's eve.  But no worries for those who would like to buy, Amazon still has it for $119.  Had you gone after the $99, you would have had to pay shipping anyway, making it close to AZ's $119.  See the exact one here:

And though Singer DF150 (red version) is so much prettier, the reviews were a lot lower on that one, leading me to believe that color isn't the only difference between the two.