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SEW NEWS February - March 2019

Sew News magazine is a complete resource for sewers of all skill levels. Each issue of Sew News magazine is packed with practical sewing information, how-to guides and the latest on fashion, fabrics, books and new products.

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
F+W Media, Inc. - Magazines
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

1 min.
make a sparkly bow clutch in no time with cricut maker®

It’s true: Cricut Maker is a must-have for creating professional-looking transfers in glittery vinyl and perfectly cute paper crafts. But this state-of-the-art machine is also a sewist’s best friend. Simply upload your own pattern into the DESIGN SPACE® software or choose from hundreds of digital patterns, including this chic Bow Clutch from Sew News. Then load your fabric and sit back and relax. The washable fabric pen draws seam allowances, notches and zipper placements with 100% accuracy, while the Rotary Blade cuts each pattern piece needed for your project. Cut silk, sheers, pleather, felt, cork, canvas and more with ease and precision. Then get right to the fun part—the sewing! Now through Dec. 31, 2019, Sew News readers get $20 off Cricut Maker and free shipping with code SEWNEWS19. To get started…

1 min.
editor

SHARE THE LOVE! It’s a new year and a chance to approach your sewing practice with fresh eyes. Do you have goals for 2019? I know I do! After finally sewing a bazillion basic wardrobe items—hello, jeans and t-shirts!—I’m ready to create some one-of-a-kind items. Perfect timing—this issue is full of ideas for just that! Take a basic shift and make it special with a variety of embellishments, including crystals and sequins, with “Shoulder Style” on page 64. Or head a different direction and make a basic pattern in luxe fabric like stretch velvet—we’ve got sewing tips and pattern recommendations for this amazing fabric on page 60. Is head-to-toe velvet a thing? We’ll also be spending part of the year focused on eco-sewing topics. We’re so excited to bring you “Sustainable Sewing,”…

1 min.
reader tips

1. PINTUCK PERFECT Use an Edge Stitch foot to sew perfect pintuck pleats. Wendy W., email 2. PRACTICE & REPURPOSE Instead of buying actual muslin fabric, use quilting fabric to make a toile. After noting any needed alterations on the paper pattern pieces, take the toile apart and cut it into usable pieces for your next pieced project. Jeanne F., email 3. HANDY HOLSTER Fashion a handy scissor holder from cardboard tubing from wrapping paper. Decorate the tube with washi tape, wrapping paper or fabric scraps, attach it to your sewing machine table and store scissors in it, point down. Mary T, Facebook 4. BOBBIN’S BEST FRIEND If you don’t have an automatic bobbin fill reminder, wind two bobbins when you start a new project. Use one on the spool and one in the bobbin case—you’ll know how much is…

1 min.
hide & seek

Play & Win! What is it? Pictured at left is part of a photo from this issue. When you find it, enter online at sewnews.com or send a postcard with the page you found it on to Sew News, Hide & Seek, 741 Corporate Circle, Ste. A, Golden, CO 80401. Responses are due Jan. 31, 2019. From the correct responses, we’ll randomly draw five winners, one of which could be you. Meet the Ovo 150GT. It’s an iron. It’s a steamer. It’s both! But don’t be fooled by its charm. This portable powerhouse travels light and takes out wrinkles without taking up space. The Feb/Mar '19 winners will receive an Ovo 150GT. Retail value: $49.00. Congratulations to the Dec '18/Jan ’19 Hide & Seek winners! Pat S., Berkeley, CA Jone L., Riverside, CA Sharon B., Parker, CO Virginia H., Santa…

3 min.
staff picks

1. Add a touch of glam to your fastenings with Dritz Sew-on Flower Snaps and Hooks and Eyes. The snaps each feature eight petal-shaped loops that can be sewn through and delicate interior details in black or white. The hooks and eyes are subtle, but definitely a step up, with a textured finish, rhinestone elements or clean, attractive geometric lines in silver or gunmetal. dritz.com 2. You don’t clean your silk dress the same way you wash your cotton jeans. Now let your iron differentiate between materials, too. The first to feature a touchscreen control panel similar to smartphone technology, the CHI Touchscreen Clothing Iron allows you to choose the material, temperature or power for a customized experience in your sewing room. The touchscreen technology also provides peace of mind with…

3 min.
meet the maker

Hi, we’re SN: Describe your perfect day. Helen: A perfect day would begin with a delicious eggs Benedict at our local brunch place. The afternoon would be sewing with friends and then a picnic dinner on the beach with my partner, Sam. Caroline: My perfect day includes yoga, followed by a leisurely morning with coffee on our patio, lots of cuddles with my animals and cooking a delicious brunch for my partner. There would be sewing, too, of course! Preferably a magical sewing session where everything turns out exactly how I want and I don’t have to rip a single seam. SN: What’s your favorite fabric to work with? Helen: Currently it’s linen. I’m coming up with ways to wear it year-round because I enjoy working with it so much. A close second is denim.…