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Sew News February/March 2020

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Peak Media Properties, LLC
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

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1 min.
editor

DEAR READERS, Welcome to a new year of sewing! The best part is, you get to make the rules! You can spend the year growing your fitting skills, challenging yourself with technical projects, sewing a bunch of easy (and fulfilling) wardrobe basics, tackling that big bag project or stitching all your scraps into a quilt (finally!). Whatever path you choose, we’re here to help! Just like your sewing goals, this issue is all about making your projects your own. If jeans are on your to-sew list for 2020, you’re in good company. The Sew & Tell Podcast hosts talk all things jeans on page 82, and we’re featuring two amazing hacks to give a basic jeans pattern a couture upgrade with colorblocking and cool denim piecing. We’ve also taken this opportunity to have…

1 min.
reader tips

Send your tips to sewnews@goldenpeakmedia.com or post them at facebook.com/sewnews. PATCH PERFECT Instead of regular thread, use a double strand of hand-quilting thread when patching the knees of your jeans. This thread holds up better through repeated washings than regular thread. Beth, Facebook CLEAN MACHINE To clean your sewing machine and serger, use an inexpensive set of paintbrushes. Each brush is a different width, giving you choices for tiny spaces and those deep within the machine. When the brushes become too used, replace them. Jane, email STICKY SITCH To remove the sticky residue remaining after removing masking tape from your sewing machine, put a little vegetable oil on a paper towel – the sticky stuff wipes right off. Trudy, email SKIN SAVER When sewing for young children, instead of using a tag to mark the back of the garment, stitch in…

3 min.
staff picks

1. Flaunt your homemade bags and purses with Message Strapping. Each package of 1 ½”-wide polyester strapping comes in two-yard lengths and is emblazoned with a continuous message that makes sure everyone knows your bag is completely unique. Choose from “maker” in either of two fonts, “one of a kind” or “original.” dritz.com 2. Tired of grabbing the nearest available object to weigh down your patterns? Brighten your sewing table with these gorgeous Button Pattern Weights. Made in Japan from Nambu ironware, these weights have a distinctively subtle roughness on their casting surface. They measure 2” in diameter by 1” high and are available in six colors. brooklynhaberdashery.com 3. Pack up your supplies in Bonnie Hunter’s Smith Mountain Morning Eco Tote. Made from recycled plastic bottles, this high-quality, sturdy and waterproof tote…

2 min.
master denim seam finishes on your serger for jeans in no time.

From rugged to refined, denim is a popular fabric — seasonless, timeless and always on trend. Denim is everywhere this season, from traditional jeans and jackets to bags and home décor. Working with denim is easy on a serger. DENIM SELECTION Denim fabric is available in various colors and weights, from heavy to very light. Select the lighter weight for gathering, pintucking or fuller skirts. Prewash all fabrics before using to soften for comfort in wearing but also for ease in construction. To fade the fabric quickly for a prewashed look, prewash several times, adding chlorine bleach each time. To prevent fading, add ½ cup of white vinegar to the wash water to set the color. Use a size 90/14 needle with a sharp point for both serger and sewing machine. Hold the…

3 min.
meet the maker

SN: Describe your perfect day. CS: My perfect day would be on a beach with my family. But with sewing, I would have to be home. My husband would make all the meals and entertain the kids while I’m up in my sewing room, listening to their giggles as I sew away. He would take the kids out for a few hours so I could sneak in some Netflix or listen to a podcast. Then we would all have a great dinner together and end the night with a movie and lots of snuggles on the couch. I’m easy to please. SN: What’s the best way to decompress? CS: No lie, it starts with a beer... but with sewing, it’s usually to work on a project which requires very little critical thinking. Any…

6 min.
placket perfection

Plackets are used to finish slash openings cut into the fabric. Use a placket to finish the back neckline opening for a blouse or dress without a neck facing, an extended yoke opening into the skirt of a little girl's dress, or the opening of a dress or skirt lining. CONTINUOUS-LAP PLACKET The method described is for a sleeve placket, but the same method can be used on other garment openings as well. Transfer the pattern markings for the placket onto the sleeve fabric using tailor's chalk or an air-soluble marking pen. The pattern markings come to a point, similar to a dart. To mark the placket location, make a tiny snip at the lower edge of each dashed line and poke a pin through the pattern and fabric at the placket tip.…