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Sew News

Summer 2021
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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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Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Peak Media Properties, LLC
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Bimonthly
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1 Min.
editor

DEAR READERS, Winters in Colorado can be long, dark and snowy. As we start into the new year each year, I find myself craving color, namely a nice, fresh green. That became the starting place for this issue of Sew News: a celebration of the coming spring, renewal and all things green. From that simple inspiration, so many good things grew. And you can join in the fun! • Stitch up ruffle-y Shoreline Shorts (page 44) or easy DIY Ruffle Hoop earrings (page 42). • Upcyle men’s shirt for the perfect summer sleep romper or create party-ready fabric placemats from sheets. • Combine vinyl and Kraftex to create the Sunny Stripes Tote (page 34) or sew a sporty crossover zipper bag – see the Buckle Up Bag on page 48. • Draft your own side…

1 Min.
reader tips

Send your tips to sewnews@goldenpeakmedia.com or post them at facebook.com/sewnews. CLEAN CUT Help your rotary cutter blade last longer by folding a sheet of aluminum foil a few times and running the rotary cutter over it. Pam B., Facebook SEW TO-GO Take your hand sewing on the go. Use nail clippers as snips when traveling by plane. Meg W., Facebook THREAD WISE If you can’t find thread that matches your fabric precisely, go a shade darker. It’s less noticeable than lighter thread. Anne S., Facebook HEALTHY HEALER Maintain a healthy self-healing cutting mat by soaking it in a tub of 1/4 cup of vinegar per gallon of water. Rinse off and pat dry. Sheila A., Facebook SELVAGE SAVE When working on a project that calls for narrow twill tape, use a thin fabric selvage strip. It’s convenient and almost always available. Margaret C., Facebook COMMUNITY MAKE The…

4 Min.
staff picks

1. Just like sewing mistakes are temporary, these sewing themed tattoos are, too – and a lot less painful to remove than using a stitch ripper. Show your devotion as a maker with these Off The Bias Temporary Tattoos featuring edgy designs from illustrator Samarra Khaja. The pack includes 34 uniquely beautiful tattoos in multiple colors designed to layer and wear together. So even with nothing on, you will be sporting something to remind you of a me-made! Makes a great gift to your creator friends, too. ctpub.com 2. Rulers are just as important as thread in a sewist’s studio, and the Dritz Design Ruler Trio is an ideal starting place for newcomers to the world of pattern alterations and modifications. Rulers don’t always have to mean fit adjustments (even though…

2 Min.
meet the maker

SN: What's your must-have tool in your studio? AB: My OmniGrid quilting rulers! Listen, ff you don't have one of these rulers, you need to grab one. They’re super sturdy and so versatile. I use them mainly for my business and cutting but they can also be used for quilting too. I have also fallen in love with my Merchant and Mills wooden folding ruler. SN: What's your favorite fabric to work with? AB: Anything natural or organic! Lately I've been on a linen kick, but I also enjoy a good cotton or viscose. I'm partial towards wovens but, if I find a good cotton jersey, I like to access my knits side occasionally too. SN: Where do you find inspiration? AB: The sewing community on Instagram and Pinterest! My style is sort…

7 Min.
fast fixes

SPLIT SEAM A split seam is nothing to fear. The repair is even easier with the use of fusible hem tape. Turn the garment wrong side out. Identify the split seam location, making sure that only the thread is torn. Press the seam flat. Remove any loose thread; pin (1). Select a stitch length shorter than the original for a more secure repair. Thread the machine with matching thread. Measure the garment seam allowance. Begin stitching 1/2” before the end of the original stitching, making sure to align the new stitching with the original. End the stitching 1/2” beyond the original stitching. Backstitch at the beginning and end (2). Trim the thread tails, and then press open the seam. If desired, apply fusible seam tape to the seam allowance edges on the fabric right side;…

3 Min.
men who sew

Sew News: What inspires you to sew? Michael Gardner: My mission is to help my daughter Ava build her self-esteem and establish confidence in herself and her abilities. I sew the clothes and she models. I started sewing by thrifting women's clothing and refashioning the clothes for Ava. I learned through trial and error, watched tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest and just started creating. My work is self-drafted; it is the process that has worked for me. However, within the last year, I have learned to use commercial patterns. I appreciate the ability to create a garment that began as an idea in my thoughts and seeing the piece walk the streets either on myself or Ava is an amazing feeling. Being a father is my most important responsibility and what…