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Sew News August/September 2019

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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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DEAR READERS, As we look to the end of summer, there’s only one silver lining for me: sewing for fall! The change in seasons truly gets my creative juices flowing, and fall especially. Between the lovely layers and cozy textured fabrics (and yes, the cardigans!), I always find myself inspired to sew for this season. In Colorado, fall is jacket season, and this issue will certainly get you in the mood. First, read “Curve Appeal” on page 18 for fitting tips from expert Rae Cumbie, then stitch up a Fall Flip Jacket on page 48 for the perfect lightweight layer. Next, take the Tamarack Jacket challenge with us and two designers who customized the pattern with color blocking, piecing and more. This fall, the blousy blouse reigns supreme, and we’ve got the hacks…

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reader tips

Featured readers received a gift for submitting a tip. Send your tips to sewnews@sewnews.com or post them at facebook.com/sewnews. LIGHT THE WAY Having trouble matching thread to your fabric while in a fabric store? Sometimes lighting is the problem. Just take the fabric and thread you’re considering over to the display of sewing lights, and you will see more accurate colors. Julie R., email THREAD HEAD Use a coffee mug to hold large thread cones that don’t fit on the sewing machine spindle. Place the mug behind the machine and thread normally. Sharon, email COOL SPOOL Note the manufacturer, type, weight and color number of a spool on the plastic with a permanent marker. If the paper tag falls off, this info will be on the spool. Use abbreviations to conserve space; use R for rayon, P for…

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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 July 31, 2019. From the correct responses, we’ll randomly draw five winners, one of which could be you. Congratulations to the June/July 2019 Hide & Seek winners! Cheryl H., Caldwell, ID Gail D., Banning, CA Georgina B., Jasper, IN Anita W., Lamb, MI Marjorie H., Napa, CA…

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staff picks

1. Get the little ones in your life ready for cool weather with Scarf Buddies from Abby Glassenberg. These simple and adorable patterns stitch up easily in cuddly, warm, washable fleece and feature a cat, giraffe, fish and owl. The patterns include matching mittens that will fit ages 0–6, so stitch up a few sets to get an early start on Christmas gifts. whileshenaps.com 2. Display your love of craft with a Personalized Sewing Poster. Typography and illustration combine to create a lovely rundown of supplies and skills that sewists treasure. Designate the name to be included and choose from a range of colors to make sure it’s perfect for you or the sewist you have in mind. sunflowerstateart.com 3. Embrace and strengthen your sewing skills with the Sew What Box. This…

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rosy peña of rosy penña patterns

SN: What’s your favorite sewing trend? RP: My favorite sewing trend is cropped tops. The style opens up the lower portion of the body and makes us look taller. It also requires less fabric which is perfect for scrap busting. SN: What sewing trend do you hope goes away soon and forever? RP: It’s hard to pinpoint. I think fast fashion leaks into the sewing community, but we usually have a good sense of what to stay away from since we’re going to invest a lot of time into making something. SN: What’s your best way to decompress? RP: Without a doubt my best way to decompress is by sewing a gratifying make, something that I know is tried and tested and will turn out beautifully. The simple acts of pinning and stitching really allow…

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sewing machine needles

NEEDLE ANATOMY Shank: The needle top with a round front and flat back, which is inserted into the sewing machine. Shaft: The needle body below the shank. The shaft thickness determines the needle size. Front groove: The slot above the needle eye in which the thread rests. Eye: The hole at the pointed needle end where the thread is carried to form stitches. The eye size and shape determines the needle type. Scarf: A groove on the needle back that intersects with the bobbin case to create stitches. Point: The needle tip that pierces the fabric during stitching. Different needle types have different point shapes. NEEDLE TYPES & SIZES The needle and thread work together to form a perfect stitch. Many needle types and sizes are available for a variety of fabric types and weights. Choose a needle…