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Sew News April/May 2020

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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, It took some time, but Colorado winters have really grown on me. I savor the chance to slow down (even if it’s because I’m snow-bound!) and layer up with cozy me-mades. But by the time spring hits each year, I’m ready for it. And my wardrobe is too! We hope this issue provides you with inspiration to welcome spring. From bright colors to light textures to fun garments that embody the season, this issue is designed to help you shake off that winter chill and get you ready for the coming warm weather. Read our Sew & Tell column on page 77 for insights into our summer sewing plans. Hint: we’re going to be busy! When we said bright colors, we meant it! Take your garment creations to the next me-made…

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reader tips

WOODEN WONDERS Instead of expensive clips, use cheap, easy-to-find wooden clothespins when sewing with leather, vinyl and any other fabric that’s marred by pins. Sonya J., email MIRROR, MIRROR When changing needles on a sewing machine or serger, place a compact mirror under the needle bar. The mirror will show where the needles should be inserted, making it easier to complete the task. Silvia, email PRESS ON When fusing interfacing to fabric, lower the ironing board to hip level or below. Then press down firmly on the iron, shifting your body weight onto it while applying heat to the fabric. The lowered board makes it easier to press evenly on the iron and saves arms from tiring. Jamie K., email SEWING SOS Make an on-the-go sewing kit using an empty tin. Inside, keep bobbins of white thread, black thread and…

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staff picks

1. Demystify the sewing origami that are shirt plackets with this simple Sleeve Placket Template. This template will produce a 1-inch wide sleeve placket that will accommodate either buttons or snaps and the holes in the template make marking the placket points a breeze and easy to see. You’ll also get a full instruction book on then how to sew a placket. Happy shirt making! https://shop.stitchbuzz.com/ 2. Jumpsuit obsessed? So are we, and Pauline Alice’s latest release The Mila Jumpsuit with a V neckline is the perfect choice for your next jumpsuit make. With its casual yet elegant look, Mila is suitable to sew for many occasions and the waist wrap-around ties can be tied in the front or back for different looks to accentuate the waist. If you are an…

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meet the maker

SN: Describe your perfect day. CG: The perfect day for me is sleeping in late, going out to breakfast, going fabric shopping and then cutting into a fun project. Probably rounding out the day by getting a beer with friends and then playing a board game or something. SN: What’s your best way to decompress? CG: The best way I have found to decompress is to unplug. I have to get away from my phone and computer and do something that calms me, like reading or going on walks. SN: Do you have any other favorite hobbies? CG: I love drawing and being outdoors, and I’m on an adult volleyball team! SN: What's your must-have tool in your studio? CG: I’m left-handed so having my lefty scissors is an absolute must. SN: What's your favorite fabric to work…

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shirr genius

Providing comfortable shaping and decorative details, shirring is the perfect pick for lightweight spring and summer fabrics. This decorative stitching technique is used in areas of a garment such as cuffs, yokes and inserts, as well as home décor. PREPARATIONS & CONSIDERATIONS Shirring requires about two to three times the desired width (or length) of fabric and the technique is done before the project is constructed. Most times, after shirring with elastic, you’ll need to prevent the stitching lines from pulling out before cutting out the pattern. Do this by marking the pattern outline with chalk and then stabilizing by straight stitching just inside the line. All serger stitches – balanced, flatlock, chain and coverstitch – may be used in shirring. Mark the serging lines on the fabric with a washable or…

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get sewcial

SEW & TELL QUESTION If you’re a listener of the podcast Sew & Tell, make sure you get involved and answer the listener question – each episode has one! The hosts read community responses and reactions to the episode’s theme and love hearing all different sewing perspectives. Head over to Sew & Tell Podcast’s Instagram @sewandtellpod to give your input. #DIYWEDDINGDRESS Sewing for your everyday? Well then, why not sew for perhaps the most important dress (or outfit) that you’ll wear on your wedding day! The hashtag #DIYweddingdress on Instagram is such an inspiring one to follow. Follow along as sewists conquer their sewing fear of making a wedding dress and then watch for the bride’s smile as she’s getting married AND wearing me-made. SERGER FEET FUNDAMENTALS: GATHERING FOOT We all know sergers are great…