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Sew News April/May 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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DEAR READERS, I probably shouldn’t pick favorites, but I love sewing for spring and summer best. A change in seasons offers a new chance to be playful with your fabric and pattern picks and be a little more experimental. Spring is also a great time to change up your bag—and we have all your toting needs covered in this issue. Pick from a fem shoulder bag in a magical mix of linen and leather, a canvas convertible tote/backpack and a handy wallet made in durable cork. Did we mention cork is eco-friendly? Learn about other sustainable fibers, different approaches to building a wardrobe that works for you and how to create a variety of looks with accessories in the second installment of our “Sustainable Sewing” mini-series. If this series is making you…

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sew & tell

Tune in for a little SEW & TELL! Find episodes of the podcast at sewdaily.com/sewandtell or wherever you get your podcasts. Join us in London this fall! We’ve partnered with Craftours to bring you a vacation of a lifetime. We’ll see the sights, eat and drink like locals, shop for fabric and more! Learn more at craftours.com. WHAT’S NEXT? LET’S GO ADVENTURING WITH THE JUNE/JULY ISSUE. WE’LL TALK TRAVEL CAPSULES, MAKE A DRAFT-YOUR-OWN KAFTAN PERFECT FOR POOLSIDE, STITCH A COOL HAND-DYED TOTE AND MUCH MORE. LOOK FOR IT ON NEWSSTANDS MAY 14, 2019.…

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reader tips

ON TAPE When stitching vinyl or plastic, place tape on the bottom of the presser foot to prevent it from sticking to the fabric. Austin B., email BACK TO BASTING When hand basting a garment, I use a long back stitch instead of a basting stitch. It takes a little longer to do and to remove it, but it really pays off in the long run. The seams are closed more and I am able to fit the garment better. Arlene, email BACK BEND Purchase a set of four bed risers and put them under the legs of an inexpensive utility table for the perfect fabric-cutting surface. Raising the table height helps to alleviate back stress. Remove the risers when you want to use the table for something else. Patti B., email MIRROR MIRACLE When changing needles on a sewing…

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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 March 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 Apr./May '19 winners will receive an Ovo 150GT from Reliable. Retail value: $49.00. Congratulations to the February/March 2019 Hide & Seek winners! We randomly selected five readers to win the Ovo 150GT…

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staff picks

1. You don’t have to worry about fabric coordination with Art Gallery Fabrics Bundle Up Geometrical Edition. This curated collection of 10 fabrics is balanced in value in color and designed around a geometric print theme. Exact prints may vary with availability, but they will always coordinate perfectly. They come in fat-quarter or half-yard bundles. A wide range of other themes are also available, including Americana, Animalia and Winterland. artgalleryfabrics.com 2. The Dawn Jeans from Megan Nielsen Patterns is a classic high-waisted jean pattern set right on trend for the resurgence of classic denim shapes. Including four cuts and multiple lengths for tall, regular and cropped, the set is available in 11 sizes and can be made with a multitude of fabrics from rigid denim to linen. Pattern features a high…

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meet the maker

SN: What’s your best way to decompress? GL: I spend way too much time plugged in for work, so anytime I can get away from screens, it works wonders to help me decompress. I love to read, spend time with my friends and family or just get outside. I have found a new love for camping over the last few years, basically anywhere without cell service. SN: What's your greatest extravagance? GL: While our kids are young and still want to hang out with us, we’re making it a priority to take family vacations. It can be expensive and logistically hard, but the memories are worth it. So when the summer hits, I try to make sure we have a couple of trips planned. Camping is always included. We have dreams of taking…