Can We Put Your Mind at Ease?

By Debbie Bowles and Sheryl Belson

A few years ago, I adapted my knit Grainline Morris blazer pattern so I could make it with some luscious silk matka. I made all the pattern adjustments to shift from a zero-ease design that works with the stretch of a knit to a design that would work with a non-stretch woven.… Read the rest

Measurements Matter

One of the best parts of being a Member of the Plano Chapter of ASG is learning from other members. I made a personal goal to learn to sew my own clothes. I quickly ran into fitting issues and learned that I needed help. I brought a blouse that I was working on to the Designing Divas neighborhood group, and two wonderful ASG members offered to help me with fitting.… Read the rest

Indie Sewing Month


I never heard the term Indie Pattern Company until I started to research sewing related items on the internet. It didn’t take me long to figure out these companies are popping up everywhere. They are even showing up at sewing and quilting expos and specialty fabric stores.

It’s easy to overlook indie pattern companies for a number of reasons.… Read the rest

Beginner Freemotion Stitching

ArtJournal-300pxFollowing Maggie’s Table Topper / Table Runner Sew Along, I want to share this with some of you that might be new to freemotion stitching/quilting.

Bernina has developed this little eBooklet (downloadable for free here) to try several beginner stitches techniques.

At the end all the different exercises are combined in a little art book.… Read the rest

Coats and Clark thread through the years

Coats and Clarks celebrated their 200th anniversary last year. To commemorate this historic milestone, Coats & Clark launched a virtual history museum on their website, also available as PDF-download (size: 21.1 MB) and flipbook.

This detailed website chronicles the early days of the company in 1812 in Paisley Scotland, coupled with the events of the era.… Read the rest

Through the Needle

TTNO19-Cover-220pxAre you familiar with Through the Needle magazine?

Each issue of this magazine by Bernina features articles about our favorite creative past-time – sewing! With projects, tips & tricks, and feature articles from National and International BERNINA Educators and Artisans, there is something for everyone, Bernina owner or not. The magazine can be downloaded in pdf form or read online.… Read the rest

Free Sewing Basics Resource Guide

0963-Sewing_Basics_Resource_Guide-2Sew4Home has published a full-color, 28-page Sewing Basics Resource for the beginning sewing enthusiast.

Planning to teach someone sewing for National Sewing Month? This is a great refresher course for us all.

The booklet offers lists of what to look for in sewing machine needles, cutting tools, thread and more.… Read the rest

Free Spirit Look Books

Since the beginning of this year the fabric manufacturer Free Spirit publishes look books every quarter. These look books feature their new fabric lines, but also offer a lot of inspiration and quite a few free patterns. Flip throug the look books and free patterns they’ve published so far. This is a pretty long blog, so take a seat :).… Read the rest

A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers

tumblr_kzpvdursay1qa53iwo1_500Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.Read the rest

Free: Designs in Machine Embroidery – Summer Special

The Summer Special of Designs in Machine Embroidery is available as a free download. You don’t even have to leave your email address. The 67 page digital issue is packed with educational material for newbies, intermediate and advanced embroiderers.

Some of the content:

  • Stabilizers! We pulled together some of our best stabilizer resources so they are at your fingertips.
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Free: Dress Design Draping and Flat Pattern Making Book

Jami sent a link to The Perfect Nose blog which regularly offers free downloadable books. These books were published in the 40’s and 50’s and their copyrights weren’t renewed, therefore making them public domain. She’s generous enough to scan them, crop and edit them so we can all enjoy those books.Read the rest