Kids Can Sew!

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We are excited to be entering a new chapter of kids sewing classes at MD. While we are totally bummed to see Shelly Figueroa step away from teaching all the kids sewing classes, we are so happy for the fabulous growth of her beautiful children’s pattern line: Figgy’s Patterns. Shelly brought light-hearted fun, a great attitude, and loads of skills to all the kids classes she taught. — READ MORE —

Online Sewing Resources

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Where do you go online when looking for sewing resources? Or for communities of like-minded sewists? Inspiration and guidance? I have a few!

The Sew Weekly I love their “Make This Look” series where she finds lovely lovely looks and pairs it with a corresponding pattern and fabric selection.

BurdaStyle Patterns you can download at home, projects and tutorials, discussions and sew-alongs, and you can create a member profile to share your work.

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Lots of Winter Classes are Up!

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Categories: Apparel Sewing, Bags and Accessories, Home Decor, Knits, Quilting, Serger.

New classes are coming and the schedule is full of returning favorties! We are always so excited to see what is new from our teachers. We get sneak peaks back in December, and chat about ideas with them, but to share their new ideas and classes with you all is a great part of our planning. The finished samples are starting to arrive, so this won’t be the last of the class posts her and via email!

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Sew for Service

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This event was brought to our attention by our dear customer Jamie Fay Whitaker. Sewing for service is a wonderful way to bond with other sewists, learn something new, and help those in need. There is a great opportunity coming up on Monday, January 16th. Here is what Jamie has to say about Binky Patrol:

image from Chipper Things, available on etsy

New Year’s Sewing Resolutions

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image from Chipper Things, available on etsy

As we move into 2012, it’s only natural to look ahead at goals we’d like to achieve in the new year. Now I know I won’t be joining a gym anytime soon, though I’m going to try to keep up the yoga. A resolution I’ve had for years is to “Have more fun!” And it’s more fun for me to create sewing resolutions. I could never resolve to not buy fabric for a year (I love fabric buying too much), but I’d love to finish the projects I’ve already got all the materials for before buying new. A lovely customer of ours just dropped off her machine for service with the resolution that after her machine is fresh and cleaned that she will piece one quilt top a month, new ones as well as utilizing blocks she’s already started. Not only am I impressed, but look forward to seeing her work. You guys are such a fun bunch!

Why not…

  • Learn a new technique like free motion quilting.
  • Expand to patternmaking and draping.
  • Explore machine embroidery.
  • Organize your sewing space to maximize its potential.
  • Teach a friend to sew so you can do it together!
  • Join a guild or sewing group and be more sew-cial.
  • Step away from the skirts! Make something out of your comfort zone like pants, jeans, or a coat. (Keep an eye out for pants classes…)
  • Discover a new pattern company.
  • Finally learn how to thread that serger!
  • Try hand embroidery, cross stitch, smocking, or crewel work.
  • Get over your fear of working with knits.
  • Resolve to break those bad sewing habits like sewing over pins.
  • Be diligent about cleaning your machine and changing the needle after 8 hours of sewing.
  • Sew for the oft-ignored man in your life, be it a spouse, boyfriend, or best friend. Conquer the buttonhole!
Whatever your sewing resolutions may be, enjoy the process of creating and share it with us!  We love seeing sewist’s work on Facebook, in store, or after a class. And be kind to yourself. If you get stuck or need help, we’re always here for encouragement and help!

image from KeepCalmShop, available on etsy

And a Happy 2012 to you!

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We had a wonderful 2011! Mostly because of you great folks so a big huge MD hug-filled THANK YOU. And also due in large part to Meredith, Erica, and Tony. We have the best team here at MD and we try and tell them that we love and appreciate them often. We also have an amazing group of teachers that we couldn’t live without. They are the most creative, energetic, and patient bunch of sewing enthusiasts around! Classes are going up for winter and you can check out the upcoming list.

Yesterday we tackled inventory by counting all sorts of bits and bobs, spools of thread, and sewing machine boxes and then finished with Happy Hour cocktails and massages for all us ladies. It was beyond relaxing and now we are totally ready for 2012. Happy New Year to all of you!

Merry Christmas from all of Us!

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We wish you the happiest of holidays and hope that you can spend time enjoying all that you love. We are so glad to have all of you wonderful people in our lives, every day of the year. Thank you for all your support; the last few weeks have brought many holiday shoppers both familiar faces and brand new ones. We are looking forward to getting to see you all this winter in classes and here for open sewing (redeeming gift certificates I suspect, you lucky bunnies)!

We are open today until 3 and then again Tuesday with regular store hours. Until then, Merry Christmas from Meredith, Erica, Tony, Lupine and Michelle.

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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For all those with sewists in your life, here are a few of our favorite tools that we think would make great gifts or stocking stuffers. (Feel free to forward along to the gift buyers in your life!)

Bernina Button Sew-On Foot, #18. Like magic, it works with your machine to sew buttons on in record time! Check out my post on using this foot here. Step it up a notch and include the buttonhole cutter kit for the garment sewer in your life.

Fresh Tracing Paper and a Double Tracing Wheel. Perfect for those Burda patterns that need seam allowances added.

Trick out your home workspace with irons like we have in the classroom. The robot legs allow the iron to stay on it’s belly and are less likely to be knocked off your board.

Bamboo handled tools from Clover are beautiful and eco-friendly.

My favorite marking tools–Chaco Liners. Available in a rainbow of colors.

You can never have too many bobbins, or an attractive and functional way to store them!

As always, gift certificates for supplies and classes and 10 hour Open Sew punch cards are appreciated by all crafters! Happy Holidays from Modern Domestic!