Are you interested in the possibility of sewing for dollars??? This week's online show includes timely advice for moneymaking opportunities using your own personal sewing & machine embroidery skills and equipment. Anyone who has sewn or embroidered for profit at one time or another knows that it's serious business but it can be a lot of fun too! Episode 1013 is the last in the series of Pathways to Sewing, ending with ideas for turning your hobby into a full or part time profession.
You'll see my friend Paulette Bell up first.
Paulette is an embroidery expert, running her own embroidery business for many years. I know her to be a savvy businesswoman and a creative, award winning embroidery artist too! Take a look at her "Kentucky Derby" hat below. She placed second in a contest sponsored by an industry giant, Impressions magazine.
Hats are one of Paulette's many specialties. In this segment she'll show you how to hoop and stitch hats for fun or for profit.
Next up . . . Angela adds sparkle to home decor with the Brother ScanNCut Rhinestone kit.
Watch how easy it is to add crystal embellishments to virtually anything you can touch with an iron. You can choose to add iron on rhinestones one at a time with a traditional hot fix wand but this system gets the job done fast! With this system you can add accents in a fraction of the time it takes to fuse one by one. Think how much fun it would be to add glittering accents to party decor and more!!!
Did you know there is a whole website dedicated to this incredible machine? Not to mention a fan base that has taken the sewing and crafting world by storm! CLICK HERE to learn more about this multifaceted machine.
The series concludes with advice for turning your hobby into a profitable adventure!
Last but not least, learn how to start your own home-based sewing business from someone who has climbed the ladder and reached the top! Angela Wolf literally wrote the book on this subject. In the final episode of this series she shares her do's and don'ts based on real life experience. Click on the photo below to order the book and begin your own journey as a successful sewing entrepreneur!
Are you ready to go watch the show? CLICK HERE. And, don't forget to access all of the information provided by the experts when you log in to the project section of the It's Sew Easy TV website.
Such is life, for most of us it's a struggle to find fashions that fit. Oftentimes we are forced on an endless trek from store to store and dressing room to dressing room, all in search of finding something that "works." When shopping gets frustrating I find myself saying, "if I had spent this time sewing I would not only have the satisfaction of a custom sewn garment, I would have enjoyed the journey from start to finish. Many of us don't time to make our entire wardrobe but with a bit of know how, some determination, and a willingness to experiment, you can stitch some fashion basics and begin filling your closet with clothes that fit!
It's Sew Easy TV exists to help you on that journey to find fashion and fit!!!
In this episode you'll see me making one of my favorite projects . . . a fashion forward Boho style skirt. It's a skirt that is based on personal measurements. The fit is flattering and the sewing process is easy and fun. You'll find me using two instruments to make beautiful music here, the sewing machine and serger working in harmony to sew with both speed and precision.
I am convinced that a serger is essential for constructing garments that look hand-crafted instead of "homemade." If you have one you know what I mean and if you don't you owe it to yourself to go shopping. CLICK HERE to start by researching various Brother models. You'll find that the one you see on the show is highly affordable and easy to use.
The serger makes super quick work out of gathering the tiers and clean finishing the raw edges on this simple skirt style. An alternative method would be traditional gathering, which is certainly possible but does add time and effort.
In the show you'll get the basic steps but be sure to visit the It's Sew Easy TV website to download complete instructions. You'll find my formula for making this skirt in virtually any size with what I believe is just the right amount of fullness.
Plus, you'll see how to crinkle the fabric for a Boho broomstick style skirt.
In the second half of the show Angela gives a quick tip for flat felled seams and then proceeds to give you alteration tips for customizing a pattern for jeans or pants. This is an area where Angela specializes. You'll learn a lot about important width and length adjustments in this segment. Great jean patterns are hard to find. You'll find a link to her pattern line when you download the accompanying instructions for this segment.
Are you ready to go watch the show? CLICK HERE to watch Episode 1012, currently airing until September 16th.
This week continues the series highlighting pathways that lead to sewing. When I talk to fellow sewing enthusiasts I am always intrigued by the many different types of sewing they choose as favorites. Why we all begin to sew is yet another part of the story. You may have started stitching because you wanted something you couldn't find anywhere. Perhaps you had a relative or dear friend who got you started. For me, it all started in junior high Home Ec. It was there that I experienced the wonder of starting with nothing and ending with something! It just seemed amazing to put pieces and parts together with a needle and thread and end up with something I could wear. Although I am an enthusiast of anything fiber related I still put garment sewing at the top of my "favorites" list.
Speaking of garment sewing, the first segment of the show features Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio. She is an extraordinary talent and a very sweet person. Her pattern line is truly unique. You be treated to some of her great garment ideas in this episode.
Check out Kay's pattern line at Sewserendipity.com.
In the next segment Angela Wolf gives a lesson for twin needle hemming on knits.This is such an important technique if you want your knit tops to mimic ready-to-wear.
Speaking of knits, you may want to check out the letsgosew.com tip sheet for sewing and embroidery on knits. You can CLICK HERE to download my Free PDF tip sheet.
Looking for some great knit top patterns? Click on the image below to go to Angela's site and see her patterns for knit tops and more!
Knit top patterns from angelawolfpatterns.com
In the final segment you'll see Sewing and Embroidery expert June Mellinger get a jacket makeover courtesy of Angela. June's jacket is beautiful but certainly needs some help to be flattering and wearable. Watch as Angela de-constructs the jacket and shows you what's inside. She will tell you how to update the style and fit of a favorite jacket you can't bear to part with.
Are you ready to watch the show? CLICK HERE to watch episode 1011 of It's Sew Easy TV, airing during the week of September 2-9, 2016.
Each week at noon a new show airs online at itsseweasytv.com. This blog features a preview of each weekly show.