Dec 27, 2008

As another year ends...

I hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday season.

I'm enjoying spending time with my kids. Santa brought everything they wanted and they couldn't say thank you enough. They bought me something that will clean for me. As I opened it they said "all you have to do is push the button when you get out of the shower and you never have to clean it again. Too funny! There were lots of smiles all around.

My daughter also asked me if we are able to change religions because next year she wants to celebrate Hanukkah. I think she has something here. We should celebrate all religious holidays. They're mostly about happy times, smiles and lots of love. To me God is love. What better than to have more days filled with smiles and love for one another. Imagine.....

Which brings me to my gift for all of you. This year I'm giving love. I'm telling people this year "I love you", "I love that about you", "I love how you did that", "I love who you are" and giving many hugs. I believe if we all did this we would have a much better place for all of us.

We all had fun wearing the bah-humbug pants I made for the family to wear to bed Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. (my son was being funny and wouldn't take a good picture- little booger) I didn't have time to make my kids matching t-shirts. (and yes my husband went to Clemson many moons ago). One reason because I bought a new printer last year and it doesn't have the capability to mirror images which is needed when you are doing iron-on transfers with wording. I was going to paint it on but..really..where does the time go?

My classes start up again on Jan 3. If you got a new sewing machine for Christmas and want to learn to use it I run my "Learn the Sewing Machine" Class a couple of times a week. I give tons of information in this class to get you started. I have seats available to all classes and you can sign up online.

I want to have a sewing party real soon to celebrate my new location. I also have some great ideas for special classes in the next few months so If you haven't already sign up to my news letter to stay informed and also to get your class discounts.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun
and with much LOVE....
Cindy

Dec 22, 2008

Adding Labels To Your Sewing Project

There's only a few days left until Christmas and Hanukkah has already started the time to make or buy your gifts are fast approaching. I wanted to give you another idea for people who love to sew. Not only can you buy them Sewing Class Gift Certificates to help them learn that something they have been putting off. You can also buy them labels for their sewing projects.

I have taught a lot of people who have gone on to make all kinds of things to sell. Some have been very successful in their line of baby clothes, pet clothes/collars, handbags, surgical scrubs and all kids of things. Many of them have added their own labels with their brand name to their designs.

Everyone looks at labels. People associate most things through labels like quality. Today I read an article Private clothes labels taking off
Apparel retailers are taking matters into their own hands: If designers don’t give them what they believe their customers want, the stores are making it themselves and sewing their own labels inside.
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In the coming year, look for defined in-store destinations for brands such as Macy’s fashion-driven INC, traditional Charter Club and trendy Style & Co.; Saks Fifth Avenue’s own namesake label in menswear and its upscale casual Clothes(Real) line for women; and Nordstrom’s workplace collection Classiques Entier and the feminine Halogen label.

At Nordstrom, the private label business already represents 12-14 percent of total sales.

The first thing you want to do when you decide you want to add labels to your projects is to decide your name. You can personalize your labels any way you want.

When your ready to buy your labels there are many place you can go online:
Gifts.com
Add the perfect finishing touch to your latest sewing, knitting, or quilting project with our pre-woven fabric labels. Choose from "Hand Made By," "Made Especially For You By," "An Original By," or "Made With Tender Loving Care By." We add any name, up to 8 characters. These charming sew-on labels make a thoughtful...
Learn more at Personal Creations

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Annie's Attic
Every handmade item is a labor of love.
Here's a label that shows that love - and tells you how to properly care for it, with soak™. Take care for your one-of-a-kind creations in sweet-smelling style. These butter soft sew-in labels are perfect for any hand-made project. Each pack includes 12 labels with sew-on guidelines and 4 phrases.

- don't lose me
- look what I made for you
- hand knit with love
- I made this
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CraftPudding has an etsy shop
These are being added to my ETSY shop. Take a look.

The wonderful iSew blog has a great idea on how to make your own labels for your crafts or sewing projects. I really had to give it a try and I was very pleased with the results.
I made a batch of cardholders for my ESTY shop and I love the fact that the labels make the cardholders look nicely finished. I thank iSew for sharing this great idea with others. If you want to know more about how to make your own labels, visit the iSew blog following this LINK. Make sure to visit her online store or Etsy shop because she makes beautiful quilts and wonderful handbags.


Even if you don't sell your items its great to add your personal message to your project.

There are many places to buy your labels. You can have them made or or just buy ones that are made already. You can spend anywhere from $10 - $250 on a few labels depending on how you design your labels and how many you buy.

So have fun with your labels and if you need help sewing your project you know where to come.

I'm having a Machine Class tonight and Sewing Class tomorrow then I will be taking off until after the New Years to spend time with my children for their winter break. I have to say I'm happy to be here in sunny South Florida when I see the weather report for the rest of the country. Everyone is covered with snow and here we are in the 70's. :)

Until next time,
HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Dec 14, 2008

Quick and easy pants and how to hem them

I had an extra 2 hours Thursday night to make the pants I was telling you about in the last post.

I like the way they came out. They fit better as shorts and need a few adjustments. I have a big bottom but not as much as I left in fabric. They are real baggy which I wanted and very comfortable. They probably would shrink if bought new but I washed my fabric already.

There is one thing that happened. I guess sewing in my new location caused me to be distracted because I installed the fly zipper on the wrong side. I didn't realize it until I finished and tried them on. So I would like to remind my students that everyone makes mistakes and it's your perfection level that could hold you back when learning the art of sewing. And if you do make a mistake it's ok.

I also wanted to give you some information about doing hems. Hems are something people come to me all the time to teach them to do. It's very easy and is one thing a lot of people spend a lot of money to have other people do for them.

There are different kinds of hems depending if you are doing jeans or dress pants/skirts. Jeans are done with top stitching (where you can see the stitch line on top) and dress pants/skirts are done with a blind hem (a way of doing hand sewing on the machine where you don't see your stitches). The blind hem takes a few minutes to learn and some practice.

When you do a hem you want to press it first at the iron. If your fabric edge is finished (serged or overlocked) you can give it one fold usually 1/2" to 1". If you don't have a finish edge you have to fold your fabric twice so you don't see the unfinished edge. When doing dress pants you usually fold the first fold 1/2" and the second fold an inch. If you are doing jeans you can do two 1/2" folds. After you press your one or two folds then you can pin your fabric before you fold it.

After you pin your hem you can hold the two legs together at the inseam to make sure they are the same. I only worry about them being the same on the inseam because when your legs are together you can see the difference if there is any. You really don't see it if the hem is off on the outside of the hem or at the side seams.

Also when sewing jeans you can buy the gold top stitching thread to match the rest of your pants. Tops stitch thread is a little thicker then regular thread so you can see it better.

Another thing you have to think about when doing a hem is if the pant leg is a bell bottom or tapers in to the bottom of the leg. When you have more fabric folding up one and a half inch into less fabric (bell bottom hem) you will have a fold on the outside side of the pant leg. When you have less fabric going up into more fabric you will have a fold on the inside of the hem. The less you fold up (1/4" to 1/2") the less you have this happen. The more you fold up for your hem the more extra fabric you have be it a bell bottom or tapered at the bottom.

I do want to make another pair of pants. Now all I need is more fabric :) We can never have enough fabric. And if you sew often you go through it so quickly.

This weeks projects will be to get my holiday sewing complete.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Dec 8, 2008

December News Letter

Hi all,

It's once again time to send out a news letter to let you know what's going on at Learn 2 Sew. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and are ready to end this year with some sewing.

I had a wonderful Thanksgiving spending it with my brothers whom I haven't seen in a couple of years. My mother loved having all her children with her again. I also moved my business to it's new location located at 2632 Hollywood Blvd. #103 over the past couple of weeks. The moves almost complete with classes starting this week.

I love my new location. It's very easy to get to off the interstate. Just take I95 to exit 20 Hollywood Blvd. Go east 2 blocks. As you go around the corner to City Hall circle I'm on your right (south side of the blvd) There's plenty of parking in the back and I'm on the first floor in the corner of the Forum Building. I have a map with google virtural map on my website if you would like to take a view.

Classes start tomorrow running for the next 2 weeks before I take off a week during Christmas and New Years to spend some quality time with my children since they will be off school. So you only have a couple more weeks to take lessons in 2008. Check out my calendar and either sign up online or come into the sewing center to enroll to any class. Since I'm not that busy the next couple of weeks - you can call to reserve your seat and pay when you come to class. I will not be extending this courtisy after the New Years. Everyone must enroll prior to the class.

There will be price changes for all classes. The machine class is now $35, cutting class $30, sewing class $25 for 2 hours - $100 for 10 hours - $175 for 20 hours. Since I give a lot of information in the machine and cutting class I decided to raise the price and since sewing classes are more relaxed and you work at your own speed I decided to make it easier for you to come.

Also if you don't know already Joann Fabrics does great sales this time of year. Last year between Christmas and New years they had some really good deals if your looking to save some money on your supplies. Don't forget there's always Arnolds Fabric which is mostly $1 a yard.

I haven't been able to sew a thing in a couple fo weeks and I can't wait to get back to sewing my projects and teaching you to sew yours. I really have become a sewing junkie.

Until next time - be good to yourself and
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Dec 6, 2008

I NEED TO SEW!

Moving sure is hard work. I have been at my new shop all week setting things up and there's still more work to do. It's been a really hard week for me and being sick didn't help. I'm really looking forward to taking the week between Christmas and New Years off to spend some quality time with my children. But until then I have to get things back in order to start classes again on Tuesday evening.

Because I haven't been open since before Thanksgiving my desire to sew something is growing large inside myself. It's only been a couple of weeks but I feel like a junkie who hasn't been able to feed her addiction. I NEED TO SEW SOMETHING! And if you sew I'm sure your sewing list is as long as mine.

The first thing I want to make are Christmas pj's for the kids. Every year I make them pants with a t-shirt to match for them to sleep in for Christmas Eve. I pick out fabric for each kid with a theme for the pants. Buy a t-shirt (because you can't make them for as cheap as you can buy them) and print out some clip art on a t-shirt iron on transfer.

Last night my daughter and I went to the fabric store to use my 50% off coupons before it expired. (see how they get us junkies in the store) She picked out the bah-humbug lightweight cotton fabric ($2.79 a yard) and I picked out some heavyweight denim ($4.99 a yard on sale) to make these shorts into pants. We have had some wonderful weather the past few weeks and I need to move from wearing shorts to pants.

I can't wait to finish setting up my sewing school this weekend so I can cut and get sewing on these projects. I also have classes starting this week so hopefully I can stay after or come early for more sewing time. There's never enough time..... :)

So come in to see me at my new location. And if you haven't already sign up to my news letter (on the right side of this page). I'm going to be sending out a news letter soon with some great discounts to classes.

Don't forget - if your looking for a great Christmas present buy a Sewing Class Gift Certificate for your someone special.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy

Dec 1, 2008

New Sewing Classes Starting Soon


I do hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving feast and enjoyed the moments given to them. I spent my weekend moving to the new location and I can't tell you how happy I am to make the move. I got to see my brothers and my mother enjoyed having all her children together again.

I will be getting things set up this week to start classes on December 9th. You can check my calendar and enroll to any class that fits your schedule. We only have a couple more weeks to get our holiday sewing done. I know some of you were not able to finish your projects before the Thanksgiving holiday.

There are a few changes to the schedule. I'm not going to be running classes until 9pm any longer. I didn't like getting home at 9:30. My evening classes will be from 6-8 on Wednesday and Thursday and 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday for those who need later classes. I will be closed on Sunday and Mondays and running classes on Thursdays when I was taking off. I'll have morning classes on Wednesday, Thursday. I'll be keeping my same schedule on Friday and Saturday's. I hope my new schedule fits with yours. As I always say, if there is one thing I wish I had more of is time.

I'm going to be sending out my news letter soon with discounts to my classes the next couple of months. If you haven't already you can sign up to receive the email to receive the discount. I'm also going to have a grand opening in January - A Sewing Party so keep your eyes open for that too.

I've had no time to sew. I have so many ideas going through my head. I hope to get some of them made this week as soon as I get things set up again.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,
Cindy