May 31, 2009

"Ready To Sew" Projects

I have another easy "ready to sew" projects for students to sew in class. It's a baby top and very easy to make with only a couple of side seams. In this project you learn how to use bias tape to finish the edges. This project can be made in a couple of hours tops.

My next ready to sew project I'll be working on is a laptop bag. I've had a few people come in to make one and they just loved it.

All my ready to sew projects can be purchased online or bought at the sewing center. They include:
patterns ~ fabric ~ notions (thread not included)

Baby Top $10
Knit or lightweight fabric already cut
Bias tape to finish edges
Pattern with instructions how to sew your project

Toddler Dress
Lightweight Cotton fabric and liner, ribbon already cut
Pattern with instructions how to sew your project

Baby Bib $10
Fabric,Liner, Batting already cut (enough to make one bib)
Pattern with instructions how to sew your project

Pencil Holder $15
Blue Denim Fabric already cut
12" zipper
Instructions how to sew your project along with cutting instructions if you would like to make it again

Tote Bag for the Beach or Groceries
White Duck Cloth Fabric already cut
Instructions how to sew your project along with cutting instructions if you would like to make it again.

Tomorrow is the start of a new month which means I send out my newsletter. In my newsletters I include special discounts to classes. If you would like to receive my discounts all you have to do is sign up to my newsletter using the sign up form on the side bar of this blog.

I hope to see you in class soon. And don't forget about Summer Camp for the kids who need something to do this summer. The tote bag is a great summer camp project. You can use it to carry your things to camp daily. The pencil holder is also a good camp project to make.

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

May 26, 2009

Sewing Over the Wire.....

This is a weekly series I do every Monday (this week Tuesday because of the holiday yesterday) where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading...

About People:

Sew much love for denim
North Shore Times
Mon, 18 May 2009 01:05 AM PDT
TRAVERS Chue has a secret weapon when he designs clothes.

Woman expresses love for sewing at Alterations by Debra
Wichita Falls Times Record News Sun, 17 May 2009 23:11 PM PDT
As a girl growing up in Clarksville, Tenn., Debra Baker would sit and watch her grandmother, Nancy Covington, sew clothing.

Woman expresses love for sewing at Alterations by Debra
Wichita Falls Times Record News Sun, 17 May 2009 23:11 PM PDT
As a girl growing up in Clarksville, Tenn., Debra Baker would sit and watch her grandmother, Nancy Covington, sew clothing.

Living treasure believes in sharing craft, knowledge
The Native American Times Tue, 19 May 2009 08:23 AM PDT
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. â At 70, Bessie Russell has acquired many artistic skills in her life: sewing, beading, crafting clay beads for jewelry, among others. But the one craft she always comes back to is the art of traditional Cherokee basket weaving.

Sewing instructor teaches life skills
Rockford Register Star
Wed, 20 May 2009 04:05 AM PDT
Kay Hatch isn’t concerned if her students have perfect needlework or straight stitching lines. Hatch, a sewing teacher at
Patriots Gateway Community Center in Rockford, wants her kids to learn more basic day-to-day life skills.

Economics, do-it-yourself popularity bring sewing-machine revival
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Wed, 20 May 2009 22:14 PM PDT
When most people scour antique stores for fine linens, they're probably looking to add vintage charm to a bedroom or dress a table for the holidays.

Quilterâs Nook Provides Classes to Oswego Industries, Inc. Participants
Oswego County Today Wed, 20 May 2009 19:49 PM PDT
Quilter's Nook, a well-equipped fabric and supply store located on the lower level of Canal Commons in Oswego, has been lending a helping hand by providing sewing classes for some of the participants of Oswego Industries, Inc.'s LIFE program.

Sewing and friendships nurtured at art exhibit
Las Vegas Sun Thu,
21 May 2009 02:15 AM PDT
Itâs the final night of Danielle Kellyâs exhibit at Henri and Odette on
Sixth Street. The gallery has turned into a production line of sorts, an informal artists workshop â a sewing circle with beer and wine.

Style File: Sew fine
Denver Post Thu, 21 May 2009 00:37 AM PDT
Hey, crafty types: Put down your knitting needles and crochet hooks this evening and dress up in something you made yourself.

Women rejecting retail, sewing their own clothes
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Fri, 22 May 2009 00:28 AM PDT
Friday, May 22, 2009 at 3:15 a.m. Last Modified: Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 8:03 p.m. The economy is a little worse for wear. Priscilla Woodyard made this knit top that is similar to one she bought in a department store for $48.

Patriotic work
Sidney Herald
Fri, 22 May 2009 14:55 PM PDT
Whenever Yvonne Gebhardt, Sidney, is asked to repair an old, tattered flag, she takes it and makes a judgment on whether it can be restored. And if it can, Gebhardt sits at her sewing machine
in the basement of her home as she mends the material.

Drapery lining type depends on purpose
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Sat, 23 May 2009 02:33 AM PDT
EAR GAIL: I'm going to tackle my first do-it-yourself project and sew drapery panels for my master bedroom. I've noticed that most of the panels now sold in stores are not lined. Do I need to line mine? -- Joan M.

Longtime Seamstress Has "Golden" Touch
WYTV Youngstown
Sat, 23 May 2009 21:10 PM PDT
Talk about work ethic? The woman in this story is the definition of it! 76 years ago she began sewing and turned that skill into a career that's still going strong. Margie Layshock is 82 years old and still runs her Boardman business, Margie's Golden Needle. The seamstress says she's been  sewing since she was 6 years old, "I'd come down from school and rip hems and pin them up and stitch for ...

Holmes Valley Quilters
Chipley Bugle
Sat, 23 May 2009 14:48 PM PDT
The Holmes Valley Quilters Guild met recently and learned during "Sew and Tell" what other members had been working on for the past month. Above left: Guild member June Lawson shows off her completed Block of the Month for April Prairie Star Basket.

Show features products of hands-on program
Owen Sound Sun Times Mon,
25 May 2009 20:51 PM PDT
Kate Jarvis says she used to be clueless when it came to sewing. But when the 16-year-old strutted down the runway yesterday wearing a pink and white party dress of her own design, there was little doubt she had figured out the differences between basting, binding and blind hemming.[...]

Giving Back:

Nigeria: Taraba - Foundation Empowers 62 Widows Thu,
21 May 2009 01:34 AM PDT
Jalingo â Maiyaki Foundation has donated sewing machines to 62 widows in southern part of
Taraba State

Kids warming up kids
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thu,
21 May 2009 12:36 PM PDT
Rockwood students continue tradition of knitting quilts for newborns. The sewing needle has been passed and a tradition of kids helping kids stay warm continues with the opening of the new SSM St. Clare Health Center near Fenton.

Volunteers sew precious memories for grieving families
Knoxville News Sentinel Fri, 22 May 2009 21:44 PM PDT
Families who've lost loved ones to a terminal illness walk a difficult path. They must continue their life journey carrying a heavy load of grief.

Employees remember veterans during lunch hour
The Garden Island
Sat, 23 May 2009 11:05 AM PDT
PUHI â Grove Farm employees spent their Thursday lunch picking flowers and sewing lei.

Volunteers do what they can to support troops overseas
The State Journal-Register
Sun, 24 May 2009 21:47 PM PDT
A small assembly line came together in
Sandyâs Sewing Center on Wednesday morning as owner Sandy Ranson and eight volunteers set out to make at least 100 neck coolers. The coolers are filled with absorbent crystals that are wetted and then put on soldiersâ necks to keep them cool in high temperatures.

Economy Related:

Digital cottage industries thrive
Financial Times
Sun, 24 May 2009 14:52 PM PDT
InVictorian times, women who wanted to supplement the household income took in sewing.

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

May 22, 2009

Sharing and Remembering Alex for Memorial Day

I was very much against the Iraq war when it started in 2003. I didn't do anything to stop it from happening. All I did was yell at the TV and talk to my family and friends about my disbelief.

You see, I was born in 1962. I grew up during the Vietnam war. I saw my neighbor come home from that war not the same person I knew when he left. He scared me as a kid. It was a crazy time back then with all our leaders being killed - both Kennedy's, MLK. And then there was Kent State. That war made me at a young age hate war.

On August 25 2004 my neighbor Carlos was working in his yard. It was his birthday. He had his phone in his pocket waiting to get the "Happy Birthday" call from his son in Iraq. A van pulled up to his house, he thought, "Alex is coming home to surprise me for my birthday" because he had done it before. They were there to tell him Alex had died in Iraq. He was on his second tour and only 20 years old. Carlos lost it. To make a long story short Carlos took the gasoline he was going to mow they yard with to use to blow up the van that brought the news of Alex. Many of you may remember this. This story went world wide.

Back in 2003 we would hear about the death in Iraq. Each death was soul killing to me. Alex death was devastating to me because it was so close to home. I didn't know Alex but I grieve for his death daily. Alex is with me all the time. His death changed my life, who I am today.

He was a wonderful kid who only wanted an education and joined the marines at the age of 17 because he knew his family had no money to send him to college. He was very smart, funny and always had a smile on his face.
His first letter home:

Mom & Dad,

Today is Sunday, January 19, 2003. I've been out at sea for three days now and I'm starting to feel better. The first two days I was completely sick from seasickness and some virus. So far everyday I come outside the skin of the ship and write letters, whale watch, (which isn't that great cause I haven't seen any but there are plenty of dolphins that swim along side the ship), watch the horizon and sunset, etc. This seams so unreal to me. I've never seen water this BLUE before, I've never looked 360 degrees around me and seen nothing but water, clouds, the sun and a Fleet of Battleships surrounding me. Tomorrow is one of my many , many training days on ship to prepare me for my mission. I will also be training a short time in Kuwait. This is hard for me to comprehend. It seems like my whole life changed in an instant. Yesterday I was in a classroom learning about trigonometry and history. I graduated, went to boot camp, went to school, graduated as a GRUNT. I was sent across the country to train. Now I'm being sent across the world to fight. Today I am in a classroom learning about Tactical Urban Combat and Nuclear, Biological and chemical warfare. In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, on my way to experience 1st hand what I am learning about. I am not afraid of dying. I am more afraid of what will happen to all the ones that I love if something happens to me. Soon enough I will be in the desert, outside in the city of Bagdad, in full combat gear, ready to carry out my mission. Wondering how this all happened so fast, Wishing I was back home going to school, dating Shelia, taking care of my family. Although I think this way now I am almost certain that if I didn't walk this path I would be wondering to myself "why didn't I make the other decision. Why didn't I walk the path of a proud warrior, a marine." Just because I wonder "what if" doesn't mean I'm not proud, it doesn't mean I feel like I made the wrong decision. It doesn't mean I have any regrets. I'm still proud to be fighting for mycountry. I feel like, If I'm not helping one way I should still do all that I can to help (OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM). I'm on a time back now. I need to send this letter in the next hour for it to get to you by Tuesday or Wednesday. I love you both very much and I wish I could keep writing but I got to go. LOVE YOU. PFC ARREDONDO/ UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

A note to Brian his brother:

WHATS UP BRIAN, I feel so lucky to be blessed with the chance to defend my country 6 months after I joined the military. Some Marines have been in for over 20 years and still haven't seen combat. I'm also lucky to have such a wonderful family. I know how much you love me and support me and that keeps me going along with a few other things. Is Jeanette babysitting for Mom? LOVE YOU BROTHER Your Big Brother - Private First Class Arredondo USMC

Like I said, when Alex died it changed who I was. I became involved in our government. I did everything from lobbying congress to stop the war, protest in DC, weekly protest in South Florida. After many years of these actions and not seeing any results I decided to do everything I can to get people to vote so we can get these people out of office who did this to Alex and all his military friends.

My students know about Alex because I talk to everyone about him . I ask people if they are registered to vote. I ask them how are they serving their country because Alex gave his life for theirs. The least we can do is take 5 minutes out of our day on election day to hit the polls to place our vote. The people of this country do have the power if we would only exercise our voice. I feel like my actions worked because we had 85% show up to vote here with 65% across the country. Usually we only get 25-30% show up to vote. We are a great people when we come together.

Through knowing Alex's family I have met other gold star families. No matter how long time passes the death of their loved ones are fresh in their hearts. So this Memorial Day if you know someone who has died in a war call the family this weekend. Tell them how much you value the sacrifice that was made by their loved ones.

I love you Alex - may your soul RIP. I remember you until my last breath and I will tell your story to others so they remember what you did for us.

August 25, 2004

Lance Corporal Arredondo served as Fire Team Leader during the Battalion's attack into the old cith of Najaf. As the Platoon attacked to clear a four-story hotel, it was heavily engaged by enemy machine gun and sniper fire from three different directions. Lance Corporal Arredondo returned fire exposing himself to great risk to ensure the members of his team were safe. After fearlessly exchanging fire with the enemy snipers for more than three hours, Lance Corporal Arredondo fell mortally wounded as he moved through the rooms to inspect the Marines' defensive position.


The Alexander Arredondo Memorial Scholarship Fund
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
Joseph A. Ciccolo, Superintendent-Director

Please send donations to:
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
800 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 02021
Attn: Arredondo Scholarship Fund
Telephone (781) 828-5800


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I thought long and hard about posting this here on my sewing blog but I think it's important. We were taught not to talk about politics. When we do this others can control us. We must talk about what is going on. We are not always going to agree but we need to have the discussion.

To let you know what a great kid Alex was here are a few things his friends had to say about him.

"Alex, I'm sorry I always gave you a hard time because you were junior to me in the marine corps. I know that it wasn't easy for you to go straight from SOI to OIF1 and I didn't make that time any easier for you. I never told you this when you were alive but I have a lot of respect for you. As a man and as a marine. You never complained when all the rest of us were crying like girls about some BS work that had to get done. I always noticed and respected that. So man, forgive me for being a mean drunk of a senior marine because I'm going to give you a hug when I see you in the afterlife. I love ya, man." Anonymous of Anytown, USA

"Alex, The best memory of you I have is when we were on top of the cliffs at red beach and I was afraid to repel down. You talked me into it. Man all the Raiders miss you and we will NEVER forget you. You were a great guy. Rest in peace Alex. Raider for life and beyond." john of woodlawn, arkansas

"Alex, Where do I begin? As all the Raiders that have been on here before me have said, I miss you Dondo, more than words can describe. I can go back to so many fond memories of us. From climbing school, where we really first got to know each other... where our fears of heights were forgotten and our bonds were formed. We would place pro and jump down like 15 feet to test it to show the others that it was safe. How we ended up driving, what 2 hours to snowboad in Brogdons car... and i broke my tail bone and had to ride back on my stomach in the passenger seat. Then always saying "Bomber" LOL that was the word. Then Iraq came and i have fond memories of you being on my left flank as we all went through the cemetary. You just had an attitude about you that made me smile in the hardest of times... we climbed those T-Barriers in FOB Baker, where we had like 7 people on them.. you climbed up it upside down LOL how great.. always talking about getting back and boarding... TOE SLIDE...HEEL SLIDE!!! And then i had to listen on the radio as all our brothers started falling, and found out that you weren't coming back. It was the first time i had lost someone extremely close to me, it is indescribable. Now, im out, im back home, living safely under our free skies, and theres not a day goes by that i don't think about you Alex, i could go on and on and on about how much i thank you for everything you taught me, everything we shared... but i'm just going to say it like this. I Love You Alex, Forever... until I see you at the gates of heaven.. "WE FEW, WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BROTHERS, HE WHO SHEDS HIS BLOOD WITH ME, SHALL FOR EVER BE MY BROTHER"" James of Battle Creek, MI

"Dondo, I didn't know you as well as many others did but we are still brothers. Everyone from 1/4 seems to have a story about you and what a great person you were. I remember always trying to find your lane during the boat raid cliff assaults. RAIDER FOR LIFE!!!!"

"Alex, Hey brother, it's me Mendoza. I'm sorry that i've taken so long to do this. Ayup, Pineda, Medina, Bagby, Enrique, Velazquez and I were all hanging out last night and we remembered you. I told 'em about how close those damn hellfires landed in front of us in the cemetary and how you would give me and Velazquez a hard time about smoking. I told 'em about how you would cover me when we were clearing those goddam tombs in the cementery. It's funny to think that i never would have gotten to know you better if you hadn't been on that far right flank of your platoon and me on the far left of mine. I remember you, velazquez, anspach and me fighting for every inch of that cementery. My friend, mostly I remember carrying you down the stairs of that building and hoping to god that the tracks would hurry and come get you. doc soto did everything that he could while we prayed. sadly, the good lord decided that you were due up in heaven. I hope that God gives your family the strength that they need day to day. I can't pretend to know what they are going through, but I hope that they read this and know that you have a whole company of brothers who would do anything for them. my friend, i want you to know that your picture is framed at my house and that my son knows your name. From now until the day i die, i will remember you and make sure that my son tells our embellished stories to his children. From now until the end of time, we shall be remembered. we few, we happy few, we band of brothers. SEMPER FI RAIDERS FOR LIFE DOZA" Carlos of San Bernardino, CA

"Hey bro. Its me Ayup, I dont even know were to begin, its so hard for me everyday to go on with out you. I talk to crespo and Ssgt. Sandoval somtimes and we talk about how much we miss you bro.And hear I am crying like a little girl right now thinking about what happend that day on the roof.And when I held you in my arms befor they took you away. I relive that moment every day in my head. And just thinking that you were standing right were I was, it kills me bro. It hurts so bad. I love you so much man and miss you more then ever. your brother!!!! Cpl. Michael Ayup 1st BN 4th MAR Alpha co. Raiders Wpns platoon Raider for Life!!!!!" Cpl Michael of Camp Pendlton CA.

"Well ive been out for about a month and i really cant move on wit my life, yet i havent said goodbye to all thoose i needed to and i def havent said what i needed tosay to you and your fam but i will soon i havent finished what i started writting but im workin on it man, i just want your family to know that you arent forgoten not for a sec" adam of chicago il
"Hey Dondo, it's been two years next week since the worst day in many of our lives. I've thought about that rooftop every day and every night for the past two years. It took a while to understand why it was you and not someone else. Why Dondo? He didn't ever do anything wrong, never hurt anybody. Why? I struggled with this question for a long time and as we come to the anniversary of that fateful day once again I remember why. You were stronger in your faith and your character than anyone I've ever known. The good Lord knew where you were going and He needed more time to work on lost souls like mine. Thank you for being the rock that I can stand on. Thank you for reminding me what life is about and who to live it for. I love you buddy. You are sorely missed and forever will be. "From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother" Raider For Life. Semper Fi." Warren of Union Grove, Wisconsin

"Dondo, sorry it has taken so long for me to say good-bye...i have been kinda thinking about this for the past couple of im out of the Marine Corps and all it does it make me look back on everything....I was standing right next to you when it happened...I wish with everything in me there was something i could do...but by going to your families website and reading the letters you sent home it made me realize you were far more braver than any man I have ever known...I am proud to have fought next to you and proud to have been your brother "RAIDER FOR LIFE"....I will see you soon...with all my love..Semper Fi" Cpl Jarred of College Station, TX

"You were a great leader and a great friend Alex. Firm but fair, and always with a smile on your face. You are gone but never forgotten, and I am proud to have known you and called you friend. Raider 4 Life and Semper Fi." Cpl Adam of Kuwait

"You'll always be in our hearts Love ya Bro" Lcpl Castor of Grand rapids MI

"Dondo, I will never forget those long cold boat rides with you during the 11th MEU SOC work up. I will always remember how no matter how bad it got, you always had that smile that made everything seem alright no matter how shitty things were. The company has been up to the 1st Marines Memorial 4 times since your death, and I go up there at least twice a month. I will always remember what your death has taught me, and I will never forget what you sacrificed. Your fellow Raiders will always remember you." 1st Lt Richard of A Co 1st BN, 4th Marines

"Mr and Mrs Arredondo, your son was on my Amtrac in OIF I. I was the vehicle commander and watched your son fight bravely during the war. He was a fine young man who had a great sense of humor and had lots of friend. I still have an Iraqi flag hanging in my room with his signature and comments on it. It was a pleasure to serve with him and I am very sorry that he is no longer with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you." Ssgt Kirkland of Jacksonville, Fl

"It saddens me every day when I look into the ranks of First Platoon Raiders and I neither see Lcpl. Arredondo or PFC Skinner. Alex was one of my best and a fine young man. I miss him every day along with Nicholas and I wish I could have them both back. But because I served with great men like Alex, It is his memory that keeps me going strong every day to be the best in what ever I am doing. I have decided to stay in the Marine Corps for as long as the Corps will keep me. I dedicate my time and service to my fallen Warriors. For the rest of my life, I will always be proud to have been that platoon Sgt of Alex and Nicholas. Semper Fi and I will see you again. Respctfully Simon L. Sandoval SSgt USMC Alpha Company Raider 1st Platoon" Simon of Oceanside Califronia

"I was with him when God took him to a better place and I will say that he is and was one of a kind. He definitely watched out for his fellow Marines on countless missions before the last. I have so much admiration for him eventhough I am much older. To the families.....LCpl Arrendondo was truly a hero to remember everyday of our lives....I will never forget him and Skinner for as long as I live. May God bless you all." SSgt Johns 1/4 Alpha Company of Camp Pendleton, California

"I had Alex in my Company for OIF1 and OIF2, all my young Marines are like sons to me. LCpl Arredondo will, and is still truly missed by his fellow Hero's. His spirit will forever be in Alpha Company, Alpha Raider for life, we love you! "SOME GAVE ALL, ALL GAVE SOME." AN NAJAF, IRAQ AUGUST 2004" 1stSgt Synovec of San DIego, Ca.


"dondo you were my team leader, brother and my friend. i will guide my marines like u guided me. i will never forget you. i love u bro" Lcpl Brittner 1st plt 3rd sqd 3rd team of FOB Duke
"This young man would have been a great leader - they say there is only one born per century - we were short changed. Rest in peace Lance Corporal Arredondo - you affected many lives in a positive manner." T of Iraq

"Rest in peace Raider. You are truly missed." 1stSgt Young, Alpha Raider of FOB Echo Iraq
"Dondo, you're of the greatest guys I ever knew. I've never met anyone that I could joke around with for hours and we'd still make each other laugh. It took an original mind to come up with some of the antics you and I performed, and thats probably one of the biggest things I'll miss about you. You and I were a lot alike, and I'll never forget the times we shared last year in Iraq. Those were some of the best times in my life, and that was largely due to you, and your company. I hope you watch over me and allow yourself to laugh at me now and again, like old times. I love you man, and I'll always have the pictures to remember you." Brent, SS Plt, 1/4 of Conroe, TX

Sorry for the long post.

Until next time, Enjoy our moments for Alex, moments he no longer has.......

May 21, 2009

"Ready To Sew" Toddler Dress

Because I've had some students who've had the desire to sew but don't know what to make or have time to go to the fabric store to buy their project I am now offering "Ready to Sew" projects. These projects are already cut and already sew in the sewing class.

Because they are already cut you only have one or two choices of fabric. All projects are easy to make and have all the things needed to make the item like ribbon, interfacing, batting and zippers. Thread doesn't come with the project - you can use my thread in the sewing center.

One of the projects are a reversible toddler dress made with only 5 seams. This dress is very easy to make. It's made in a way that all the seams are hidden because there are two layers of fabric. The sizes range from XS, S, M and L.

This ready to sew project is only $15. When you buy this project you receive the fabric already cut, ribbon, pattern if you would like to make it again and instructions to make this easy project.

I have other ready to cut projects which include a pencil holder, grocery tote bag and baby bibs. All projects can be purchased at the sewing center or bought online.

I'm working on more ready to sew projects with instructions how to make them. Stay tuned for more projects like this one.

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

May 19, 2009

Internet Sewing and Award Winning Friends

The internet sure has changed our sewing world.

When I was a kid and first learned the art the only way you could learn was to hopefully find yourself in front of someone that had some knowledge to pass along to you. Most people I knew didn't sew which meant I didn't find myself in front of these people often. I had to teach myself the art through trial and error and with some common sense. It also meant I did my sewing alone and the only people who would see my projects were my family and friends.

It's amazing how technology has changed our sewing world. Without the Internet I wouldn't have a business. I researched online the best way to start my business. I get a lot more business from people finding me online that I ever do paying for advertisement or being on TV. Having the Internet has allowed me to educate myself when I don't know something. There are many places online that all you have to do is a search with your question and you can find a vast amount of information to answer your question. Not a lot of people can educate themselves this way. They need to shown in person how something is done, this is why they attend my classes. I'm lucky I have this ability to learn from all the online information from blogs to videos. The use of the internet has also allowed me to share my project with others and see what others are sewing.

One day I did a search for Sewing Blogs and found this wonderful community of all kinds of sewers. I can read what people are sewing, how they are doing it and a lot of times learn something from them. They write from all over the world. Depending on what part of he country or world we live decides what they sew. I love watching people make their winter clothing because we don't wear it here. Since I've lived in South Florida my whole life I've never made winter clothing.

Some of the blogs I read daily online I have become friends with. Not only do we blog together we email one another. This online community is growing. You can see some blogs followers grow from a few to hundreds in a couple of months. Some blogs have may comments that are fun to read.

Because we all read each others blogs and one person gets an award the award happens to make it's way around to everyone because people who sew are special people. We make things for others because we care about the next person. We have tons of patience because lets face it - you need a lot of patience to sew. It is now my time to pass on a few awards that I had the pleasure of being given. It is funny to watch these blogs because we are giving these awards back and forth. It just goes to show how much we all mean to one another.

The two new awards are The Attitude and Gratitude Award and Blogger Buddy Award.

I'm passing the awards back to my sewing friends and to the blogs I follow - some I post comments on:

Thank you everyone for sharing yourselves and your sewing adventures with us through your blogs. And thank you for being my online friends. You mean a lot to me and teach me much.

Until next time,
Enjoy your moments (because life is a precious gift) ~ make them "sew" much fun,

May 18, 2009

Sewing Over the Wire.....

This is a weekly series I do every Monday where I share sewing news I receive with you. Enjoy your reading...

About People:

Aunt Norie's Sewing Room
The Tonganoxie Mirror
Tue, 12 May 2009 22:05 PM PDT
I received an interesting phone call the other day.

Courting fashion
Tue, 12 May 2009 00:50 AM PDT
Amidst mountains of fabric, sewing kits, innumerable hangers and fashionable mannequins, Charity Mize, adorned in sweats from head to toe, intently bends over her sewing machine, completely at home in the controlled chaos of Leazar Hall's design studio.

Teen mom wins prom dress
Prince George Citizen Online
Tue, 12 May 2009 16:01 PM PDT
Shannah-Lae Oakley knows a little bit of how Cinderella felt the night of the ball. Oakley is a
Kelly Road secondary school Grade 12 student and mother of two-year-old daughter Tallon Oakley. Her story got through to Prince George tailor Brenda Mackenzie, known at the school as Granny Good Witch for all the sewing projects she has done for KRSS since her son attended there in years gone by. ...

Prehistoric fishing tackle found in Egypt
AFP via Yahoo! Canada News
Tue, 12 May 2009 13:44 PM PDT
CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian archaeological team has found prehistoric fishing gear, sewing equipment and jewellery all made from animal bones, as well as pottery and coins, near an oasis south of Cairo, officials said on Tuesday.

Not cut from the same cloth
Tue, 12 May 2009 07:30 AM PDT
With a shipment due at the end of the month, junior in art and design Sarah Lytvinenko works diligently to sew together a pair of jeans. Lytvinenko and her husband Victor began their company Raleigh Denim two years ago.

Baker Middle School students sew dresses for African girls
Detroit News
Mon, 11 May 2009 22:27 PM PDT
The Little Dresses for Africa project is the idea of Rachel O'Neill, a communications coordinator at
AVL Engineering, an auto supply company in Plymouth. She created a simple pattern for a dress to be made out of a pillowcase, and began delivering the finished garments to the continent three years ago.

Get extra years out of your old clothes
FOX 35 Orlando Wed, 13 May 2009 19:01 PM PDT
Getting an extra few years out of your old clothes can save you a bundle. If those garments need a new stitch or two, consider taking your threads down to the Sewing Technology department at Orlando Tech.

Of Note
Pleasanton Weekly
Thu, 14 May 2009 13:44 PM PDT
Abby Prynn, Charli Faris, Kelsey Dunn, (middle) Kate Chase, Gabriella Hughey, Sarah Fletcher, Abby Prynn, Abbie O'Brien (bottom) Jennifer D'Addabbo, Kelly McQuade-Weingarten and Kaylee VandagriffanKirk have been busy laying out patterns on floral fabric and sewing dresses.

Some shoppers find relaxation at Antique Alley Yard Sale
The Gadsden Times
Thu, 14 May 2009 16:51 PM PDT
The dollars are damp when they change hands. Muggy
Alabama air greets bargain hunters as they comb the roadside, looking for hidden treasure. The usually bare ditch banks and front yards of U.S. Highway 11 now are covered with everything from 1930s-era sewing machines to 100-year-old steamer trunks from Pennsylvania. Almost-new electric...

Custom Cover Manufacturing Process a Hit with Master-Lee Electric Power Producer Clients
Fri, 15 May 2009 05:38 AM PDT
Custom Cover Manufacturing Process a Hit with Master-Lee Electric Power Producer Clients. Ability to produce custom covers utilizing mass production techniques allows quick turn-around & increased cost-savings for FME departments.
San Diego, California, May 12, 2009-Industrial sewing firm, Gary Manufacturing today announced a new production process that would allow for custom capabilities of ...

How to sew like a feminist
Times Online
Fri, 15 May 2009 13:26 PM PDT
In a dusty, damp Victorian pub off an East London thoroughfare fringed with fried-chicken joints and kebab houses, a group of fashionable young women make their way past the bar weighed down with fabric samples and cake stands piled high with home-made goodies.

Holding court
Boston Globe
Sat, 16 May 2009 18:54 PM PDT
It took four days and two sewing machines
, but Norfolk Superior Court assistant clerk Diane Gibbons had become the picture of 1860s elegance by the time she led her first tour of the courthouse in Dedham, hoop skirt and all.

Sewing quilts is purpose, friendship and support is payoff for quilting group
The Press-Enterprise Sat, 16 May 2009 23:05 PM PDT
Dorothy Sheldrake started a quilting group four years ago to stay in touch with her friends. The 68-year-old had just moved to
Winchester from La Habra. She hoped the quilting group would entice old friends to visit her at the new home

Economy Related:

Door open to union sit-in at Des Plaines Hartmarx plant
Chicago Sun-Times
Mon, 11 May 2009 03:53 AM PDT
Employees at Hart Schaffner Marx's sewing plant in Des Plaines are expected to vote today on whether to stage a sit-in, reminiscent of the one at the Republic Windows and Doors plant last year. The protest would take place only if Wells Fargo takes action to force parent company Hartmarx into liquidation, according to a spokesman for the union representing the company's 3,000 workers.

Obama's myth of foreign tax breaks
The Globe and Mail
Wed, 13 May 2009 00:46 AM PDT
reynolds.globe@gmail.comIsaac Merritt Singer, sporadic inventor and itinerant actor, gets the credit for the first U.S. multinational company. Mr. Singer didn't invent the sewing machine but, in 1851, he did devise a model that was easier to make and easier to operate, transforming it from industrial machine to household appliance. Singer Manufacturing Co. established its first subsidiary in ...

Research and Markets: Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Trouser, Slack, and Jean Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its ...
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
Thu, 14 May 2009 09:00 AM PDT
DUBLIN----Research and Markets has announced the addition of Supplier Relations US, LLC's new report "Men's and Boys' Cut and Sew Trouser, Slack, and Jean Manufacturing Industry in the U.S. and its Foreign Trade [2009 Edition ]" to their offering

Home Depot makes itself at home atop its online category, Nielsen says
Fri, 15 May 2009 14:13 PM PDT
Among online home and garden retailers, The Home Depot had the most unique visitors in April, although it managed just a 1% increase from April 2008, according to Nielsen Online. Sewing and crafts retailer fashioned the biggest increase in traffic, up 39%.

Giving Back:

Quilts honor those who served
Salem Observer Wed, 13 May 2009 12:05 PM PDT
BY DERRICK PERKINS A local woman is using her sewing machine to try and mend the wounds of war. Diana OâConnor, a 44- year-old mother of four, spends her spare time scrounging up fabric and piecing together quilts to send to the families of soldiers, airmen and seamen who have died since Sept. 11 in a tradition that originally dates back to the Civil War. âThink of it as a sympathy card on ...

Blankets and wraps help hospital patients cope
Wed, 13 May 2009 03:08 AM PDT
CROWN POINT -- Seldom does a person feel more alone than when facing a serious illness. Small acts of human kindness, seeming inconsequential, often serve as a reminder that others still care. Lenore Hess and Sister Rene Duplessis, OSF, both employees of Saint Anthony Medical Center, have combined their sewing skills to make those small acts count in a big way. Early this year, Hess and ...

New Products:

The Insider: Don't be stitched up by repairs, sew it yourself
Fri, 15 May 2009 16:16 PM PDT
In the past year, sales of sewing machines
have rocketed as the recession has encouraged more people to rediscover the skill of repairing clothes, or making their own.

A Different Kind of Sewing News:

Prehistoric fishing tackle found in Egypt
New Kerala
Wed, 13 May 2009 02:52 AM PDT
Abu Dhabi, May 13 : An Egyptian archaeological team has found prehistoric fishing gear, sewing equipment and jewellery all made from animal bones, as well as pottery and coins, near an oasis south of Cairo.

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