Nov 26, 2009

Sew Thankful

It's nice to get up this morning and not have to get the kids ready and off to school, both at different times. Then get myself ready, have my morning classes before I'm back in the pick up line at school. After a little snack we do homework, I start dinner, the daddy comes home right in time for me to go to my evening classes. When I walk in the door at night there's always the dinner dishes, wet towels and dirty clothes while I yell "brush your teeth and go to bed".'s really nice to not have that schedule for a few days. (the picture is of my daughter when she was in preschool 2004 for her Thanksgiving feast - they grow up way too fast!) Being a parent is the hardest most rewarding thing I've ever done.

Because of no enrollment to class last night it was canceled. I spent a few hours cutting and sewing a few different projects. I cut some stockings for ready to sew projects, did some quilting for my changing room curtain and made a few stitches to a jacket my daughter started and never finished. I need to finish it soon before she's too big to fit into it. I'm closed for 5 day's - I really want to get over to finish up more sewing. I could have sewn all night but didn't think I should stay in the building late by myself. I need a machine in my home because I just can't get enough own sewing.

So, today is a day we get to spend with family and friends. It's a day to reflect back in time to say thank you for what we've been given. I'm thankful for my sewing business and teaching many people the art of sewing; I'm thankful my mom cooks Thanksgiving every year; I'm thankful for my family and friends; but most of all I'm thankful to be alive enjoying these times with everyone I love...with you.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence. 

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit. 

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. 

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass. 

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. 

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul. 

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


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

Nov 23, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 11/23/2009

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

Sewing History:
Photo of the Day: November 23, 2009
Mon, 23 Nov 2009
DCist Pool contributor lorigoldberg captured the old time feeling of this tailor's shop . The old sewing machines, the reflections, the Diana 's trademarked softness all add up to a picture that matches today's grayness.

About People:
Designer Gino Velardi triumphs after stroke
Denver Post
Thu, 19 Nov 2009
It's tradition for a fashion designer to take a congratulatory lap on the runway after models have shown his collection. The applause and accolades reward months spent designing, sewing, fitting and finishing clothes.

Sewing on the Streets
Iceland Review Thu, 19 Nov 2009
Skrekkur, a talent show for secondary school students in Reykjav’­k, was held for the 20th time this week. Laugarlaekjarsk’li won by staging the play ‘starkvedja , which tells the story of a wedding where everything goes wrong.

Sewing hobby becomes an American Girl business
The Wilmington Star-News
Fri, 20 Nov 2009
By Lori Kennedy-Stewart, StarNews Correspondent From jeans and swimsuits to fur jackets and underclothes, Jane Fulton can sew any type of clothing. She just chooses to make them doll-sized.

Saturday's Crafts Fair, including Diane DeSerio's Fabrications, will be a 'shopping bonanza'
Ridgefield Press
Fri, 20 Nov 2009
A lifelong passion for sewing, together with some creative brainstorming, provided the inspiration for Diane DeSerio to launch a new business, âFabricationsâ from her Ridgefield home.

Anderson places in sewing contest
The Saline Reporter
Sat, 21 Nov 2009
Vivian Anderson, 14, of Saline took first place at the 16th annual American Sewing Expo held Sept. 25 through 27.

Clever with a budget and quick with a stitch
The Sacramento Bee
Sat, 21 Nov 2009
As costumer for the Sacramento Opera's production of "The Elixir of Love ," Yvette Harding's job begins long before the curtain rises. It's a job that requires everything from research to sewing skills.

About Businesses:
No knocks, just a feast of kudos
Orlando Sentinel
Fri, 20 Nov 2009
Welcome to my seventh annual Thanksgiving salute to the great, silent, unsung majority of businesses that are honest, competent and above average in every way. This year, for the first time, there was a write-in campaign for a business â Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore in Maitland.

This Weekend: Thread Fashion Event at Fort Mason
Thu, 19 Nov 2009
T-shirt silk screening booth at Thread Just in time for the holidays, Thread will be having a two-day shopping extravaganza this weekend at Fort Mason Center, featuring wares from the top 100 hand-picked independent fashion and art designers. Attendees can expect to find clothing, denim, sneakers, jewelry, street wear, accessories, bags, "cut n sew," new contemporary, and vintage, and many ...

Giving Back:
Group of grandmas donate fleece tie blankets to Williams Elementary School second-graders
The Flint Journal
Thu, 19 Nov 2009
Ryan Garza | The Flint Journal Grandma Pam Balogh (right), of Milford, is hugged by Williams Elementary School second-graders after delivering fleece blankets Wednesday to the classroom that she made with a group of women from Oakland County. The sewing group...

Blind students benefit from new equipment
Northwest Arkansas Times
Sun, 22 Nov 2009
FAYETTEVILLE â Thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Sheeler likes all kinds of art and enjoys sewing and knitting. Algebra is one of her favorite subjects. She makes As and Bs as an eighth-grade student at Woodland Junior High School.

On a mission
Sheboygan Press
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 02:06 AM PST
PLYMOUTH Inside a light blue warehouse on Factory Street, dozens of volunteers were busy at work on sewing machines
, on a mission to complete 45 camouflaged quilts to fulfill a very special request from a now-fallen soldier.

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

Nov 21, 2009

Week in Review 11/21/2009

This was the last full week before Thanksgiving. It really is hard for me to believe this year is almost over. Can we just slow down time a little bit? With the holiday next week I'll be taking 5 days off to spend with the family (oh who am I kidding - I'll be cleaning, laundry, yard work - the never ending things)

We had another fun week of sewing at L2S. Not only were the winners announced for the Project Runway contest which brought lots of smile. There were more smiles had while learning the art. I love when adults jump up and down while clapping when they start to see their project coming together. And the energy they have when they hold up their finish product is very exciting.

6 people learned how to use the sewing machine in the machine class.
2 people attended cutting class cutting out tops.
15 people attended the sewing class making skirts, dresses, handbags alterations, tops and pants.

Randy from the Project Runway contest made another cute little skirt for her daughter. I really love watching Randy go through her creative process to see what she comes up with. And usually it's just beautiful. She has a great eye and good ideas for to turn old things in to new and using all kinds of things to embellish them. This was a quick project for her. She had it made in a couple of sewing classes.

Ana started sewing with the machine class a few weeks ago. It took her 7 hours to sew this cute little dress for her granddaughter. I let people embrace what ever level they want to work on as far as perfection. There were a few seams on this dress that looked fine with me but not with Ana. She took her time and when she didn't make the straightest of lines she took them out and did them over again. She learned how to use two layers of fabric in the bodice to hide all her seams. She also learned how to install a zipper. She already had her next project, a top, at the end of her last class and started sewing a few seams on it.

Nakima made for her first project, a hand bag, in 2 hours. It's a real easy pattern with only a few seams. It would have been nice if I wrote down the pattern number but hey - something else I have to work on like taking pictures during class.  I think this bag came out really cut and something she will be using for a long time. She already has a jacket picked out for her next project. She will be learning how to adjust her pattern to her size when she cut's out her jacket. I talked to her about doing a muslin first but it's her choice if she wants to sew it twice. I let the students decide - I'm hear to guide them.

I had a chance to sew a seam here and there this week. I really didn't like the skirt I made around my work table a couple of months ago so I decided to do something different. I got the idea from this quilt. I just love how this quilt looks on the bed. And I don't sew quilts. They look too country for me. I'm not a country girl. :) This quilt doesn't look country. So I decided to use the same concept to sew a new table skirt. I have plans of making a curtain for my changing room the same way. And I might just make new machine covers like it too.

Since my singer serger has broken down on me so many times I've been looking for a replacment. I've had my eye out on some babylocks I've seen on craigslist. When I talked about it in class one of my students said her SIL had a brothers serger she was looking to get rid of for $100. The student decided to keep the machine after I showed her how it worked but she did say I can keep it at the sewing center until she's ready for it. I've never used a brother serger before. I think for the price it's not a bad machine. It's a lot better than the Singer at the same price.

Next week is a short week -  seats available if you want to attend.
Sewing Monday 6-8pm
Cutting Tuesday 6-8pm
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6-8pm.
Then I'm taking 5 days off :)

I hope to hit the machines to sew a few things on my days off when I'm done with all the never ending things. But we still have a few more days until we stuff ourselves silly. Then we say "bring the bucket" (monty python if you know what I mean LOL Mr Creasol.)

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

Nov 19, 2009

L2S PR Contest - And the WINNER IS....

It's time to announce who won Learn 2 Sew Project Runway Contest.

Before I announce the winner I have to talk about Project Runway Season 6. This wasn't my favorite season. When you fall asleep watching the show you know there isn't much excitement. The judging was awful this year which is why I think it was a bad season. The only excitement was watching the final episode tonight. What amazing work the designers did this year. Now that my students know how to sew they know how much work goes into each seam. I loved all the designs but Carol Hannah's was the best IMO. I just loved watching her looks go down the runway. The pop of the first look was..just wow. But congratulations go to Irina. Not that I liked her look because fashion is all personal preference. Her lines were all the same..and there were a lot of them in every garment. There was much more detail in her work than the others which is why I think she won.
Click here if you want to place your vote who you thought the winner should have been.

Now on to the winner of L2S contest:

This contest didn't go quite the way I wanted - but when things don't go the way your want you "make them work". Since there was a problem with the poll I've decided to take that information (before it started going haywire) along with who I thought did the best job sewing their design.

So the winner is.... drum roll......

Simply Retro by Scott 

He was in first place most of the time on the poll. This was his second sewing project. He took his time making sure he got every seam right.  Scott is a teen who inspires to be a designer. He's working on his portfolio for design school. Keep an eye out for this kids. He's going to make it far in fashion. Congratulations Scott - you receive 20 hours of sewing class.

Second place goes to....

La Nina Bonita by Ariela

She was in second place most of the time during the poll. She is also a teen who started sewing a couple of years ago. There's not much I teach her these days. Her favorite thing to do is to just start cutting up fabric and sew it back together. She likes to use all her fabric. If there's left overs she'll find a way to use it. Congratulations Ariela - you receive 10 hours of sewing class.

Third Place goes to.....
All the other designers. That's right! You're all winners. I wanted to make this fair since there was problems with the poll. When this happened I decided to have a twist just like the TV show and give everyone: Patricia, Chae, Ceci, Anne, Randy, Sara, Kerry and Corina 5 hours of sewing class.  Congratulations!

I want to thank everyone who entered the contest and bringing me some advertisement. I hope some of your friends will join you in sewing class. As you's "sew" much fun and very rewarding.

Just let me know when you want to come to class to use your hours. I'm so very proud of all of you! You're all like my children who I see growing and leaning with each class. It's very exciting and rewarding for me.

There's going to be another season of Project Runway starting in January. I'll be holding another contest then so start thinking about what you would like to do, come to class and sew it up for your next entry.


Read more about the contest here.
Until next time,
Enjoy your moments ~ make them "sew" much fun,

Nov 18, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 11/18/2009

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

About People:
One of Santa's elves
The Durango Herald
Thu, 12 Nov 2009
Doris Higgins sits in her sewing room surrounded by her work Thursday afternoon at her home on Balsam Avenue.

Refugees Craft New Lives For Themselves
Hartford Courant
Fri, 13 Nov 2009
Once a week at the Hartford Public Library, women from war-torn Burma, Somalia, Bosnia and Iraq meet to sew slippers and handbags, lace and traditional clothing.

Quilted treasures a feast for the eyes
The Fallbrook Village News
Thu, 12 Nov 2009
Works of art in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns were on display last week in Fallbrook Quilt Guilds Quilted Treasures 2009 show at Fallbrook Presbyterian Church. Even for those of us who dont sew, the work of many talented guild members was a treat to see, admire and touch. (White gloves were available at the entrance for anyone wanting to handle the quilts for a closer look.) The 266 ...

Sew in love
The Milton Standard-Journal Sat, 14 Nov 2009
LEWISBURG â Pat Warren holds up a cozy-looking handmade quilt in different shades of blue.

About Businesses:
BERNINA Renews Consumer Finance Agreement with GE Money
Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
Tue, 10 Nov 2009
KETTERING, Ohio & AURORA, Ill.----GE Money, the consumer lending unit of General Electric Company , and BERNINA, a world-leading manufacturer of high-performance sewing and embroidery systems, announced a multi-year extension of their consumer financing agreement, originally formed in 2002.

Good as new
Naples Daily News
Tue, 10 Nov 2009
In her neat-as-a-pin workroom lined with yarns, an array of sewing machines
and rows of completed alterations, Martha Snyder busies herself between attending to new jobs and fielding calls. The Colombian native just opened a clothing alteration business on Elkcam Circle Plaza near the Marco Post Office, and is beyond upbeat about the clientele she is beginning to muster for herself. Snyder ...

Quilts of Honor: Women sew 25 quilts for veterans, their survivors
The Daily News
Sat, 14 Nov 2009
The passage into death might seem cold, but Freddie Kologie and Carol Bunyard are determined to make it warmer. Using their skills as quilters, the local women provided 25 âpassage quiltsâ for the hospice portion of the
Veterans Adminstration Medical Center in Vancouver.

Quilt Sew-ciety hosting Trunk Show and Workshop Nov. 20-21
Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune
Mon, 16 Nov 2009
Members of Quilt Sew-ciety will be hosting a Trunk Show and Workshop with quilt designer, Heather Mulder-Peterson, owner of Anka's Treasures, from Spicer, Minn. The Trunk Show will be Friday, Nov. 20...

Giving Back:
Event helps provide clothing for kids at Shriners Hospital
Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Tue, 10 Nov 2009
Harriet Dunlap has been sewing clothing for
Shriners Hospital for Children for more than 30 years, but they're not your typical garments. She alters clothing or creates items from scratch that better serve the kids at the hospital.

One stitch at a time, sewing group helps the needy
The Pulse-Journal
Wed, 11 Nov 2009
They meet regularly at the Harlan Twp. Fire & Rescue community room to help make a difference in the lives of those in need - and they do it all one stitch at a time.

Pennsylvania women sew up plan to ship 100 quilts to soldiers
The Patriot-News
Wed, 11 Nov 2009
BOYERTOWN, Pa. â Hundreds of hours of tedious work, huge heaps of colorful fabric and an endless amount of love and gratitude were sewn into 100 quilts crafted by members of the QuiltMakers of Boyertown , which will be on their way to troops serving in Iraq in the near future.

Mokena stuffs stockings for the troops
Thu, 12 Nov 2009
After Erin Doyle decorated a stocking last year during Mokena Park District's "Stockings For Our Troops" event, she asked the organizers what else she could do to help out. Sew some stockings for next year, they told her. So on Wednesday, the Mokena 10-year-old showed up with a stack of 25 cloth stockings she'd sewn herself and presented them to arts and crafts coordinator Petey Winkleman. "I ...

Albany kids stitching up a storm for Air Force pilots
WALB Albany
Fri, 13 Nov 2009
An Albany sewing class is learning more than how to sew a skirt or mend a pair of pants.

Purses have a purpose for children with cancer
Bay News 9 Tampa Bay
Fri, 13 Nov 2009
A Pasco County woman known for her sewing skills is doing something to help children with cancer.

Volunteers Stitch "Hugs" for Children
Macon Fri, 13 Nov 2009
Some Middle Georgia Moms and Grandmas are sewing up hugs across the mid-state. Project Linus volunteers quilt, sew and knit blankets for children in need.

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

Nov 16, 2009

Project Runway Contest - What Happened to the POLL?

I have to say, having the idea to do the Project Runway Contest and actually running the contest has been tons of fun for me and the students.  

Sometimes you have to be creative and this was a way for me to advertise my sewing classes. It's also a way to give back to my students who are giving their all to the art of sewing. My first thought was to let the local news papers and tv stations know if they were doing a story on Project Runway and wanted to give it a local twist I had one for them. I've been in contact with them but no response. I think because this season really blows. It doesn't have much excitement to it. 

Something I didn't think would happen was how many hits I would get all over the world. It's been fun to watch to see where the visits come from. I know some about my students and can figure out who was voting depend on what part of the world they were from, where their families live. 

Another thing I didn't think would happen - someone would freep my online pole. I didn't care how many people you voted for, I only wanted people to vote one time.  I noticed a few of the same IP address hit - then the votes would go up for someone by 10-15 votes from one visit. On one day - one person received 30 votes in 1 minute with only one person on the site and over 200 votes in one day. I had to dump the poll. As much fun as it was to watch everyone vote - I had to get rid of it.


What to do? I kept stats since the poll started every few hours. I know who was in first, second and third place most of the time since the poll started. I'm going to use that information along with the feedback I've gotten class about the entries to make a decision on who will win the contest. It's the only fair thing to do.

I've learned a lot about this contest and how I want to do it again. Yes, I'm doing it again when the new season of Project Runway starts in January. At the end of the season I'll be holding another contest. I have a lot of great ideas because hey, we learn from our mistakes.

I'll announce who won this contest after the last episode airs on Thursday night. Check back then to see who the judge (that's me) picks.

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

Nov 14, 2009

Week in Review 11/14/2009

OK, so, we had Friday the 13th in our week last week. Did any one notice any funny things happening? Well... It was once again one of those weeks where a lot of people canceled to the seats they reserved for class. Some people forgot all together they made plans to attend. So, I'm chalking it up to being a Friday the 13th week.

This is my slow time of year with classes. Everyone's thinking how their going to be spending the holiday's. Because I am slow this time of year I take some time off to spend it with my children. Thanksgiving's in a couple of weeks (dang how time passes quickly) and I'll be closed for 5 days.

This week:
8 people attended the machine class
1 person came to the cutting class
15 people attended sewing class making dresses, kids dresses, handbags and a skirt.

I have a few teen's attending Saturday's classes. Some have taken 30 hours and have made several projects. One teen who came along with a friend of hers to class and fell in love with sewing started out sewing a tote bag. Than moved on to making pj's. Now she's working on a dress for her little sister. She's making Simplicity 2638 view c. We've changed a few things in it on this dress. Sometimes I don't like the way they do things in the instructions so I have the student do it a different way. We did't add the bottom edge, we just did a little hem. Next week this project will be finished and a new one started.
You know Scott from my Project Runway Contest - his new project is a really pretty. A Donna Karan Vogue pattern V1088. He already has the bodice done. The next step will be to work on the collar than move on to the skirt. It's coming out beautiful. I've been teaching him different finish seam techniques with each project. This one he's finishing his edges and using a top stitch to hold them in place. This kid has talent. He's going to do great as a designer. Keep your eyes out for him in the future. Anyway, I love the pockets on this dress. Not like I could wear anything like it because my hips are big enough. This is a skinny girls dress.

I get so bored with my sewing surrounds. I'm always wanting to change things up. I've been working on new skirts for my table and a new curtain for my changing room. Hopefully I can get this project done soon.

One thing I did do this week was take advantage of JoAnn's sale they were having. I needed more needles and bobbins. It seems to me the plastic ones just wear out and don't spin well when filling them after a while. I also needed more machine needles because let's face it, we're always changing our needles and when you have 6 machines you use a lot of them. Since the notion wall was buy one get one I took advantage and picked up a few things. You always have to buy this stuff when it's on sale. So I searched through to see what other goodies I could pick up. You can click on the picture to get a bigger view of all my implements of sewing construction. :) While I was in the isle I ran into one of my students. I love when I see them at the store.

When I was at the store I had to buy fabric so I headed to the back wall to the clearance section which was 50% off. I picked up 10 yard of fabric. I wanted to buy a bolt of muslin but they had it on sale buy 2 yards and get one yard free. Well, it's a better deal if I wait for it to go off sale and use a 40% coupon. The Christmas fabric wasn't on sale and I spent way too much money on it.

So the drama sometimes raising kids: Let's just say sometimes things don't always go the way you think they will. And when you think you're doing something great for your kids they don't always see it that way. So I made my daughter have big crocodile tears this morning over a dance workshop she was having. I though I would surprise her and pick her up early from the workshop today to take them to a local fair that has great rides. (we've gone in the years past and they love going) She didn't want any part of it. She wanted to dance :) Dance is inside her like sewing is in me. I couldn't wait to get to work this morning, around my sewing machines... to bring my stress level down. Oh the drama.

And the story continues; I had to pick her up from her dance workshop tonight and had an hour to kill. My car drove me right to the JoAnn's super store out in Pembroke Pines. This store has a lot of fabric. And really they need to stop calling themselves a fabric store because less than half of the store was fabric. If you need cake decorating things they have a whole isle of it. (I mean really in a fabric store). You can't go to a "fabric store" without leaving with fabric so I bought another 15 yards from their 50% off clearance.They had a little better selection than the one around the corner from me. I'm sorry for the people who have to drive far to get to their fabric store. I have 5 stores all within a 20 minute drive.

Between both trips I spent less than $75 on the notions and 24 yards of fabric. Gotta buy things on sale. And I really want to hit the $1 a yard store soon. I haven't seen Mr. Arnold in a while.

Next weeks classes:
Sewing Monday 6-8pm
Machine Tuesday 6-8pm
Sewing Wednesday 11am-1pm and 6-8pm
Sewing Thursday 10am-2pm and 6-8pm
Machine Friday 10am-12noon
Sewing Friday 1-3pm
Cutting Saturday 10am-12noon
Sewing Saturday 1-5pm

This is my slow time of year so seats available to any class you would like to attend next week.

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

Nov 13, 2009

Holiday Gift Ideas For Sewing

The holiday's are upon us - Thanksgiving is almost here. It's time to buy (or make) that something special for the people you love.

There's a lot of people wanting to learn the art of sewing these day's. Usually this time of year my classes slow down to where at least I can get some of my sewing in. My classes have been very busy (thank you). If you're looking for an easy gift idea for someone who wants to learn the art of sewing you can do a sewing theme. 
You can buy a Gift Certificate at Learn 2 Sew for sewing classes. You can buy them online and I can mail it to you or just stop by at the sewing center to pick one up.

Make a basket with a couple of patterns with the things needed to make the patterns (fabric, thread, zipper), add a few tools for sewing or as I like to call them implements of sewing construction. 

If you want to go way out and the person you love so much who doesn't have a sewing machine you can always buy them one. I have a post of what to look for in buying a sewing machine if you need help in that department.

I have people tell me all the time they dream about sewing. What better gift to give your loved one, the gift of their dreams.

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

Nov 10, 2009

Sewing Over The Wire 11/10/2009

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

Project Runway:
Sew not what it used to be
New York Post Fri, 06 Nov 2009
"Project Runway" has struggled to make it work in its sixth season, which concludes in a two-part finale starting Thursday. The once-fascinating show's intrigue has slipped as badly as a model in 5-inch heels drunk on champagne. Is the very mantr...

About People:
Kriebel makes it sew simple to raise a Smile
Spring-Ford Reporter & Valley Item
Wed, 04 Nov 2009
When Violet Kriebel, a mother of five grown children, retired and widowed, lost her mother to cancer, she joined the Womenâs Civic Club of Schwenksville.

Jenny T. Launches A Free 21 Day Sewing Challenge - Sew 3 Designer Christmas Stockings and Get Ready for the Holidays
Wed, 04 Nov 2009
Jenny T. launched her new website, where sewers of all levels can sign up for a 21 day sewing challenge. Visitors will receive free daily sewing lessons that guide them through sewing 3 original Christmas stockings - just in time for the holidays. Jenny T. makes sewing the Christmas stockings easy with online video and printable sewing patterns. (PRWeb
Nov 4, 2009) Read ...

Focus: Purveyors of style
BusinessWorld Online
Thu, 05 Nov 2009
In a lecture hall with a projector screen and white board, the professor gives out assignments to students, who wheedle for an extension of the deadline -- pretty much the same scenario you'll find in any school. But the mood boards, dolls in period costumes and desks flipped to sewing machines
would tell you this isn't an ordinary school, if the creative clothes the students are wearing haven't ...

Quilters show appreciation with donation to Sun Health Auxiliary
Thu, 05 Nov 2009
Some people send thank-you cards, or perhaps pick up the telephone to express their gratitude. Camelia "
Cam" Hammond chose a slightly more extravagant gesture. The Avondale resident and her sewing circle, the Out to Lunch Bunch Quilters, recently...

The church lady: Here comes Christmastime!
Naples Daily News Fri, 06 Nov 2009
The United Church of Marco's annual Christmas Bazaar has been an island tradition for over 40 years. This year, it will be held from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14. The church's Bazaar Ladies have been hard at work preparing for it. Workshops are held every Wednesday morning from January to April and from October until the Bazaar, in the church conference room, to sew a few stitches, glue ...

Furrier is last of a breed
Westchester Suburban Life
Fri, 06 Nov 2009
Christos Taltsidis started in the fur business when he was 13 in his native Greece sweeping floors, sewing small pieces of fur, breaking a lot of needles and getting his bosses upset.

Former inmate turned small business owner
9 News
Denver Sat, 07 Nov 2009
SHERIDAN - How many of us can truly say we found our life's calling? Sewing found Johnny Wimberly as a teenager, long before he found this work as a small business owner, running Jed's Custom Services in Sheridan.

Santa Anna quilters sewing together a business
Abilene Reporter-News
Sun, 08 Nov 2009
Amid the small rural community of Santa Anna's historic old buildings, sits an unassuming store front with a sign painted in cursive proudly notifying visitors that they are at Quilterâs Patch. For 10 years the Quilterâs Patch has not only been able to stitch a pattern in time, but also of excellence. Owners and neighbors Rita Day and Beth Worley began the business somewhat by chance after ...

Costumer: Sew much work, sew much reward
Rockford Register Star
Mon, 09 Nov 2009
Sheer chiffon. Smooth satin and silk. These are the fabrics Julie Seger occasionally pulls from old prom dresses and wedding gowns to make some costumes for ballerinas of the Rockford Dance Company.   INSIDE How  to see 'The Nutcracker' in Rockford   ON THE WEB Rockford Dance Company

About Businesses:
British Vogue
Fri, 06 Nov 2009
The window of Iniva Gallery, at
Rivington Place in east London, really caught our eye. Indian artist NS Harsha has constructed a grand-scale installation made up of rows and rows of antique sewing machines each stitching together calico flags.

Economy Related:
Self-help classes on rise
Miami Herald
Sat, 07 Nov 2009
Instead of buying new clothes or hiring a tailor to alter her dresses, fashionista Vanessa Ofarril, 33, has decided to learn to sew. Ofarril, who has her own vintage merchandising business, is taking sewing as an hour-long evening community class at
Krop Senior High School in Miami.

Students prepare for Beaux Arts Ball
Sun, 08 Nov 2009
The Beaux Arts Ball is still a few weeks away, and student designers are hard at work, sketching, pinning, fitting and sewing his or her garments.

Giving Back:
Ace employees wrap children in love
The Doings Oak Brook
Tue, 03 Nov 2009
Ace Hardware Corporation
's No-Sew Fleece Club is resuming -- with some lofty goals.

Sewing the seeds of hope, literally
WPVI-TV Philadelphia Wed, 04 Nov 2009
What began as a project for a Penn student from
Zimbabwe has become an international effort.

Stitching for kids and cancer patients more than Sew Sew
Peterborough Examiner Thu, 05 Nov 2009
If stitches were miles, Northcrest Ward's Sew Sew ladies would have sewn their way around the world several times.

The Maui News Thu, 05 Nov 2009
KAHULUI - A project aimed at bringing Christmas cheer to
U.S. troops overseas has drawn a highly motivated crowd of residents and staff at Hale Makua in Kahului.

Sew patriotic
Tulsa World
Fri, 06 Nov 2009
At first glance, the library at Sts. Peter and Paul School looks chaotic  with middle school students scurrying around tables carrying stuffing and fabric and the whirling sounds of sewing machines ...

 Stitching for the troops: Local Pecatonica women act as angels for soldiers
The Journal-Standard
Sun, 08 Nov 2009
What began with two women wanting to make quilts has blossomed into something more and in a few short years, Stonewall Stitcheries has become synonymous with helping people keep warm, whether in hospitals, nursing homes or helping others fighting cancer or other diseases. The women who spend hours painstakingly sewing and quilting have taken on a bigger task  helping soldiers in their time of ...

How To:
Sewing Projects for Thanksgiving
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 05:08 AM PST
Thanksgiving is a time for family to gather and enjoy good food and company. With these free sewing projects, you can decorate your home for Thanksgiving or make something to give to your host or hostess in thanks.

New Products:
Minn. Woman's Special Needle Makes Sewing A Snap
WCCO Minneapolis - St. Paul
Thu, 05 Nov 2009 07:35 AM PST
Pam Turner remembers laughing when her mother had trouble threading a needle. No matter how much she squinted, she would end up asking young Pam to help her.

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