Enter Your Design In The American Sewing Expo

2011_PFF_Winners Sewing Design Contest

The American Sewing Expo recently announced its 2014 contest called the Fashion Design in Half Scale Challenge. This Challenge is to create a garment on a half scale dress form. The theme is Fashion Icons thru the Ages. An icon can be defined as someone known for wearing, designing or having a strong influence on fashion.

Participants must purchase a $99 kit that includes the official half scale dress form and a special code to participate in the online sew-a-long. The online portion is hosted by 2013 ASE Teacher of the Year and award winning Fashion Designer, Joi Mahon.

Contestants will be judged on fashionable interpretation of the theme, originality, creativity, technique and construction. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Fill out your entry form by August 1, 2014. Entries and winners will be on exhibit at the 2014 American Sewing Expo starting September 26, 2014

American Sewing Expo

September 26-28, 2014

Novi, Michigan


http://americansewingexpo.com/2014_Half_Scale_Rules__2_.pdf entry form and rules

Discover Fun Themed Buttons At Shellysbuttonsandmore.com

Buttons can add so much to a project or outfit. Find the perfect button, whether it be a locomotive, an angel, or a fish skeleton, at this button and bead bonanza online store. Go to http://shellysbuttonsandmore.com/index.asp?c=244849.

Clean Your Sewing Machine To Keep It Running Smoothly

Sew4Home Clean MachineSew4Home has a great step-by-step tutorial to help you learn how to keep your sewing machine ship shape. Check it out at

 http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/you-asked-4-it-care-feeding-your-sewing-machine .

Learn How To Decorate Your Home


Encyclopedia of Sewing“The Little Book of Home Sewing” by Cheryl Owen, is a compendium of techniques that will give you all the skills you need to make individual furnishings for your own home. Each technique is explained with clear step-by-step instructions and photographs, then applied to a range of contemporary projects. It can pre-ordered at a discount before June 1, 2014, when it will be released. Go to http://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Home-Sewing-Cheryl/dp/1780095163/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390360012&sr=1-3&keywords=new+sewing+books+2014 for more information.

Join Teachers and Fellow Quilters For A Creative Experience


The SewDowns, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway sponsored by Janome. A swanky hotel, meals, and all workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with four teachers, a full load of workshops and tons of sewing fun. Can’t make the entire weekend? Luncheon and dinner lectures will be available. Subscribe to the MQG newsletter to find a SewDown in your area before it sells out.


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You Can Do It – Watch To Learn

Improve your skills by watching these short videos on specific topics related to sewing and techniques. Additional resources are available to those who subscribe. Check them out at http://www.threadsmagazine.com/videos .

Jewelry Pouch Makes A Great Gift For Anyone Who Travels

HTC Form Flex All Purpose 9 edit

HTC Retail’s free project of the month is a jewelry pouch. It has separate compartments for holding earrings, rings, and pins while the center of the pouch can be used for coiled necklaces or bracelets. It’s made with HTC Retail’s Form Flex All Purpose nonwoven interfacing, which offers just enough support without too much bulk that could make it hard to close the bag with a drawstring. To download it, go to http://www.htc-retail.com/pdf/jewelry-pouch-project.pdf .

Precut Interfacing To Save Time

We found this great time-saving tip from Angela Wolf’s blog “Fashion, Sewing, & Fishing.” She is a fan of HTC’s Fusi-Knit so we had to include it in this month’s posts. To see other great tips and ideas, go to http://fashionsewingwithangelawolf.com/.

Now, onto a quick time-saving tip.  When I sit down to sew, there are a few items that I quite often need and I find it faster to prepare these in advance.  One example is fusible interfacing: hemming jacket sleeves, plackets, zipper placement, bound button holes, these are just the first few areas I need the interfacing and to get up, unfold the interfacing and cut 1 strip is a total “time sucker”, my new word for the year!  For jacket hem’s I typically use 3″ to 4″ wide strips of interfacing and for the zipper placement 1″ to 1-1/2″ strips.HTC Fusi-Knit angela-wolf-olfa-rotary-cutter-sewing1

This is lightweight fusible interfacing (HTC Fusi-Knit) and with two layers you can still see through the interfacing to line up the 1″ grid on the Olfa cutting mat.

Keeping the grain lines and stretch of the interfacing in mind:

  • Cut strips parallel to the selvage 28″ long by 1 1/2″ wide. The most common use for these strips is to support the center back seams on a dress when inserting a hidden zipper (I am hooked on sewing dresses lately!) and it is rare that I would need longer than 28″ for a zipper.
  • HTC Fusi-Knit angela-wolf-olfa-rotary-cutter-sewing2 Cut strips perpendicular to the selvage 4″ long by the width of the interfacing (in this case 22″ wide). These strips are perfect for re-hemming jackets and sleeve hems. If you do alterations, this is really a bonus to have these cut strips on hand.HTC Fusi-Knit angela-wolf-olfa-rotary-cutter-sewing3
  • Store these strips in a photo box next to your sewing station and you are all set!


HTC Retail Offers Intra-Face Heavyweight Interfacing For Sewing, Craft Projects

HTC Intra-Face Heavy Weight Easter Basket 1.2014

Intra-Face Heavyweight, #6040-7, offered by HTC Retail, is a sew-in, nonwoven interfacing that adds stability and firm shape to apparel and projects. It’s specially designed for use with heavyweight fabrics making it ideal for adding rigidness to curtains and table linens.

 It’s also useful for adding stiffness for waistbands, yokes, button facings, jacket collars and lapels. For projects, it is ideal for creating reinforcement for backpacks, hat brims, baskets, and drapery headers.

 It’s made of 80% polyester/20% rayon in a 1.5-ounce weight. It is washable and dry-cleanable. It comes in white in a 20-inch width on a 40-yard bolt.

To order or download a free project, go www.htc-retail.com or call (678) 514 0400; (800) 275-4275; fax: (678) 510-0349; email: info@htc-retail.com.