Sunday, May 27, 2012

Announcing the Winner of Giveaway Day

Thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful comments!  I loved reading them all.

And so, without further ado, the winner (courtesy of is:

This would be great as I'm self taught and could use the video instruction.

Congratulations Tia!  Please contact me at lauramae.p.s[at]gmail[dot]com with your address so I can send you your goodies!

In response to the question of what you feel needs the most work to improve your overall sewing experience, the majority of you said EVERYTHING!!  I think everyone is being a little hard on themselves (or perhaps everyone is obsessed with being the complete renaissance sewer who can do anything and everything with great skill!).

Following closely behind was Fitting/Tailoring and Zippers.

Why are we all so afraid of zippers?!  I believe it must be some sort of conspiracy.  Someone is whispering in our ears that they should be difficult, and we believe them.  Well I say we buck that trend.  After all, a zipper is just a little doohickey that gets added to a plain old seam so we can open and close the darn thing.

So I say we take Carole’s advice and build confidence in our skills so those silly zippers do not defeat us!

1 comment:

  1. Hi. My tip for combating zips is to sew them in by hand using a tiny backstitch. I don't think there's any shame in this - afterall, how many couture techniques are hand stitched! It's sturdy and can give a virtually invisible result. Machine tack and press open the seam first then tack the zip in place before hand stitching. It may sound like a lot of work, but in the long run I always find it the quickest method - no endless unpicking and re-sewing. I've done this with both normal and invisible zips.
    I've also found that putting the zip in a side seam (sew the first inch of the top of the seam and then leave a gap for the zip before completing the seam) eliminates the hassle of trying to get a neat top edge on a back seam zip. I still have yet to master that.
    Hope this helps.