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“The Cool Kids Are Coming” – S4H Classics Great Giveaway

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Make way for the most popular projects! July is one of the hottest months of the year here in the states, so we’re turning up the cool. We’ve picked five top projects from three of our favorite categories: Bags & Totes, Aprons, and Storage Solutions. Each week for the next three weeks, we’re featuring classics for you to discover – or re-discover. And to celebrate the return of these coolest-of-the-cool projects, we have an amazing prize bundle to go with each themed week. That’s three chances to win, and we have three ways to enter! 

While you’re busy adding more projects to your must-make-now list, we’ll be busy with some Sew4Home housekeeping. There’s work to be done behind the scenes as we prepare to roll-out new features to make your S4H visitor experience better than ever!

The Prize Bundles

Week One: A Bags and Totes Bonanza

We have five different carryall styles, from a designer backpack to a laminated diaper tote, to keep your stuff stylishly stowed. Our Week One Winner collects an autographed copy of our S4H Bags and Totes book (for 10 more great project ideas), plus a full set of some of our favorite bag hardware from Dritz® in their new copper finish: two sizes of swivel hooks plus D-rings, rectangle rings, and triangle rings.

Week Two: Celebrating All Things Apron

We’ve been told many of our aprons are so pretty, it’s hard to keep them in the kitchen! Wherever you want to wear them, we have five unique styles to choose from – both full coverage and half aprons. Because our aprons come in so many pretty colors, our Week Two Winner will need lots of thread to make the magic happen. Thanks to Aurifil Thread, this week’s prize is the amazing Tula Pink Ultimate Collection, which contains 45 small spools of 50wt cotton.

Week Three: Step up Your Storage Solutions

Find five ways to get organized. It’s always easier and more fun when the cases, boxes, and caddies are cute and clever. Our Week Three Winner will receive an super helpful prize package from Omnigrid® that will keep her/his cuts straight and true: THREE Omnigrip™ Non-Slip Rulers: 10½” square, 6” x 14”, and 4” x 14”; a trio of Omnigrid® marking rulers in three easy-to-handle sizes; and an Omnigrid® mini 28mm rotary cutter.

Three Ways to Win

We had tons o’ fun picking out our Classics and putting together the three prize packages. Now it’s your turn to join in. We have three different ways you can enter to win.

ONE) Leave us a short comment below with your Classic Sewing Story. For example, what was your most successful project, or the one that was the biggest struggle to overcome, or the time everything that could go wrong, did? Our esteemed panel of gift judges will choose the best story from all valid entries and that clever person will win the Tula Pink Ultimate Collection.

TWO) We’ll randomly draw a second winner from all the valid Classic Sewing Story comments to win the five-piece Omnigrid® ruler set.

THREE) Our final winner, of the the S4H Bags and Totes book and bag hardware, will be drawn from our list of eNewsletter subscribers. You’ll find the sign-up box at the top right of any page on the site. Simply type your email address into the box and click the blue arrow. If you already get our newsletters, you’re good to go.

Enter now through midnight PT July 31, 2017. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

NOTE: This Giveaway is open to our US visitors as well as our International visitors.

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Rhonda F said:
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Where to begin or which one to choose. I started sewing on a treddle machine when I was 8. My mother taught me and my first finished project was an apron. I continued sewing all my life. I even took all of the Home Economics classes in high school to continue my love of sewing. I have made clothes, bags, placemats, table runners, curtains, and many other cherished gifts and projects. One of my cherished projects was a christening gown I made for my last child, she is 25 now and shares my love for sewing. Our best times are sewing on weekends together!!

JanetD said:
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what has been really a joy for me is returning to sewing after not really doing it for many, many years.  Times change and the beautiful fabrics and the online instructions, patterns and websites (Sew4home) have brought my love for sewing back in a big way!  Even when I put a zipper in backwards 4 times in a row (ugh!), I have carried on because the end product was so desirable to reach.  I work as an accountant and those numbers are so boring..... so nice to be thinking of colors, patterns, creative ideas for my weekends and spare time.  And being able to present a beautiful, handmade toiletry bag, brush bag, diaper bag to my nieces has brought so much happiness all around -- love it!

S.Marie.Becker said:
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Many years ago I took a class to make a Cabbage Patch doll for my daughter. I struggled with the special fabric, special long needles, and techniques that were new to me. The finished doll turned out very nicely and my daughter loved it, and ended up making doll clothes for it over the next few months. One of my sons thought is was cool and requested a cheerleader Cabbage Patch doll for his girlfriend and I managed that one too! A recent move led me to my box of Cabbage Patch doll patterns...what blast of memories it gave me.

Donna Petruso said:
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My most difficult sewing project was making my skating outfit in my home ec class in 8th grade. I had to fit the bodice, cut out 8 gores for the skirt, and put in the dreaded zipper. It was complicated by a "helpful" classmate who had cut out gores from my bodice front! I had looked all over for the piece, then discovered she had cut out the gores. I was so lucky to have had enough fabric left over to cut another one. Needless to say, the zipper went in, the outfit was finished, I hand hemmed the entire skirt, and won a medal! I was happy! Between 4-H and Home Ec, I got a great start on my sewing career that has now spanned over 50 years. Still going strong.

Momo said:
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My grandmother taught me hand sewing and embroidery, and Mother taught me machine sewing.  What a thrill it is, at age 74, to finally have a granddaughter to teach!  We began last week, by learning the overhand and straight stiches.  She's 5, and I hope by Christmas sewing time she can manage some cord wraps on the sewing machine.  I've made several for myself recently and I love them!  I will teach her about Sew4Home when she can handle a computer!

dstitchgal said:
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My most challenging project(s) was becoming the "sewing person" for new parish.  I loved making the banners, covering donated chairs, however had issues making the linen altar cloths and working with 100 percent linen.  After much frustration, I contacted the experts at Sew4Home and they were able to get me several tips that eventually worked.  They were so prompt and helpful.  Could not have gotten them finished so well without their help.   

Rena Pickering said:
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I learned to sew out of necessity.  I had six younger brothers and sisters.  Mother was always busy milking cows and helping my Dad!

One winter Dad was out of work, but continued to buy feed for the animals.  Of course, they did not go for want!  I washed the toe sacks that the feed came in and place them between the two layers of fabric and made quilts for our beds.  We kept really warm that winter and more then a few winters after.

Rena

lynda veazie said:
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A friend of mine was teaching me to quilt and we took a class together.  Wow did we have fun, but if anything could go wrong it did.  We purned the ironing board, we had to ripe out seams over and over until the fabric had to be replaced.  I was always the last one to get done and everyone had to wait on me.  Then my sewing machine went belly up.  What an experience.  I never gave up.  I just love to sew and quilt.  I borrowed a sewing machine and since i am still loving it i am now saving up to buy my own.  Yes.  It was the greatest class i ever took.  Thank you for the chance to win a prize, it doesnt hurt to try. 

Fransie said:
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Some years ago a friend at work asked that I make a towel with velco fastenings, for use when you finished bathing.  She wanted to give to her friend as a present the next day!  She bought a new towel and I started to work on the towel that night after dinner.  This will not take long.......  Everything was ready, I just had to work a few short rows with my machine, except my machine did not want to work.  The lights came on when it was switched on but  nothing else.  I finally found the culprit.  The electric foot control was not working.  What now?  Luckily I have a husband in a million.  He placed a chair next to my machine and started turning the machine by hand.  It was very slow but we finished at about 1am.  My friend was very happy with the present she wanted to give.  I never told her what mission it was to finish.....

Jennifer Essad said:
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hoping I'm not the only one to have done this but I was so parinoid of putting in a zipper that I didn't realize that I had put it in backwards.  All the double checking and second guessing and when I had "turned it inside out" I had realized my mistake.  Not a pretty picture and not a realizing the importance of "marking" the fabric with a safety pin or chalk for right side

Inspirationsbym said:
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I started sewing when I was young, my grandma and mom sewed. My grandma wouldn't let me use the sewing machine until I had hand sewing down! I was so impatient about it. She would always say the stitches were too big and uneven. I made many doll clothes this way. My "first" machine was a 1948 Singer, then I graduated to a 60s machine. My mom made baby quilts for all her friends so I started that tradition as well. I was called a nerd in school but kept sewing on and off. As an adult I sew constantly, mostly for others. I have done many projects here and love this site. I love to be creative! I think the best project I have done was a canvas bag from here. It was complicated and my feed dogs weren't working correctly (it took 3x longer than normal to make) but it turned out so pretty! My sister in law loved it. Some projects are like pulling teeth to make but those are usually the best ones of all!

Bttrflywmn said:
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My mom and my Aunt inspired me to start sewing, they make blankets for other people who need them. One of the first things I made was a shopping cart cover for my little girl. 

Brenda Melahn said:
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My classic sewing story begins when I was about 60 (yes, my story is fairly recent). I had sewed since about 7 or 8 years old, finally retired from my job as an accountant, and bought myself a very high faluting (?) embroidery machine. Took the classes, and got me a hand towel to do my first project by myself.  Hooped stabilizer, got my towel in place, used the little stickers to place accurately ... pulled up the simple design -- my last name.  Hit that little green button ... and it worked like a dream. No ... wait ... who is MelaKn? spelled my name wrong.  I still keep that towel to keep me humble. Thanks for chance to tell my story and to win a prize 

Janet Z said:
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I've been sewing since I was 12 but mainly for myself. The sewing project that still brings a warm spot in my heart is when I made Easter dresses for my 3 little nieces, aged 4 thru 7. I bought a beautiful floral voile and used 3 different patterns to reflect their unique looks and personality all with the same fabric. They looked adorable.

Danette Lockler said:
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I'll never forget back in the eighties there were these dresses called Ginny sacks, they were almost always cotton and they had lace and ruffles very feminine with big skirts and a wide ruffle on the bottom.  They were pretty expensive too.   In the 10th grade I got a pattern to make a dress like those and got the lace and blue cotton fabric.  I was at my grandmother's house for the summer and she helped me with the pattern and all those ruffles!  When we got it all together I couldn't wait to wear it!  I did not precast the fabric before I made the dress so I was not prepared for what would happen to the fabric when it was first washed.  That cotton twisted up and looked like a washcloth and it took me hours to iron it out!  I loved that dress and worn it many times in high school.

Linda Gagliano said:

My favorite sewing project and very first quilt was made for my son as a teen. I wasn't expecting any enthusiasm as he's autistic. Don't ya know that boy wanted to come to the quilt shop to pick out his own fabrics. I'll never forget that day we spent at my LQS. Bolts literally all over the floor while he took 3 hours to make his choices. He still has that quilt and he's 24. 

kmbankston@aol.com said:
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my first public sewing project was in my 7th grade Home Ec class in 1965. We all had to make an A-line skirt with a waistband, a buttonhole tab and a side zipper. That zipper was M-E-A-N but I got it in. For the final grade, we were required to model our skirts in front of our peers. If it didn't fit, the grade was an automatic "F". (No pressure.) When I put on my skirt it was snuuug in the waist. I wished so hard for my Mama's girdle. I pulled in my tummy, tucked my blouse into my high top granny panties and, Thank God, zipped it up. I learned that day I could suck in my tummy, hold my breath and "walk the walk" for the 60 seconds needed on the "runway." My teacher gave me my A. I still feel a little guilty that I never told her the zipper ripped out from top to bottom when I sat down. 

Becky Hernandez said:
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I got the sewing bug from my home ec class in 7th grade. My mom never sewed so my dad bought me a Kenmore sewing machine from Sears in 1968.  I made many outfits that year and they were so proud of me. At 62 I am frequently proud of myself. I love most of my projects and enjoy sharing my creations with friends and family.  My latest favorite is a collection of my late mother's pajamas, made into two quilts, one for my brother and one for myself.

handmadebycorykay said:
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My most successful project was an elaborate baptismal gown sewn for my first grandchild. (My mom had passed away about 20 years prior to this, so I had inherited much of her sewing stuff.) I used a McCalls pattern and a "Sew a Memory"  instruction booklet from Nancy Zieman which I found in my mother's sewing stash. Looking back I am still amazed that I created custom-made lace using my mom's Memory Craft 7000 sewing machine!  It was also the first time I tried heirloom sewing.  I put over 30 hours into that beautiful baptismal gown! It was very challenging and rewarding. I just kept at it - sewing in small time chunks until it was completed.  That's what I love most about sewing - the challenge and the sense of accomplishment!  

wlallen219 said:

Creating quilts, learning new techniques and challenging myself has always brought me great joy.  A few years ago, a friend asked me if I would teach her to quilt.  Happily, I scheduled several sewing dates only to discover she didn’t own a sewing machine. After machine shopping, I had her select a quilt pattern with the major requirement being that she love,love,loved it.  She next disclosed that although she had sewing experience, it was 30 years ago in her 1 year of Home Ec.  Did I mention I loved a challenge?  After a little practice piece, we quickly moved on to her dream quilt.  Her excitement with learning at each step and finally accomplishing her wish brought me so much joy. She was ecstatic with her completed quilt. I relived my early years of quilting through her.  I was reacquainted with all the joy each step in my growth has brought me, only to find my greatest joy was in sharing that with someone else.

Teri Stich said:

I started sewing when I was 10, wow, that's just shy of 50 years ago. I've gone though phases of sewing like crazy and those of the only sewing was mending. Over the past several years I have gotten not only back into sewing but from a different place. My mom who taught me to sew, was a get 'er done sewer, I am, in a sense, relearning many things. Taking my time and fine tuning. I love this and look forward to hopefully, retiring in a couple of years and being able to devote more time to my passion.  I guess one of the more stressful projects I undertook was making a wedding gown for my sister-in-law, my matron of honor gown as well as an adorable outfit for my young son. All came out beautiful and no one but me knew the free flowing panel of the bride's dress was sewn in the wrong direction!   

Jana_M said:
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I began sewing as a child out of necessity because my family couldn't afford to buy the pretty clothes I longed to wear. Sometimes I sewed from a pattern; other times I created the pattern. I even made my prom dresses. As an adult, my sewing skills came in handy for decorating my home for which I've sewn drapes, bed linens, and pillow covers. Probably the most creative and rewarding sewing I've done, however, is the wedding quilts my friends and I sew each time one of us marries. Each of my friends has a work of quilted art, made lovingly by friends and family, hanging on their wall.

Sue H said:
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My sewing story started when I was about eight years old. My mom did mending and sewed dresses for my sisters and I. My mom removed the shuttle part of the bobbin assembly in her machine and couldn't figure out how to get it back in. She and my dad were trying to figure it out when I peaked over their shoulders and said "doesn't it go like this" and it fit perfectly. Mom figured I could graduate from hand sewing and use her machine then. I've loved it ever since. I bought my own machine with babysitting money when I was about 13. My sewing machine (a different one now) has always been one of my prized possessions. 

jenuin_rticl said:
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I have been sewing since I was 9. I started with doll clothes and a square-bottom bag. And eventually, I got a BS in Fashion Design and Merchandising. Eventually, I hope to open my own atelier, making custom formal gowns.

janet2358 said:
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My very first sewing project was a set of pillowcases with hand embroidered flowers along the edge.  I was 8 years old, and had been watching my mother sew for a long time.  One day we were working in the garden and my mom sent me in to get the old bed sheets to tear up for tomato ties.  I saved parts of them and made the pillowcases while everyone else was outside. My mom came in to see what was taking so long and caught me at her sewing machine.  I think she was as scared as she was proud that I knew what I was doing!  I've been sewing and quilting ever since!

Anonymous said:
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I always have a hard time with patterns. Thank God my mom is seamstress, as is my best friend, and they helped me make a pair of camo workout capri's!

Leslie Ann McMillen said:
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As the 4H sewing leader I always make myself a new outfit for the Fashion Revue.  I sewed my index finger right thru the bone.  I had to make a trip to the emergency room to have it removed - the doctor was having trouble getting it pulled out - I suggested a bigger pliers - he did not take my suggestion until he called the specialist and was told to use a bigger plier. He told me no sewing for a week - little did he know I had to finish my outfit for the next day - and did!

Karen Jones said:
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In my 9th grade sewing class, the girl in front of me turned around and stomped on my foot pedal just as I was using my finger to get the bobbin thread.  The needle went through my finger and I snapped it off embedded with bright red thread hanging off it.  The doctor offered to just pull out the needle and leave the thread so I could put a bell on it to remind myself not to do that again.  To top it off, the teacher didn't give us good advice on fabric selection, and the top I made was so sheer you could see the bra underneath.  It's a miracle I still like to sew and quilt after that traumatic year in my youth.

Michelle C said:
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My Sewing Story:  In 2015 I moved to another state with my husband.  I didn't know anyone, and I really felt quite alone.  After about 6 months of trying to find people who shared similiar interests, I found a facebook group for crafters. I took a chance and responded to a 'get together' night at a total stranger's house. It was a huge leap for me to just go.  I'm glad I did.  I ended up meeting my two best friends. The following week, they took me to their favorite fabric store and I almost cried, I was so happy to have found "my people". The next day I unpacked all my sewing supplies and got back into it.   We've been sewing together ever since.  We enjoy getting together to just work on our own projects, or we'll find small projects  that we all can do, and it's always nice to be able to call a friend to go fabric shopping!  

Diane Beavers said:
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Wow what a wonderful way to build up my sewing/quilting stash!  I've always been a huge fan of pattern designer Anna Graham whom blogs as Noodlehead, particularily her bags.  I was petrified to even think of adding a grommet must less adding sliders to straps or a magnetic closure.  Anna, is a brilliant coach.  Her patterns are written as if she's talking to you and sitting right beside you. Very personal.  So with her encouragement to try these accessorices for the first time, I did and have ever since, made a tote or bag or two for all my sisters, friends and sewing friends when they have a special event or travel upcoming.  My favorite pattern by Anna is her Gingham Tote, which I now own two that I stitched up just for me.

SomeBunnyWhoSews said:
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My sewing story began with my favorite aunt passing away far too soon.  She was a gifted seamstress and so I asked for her machine as my token of her.  I knew I had to learn to sew when I laid my hands at her table and felt her heart there with me.  I started with small, simple projects, pillowcases and pjs, trying to increase my abilities but always wishing her voice was there to tell me what to do.  I eventually tackled a large quilt, costumes and clothing for my children, many gifts, etc.  My biggest success came when I made a dress to wear to my neice's wedding.  It had a bold floral and I determined to match the flowers at each seam, making up a fitted cocktail dress.  At the wedding, my cousin asked where I bought it and I joyfully told her that Aunt Vi and I had made it.

dylanentertains said:
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I am a beginning sewer, so I only have one story to tell, the story of my first major project. My wife and I purchaced a living room set off of craigslist. It came with three different tables, a couch, a loveseat, a chaise lounge, and a whole mess of pillows. We loved the furnature, put in a word, the pillows were... ugly. So, in an effort to improve our decor on a budget, we bought a roll of cloth and a sewing machine, and I started my mission of making slip covers for the pillows. The reason I am proud of this sewing experience is because for each case I made, I learned more and more, and so they turned out better and better. Using skilles gleaned off the internet, I really improved my method. Now, The living room is much more vibrant. 

Dylan Johnson said:
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I am a beginning sewer, so I only have one story to tell, the story of my first major project. My wife and I purchaced a living room set off of craigslist. It came with three different tables, a couch, a loveseat, a chaise lounge, and a whole mess of pillows. We loved the furnature, put in a word, the pillows were... ugly. So, in an effort to improve our decor on a budget, we bought a roll of cloth and a sewing machine, and I started my mission of making slip covers for the pillows. The reason I am proud of this sewing experience is because for each case I made, I learned more and more, and so they turned out better and better. Using skilles gleaned off the internet, I really improved my method. Now, The living room is much more vibrant. 

Pam Schulze said:
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I hadn't sewn for about 40 years.  When I retired, I wanted to learn to quilt.  Two quilters at my church offered to teach me.  It was a challenge for me, but after making my first baby quilt, and so many pattern I wanted to try, we decided to make baby quilts for a local charity.  We started with giving them 10 quilts the first year.  We upped our goal to 50 & asked others to help us reach that goal.  The group has grown to over 20  ladies sewing for several different charities.  We have made over 80 prayer runners for hospice patients since the beginning of this year.  Lots of quilts for babies, children & homebound friends.  Quilting as a group each Monday is so much fun & encouraging to keep on sewing.  A great way to make new friends & make so many people feel our love when they receive one of our quilts.  And you get to try all those patterns that look so interesting.  

Fernanda Watts said:
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Sewing was a life saver for me. I struggled with stress disorder and panic attacks for five years, did some medice and therapy but the real help came with my first Brother. The time we spend planning, the concentration required, the creativity... It´s my "meditation" and the stress episodes are now almost gone. 

I made an upgrade to a Janome 8900 and it´s my baby. I call it Amelia, and I fell we cross oceans together.

Now I'm planning to get a long arm machine, not an easy task here in Brazil - but a girl has to dream right?

Ruth Godi said:
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When I graduated from high school I asked for a sewing machine for graduation.  I had never used a sewing machine before this, but knew it was something I wanted to do. I taught myself how to sew and follow patterns.  Mostly I like to make things and give them away as presents.  I make quilts for my family because I like the idea of them sleeping under something I made. I sew every day, by machine or by hand. 

Anonymous said:
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I took sewing in home-economics in school we were taught the basics and moved on to our project. My project was making a blouse we then had to figure out what the next steps.  What I love about the project it was home-eco a period for hands on learning the basics of how to thread a sewing machine and use the foot peddle. Fast forward 40years later I decided to pick up my sewing habits again and I still love it just like it was when I was a young girl. When I look around my room with all my arts and crafts it just make me so happy because now I know that is what I suppose to do  design,create, make my unique items.       

Shirley Coachman said:
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I took sewing in home-economics in school we were taught the basics of sewing and moved on to our project. My project consist of making a blouse then had to figure out what the next steps.  What I love about the project it was home-eco a period for hands on learning something new,threading the maching and use the foot peddle. Fast forward 40yrs later I decided to pick up my sewing habits again and I still love it just like it was when I was a young girl.  I look around my room with all my arts and crafts it just make me so happy because now I know that this is what I suppose to do design, create, and make unique items.

GranChris said:
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My greatest success to date is a Twisted Log Cabin that hangs on the wall in my husband's office. I love the colors. It was truly a challenge. The hardest thing for me is and always will be drapes. I hate making drapes.

Carol Eicke said:
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A friend started a quilt circle in our church over 10 years ago and our first project was a BOM.  I loved making all the different blocks and borders, but while everyone else got theirs professionally quilted and have been using them, it wasn't until last year that I ventured into quilting on my domestic machine and FINALLY completely finished the queen-sized quilt.  I also made a miniature paper-pieced version.  Same friend talked me into entering them in the Co. Fair and I won Best of Show!  So excited!

Maggie78 said:
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My most successful project was an appliqued wall hanging I made for my Dad's 85th birthday. I decided on a nine-patch design with each block depicting a different phase of his life. Beginning with his upbringing on the farm, it progressed to his days working in a logging camp, then later as an airplane mechanic, and finally to his career as a realtor. Also included were his favorite pastimes, while the center block displayed a birthday cake with candles and the embroidered message, "Happy 85th." When I presented this memory quilt to my Dad, he was almost speechless. He absolutely loved it and expressed his excitement with the words, "This is my life!"

Kathy Luehrs said:
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my success story is my first quilt I made - I couldn't pick a nice and easy quilt - oh no not me - it had applique, piano key boards and mitered corners - it turned out way better than I could ever had imagined

Gloria Kreiner said:
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Not necessarily my most successful, but my funest (is that a word?) was the coat I made this year. I had forgotten how nice it is to work with wool. And it came out great.

Teresa G said:
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I've been sewing for years and it's so much fun when I'm making tote bags, quilts, Christmas stockings, table runners, place mats, Holiday stuff and so much more!! it warms my heart when I give them to family and friends and see that they love what I made for them!! I've made special quilts for my 3 granddaughters, grandson and great grandson so that they have some thing special from grandma as a keepsake!! 

cheryl hutchinson said:
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My sewing adventures did not start well, as a child i was a tad stubborn and Mom could not deal with such a defiant child, flip forward 40 +years and I decided that I wanted to sew again. I am learning and even completing projects, quilts etc. Thank goodness the shop owners are patient with their customers.  I am more  tolerant when trying to show someone else how to sew. Love Sew4home I always find something of interest. 

mcrews said:
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I have a granddaughter and sewing for her is my idea of fun. I spent time embroidering a shirt for a birthday party ( theme oriented, of course) only to find out that I had pulled the wrong size shirt to work on. And it was back to the drawing board!

Debra Luecke said:
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I started sewing when I was very yound. Now I am involved with Jane Austin and have been making costumes for the Masquerade Ball.  What fun it is to utilize all the skills I have learned.

Big improvement over the years as sew4home has helped me. So many great ideas!

Belinda Bronson said:
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My sewing journey started in 8th grade home-ec class.  We had to sew a pair of pajamas. And everything was basted first and then if it fit, it was sewed.  I put mine together and it fit, I was so excited.  However, the first time I washed them, they fell apart into all the pieces I had cut out.  I somehow forgot the final sewing part so the basting all came apart.  I didn't try sewing again in earnest until about my thirties by doing crafty things and quilt in a day projects.  I have been hooked on making quilts and fun projects ever since....30 more years. I'm now a stash builder.

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