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Welcome to the Stitching Sewciety!

January 23, 2016

New and Noteworthy, Store Events, What Inspires

The Stitching Sewciety is our way of saying THANKS for being a part of the Sew Etc family. There are lots of perks for everyone, with some special bonuses when…

Adventures in Fabric

November 26, 2015

New and Noteworthy, Product Knowledge, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

There are signs hanging by our fashion fabric now. “Carefully Curated” they say. This blog fills out that story.

On Cheater Sewing and a Specialty Embroidery Technique

October 30, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

One of the questions I get a lot is “so, do you make everything you wear?” And I always reply “I wish!” Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of time…

Husqvarna Viking Convention 2015 - Day 4

October 23, 2015

Conventions & Road Trips, Embroidery Ideas, New and Noteworthy, Personal Projects, Store Events, What Inspires

I finally have my computer back! It died while I was trying to process some videos the day after convention… So this is a bit of a throwback post. I…

Husqvarna Viking Convention 2015 - Day 3

October 08, 2015

Conventions & Road Trips, Store Events, What Inspires

Another whirlwind day for all of us! Wednesday we treated ourselves to some tourist-y stuff too, so we really packed the fun in…

HV Convention - Day 2

October 07, 2015

Conventions & Road Trips, Store Events, What Inspires

Today was SO fun, even more than I expected. Sometimes time drags when you are getting certified on a new product, just because there might not be a whole lot…

HV Convention 2015 - Day 1

October 05, 2015

Conventions & Road Trips, Store Events, What Inspires

It has begun! Convention 2015 is special for us for a couple of reasons. And more than just the fact that this is the year we see a huge leap…

#Jays Colouring Project: Kid friendly!

October 02, 2015

Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

Maybe you noticed Toronto going mad this Wednesday, maybe you didn’t. Either way, the Jays won the pennant for the American League East, and it inspired this project! Colouring on…

8 Tips for Sewing Stripes

September 25, 2015

Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

This week I was shopping in the thrift store and came across a gorgeous pink striped angora sweater which was hung in the wrong section. It was way too big…

Top 6 favourite things about the New Embroidery Software!!!!

September 10, 2015

Embroidery Software, New and Noteworthy, Product Knowledge, What Inspires

Yesterday we got to take in a demonstration of the new Premier+ embroidery software via the internet. In the last few months, we were told it was like Christmas every…

16 Back to School Tutorials

August 28, 2015

Personal Projects, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

The summer has been long and glorious, and with Labour Day later this year, we have an extra week before the kids go back to school. And that means a…

Oh Selvedges, you are beautiful!

July 30, 2015

Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

I’m sorry, but I just love projects made out of selvedges. I don’t know why, but it gets the thrifty Dutch part of me excited. It might also have something…

Cross Crafting Part 2… Sewing into Knitting/Crocheting

July 24, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

A few weeks ago I wrote about combining sewing and scrapbooking and I dubbed it Cross Crafting - my own term that has nothing to do with making crosses. It’s…

Christmas in July?!

July 17, 2015

Quilting, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

Only 160 days till Christmas! Yup, I just said that. Are you one of those incredibly organized people who start planning gifts and decor this far ahead? If so (or…

Do you need embroidery software?

June 26, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

When you get an embroidery machine, it is so exciting. You can customize anything! Most machine come with upwards of 100 designs built in, and at least 1 font in…

Cross Crafting Part 1… Sewing into Scrapbooking

June 18, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

One of the most wonderful things about the craft industry is that there is next to no one who does just ONE craft. We all dabble, and we are always…

All the Big News

June 11, 2015

New and Noteworthy, Store Events, What Inspires

We teased you in last week’s newsletter that there was a lot to be announced at the Just Sew You Know party happening on Mon June 8th. If you weren’t…

Why do I need a serger?

June 05, 2015

Product Knowledge, Quilting, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

Not everybody does, you know… need a serger, that is. We have some good reasons for and against, depending on the type of sewing you do.

Projects using Knit Fabrics

May 08, 2015

Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

In conjunction with our How to Sew with Knits post, here is a listing of sites to visit for inspirational projects using knit fabric.

How to Sew with Waterproof Fabric

April 17, 2015

Product Knowledge, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

As gardening season approaches, you may be thinking about sewing for your outdoor living space. Most projects will ask for waterproof fabric, which has its own special requirements.

How to Get Your Kids Stitching

April 10, 2015

Sewing Tips, What Inspires

Sharing your hobby with your kids and grandkids can give both them and you so much joy. How to do this in a way that is sure to be fun…

Spring Clean Your Scraps Up!

March 27, 2015

Charity Work, Quilting, Sewing Tips, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

No matter what kind of sewing you do, if you are like us, you are bound to have fabric. Fabric in beautiful lengths ready to be turned into something stunning.…

Oh you, with the generous heart…

March 13, 2015

Charity Work, Quilting, Stitching Clothes, What Inspires

Yup, that’s you. We are so privileged to work in an industry that has giving back and sharing talent as part of it’s core. Time and again we are amazed…

Have you tried printing on fabric?

March 06, 2015

Personal Projects, Product Knowledge, Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

Have you tried printing on fabric? If not, start now and create this easy baby ball project!

Be inspired by Chinese embroidery

February 19, 2015

Embroidery Ideas, Embroidery Software, What Inspires

Gung hay fat choy! Our daughter came home today with that phrase as part of her kindergarten craft project… Along with a pair of (very frustrating) chopsticks. Put Chinese New…

Customer Appreciation

January 23, 2015

Contests, What Inspires

Every few weeks or so we get a positive and encouraging email from a customer regarding what we have going on on the store. This is an older one from…

Decorating for Fall

October 12, 2014

What Inspires

I’ve been tooting around the internet again, looking for easy fall decorating ideas. I’ve found a bunch, some no-sew, others sewing, all easy and straightforward… Come with me and I’ll…

How about a Hat?

July 08, 2014

Personal Projects, What Inspires

The summer sun is blazing and we are all trying to find ways to stay cool. A quick tour of the internet brings up a plethora of hat ideas, some…

Sew for Canada Day!

June 28, 2014

What Inspires

Canada shares a birthday with my (almost) 9 year old, and I’m not allowed to forget it! There are a lot of fun things you can make to celebrate this…

What oh What to Print on Fabric?

March 02, 2014

Quilting, Sewing Tips, What Inspires

It’s not just for family photos! There are so many reasons to print on fabric, and the products (and resources!) to do so just keep getting better and better.

Medical Mission Bags - How To and Why

May 03, 2013

Charity Work, New and Noteworthy, Personal Projects, What Inspires

We are constantly amazed at the generosity in time and materials of our customers, and this project is no exception. We introduced the need for small draw string bags to…

Long Arm Rental Program is Going Strong

February 20, 2013

New and Noteworthy, Quilting, What Inspires

The long arm quilt frame rental program is going strong at Sewing Machines Etcetera.

The new Platinum 3000 and Quilt Sew Clever II Robot are a pleasure to use with…

Guest Blog - Introducing Robert Wylie, Seamster Extraorinaire

June 13, 2012

Store Events, What Inspires

For more than 40 years I have been a teacher; everything from preschool to university; data base design with elementary school children to Wearable Art with Textile and Industrial Design…