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Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from the fun ladies over at SewHere.comZede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede's Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online and in-store!

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Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from the fun ladies over at SewHere.comZede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede's Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online and in-store!

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Beat sewing podcast

By kariusogbactus - Aug 08 2019
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This podcast is informative, funny and entertaining. The best sewing podcast out there.

Sew good.

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This is a great gives you many ideas an explains in way you can understand.

iTunes Ratings

283 Ratings
Average Ratings
217
23
12
13
18

Beat sewing podcast

By kariusogbactus - Aug 08 2019
Read more
This podcast is informative, funny and entertaining. The best sewing podcast out there.

Sew good.

By Shelly) - Jan 25 2019
Read more
This is a great gives you many ideas an explains in way you can understand.
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Sewing Out Loud

Updated 7 days ago

Rank #94 in Hobbies category

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Learn the technical information you need to sew successfully from the fun ladies over at SewHere.comZede and Mallory are a mother/daughter team who run Zede's Sewing Studio in Columbia, MO. They sell sewing machines, teach sewing classes and provide excellent sewing entertainment online and in-store!

Rank #1: Bonus Episode: Easy T FAQ

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Mallory and Zede answer questions about the Easy T class in anticipation of its launch on November First.

Pre-Order the Easy T class now at www.sewhere.com/easyt/

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Oct 05 2016
15 mins
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Rank #2: Bonus Episode: Pre Order the Easy T Class

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Visit www.SewHere.com/EasyT to pre-order the Easy T Class for $9.99.

You’ll be showing your support for Mallory, Zede, and the podcast!

The Easy T class is scheduled for release on November 1st, 2016 and the price will go up to $14.99 on November 15th, 2016.

In this episode, Mallory and Zede discuss how the class will work and why it’s the best $10 you’ll invest in your self-sewn wardrobe!

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Sep 28 2016
13 mins
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Rank #3: Machine Embroidery

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It’s not always leggings and ballgowns in the SewHere studio. Mallory and Zede both have a long machine embroidery history too. Do you know the largest hoop available for the first embroidery machines was 4″x4″? Crazy, right?

Mal and Zede take a stroll down memory lane and recount the history of machine embroidery. They also share some fun personal embroidery stories including some of the more novel things they’ve embroidered on and for.

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This weeks Podcast is brought to you by:

Affiliate Links and the Future of SewHere

Mallory and Zede want to make more awesome sewing media for you. More entertaining and informative podcasts, more instructional videos, more online classes, and more time spent socializing and answering your questions on social media. Doesn’t that sound sweet? We think so too. To free up the much needed time to accomplish this, they have decided to use affiliate links instead of fulfilling and shipping orders themselves to make sure you get the amazing sewing products you need and deserve.

They will still sell the SewHere boxes and other hard to find sewing tools and of course have some fun swag for you too, so don’t worry. But next time you need thread or pattern paper (#teamtrace all the way) we may share an affiliate link for a recommended product.  This gets you sewing stuff you need and want, fast and still supports us at SewHere.

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Jan 12 2018
33 mins
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Rank #4: Online Fabric Shopping

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Mallory and  Zede share their online fabric shopping knowledge and offer great suggestions for how to go about making your first online purchase. They cover how to find reputable fabric sources, how to try before you buy (ordering samples and visiting JoAnn’s can be mighty helpful), and explore the new trend in fabric buying – preorder Facebook groups.

Do you have any great tips for buying fabric online?

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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THIS BROADCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

“THE FEEL FREE TO COMPLIMENT ME” LAPEL PIN

This enamel lapel pin lets all your sewing friends know that you’re ready for those compliments!!!

Pin is .75″x1.25″ with a military clutch fastener

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Aug 24 2018
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Rank #5: Hems Part 1

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HEMS PART 1

Zede and Mal start a new podcast mini series all about hems. In this podcast they focus on Zede’s tiny hem, aka the bridal hem. Jump into this century’s fashion trends with appropriate sized hems. In a turn of events the ladies discuss the largest hems you might encounter, heirloom hems.

What is this magical and stylish tiny hem? Listen out loud and find out.

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THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: THE SEWHERE BOX

1.5 yds high quality knit fabric (appropriate for a top or leggings)
Power Mesh
Double-Eyed Needle
Duckbill scissors for trimming coverstitched and double-needle hems!
Twin Needle
Stretch Needles
Ballpoint Needles
Maxi-Lock Stretch Thread (3 spools: 1 Dark Neutral, 1 Light Neutral, and 1 SURPRISE!)
1.5″ Glass Head Pins
1.5 yds 1″ Cotton elastic (perfect for legging waistbands)
Chunky Mechanical Pencil
Knit Stay Tape
45 mm rotary cutter blade
Thread nets
AND MORE TO COME!
EXCLUSIVE SewHere merchandise designed by Mallory and our team!
Plus exclusive online content about how to sew with knits from Zede and Mallory!

Join in the SewHere Box fun, yet again! This time we’ve curated a ton of products to help you sew with knits. Knits are the most comfortable and popular type of fabric to wear, but can be challenging to sew. If you use the right tool for the job, you can add tons of knit garments to your wardrobe in no time!

Of course, the SewHere Box will include special goodies and surprises that are ONLY available to box purchasers! If you were wowed last time, rest assured that we’ll impress you again!

Here are SOME of the items we have picked out for the box, but we may yet add more!

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Jul 14 2017
25 mins
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Rank #6: Interfacings

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Zede and Mallory discuss what interfacings are and what they do for garments. They explore commercially available interfacings and why these are so attractive to use. They also share that they seldom ever use these but still interface. So what do they use as interfacing? Zede’s go to interfacing is a medium weight cotton organdy. Mal and Zede use this for collar, cuffs, button plackets, waistbands, any garment area that needs extra structure and support.

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THIS PODCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

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Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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Oct 12 2018
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Rank #7: Decorative Threads on the Serger

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This podcast is brought to you by Baby Lock!  Check out all the new machines Baby Lock has to offer at BabyLock.com.  You’ll find embroidery machines that can scan your project with the push of a button and sergers that let you create with ease!  Use their retailer locator to find a dealer near you!

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Aug 02 2019
1 hour
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Rank #8: Sewing Don’ts

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Jul 12 2019
36 mins
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Rank #9: All About Tracing & Tracing Paper

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Like Zede says, “There’s always more then one right way, but definitely a wrong way”! That mantra firmly applies to tracing if you ask her or Mallory. In this podcast the ladies explain in detail why they like to trace their patterns and how they do it. They describe the many types of tracing paper that’s on the market and some not so paper products they have seen used (but don’t recommend).

So, on what side do you stand with? #TeamTrace or #TeamCutThatS***Out

No demerits will be given for answering honestly. Maybe we won’t tell Zede, just to be safe.

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MyBodyModel technology will make fashion sketching templates (croquis) to your measurements. 
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They are Kickstarting Now

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Aug 11 2017
29 mins
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Rank #10: A Review of “I Sew For Fun” by Nancy Zieman

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We’re honored to be included in the “I Sew For Fun” book launch blog tour!  This new book is all about how to sew with the young people in your life, and it’s a wonderful addition to Nancy Zieman’s lasting sewing legacy.

Sewing with kids can be a rewarding experience, but it’s a task many view with trepidation or outright fear.  I get it!  There’s lots of sharp things and moving parts, and the vast majority of people who love to sew are not necessarily teachers themselves.  Many stitchers are self-taught and they might think back to the more horrific, frustrating moments of their first sewing projects and think “Why would a kid want to struggle like that?”

I’ve been a parent for 2.5 years- so I still consider myself a newbie- but Zede has been a parent for 37 years, and sewing much longer than that and we’ve both taught people young and old, related or not to sew.  We’ve put together some advice for those of you who are hesitant about introducing sewing to the kids in your life.

Take a deep breath

Kids are smarter than you think.  Looking at a skill you already have through the eyes of a child can be daunting, but you’re going to start at the beginning and go slow, just like anything else.  Plus, those of us who have taught both adults and children to sew can tell you that it’s really not all that different.

Kids Want to Make Things

When you show them a picture of what they’ll end up with, there’s a tangible pay off to work toward.  The “I Sew For Fun” book rates their projects from easy to hard with “buttons”- 1 button is an easy project and 3 button projects are more involved.  Skills aren’t the only thing that go into sewing, there’s also time and attention span. More difficult projects might simply be larger and more time consuming rather than introducing a ton of new sewing skills.

THIS PODCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

The Right Tools Can Help

You’re worried they’ll hurt themselves, and rightly so!  There’s lots of sharp things and moving parts.  But most kids do have some sense of self-preservation, and don’t relish the thought of cutting themselves or pricking themselves with pins.

The Nancy’s Notions company has considered of these perils and offers a line of kid-friendly sewing supplies that includes a presser foot with finger guard and a magnetic pin cushion that makes it easy to pick up pins without pricking small fingers.

Kids Learn By Watching Too

In the first pages of the I Sew For Fun book, there’s a list of sewing tools for the “Little Partner” and sewing tools for the “Big Partner”.  This is so wonderful to me.  Kids need and love hands-on experience, but sewing isn’t something most people can do without some observation and instruction.

Zede and I often talk about how much we love rotary cutters.  They are efficient, accurate, and easy to care for- but they are not appropriate for a child who’s never sewn before.  The risk of getting cut is too great.  However, I’d highly encourage you to let your “little partner” see you using a rotary cutter and other advanced tools.  That’s how they’ll learn proper technique and respect for the equipment.  Each child will be ready for these advanced tools and techniques at a different time.  Watch your “little partner” and you’ll see when it’s time to try something new!

It Won’t Be Perfect

We had a BLAST sewing with my niece Kathryn (12) and eldest nephew Elliott (8).  We made the drawstring backpack project from the I Sew For Fun book, and modified it a bit.  Both kids are in dance, and we wanted to the bags to be ventilated, so their stinky shoes could get some air.  instead of a woven fabric for the body of the bag, we used a knit mesh.  If you’re an experienced stitcher, you’ll see that lots of the projects in the book can be slightly altered to fit different needs or interests of the kids in your life.

The kids did not like the fabric options we’d picked out for them (big surprise) and dug into the Fabric Library a bit further for an Olivia print (fabric library resident for 10 years) and a Shark print (fabric library resident for over 20 years).

This was Elliott’s first time on a sewing machine (that was news to me), and he did an amazing job.  I was happy to have the speed governor on our Baby Lock Destiny.

Kathryn had sewn before, testing out decorative stitches on the Baby Lock Sofia, but hadn’t sewn many functional seams.

Zede spiffed up the process by making the drawstrings with the Baby Lock Ovation belt loop binder.  I told her I remembered loving to collaborate with her when I was younger, because she’d often add an element to our project that I hadn’t mastered yet, and it was very exciting for me!

My kids are 2.5 and 5 months old, so they won’t be sewing on their own any time soon, but I’m excited to get the companion children’s book “The Flying Sewing Machine” and add it to our library

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Feb 08 2018
43 mins
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Rank #11: Serger Tool Box

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Zede and Mal share their go-to items that they like to keep at arms reach when working at their serger. They of course have the obvious and most utilitarian items such as screwdrivers, needles, and thread nearby but they also love having thread lifts, spool nets, and dental tools available too.

What are some of your favorite serger tools in your toolbox (or Christmas tin)?  Were you inspired or surprised by any tools Zede and Mal use? Let us know in the comments.

Koala Cabinet Demo Video

Affiliate Links to Zede and Mals Favorite Serger Tool Box Items

SewSteady Table – Be sure to know your machine make and model as these are custom made for your machine

Thread Nets

Zeds’s Favorite Scissors

Thread Lift

Double Eyed Needle

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THIS PODCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

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Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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Apr 27 2018
44 mins
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Rank #12: Hobby Shaming

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In this episode Mallory and Zede explore the many facets of hobby shaming. They get personal and share how they have felt hobby shamed and have witnessed it in the sewing world, even by other sewers. That’s right, sewer on sewer hobby shaming. Zede and Mallory share their views and advice on the topic, including how they too have caught themselves with shaming thoughts before.

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This episode of Sewing Out Loud is brought to you by Makerist.

Makerist is an online platform that connects hobbyists like us to designers from around the world.  Designers take home 85% of each sale, and pay no listing fees!  Check out their $2 Pattern Sale March 12th-18th by clicking here.

Sewing Out Loud listeners get 50% off their video courses by using code “VID50SOL”

Popular Patterns include the Jordan Baby Shoes and the Yoki the Dragon Softie!

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Mar 09 2018
49 mins
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Rank #13: Stop! Before You FBA – Full Bust Adjustment

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This podcast episode is all about the FBA – Full Bust Adjustment that has been buzzing up a storm on social media. Before Zede and Mal share their many thoughts on the FBA they give their sincerest thanks.

Thank You’s

In early 2017 Zede and Mal made the tough decision to close the retail storefront of the business. It was a time filled with many emotions, long work hours, and lots of exhaustion. Sewpporters to the rescue! Zede and Mal were showered with thoughtful and encouraging cards from around the globe. If you were one of the sewpporters stay tuned, because each week the ladies will have special thank you’s and shout out’s to you all.

FBA?!

Back to the ever popular FBA. While Mal and Zede agree that this is a needed pattern adjustment for some, they are not convinced that the majority need it and feel the FBA is a very trendy pattern alteration. So if you have properly implemented the FBA in the past and this is something that truly works for you, keep on rocking the FBA’s! However…

Zede recollects the many, many garments she has custom made and tailored over the years, and says there are many other factors to consider when trying to make a top fit a person properly, not just the breast to consider. She says it’s important to remember that everything is connected. So just altering the length of the pattern from the shoulder can make a big difference in how a top fits your breasts. There are bust darts, armsyce, seam allowances, side seams as well as breast shape and what undergarments you wear that all factor in to how a top will ultimately fit.

Mal and Zede share their personal measurements to explain how body proportions can vary even when measurements are the same or similar. They explain that even though you might have a larger cup and band size the difference between your upper bust and your fullest bust measurement might not be large enough that you need to make an FBA.

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The perfect scissor to bridge the gap between large shears and tiny snips, these large handled scissors let you cut super precisely with ease.

Lightweight and comfortable, we have a pair of these scissors at each of our sewing machines!

Do you already own a pair of these exquisite scissors? Feel free to share a pic of them in action or in your sewing room over on our instagram page zedessewingstudio #zedesfavoritescissors! We love seeing them in the “wild”.

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Mal shares a Self Sewn Wardrobe group members personal fit story to further explore this popular trend to just say, yeah you need an FBA. Paige posted some pics of her in her muslin top and asked for opinions on how to make it fit better. She received an overwhelming amount of people suggesting she do an FBA.

Problem was the top appeared too big in the back and side and seem to fit her bust quite well. She had some pulling near her armscye too. It may seem like this is being pulled taught from the bust but Zede and Mal agree with some group members that the seam allowance has not been accounted for in the armscye area. Making a smaller size and accounting for seam allowance was a better place to start.

Zede and Mal recommend taking your measurements and making your first muslin or test garment from the pattern choosing the size that most lines up with your measurements. Zede says her largest part is her bust followed by her hips. When she makes a muslin she will pick the size that fits her hips, waist, etc…  These are all proportionate where as her bust is much larger than most patterns allow for her size. She says it’s easier to adjust the pattern for just her bust as opposed to starting with a pattern that fits her bust and altering the patten’s waist, shoulders, and all around size.

Sewing Success

Zede and Mal wish nothing but sewing success to everyone. This is why they advocate taking measurement properly, considering these against the patterns sizing, making a muslin from the appropriate size without making any alterations to it and seeing how it fits. Then you are free to tuck, pin up, and consider needed alterations. You may find you do in fact need an FBA. Zede and Mal just want you to stop and think about it before you make the jump to FBA.

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Jun 09 2017
24 mins
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Rank #14: Sewing Projects: A Love/Hate Relationship

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Sometimes our sewing projects can get the better of us and other times they can fill us with euphoria. Zede found herself frazzled and exhausted after sewing miles of heavy drapes for a very affluent customer. She has since sworn off drapes, putting that sewing project in the hate (or the really, really don’t like) category. Mallory has found herself in camp project hate a time or two also. Sewing oodles of appliqué jersey numbers and patches might have that effect.

Sewing projects for others and oneself can at times be an emotional rollercoaster. The good news is there are highs to balance out the lows. Some of Zede’s and Mallory’ s most loved projects have been costumes. They both agree there is something magical when all your time, hard work, and perseverance turn flat fabric into something more spectacular than you initially imagined.

Have you ever had a Love/Hate sewing project?

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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This weeks Podcast is brought to you by:

Affiliate Links and the Future of SewHere

Mallory and Zede want to make more awesome sewing media for you. More entertaining and informative podcasts, more instructional videos, more online classes, and more time spent socializing and answering your questions on social media. Doesn’t that sound sweet? We think so too. To free up the much needed time to accomplish this, they have decided to use affiliate links instead of fulfilling and shipping orders themselves to make sure you get the amazing sewing products you need and deserve.

They will still sell the SewHere boxes and other hard to find sewing tools and of course have some fun swag for you too, so don’t worry. But next time you need thread or pattern paper (#teamtrace all the way) we may share an affiliate link for a recommended product, this gets you sewing stuff you need/want fast and still supports us at SewHere.

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May 11 2018
47 mins
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Rank #15: Studio Redo

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Studio Redo July 2018

15 months ago the brick and mortar shop closed and Zede lost her garage. A lot of fabric, duplicate supplies, samples, etc… came home with Mallory and Zede. Mind you their studio was not empty because it was used and worked in so all this stuff had to go some where – Zede’s garage, home studio and home gym space.

It can be really challenging to organize and clean up tons of stuff when you actively work and make more messes in the same area with the tons of stuff. We all really wanted the studio more organized, especially Zede. She didn’t want a partial clean-up job though, she wanted a plan and the time to execute it.

Cue the yellow legal pad page full of our cleanup choreography. This was an invaluable list that helped keep us on track and in communication about what was done and what needed to be done.

In one corner of the studio we had stock to sell and filming supplies and amidst this stuff Mallory would film FaceBook live videos and her and Zede would record the podcast. These cramped quarters were less than ideal and drove Zede crazy.

We had already cut the sellable stock down and wanted to trim it even more, the filming equipment needed to move too. Adjoining the studio via a doorway sans door is another room which was the old studio before the new studio space was built but what was quickly becoming the production studio. The filming/podcasting equipment, packing materials, a little office for Mal and storage for art supplies is now housed in the production studio.

So what was on this magical legal pad choreography list?

  • tote up product – yes we did, and found it a new storage location
  • organize, recycle, and store shipping boxes – lots of recycling
  • reassign white bookshelves that housed product – serger thread storage, general storage
  • Zede’s absolute most fantastic idea for storing long rolled bolts of fabric

This was the start of our list and we managed to cross these things off relatively quickly with a lot of hard work and ingenuity. The wall of serger threads on hanging racks were condensed into one bookshelf which saved so much wall space. The studio is over garage space so vertical wall space is at a minimum. The front wall is gabled and about 4′ high so nothing tall can really fit there. This space does work perfect for all the machines though, especially since we sit to sew/serge.  The other corner and most of the back wall house the stacks of fabric (our fabric library as we call it).

If you thought our genius ended at all that saved wall space from condensing the serger thread to bookshelves you have seriously underestimated us. Zede’s most brilliant idea was how she figured out how to store the rolled bolts (usually 40″-60″ tall) which there are at least 63 of (Sam counted). She consulted pinterest, google, and amazon to no avail. She came to the conclusion we either stored them in large contractor size trash cans with cinder blocks to weigh them down or …. use an old wood file cabinet that had seen better days.

The file cabinet won! Mallory and Sam were super impressed and loved this idea. We cleaned out the cabinet and treated it with tung oil, removed all the drawers and laid it on its back and there are these perfect sections to hold up all the fabric bolts. This cabinet originally belonged to Zede’s father and she can remember seeing it in his office when she was 10-12 years old. So we know this cabinet is at least 55 years old and now has a second life holding beautiful rolls of fabric.

This storage revelation was so great because we had tall bolts of fabric stored in 4-5 different places and in shallow containers so they were always falling over. Not any more!

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THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: THE EASY T CLASS

The Easy T Class is the first online sewing class from SewHere.com.

We’re excited to offer an introductory course on pattern drafting, because we know that one of the biggest obstacles in sewing your own clothes is getting the right fit. Instead of downloading a pattern, taping it together, and then cutting it apart again to try and get a perfect fit, try taking your own measurements and drafting this simple top.

The Easy T is a semi-fitted, short-sleeved shirt made from a lightweight, woven fabric.  While the possibilities for customization are endless, we recommend sticking to the basics for your first custom pattern.

One student says, “I ve purchased many (20+) online classes from Craftsy, Creative Live and others. Your Easy T videos are some of the best I ve seen. I love that you created many concise, easy to understand segments.  Breaking the steps down in separate  short sections makes it easy to follow and review things.”

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With all this newly freed up floor space we were able to move the pressing area. Instead of having the ironing board and pressing stuff wedged in by the sergers we now have a roomier dedicated space for this activity.

We did move all the filming and podcasting equipment into the production studio but modified the choreography a bit. The original plan was to have a permanent set up for filming and photography in this area but with all the extra space in the cleaned up sewing studio we decided to film in the working studio instead.

All the things got labeled, no seriously even the pin cushions. It’s important tools get put back where they are needed. The white cabinet in the production studio was hung so the podcast mics have a home too.

Things on the choreography list to still complete are a designated phone charging station/drink bar. We don’t enjoy searching for our phones under mounds of fabric or spilling drinks either. There are also plans to decorate the space and make it more lively and possibly add a wallpaper accent wall. Stayed tuned for the reveal.

Tangents This week

  • Zede and Mal play fun guessing games of how many rotary cutters, curves, rulers, etc…
  • The back story of the white cabinet
  • Mal’s studio envy of evielaluve on Instagram. Her studio specializes in lingerie and Mal finds her very specialized studio space so enchanting

Shout Outs

  • Noah gets permission not only to visit the studio again but to actually be able to talk about what he saw,  lol  (the new studio set up is pretty nice in our opinion)
  • Go to the SelfSewn Wardrobe Facebook group and search for Fred Berry – she did an excellent job on a small space studio redo

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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Aug 10 2018
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Rank #16: Buying Used Machines

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THE MINI VACUUM ATTACHMENT KIT

Zede and Mal are big advocates of a clean machine. Sewing and serging makes a lot of lint that gets inside your machine. Get back to sewing faster by properly cleaning (no canned air in their studio- moisture not welcome!) your machine with this mini vac attachment kit.

The mini vac kit easily attaches to any vacuum hose. Clean computers, office machines, auto interiors, sewing machines, stereo and video equipment.

Go ahead and treat yourself to some cleaning help, your machines will thank you!

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Jun 02 2017
36 mins
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Rank #17: Handmade Gifts

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Mallory and Zede offer up their thoughts and advice on receiving and giving handmade gifts. This episode is chock full of personal stories and laughter and possibly some relatable moments.

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Dec 15 2017
40 mins
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Rank #18: Sharing Your Sewing Space

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Mallory and Zede have many years of sewing experience and many years of sharing their sewing space. In this episode they discuss having to share sewing space with other sewers and other non sewers. Sometimes sharing can be an area, like a dining room  or an office that is used for more than one activity and sometimes it can be sharing with multiple people at the same time or both. Zede and Mal have some fun with each other and reveal fond (or maybe less than fond) sharing memories and also some insight into how to make the sharing situation better or the space more productive.

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: THE EASY T CLASS

The Easy T Class is the first online sewing class from SewHere.com.

We’re excited to offer an introductory course on pattern drafting, because we know that one of the biggest obstacles in sewing your own clothes is getting the right fit. Instead of downloading a pattern, taping it together, and then cutting it apart again to try and get a perfect fit, try taking your own measurements and drafting this simple top.

The Easy T is a semi-fitted, short-sleeved shirt made from a lightweight, woven fabric.  While the possibilities for customization are endless, we recommend sticking to the basics for your first custom pattern.

One student says, “I ve purchased many (20+) online classes from Craftsy, Creative Live and others. Your Easy T videos are some of the best I ve seen. I love that you created many concise, easy to understand segments.  Breaking the steps down in separate  short sections makes it easy to follow and review things.”

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Apr 20 2018
43 mins
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Rank #19: How To Organize Stitch Samples

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This episode was inspired by a message Mallory and Zede received from a lovely Canadian listener, Fred B. Fred asked their advice/help on creating a stitch catalog that she can reference. Mal and Zede suggest keeping a notebook, binder, or some type of organized system with detailed notes and fabric samples. These samples can be looks based or technique based. It’s a great idea to stitch out your machines decorative stitches, this is the best way to see how big, dense and how they sequentially stitch out. Zede and Mallory suggest using a sample system that allows you to add and subtract from it easily which is especially important when testing stitch techniques. They both agree the best way to add these types of stitch samples is when you are actively using them in a project.

How do you organize your stitch samples?

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THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: THE EASY T CLASS

The Easy T Class is the first online sewing class from SewHere.com.

We’re excited to offer an introductory course on pattern drafting, because we know that one of the biggest obstacles in sewing your own clothes is getting the right fit. Instead of downloading a pattern, taping it together, and then cutting it apart again to try and get a perfect fit, try taking your own measurements and drafting this simple top.

The Easy T is a semi-fitted, short-sleeved shirt made from a lightweight, woven fabric.  While the possibilities for customization are endless, we recommend sticking to the basics for your first custom pattern.

One student says, “I ve purchased many (20+) online classes from Craftsy, Creative Live and others. Your Easy T videos are some of the best I ve seen. I love that you created many concise, easy to understand segments.  Breaking the steps down in separate  short sections makes it easy to follow and review things.”

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Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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Oct 05 2018
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Rank #20: How To Take Out Stitches

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Zede and Mallory share their top tips for stitch editing (yes, we like to be fancy and call seam ripping that). When taking lock stitches (regular sewing machine stitches) out of woven or knit fabrics always pull the bobbin thread. They both agree snipping the thread every few inches and stitching with the longest stitch length possible for your project and desired effect (even if that means only going to a 3 mm) will be a big help if you need to do some stitch editing. They are also huge advocates for using a slightly different colored bobbin thread than your fabric and top thread. This will make it easier to differentiate which is the bobbin thread.

Overlock (serger) stitching is a little different. They again highly suggest thread blending. This time you will be pulling the needle threads. If done correctly the looper threads will just fall away from your fabric edge.

To remove satin type stitches like buttonholes and embroidery you will want to gently shave the back of the stitches with a razor or specialty tool. They urge you to keep the stabilizer on the fabric and to NOT unhoop your embroidery project. Once you remove the stitching you will be all set to restitch.

Do you have another way you like to remove stitching? We’d love to here about it.

Keep in touch with us at:

www.SewHere.com

Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group

@ZedesSewingStudio on Instagram

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THIS PODCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:

THE SELF SEWN WARDROBE PLANNER

The planner is available in a universal style as well as a monthly theme that follows along with The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook. Both planners offer helpful guidance in planning out your next wardrobe make as well as thoughtful prompts to keep your makes relevant to your likes, style, and wardrobe needs.

Universal Planner

This planner is a guide to planning and finishing any wardrobe project.  You define the project, evaluate your current wardrobe, and follow our guide to form a plan of attack.  You ll be on your way to a Self Sewn Wardrobe in no time.

This 17-page planner can be customized and printed over and over again.  You may want to print some pages more than once, depending on your project, for example, you ll probably make more than one pair of underwear in a month, but most likely only one coat in that amount of time.

This planner is available to Straight Stitch, Backstitch and Zig-Zag members of SewHere.com. Check out membership options here.

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

Themed Monthly Planner

A new, themed planner will be published every month!  Each month’s planner will follow along with the theme in The Self Sewn Wardrobe Group on Facebook and include relevant planning and goal setting information as well as hand drawn sketches by none other than Mallory herself.

This planner is included in the Zig Zag SewHere Membership level. If you re interested in becoming a Zig-Zag member, the themed planner will be automatically delivered to the Downloads section of your SewHere profile each month!

This is a printable PDF file that will be immediately available after purchase when you log in at SewHere.com/Profile.  You will not receive a physical planner.

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May 25 2018
44 mins
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