The Relaxation of Crafting and Sewing

Do the holidays or even everyday life cause you stress?  Normally we can go shopping to relieve some stress but not during the holidays. During the holidays shopping can cause more stress than it could ever alleviate. Because it is true that it is not the stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it that kills us; I am writing this blog to propose a way to react to the stress you may be faced with; I propose you try a sewing or craft project to help keep stress levels low. Sewing and crafting can be a great stress reliever as long as you choose a project that is not too challenging for you.

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Many people use sewing as well as other types of crafts and or hobbies to relieve their stress. My mother (also the mother of my 12 siblings) always had her knitting bag with her wherever she went; this  was after raising all of us. When she would come visit she would be knitting away as we talked about what had been going on in our lives. If we went to anywhere that involved sitting in one place and not eating, she would be knitting. She knit so much that she had her items for sale in a few stores. Not only was it therapeutic for her it was also very rewarding. She loved when people would go on about how beautiful her work was and would ask if she could make something for them.

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When people find that they are bored, lacking enthusiasm, or they just need something to keep them busy, they should try sewing
and/or crafting to relieve their symptoms. Sewing and crafting are both great ways to keep busy and avoid being bored. If you do not know how to sew there are numerous sewing classes out there such as the free online classes at www.craftsy.com/Sewing and at youtube.com (use search at top of Youtube’s page). There are the classes that meet up locally including the ones offered at Sew From the Heart and at Sewing Nuts both located in Scottsdale. These classes usually cost money. And there are numerous volunteer opportunities out there that can be quite rewarding emotionally.

Need an idea for a project?

Go to www.pinterest.com/sasfabricssuperstore and browse the many tutorials, project ideas, patterns, etc. to find an inspiration. Make a list and get started.

Ready to get started? The first place to start is a visit to

SAS Fabrics Superstore

9840 N 19th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85021     602-943-7777 

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At SAS Fabrics Superstore you will find all kinds of fabric, notions, and other related items. When you go to SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to allow yourself about one hour of time to browse the isles and find your treasures, inspirations and to just get your creative juices flowing. Once you decide on a project or two gather the items needed and get started.

While at SAS Fabrics Superstore be sure to take a moment to check out SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Showcase Window. It is located to the right of the store entrance. The Customer Showcase Window is where customers of SAS Fabrics Superstore can display their work and promote their business’. You can even sign up to have your work displayed in the Customer Showcase Window.  Who knows you may be on your way to discovering a hidden talent that even you did not know you have.

Be sure to share your finished project here or on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/sasfabricssuperstore

Thank you for reading SASsy Sewing’s blog.

Take Care and Happy Sewing.   : )

July 2015 Featured Customer – the Sew Spot

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Clutch Purse

by: The Sew Spot

By the Sew Spot

Clutch Purse by:         the Sew Spot

SAS Fabrics Superstore’s

July 2015 Featured Customer

The Sew Spot

Currently featured in

SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Window

is an adorable Clutch Purse

created by our loyal customer: The Sew Spot

If you would like to know more or try to make one for yourself  CLICK HERE  for the tutorial.

Thank you Kim Glenn of The Sew Spot for being a part of our Customer Window program

and for providing this wonderful tutorial, we are proud to be your fabric store of choice.

We hope you enjoy this tutorial.

Take Care & Happy Sewing

En Español:

bolso de embrague

por: The Sew Spot

By the Sew Spot

Bolso de embrague por: la Cosa punto
SAS Fabrics Superstore

07 2015 Cliente destacado

The Sew Spot

Actualmente aparece en

SAS Fabrics Superstore’s Customer Window

es un bolso de embrague adorable

creado por nuestro cliente fiel : The Sew Spot

Si desea saber más o tratar de hacer uno por sí mismo hacer clic aquí para el tutorial .

Gracias Kim Glenn de The Sew Spot por ser parte de nuestro programa propaganda trabajode al Cliente

y para proporcionar este maravilloso tutorial, nos sentimos orgullosos de ser tu tienda de telas de elección.

Esperamos que disfrute de este tutorial.

Cuídate y feliz de coser

All kids want to be Frozen this Halloween

frozenIt is time to start working on your child’s Halloween costume. That is true for many of us anyway, others may not have to worry about it until the days just before.

For those of you with children who want to be one of the character’s from the movie Frozen I found this tutorial that includes images of and instructions for making your own Frozen costumes. I hope you find it helpful.

http://www.laptopstolullabies.com/2014/03/sew-your-own-frozen-costumes-for-10-each.html

Take Care & Happy Sewing  : )

Reupholstering – a “green” project

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upholstery 02upholstery 03Since we currently have all upholstery and home decor fabrics on SALE for 25% OFF I decided to do a little homework for our customers. I researched tutorials, tips and other information related to reupholstering to assist you with your project. Remember our 25% off sale only lasts until July 31st, 2014 so now is the time to get started. It is too darn hot outside to do anything outdoors so the time is right for a project like reupholstering a sofa. By reupholstering you are helping our earth. Go green!First take a look at this short article describing the basic steps of reupholstering a sofa to determine if you think this is a project you are prepared to tackle.  At the bottom of that article was this link to more in depth information. If you feel you are up for the challenge keep reading.

I also found some helpful tips from professionals and even more tips.

I found this video to be quite informative for refinishing the back of the sofa without having any staples show. I liked that the video for finishing the back of the sofa because it was brief but packed full of good information so I am providing a link to her Youtube channel where you will find her other videos. Be sure to check out her video for finishing the arms of the sofa too.

Okay, before you begin you may want to know a bit about the fabric choices out there. Make sure you pick a heavy duty durable fabric for your upholstery project. Before you run off to SAS to get your fabric check out this yardage chart. Make sure you buy enough fabric to finish your project because you may not be able to find the exact same fabric at a later date. It is better to have too much than not enough.

If you get started and then realize you bit off more than you can chew check out the bulletin board and customer window at the store to see if you can find a professional to give you a hand.

Once you are done with your project, please post before and after photos on our Facebook page to show off all your hard work.

Best of luck to you. Happy reupholstering.

 

Take care!  : )

More Sewing Tips

Nuts & bolts as pattern weights

Nuts & bolts as pattern weights

I often browse the web looking to learn more and more about sewing , fabrics, upholstery, how-to’s and such. When I find valuable information I like to share it with others like you. Before I send you to the blog I want to share my take on a few items discussed in the article.

First, one of the items discussed is pattern weights. I had never seen a pattern weight so; I Googled  it.  Pattern weights look like fabric covered washers. So my tip is use metal bolt washers & nuts that are 1 inch or larger. Another item that you may have at home (if you’re a crafter anyway) is glass dots, these could work as well. Other items could work too as long as they are not very tall and are somewhat heavy.

Second, remember the importance of using the correct sewing machine needle, thread, and tension.

My last personal tip is always check your thread before you start to sew. It is so frustrating when I sew an entire seam only to find that the thread was not in the correct place (in relation to the presser foot of the machine) so no sewing actually took place.

OK, now for the link to the other tips I found:

7 Important Sewing Tips and Trade Secrets.

Top 10 Sewing Tips for Beginners

Top 10 Tips for Better Sewing

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Sewing Tips for Beginners

Source: http://www.squidoo.com/bettersewing

1. Be sure your sewing machine is in good working order. If in doubt, have your machine tuned up by a good sewing machine repairman. No amount of sewing skill can compensate for the annoyances of a machine that needs work.

2. Whenever you are sewing two pieces of fabric together and one piece is longer than the other,be sure to place the longer piece on the bottom. That way the feed dogs will automatically help ease in the longer piece.

3. Start with a new needle for each project.

4. Sew with the best materials you can afford. Better quality fabrics are often easier to sew.

5. Invest in a good all around sewing reference book such as The Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing or the Vogue Sewing Book. Used copies are available online or at your local Half-Price Book Store.

6. Use good quality thread. Bad thread equals trouble-filled sewing and even possible damage to your sewing machine, so bypass the 10 spools for $1 table.

7. Use your sewing scissors for sewing only. Tiny burrs and nicks can snag expensive fabrics. Dull scissors make cutting tough going so keep your scissors sharp.

8. Learn to use a rotary cutter and mat. Although once used mostly for quilting, rotary cutters can be very handy for general sewing. They are especially useful for accurately cutting slippery lingerie and special occasion fabrics.

9. Assemble everything you need for your project and read through your pattern instructions before you begin cutting and sewing.

10. Above all be patient with yourself. When you are tired you are more likely to make mistakes, so when you start having problems, take a break or perhaps come back to your project another day.

Bonus Sewing Tips

There’s always more to discover.

1. Always discard bent and burred pins as you find them. Like bad needles, bad pins can snag fabric and help make sewing more difficult than it needs to be.

2. Get free software that allows you to print out patterns for all kinds of accessories like bags and hats. The program called Wild Things is available at http://www.wildginger.com. Wild Things is one of the most valuable freebies for sewers being offered on the internet. Don’t miss it.

3. Ever been at the fabric store and wonder how many yards of fabric are left on a bolt? There is a fast easy way to check. Hold the bolt so that the folded edges of the fabric are up. Count the number of folds on one side of the bolt. Divide by 2. Your result is the approximate number of yards left.

4. If you are a beginning sewer you may be tempted to sew over straight pins rather than take them out as you sew your seams. Don’t do it! If you hit a pin with your needle you may throw off the timing of your machine, resulting in a costly repair.

5. Burdastyle.com offers stylish sewing patterns you can print out on your computer and they’re FREE. This open source sewing website also features photos of users’ versions of the patterns made up and their tips for working with the patterns. This is a freebie right up there with Wildginger’s Wild Things. It’s a must see. 😉

I hope you found this information helpful. I know I did.

Take Care, Laura : )