Saturday, January 2, 2010

2010 and the world of sewing at our fingertips!

As I begin 2010, I am continually amazed at the many ways we can explore and learn more about sewing, needle crafts & clothing design thru the Internet. Whether you just like mending clothing or creating your own wardrobe and household accessories, the Internet can provide vast resources. The following tips will help you get started in making the most of your online searching.

*Online Instruction
Often times you can easily find online instruction books and videos to guide you in just about any sewing-related project you might need help with. There are many online bookstores and media vendors who have instruction, how-to, pattern, and do-it-yourself books and videos that can help you learn a new skill or perfect a growing interest. There are many websites that you can try new patterns and learn time-saving tricks, or try a new form of needle work: knitting, crochet, appliqué, embroidery, or cross-stitch! Just run a search on or another online bookstore for the keyword(s) that matches your interest and browse hundreds of helpful books and videos that you can order from home, some of which you can get instantly on your Kindle or other e-reader.

*Buy sewing equipment and other supplies.
You can buy nearly anything online now. If you don't have a nearby sewing store, or your local merchant doesn't carry the brands and styles that appeal to you, you can search online and have anything you want shipped to your door! You can save money by comparing prices of several suppliers and experience the convenience of shopping from home! You can find anything from sewing machines to needles to fabrics to threads and ribbons online! It's also beneficial when you are shopping for a machine or other sewing equipment to read online reviews of the products you are comparing.
e-patterns are another great innovation on the internet! It's the fastest way to instantly have a pattern for immediate use. You can find many patterns for free or for sale online, then just download, print and use! Southern Stitches has The Cherry Dress available as an e-pattern, with several more e-patterns in the works for 2010!

*Find helpful tips and tricks.
Every type of stitch or other sewing technique can have its challenges. With billions of websites on the Internet, there's bound to be quite a variety of websites dedicated to needlecrafts, clothing design, and other homemade arts that appeals to your interest. Simply run a search on a search engine like Google for the sewing field that you want more insight. You can find free guides, instructions, and advice on many websites on the topics that interest you. You might even learn new tools and easier methods to cumbersome sewing challenges. I have created my own video tutorials that are available on my website that many people have found very useful.

*Join a group of sewing lovers like yourself.
There are countless chat groups, clubs, and forums for every hobby! You can find a group of likeminded enthusiasts who can give advice and answer your questions. You might even be able to lend a helping hand to someone else! Internet access can open doors to communicate with people from all over the world who love sewing and needle work, just like you! You might even learn something new or a new technique to a mundane task.

*Twitter & Facebook
Facebook is the world's largest social network that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends,family and upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. It's a great way to keep up & and get the latest news on your favorite sewing-related businesses! It's also a great way to share pictures of your sewing creations with friends & family! Southern Stitches Boutique has a facebook fan page - I would LOVE for you to join!
Twitter is by far the best way to share and discover what is happening right now. Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. People are eager to connect with other people and Twitter makes that simple. You can find out what's happening right now with your sewing friends or your favorite sewing-related businesses! Follow me on Twitter!

*Buy & Sell Sewing Creations online.
Etsy is a website that provides the general public with a way to buy and sell handmade items as well as vintage items and craft supplies. Handmade items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, and toys. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee. I have found Etsy to be useful in not only finding ideas for items to make, but also in comparing what I am making to what others are offering, as well as to sell the goods that I have made. You can keep a storefront even if you don't currently have any items you are offering for sale. You can find me on Etsy!

*Be inspired.
Want to try a new style? If you like making clothes and accessories, the Internet is a wonderful place for generating new ideas. You can browse countless clothing stores and craft items for new ideas of styles, colors and patterns to try on your own. Let your inventive imagination spring to life with dozens of new designs, without ever leaving the comfort of your home and spending hours window shopping at the mall.

Internet access opens a whole new world to you, and it can transform your sewing skills. Start surfing now and expand your skills, ideas, and introduce yourself to something new in 2010!


SouthernBabies said...

I found your YouTube tutorials on Jan 1. yesterday and then found your blog and website (while googling smocking designs) and just wanted to say Thank you so much for posting your tutorial videos. I have had a smocking pleater (new in it's box) for a year and a half now. And was on the edge of wanting to sell it on ebay out of frustration for not knowing how to smock and not able to afford classes...So then I thought, Let me look on YouTube and there you were. And let me say, since yesterday evening, I have been practicing stitches and have practicing pleating fabric (still need more practice, Im breaking threads) and just wanted to let ya know you are appreciated and the videos you posted are amazing. You make smocking easy and my trellis and cable stitches are wonderful. Now I just have to work on the picture smocking, stacking and pleating and I can then have the confidence to create something beautiful for my girls for Easter and Valentine's as well. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

SouthernBabies said...

I couldnt find a contact email for you, so I will post my question here (my email addy is JenniferDannielle at

What do you do when you are smocking and your thread breaks, short? I ended up with a knot in my floss and as I tried to pull it out, my thread broke off and it was about an inch short, close to the smocking stitching. Do you just pull out the stitches until you can tie off or the entire row or what?

Thanks in advance. and Happy New Year.

Jean said...

Congratulations of your e patterns; they are both so cute. I just love how you use buttons for cherries. I have used your tutorials in smocking. One of these evenings I want to find one on feather stitching. I understand the concept but cannot turn my hand right-do you think its because I'm a grandma? Much more success to you.


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