Editor's Letter September/October
September is National Sewing Month. I know some of you don't consider yourselves "sewers" (or sewists or seamstresses or tailors), but rather call yourselves "quilters" or "embroiderers." To me, it all involves sewing, whether you do it by hand or machine, by pushing a button or stepping on a foot pedal. But to satisfy everyone, we'll celebrate National Embroidery Month in February, National Quilting Month in March (which also happens to be National Crafting Month), and, of course, National Sewing Month.
In celebration of the 31st year of National Sewing Month, I invite you to renew your love of sewing (and embroidery and quilting) with this issue as your guide. There's no better time of year to get to your sewing room to stitch something fun and fabulous-and pass on your embroidery enthusiasm to others. Gather some friends and make the treat bags for a kid's Halloween party or to give to your coworkers. There are six in-the-hoop designs to choose from-and they're all free!
Sewing with others is a great way to learn new techniques, tricks and tips. I always learn something new when making projects with readers I meet on the road. Recently, at an Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Lakeland, FL, I made pieced coasters with a group of ladies. I instructed them to apply binding from the project back, and then wrap the binding to the front and machine stitch with invisible thread in the bobbin. Some ladies refused and just had to hand stitch the binding. Some pinned the binding from both sides and zigzagged the fold in place. Some tried my suggestion and loved it, while others had been doing it that way for years. Everyone was amazed at each other and it was such a great learning experience.
I learned even more while traveling with Sulky of America this past spring. They took me on a fabulous trip to Germany, Austria and Switzerland to tour the factories where Sulky thread is made and manufactured. Read my account of the trip and learn a thing or two about the thread you use in your designs. There's definitely more to thread than meets the eye and choosing a high-quality thread for your stitchouts really does make a difference.
Enjoy the issue!
Wear your heart on your sleeve (or jacket or purse)! Download this FREE design to celebrate National Sewing Month at cmemag.com/freebies. The design is available for free until September 30, 2013. After the expiration date, purchase the design at shopsewitall.com.
It's time to deck the halls with fabulous embroidered home décor! Plus, create in-the-hoop gifts, ornaments and more. Don't miss the Nov/Dec issue, on newsstands Oct. 22, 2013.