Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do You Sew It All? Plus A Giveaway!!

When I am not sewing (which clearly I am not) I am usually reading.  A lot of that reading is about sewing...imagine that!  While perusing the aisles of the local big box fabric store today, I came across Sew It All magazine.  I know that I have seen and even picked up this magazine before, but I haven't ever purchased it.  It is a little too artsy craftsy for me.  Not that I don't love an occasional fat quarter project, but a quilter I really am not, nor do I have any ambitions to be one.  Above the title of the magazine in VERY small letters it says, "McCall's Quilting presents," and that let me know right away that this magazine was not for me.

Moving forward to today, I picked the Sew It All magazine up because there was a cute grey and pink pocketed tote bag on the front.

Photo Source:  http://www.sewitallmag.com/
***Sorry for the crappy grainy pic, it was the only one I could find online and I was feeling too lazy for a photo shoot just to get a pic of a magazine cover.***

The tote bag looked really useful you are a really useful tote bag Thomas, and I am thinking about Mother's Day gifts as well, and that is all that I will say about that for now.

The real surprise came as I started flipping through the magazine.  It had an article on fast fixes for things like button breaks, sticky zippers, and mending a hole in fabric along with a whole host of other fast fixes.  Did you know that rubbing a graphite pencil on a metal tooth zipper will make it slide more easily?  Neither did I!!  There was information about Men's patterns, and sewing tools, pattern making, adding seam pockets, working with wool...the list goes on and on.

I guess the point here is no longer is this magazine all about artsy craftsy quilty kinds of things.  Don't get me wrong, there are no couture sewing techniques here, but there were 10 garment sewing ideas at the back of this issue that ranged from drafting your own patterns, to remaking t-shirts into other garments, and other ways to restyle clothing.  I am impressed with what I saw in this issue.  If I pick up the next issue and it has more of the same, I will probably subscribe.  Can I tell you...I think that it may have even given me some inspiration to get in the sewing room and have a go at a bit of sewing!

So Friends, I have got to ask are any of you familiar with this magazine?

Since it has been quite a while since I have had a giveaway on here, how bout I offer up a copy of the magazine (which is BTW $9.99 at the store), just leave me a comment below on if you are more of a crafty sewist, or more of a fashion sewist.  Open to only US and Canada mailing addresses (sorry friends everywhere else, I will get you on the next giveaway).  I will pick a winner by random number generator on Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 a.m. EST.  Make sure that if your profile isn't linked to an email address that you leave me a way to contact you, and Good Luck!!!

****Just a little note to let you know that I am not an affiliate of any company or product nor do I have any sponsors, so when I rave about or boo a product you know that is truly my opinion and not some random rambling that I am getting paid for****

26 comments:

  1. I'm not familiar with this magazine, but it sounds like it might be right up my alley--definitely more of a craft sewer than a clothing one. I make a lot of purses and bags, as they're a really fun canvas on which to experiment with all kinds of needlework techniques.

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  2. Oh wow, sounds up my alley too! I'm def a crafty sewist. I make pretty much anything but most clothing patterns scare me! So I stick to bags and things. I might have to sub too! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Weird, I went to their site and saw a sub box at the top so I signed up for the digial subscription but it's to "Sew News". Which after reading the first issue I got.. It's still useful. But I can't find how to subscribe to SewItAll. So weird! Oh well! x3

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  3. Sounds like a great magazine. Thanks for the giveaway. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  4. Looks like a helpful magazine! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. I am not familiar with this magazine. Guess they don't sell it at WalMart! I am more of a crafty sewist . For example, I make bags, baby bibs, and rag quilts.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  6. Never read this magazine but it looks like the type of projects I enjoy. It is mainly 'crafty' projects , tote bags, purses , cushions. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  7. I sew just about anything including a quilt or two. I haven't read this magazine yet.
    Sounds interesting.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm definitely more of a fashion/costume sewist rather than crafty. I'm just starting to try my hand at quilting.

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  9. I'm brand new to sewing (just started a few weeks ago) and so far I'm making crafts (my fave so far: zippered pouches. I've made several). I'd like to move into making clothes eventually once my skills improve.

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  10. I am mainly a quilter but also like to make bags and totes:)

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  11. I am definitely not a quilty/crafty person, although I have made two baby quilts for the children of a couple I loved and will be making a third for my new grand niece. I enjoy sewing personal clothing and home décor, usually curtains and pillows. I think this magazine would be useful in the variety of sewing tips and fixes you discussed. Thanks.

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  12. I used to be completely fashion or practical household things when it came to sewing, but now I've gotten bit by the quilting bug. There is something so stress free not worrying about fitting issues, and getting to play with all of those beautiful quilting cottons I've steered clear from for years. :) sarah@forrussia.org

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  13. I have heard of this magazine, but have not had a chance to look through it. I am thankful for your review and will keep my eyes out for it in the stores. I am more of a crafty sewist, although I've sewn garments too. As long as the garment isn't too fitted, I'm OK with it...and as long as I'm not sewing for a perfectionist! :)

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  14. I like making bags, but I'm mostly a garment sewist. I did just finish a beginner quilting class, which confirmed that quilting is not for me. I enjoyed it and I learned a lot, but it's time consuming and the whole time I kept thinking I could instead be making something nice to wear.

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  15. I'm a crafty quilter. Besides quilts I also love to make pillows, totes, stuffed animals, Santa dolls etc.

    wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

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  16. I am a crafty sewist these days. I'm retired so I don't need a lot of clothes.

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  17. I am a crafty sewer. I love my projects.

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  18. That gray tote bag looks like a great one for sure! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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    1. I'm more of a crafty sewist. Fashion sewing frustrates me. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  19. Fun! I'll throw my hat in the ring for a chance! :)

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  20. I am more of a crafty sewist, but I do occasionally sew a few clothes. Thank you for offering the giveaway! cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  21. I like to do crafty and fashiony...it just depends on my mood that day!

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  22. I'm definitely a craft sewist.

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