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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Getting Started

· The Home Sewing Association, http://www.sewing.org/ , has how-to articles available for download under Sewing Guidelines in the Educator section of its Web site. There also are plenty of instructions for home decor and craft projects in the Sewing Enthusiast section.

· The Web site for the American Sewing Guild, http://www.asg.org/ , contains a comprehensive Links section that includes online resources for patterns, supplies and fabrics, as well as contact information for Washington area chapters.

· As an online extra, Threads magazine, http://www.threadsmagazine.com/ , offers loads of free tips, including video demonstrations of sewing techniques. The site also hosts a discussion board.

· PatternReview.com, http://www.sewing.patternreview.com/ , offers just what its name suggests, but it's also an active online community with lots of helpful resources.

Local Instruction

· A full class schedule and calendar of events for G Street Fabrics' four area locations is available on the store's Web site, http://www.gstreetfabrics.com/ .

· To find a class at Hancock Fabrics, click on Store Locator from the main Web site, http://www.hancockfabrics.com/ , and enter your Zip code where indicated to get a list of course offerings nearest you.

Fun Stuff

· Stitch Lounge in San Francisco was the incubator for the new book by Melissa Rannels, Melissa Alvarado and Hope Meng, "Sew Subversive: Down & Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista." Visit their online storefront, http://www.stitchlounge.com/ , for inspiration.

· Sew Fast So Easy, the New York-based sewing school, offers its signature pattern kits and Stitch & Bitch accessories through its online store at http://www.sewfastseweasy.com/ .

· And a few blogs to fill your spool: http://thesewingdivas.blogspot.com/ , http://www.dressaday.com/ , http://alisabenay.blogspot.com/ and http://www.sewgeeky.com/ .


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