Sewing Daily

Blogged under Sew Simple by Tammy on Saturday 20 November 2010 at 11:22 am

Interweave has a number of blogs related to its publications such as Beading Daily, Knitting Daily, and Crochet Me. According to this website, Sew Daily will soon be added to its ranks, a daily blog that will help promote sewing books as well as Stitch magazine. Right now, you can sign up for the newsletter, which is pretty nice. Recently, it included a tutorial on applique.

I’ve picked up Stitch magazine a few times at JoAnn’s and like it. I’m actually surprised, though, that sewing in general hasn’t taken off as much as I expected over the last couple of years. A few summers ago, I pulled out my sewing machine and even wrote a related book proposal because I have always enjoyed sewing and felt like it was making a comeback. I think it still is, but it hasn’t come around as quickly as I had suspected.

One reason for this may be because while it can be a good way to save money on some items versus purchasing them (especially home decor type things like curtains and pillows), it still takes some pretty solid cash to get started compared to other DIY hobbies. For example, with crochet, you need a hook ($1.28 at Walmart) and a skein of yard (around $3-5). For jewelry, you need a few pliers ($20), beads, stringing materials, and findings (maybe another $20), and you are pretty set to get started. Then when it comes to sewing, you need a sewing machine ($75), material ($3 yd at least), thread, notions, etc. I say “may be” this is the reason because I’m not really sure, but it will be interesting to see how the publishing market treats this type of craft.

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