Do you ever wish you had more friends who knew how to sew? Many of you have told me that you don’t know anyone who sews. That you’re envious of makers who have sewing shops and classes nearby, or even local sewing meet-ups. That you live in a fabric desert, or that you just don’t know where to go when you need help with a project.
I spend most of my days here at Seamwork listening to sewing conversations, answering questions, and reading your stories. I’m lucky to be able to see this big, big picture of our worldwide sewing community. And I am here to tell you that we are all so much more connected than you might think.
If you’re reading this issue of Seamwork, you’re part of a worldwide creative community, and you aren’t in this alone.
We share a process, one that includes techniques, fabric, tools, books, muslins, frustrations, and triumphs. We’re united through the fabric stores we support, the pattern companies who guide us through projects, and the other makers who give us fresh ideas and light up our creativity. If you’re reading this issue of Seamwork, you’re part of a worldwide creative community, and you aren’t in this alone.
This issue explores some of the connections we experience when we sew. Oh, and if you really do want a local sewing meet-up, keep reading, and Carmela will teach you how to start one.
Meet the Writers
Listen to the Podcast
It’s unlikely that you’ve met a father and daughter with a bond like that of Michael and Ava.
Ava is 9 years old, and absolutely loves her dad, Michael. Not only does she feel comfortable discussing her life with him and letting him know what’s bothering her as she grows up, but they collaborate on custom-sewn outfits just for her.
Years ago, Michael made the decision to be there for his daughter. Sometimes that’s meant listening to her when she faces a problem at school, and other times it’s meant learning to do her hair or paint her nails. And it’s also meant using his creativity to sew for her.
As a single Black father who works every day to empower his daughter to become the person she’s meant to be, he’s breaking stereotypes. As a male in a traditionally female-dominated hobby space, he’s used his creativity to empower others to be vulnerable, empathetic, and share what they create with pride.
Watch the Video
As fall approaches, it’s time to start thinking about some layers. What’s better for layering than a cardigan?
Learn how to sew the new Milo cardigan step by step in this month’s video class. Sienna will show you all the tricks, including how to sew knits without a serger.
Join the Discussion
Have you made an unexpected connection from sewing? Share your story with us. Want to connect with fellow Seamworkers and see if you can make some new local (or worldwide) sewing friends?