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How to Sew Without Overflowing Your Closet

When do you have enough? Making things brings you joy, and you can’t always measure it by the number of clothes in your closet. So how can you sew without overflowing your closet? Sarai and Haley share 10 questions you can ask yourself.

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  • Episode 118
    How to Sew Without Overflowing Your Closet

    When do you have enough? Making things brings you joy, and you can’t always measure it by the number of clothes in your closet. So how can you sew without overflowing your closet? Sarai and Haley share 10 questions you can ask yourself.

  • Episode 117
    How to Identify and Fill Wardrobe Gaps

    What's missing from your wardrobe? If you know there are gaps in your wardrobe, but you don't know exactly what those gaps are, Sarai and Haley share two exercises to help you identify them and fill them with clothes you love to wear.

  • Episode 116
    How to Do More With Your Favorite Patterns

    In this episode, Sarai and Haley share tips for making the most of your favorite sewing patterns, with pattern hacks, extra notions to add flair, and fun ways to transform your tried and true patterns into the dynamic wardrobe of your dreams.

  • Episode 115
    Should You Buy it or Should You Make it?

    Should I buy it or should I make it? In this episode, Sarai and Haley cover six questions to ask yourself when you're deciding whether you want to take the time to sew something for yourself or simply buy a readymade version.

  • Episode 114
    10 Super Cheap Ways to Buy Fabric

    In this episode, Sarai and Haley share ten tips for finding super cheap fabric. Whether you're a bargain hunter or someone who is looking for creative alternatives to muslin, these tips will help you save money on fabric for your sewing projects.

  • Episode 113
    The Sewing Scaries!

    In this special Halloween-themed episode, Sarai and Haley share 5 of the most common sewing monsters and give you plenty of tips for taming them and conquering your sewing fears.

  • Episode 112
    Ways to Stay Focused in a World of Shiny New Projects

    In this episode, Sarai and Haley help you stay focused. They cover how to decide what you'll actually sew and wear, how to cultivate your personal style, and share concrete strategies that you can use to make clothes you'll love.

  • Episode 111
    6 Fabric Shopping Rules Everyone Should Know

    If you buy too much fabric, have yards of unused fabric getting dusty in your stash, or you aren’t sure if you’re buying the right fabric for your projects, here are 6 fabric shopping rules to help you only buy fabric you'll actually sew.

  • Episode 110
    Mailbag: Why We Make Our Own Clothes

    Why do you sew? We each have our own reasons, but there are some common threads. In this episode, Sarai and Haley ask the Seamwork community why they sew. They'll share 5 of the most common (and inspiring) reasons to sew your own clothes.

  • Episode 109
    10 Tips for Buying a Sewing Machine That Fits Your Budget

    Buying your first sewing machine can be puzzling, and upgrading to a new machine can be overwhelming. In this episode, Sarai and Haley share 10 tips for buying a sewing machine that fits your budget.

  • Episode 108
    How can I Teach Someone Else to Sew?

    Sewing can change your life in unexpected ways, but it’s a complex skill to learn. How can you teach someone else how to sew? This topic was inspired by a new course taught by Sarai and Haley, called Learn to Sew Clothing for Absolute Beginners.

  • Episode 107
    Do You Have These 20 Essential Sewing Tools? (Part 2)

    After reviewing the 10 most essential sewing tools last week, Sarai and Haley share 10 nice-to-have tools. These tools are by no means necessary, but they will save you time and effort—plus they’re fun to collect!

  • Episode 106
    Do You Have These 20 Essential Sewing Tools? (Part 1)

    When it comes to sewing tools, are you a specialist or a generalist? Sarai and Haley share the 20 most essential sewing tools in this two-episode series. In part one, they discuss the 10 most essential tools to have.

  • Episode 105
    Jenny Doan Wants You to Break the Quilting Rules

    If you've ever looked up a quilting tutorial on YouTube, you've probably seen Jenny Doan. She shares her story of growing Missouri Start Quilt Co, why quilting is such a powerful activity, and tips for anyone interested in learning to quilt.

  • Episode 104
    How to Prioritize Your Sewing When You Have Too Many Ideas

    Do you have too many ideas for sewing projects and not enough time to make them all? Here are 4 steps to help you bring an idea for a sewing project out of the idea stage and turn it into a finished garment.

  • Episode 103
    How Can I Buy Less Clothing?

    Do you want to buy less clothing? Break the fast fashion cycle? In this episode, Sarai and Haley share 7 simple tips to be more intentional about the clothes you add to your wardrobe, so you can feel good about everything you own.

  • Episode 102
    Whats the Best Method for Fabric Storage?

    Wondering how to store all of your fabric in a way that's accessible and inspiring? Sarai and Haley share what works best for them, what doesn't, and three approaches to storing fabric, so you can find what works best for you.

  • Episode 101
    How to Clean Your Sewing Space in 15 Minutes

    Sarai and Haley explore why a messy space is such a block, and what makes clean-up hard for us, and they share Haley’s surefire, seven-step process for cleaning up your space in only 15 minutes.

  • Episode 100
    Our 100th Episode! Mailbag Questions From You

    We're celebrating the 100th episode of Seamwork Radio with a Q&A with Sarai and Haley! They answer your questions about their jobs, personal life, and the podcast.

  • Episode 99
    Why Your Clothes Look "Homemade"

    We often get asked how to help clothes look less "homemade," but what's the stigma behind homemade? In this episode, we explore that and share some tips for making your clothes look polished.

  • Episode 98
    Our Top 10 Favorite Fabrics and Where to Find Them

    In this episode, Sarai and Haley talk about their favorite go-to fabrics for sewing clothes, what makes them so versatile and useful, and their favorite manufacturers and shops to go to when they need them.

  • Episode 97
    Are You Burned Out or Are You Bored?

    Sarai and Haley talk about the symptoms of burnout and how to recognize them, why it’s so easy to confuse burnout and boredom, and three questions you can ask yourself to use sewing and creative activities to move past both.

  • Episode 96
    How Can You Tell if a Seamwork Pattern is Beginner-friendly?

    Being a beginner is as fun as it is intimidating. Not all beginners have the same amount of knowledge or confidence. Sarai and Haley share three levels of beginners and show you how to pick patterns that will grow your skillset.

  • Episode 95
    What is the Best Way to Learn New Sewing Skills?

    Sarai and Haley talk about why it’s hard to pick the best projects that challenge you without frustrating you, how to identify the skills you need, and our favorite method for learning new skills, project by project.