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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.

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  • 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.

  • Episode 94
    What Are Some of the Best Sewing Shortcuts to Save Time?

    If you love to sew, you probably love a helpful shortcut. In this episode, Sarai and Haley share a long list of shortcuts to help save you time and headspace while you sew clothes.

  • Episode 93
    The Best Sewing Books for Beginners

    Wondering which sewing books are best for learning how to sew? In this episode, Sarai and Haley share a framework for building a helpful and inspiring sewing library, including the three types of sewing books you should have.

  • Episode 92
    How to Find the Type of Sewing That Fits Your Goals

    You might have sewing goals in mind, but it’s easy to get distracted. Sarai and Haley share a bunch of ideas to help you uncover your most important sewing goal right now, and how to balance having fun while meeting your goals.

  • Episode 91
    Creative Exercises for When You Only Have 10 Minutes

    When you’re feeling crunched for time, it’s hard to make space for sewing. In this episode, Sarai and Haley share 14 different activities for when you're short on time but feel like doing something sewing-related.

  • Episode 90
    How to Sew When You Feel Stressed Out

    Feeling stressed out? In this episode, Sarai and Haley talk about why it’s hard to sew when you’re stressed, and they share super practical tips for using sewing as a way to remove stress and not add to it.

  • Episode 89
    3 Steps to Help You Get Past a Mistake or Failure

    Some of your future sewing projects will fail, so what can you do when you make a mistake? In this episode, Sarai and Haley share 3 simple steps to help you get past a mistake or failure.

  • Episode 88
    Tips for more playful sewing

    Sewing is such an involved hobby, and with all the possibilities for mistakes, sometimes you can take it a little too seriously. That can kind of suck some of the joy out of sewing. Here are creative ways to make sewing more playful.

  • Episode 87
    How Can I Get More Wear Out of the Things I Sew?

    This episode talks about the four main reasons you might not want to wear something you've made, how to plan to make things you'll get more use out of, and a quick exercise you can do at home to help you brainstorm ideas for future projects.

  • Episode 86
    Alexis Bailey's Hand Sewing Kits

    What if you could bring your projects with you wherever you go? When Alexis Bailey asked this question, she had an idea. Now she's the owner of Fibr & Cloth, selling supplies and kits for hand sewing and a growing collection of zero-waste patterns.