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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 61
    Our Top Five Fitting Resources

    In this episode, we round up some of our favorite fitting resources with options for every experience level and approach. We’ll talk about books, where to find fit resources online, and our brand new fitting class and free downloadable fit journal.

  • Episode 60
    How to Start Your Fitting Journey

    When you wear something that fits, you feel empowered. In this week's podcast, we discuss some of the core principles of fitting, and how you can get started on your own fitting journey.

  • Episode 59
    What Are Your Fit Expectations?

    Have you ever found yourself struggling to get a garment to fit? In this episode, we talk about developing a healthier mindset around fitting while still working to develop the skills and outcomes you're looking for when you sew.

  • Episode 58
    Cosplay is For Everyone

    Why is cosplay so entrancing? Why do people want to spend a bunch of time and money to transform themselves into someone else? Hear from six cosplayers who show us how clothing connects us to each other, because we're all welcome in this craft.

  • Episode 57
    Semi-minimalist Sewing

    In practice, minimalism can feel restrictive and even joyless, especially for a creator. So is there a middle path with minimalism? Can you be a semi-minimalist?

  • Episode 56
    How to Make More Time for Sewing and Creativity

    This week on the podcast, Haley and I are sharing some of our own little tricks for making time for the things we enjoy, namely sewing and making. We talk about: Figuring out how much time you want to spend on creativity, Determining which activities

  • Episode 55
    Escaping the Cult of Efficiency

    An obsession with goals, productivity, and checking things off can be really unhealthy. In this week's episode of the podcast, we explore how the Cult of Efficiency came to dominate our cultures and share 5 tips to help.

  • Episode 54
    Nia Kelley

    In this episode, Sarai speaks to Nia Kelley. At just 36, Nia suffered a stroke that would damage about a third of her brain, making basic tasks like speech and reading difficult. The road to recovery was long. But on that journey, Nia discovered new

  • Episode 53
    Create Your Own Personal Sewing Challenge

    After packing up and moving to a new house, Sarai decided to create a queue of 5 projects that she believes she’ll wear for at least 10 years. She’s calling it The Decade Project. Learn how to set up your own personal sewing challenge.

  • Episode 52
    Create a Personal Wardrobe Palette

    Building a palette of colors and prints that works with your style can be challenging, especially when there are so many beautiful fabrics out there in the world! Today, some tips for thinking about color and building a palette that works for you.

  • Episode 51
    Going Deep with Moodboards

    What exactly is a moodboard, and why would you want to create one? Today, we're talking about the goals of creating a moodboard, how they can help you to clarify your ideas and desires, and creative ideas you can use to make them more meaningful.

  • Episode 50
    Rediscover Your Style When Life Changes

    Sometimes life throws you a curve ball; other times, you make a big change on your own; and sometimes changes accumulate over time. When that happens, exploring your personal style can help you reconnect with who you are at the present moment.

  • Episode 49
    Paperless Sewing Using a Projector (with Fuyo of Projectors

    Have you ever wished that you could just SEW, without all the hassle of printing and assembling paper patterns? Today, Fuyo from Projectors for Sewing tells us how.

  • Episode 48
    What We’ve Learned From a Year of Pandemic Making

    The last year and a half have been transformative for many of us. In this episode, we explore how the pandemic shaped our thoughts about making, and the lessons we've learned about the importance of craft in our lives.

  • Episode 47
    6 Tools We Wish We’d Bought Sooner

    Are there sewing tools you wish you'd bought sooner than you did? In this episode, we discuss the six sewing tools and notions that we love so much, we wish we'd always had them in our lives.

  • Episode 46
    How Much Clothing Do I Really Need?

    Do you ever look at your closet and wonder, how much of this stuff do I really need? In today's episode, we share some approaches to this question, and ideas we've used (or want to use) to eliminate clutter and maintain a reasonable wardrobe.

  • Episode 45
    Finding Your Sewing Why, Part 2

    In the last episode, we explored the reasons that we sew in order to uncover our individual sewing "why." Today, we discuss how to use that "why" to make decisions with purpose and intention.

  • Episode 44
    Finding Your Sewing Why, Part 1

    What is the real reason you sew? By understanding the "why" behind your sewing practice, you can find new ways to stay motivated, understand your sewing, and make meaningful choices about how you spend your time.

  • Episode 43
    Behind the Scenes: The Seamwork Philosophy

    We're looking inward this week and sharing a bit about what it's like working at Seamwork. Sarai and Haley share our values and philosophy and why we're pursuing B Corp certification this year.

  • Episode 42
    A Rising Ruby Star

    If you love fabric, you might be familiar with both Cotton + Steel and Ruby Star society. In this episode, Haley sits down with all five founding designers to talk about their creative journey, their close friendship, and what designing fabric means

  • Episode 41
    Why Buy Organic? (featuring Birch Fabrics)

    What exactly is organic fabric? And why should you buy it? We're joined by Arleen, Director of Operations for Birch Fabric to talk about the how and why of organics, and why they focus their business on organic cotton.

  • Episode 40
    Taking the First Steps to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

    Ever thought about turning the hobby you love into a business? Today, we're joined by Abby Glassenberg of Craft Industry Alliance, who shares her wisdom after working with over a thousand craft businesses of all sizes.

  • Episode 39
    Three DIY Replacements for Disposables in the Bathroom

    This month, we had an amazing article about making your own non-disposable bathroom products. Today, we'll talk through those DIY ideas to help us all reduce waste in the home while using the scraps we already have.

  • Episode 38
    What are the Signs of High Quality Clothing?

    How do you know if a piece of clothing is high quality? And how do you build quality into the clothing that you make? In this episode, we discuss the three areas to look for quality in clothing, and what "high quality" really means for us.