Giveaway Winner…umm, Winners!

Random Number GeneratorWe ran our first giveaway a couple of weeks ago. We asked our readers:

If you were to write a memoir about you and your sewing, what would be your snappy, marketable title and tagline?

The Random Number Generator selected entry #1 for “Pressing Matters”! With only two entries, I ran the Random Number Generator in a best of 5, just to be fair. Congratulations, Marie!

Pressing Matters

Trying to buy an iron has become an adventure over the last several months! Who knew there was so many systems to select from. And the price range started at $100 and went up to the cost of a used car! I really don’t need to drive my pressing system on the road!!

Giveaway prizeMarie wins the Sew U and Making Handbags & Purses books, zippers, buttons and fold-over elastic.

Giveaway Prize 2Since we only had two entries, I just couldn’t let our other fabulous entry go without merit. So, for the hilarious memoir titled “I Came, I Sewed, I Conked Out”, CKSewist will also win a prize. CKSewist will win a yard of blue-green ombre mohair and two altered couture magazines to continue her sewing (and conking out).

I Came, I Sewed, I Conked Out

A woman of a certain age goes to her local ASG chapter’s retreat where she eats too much pasta, drinks too much wine, stays up all night finishing UFOs, and passes out on a cutting table as all around her are women packing their machines into attractive wheeled carrying cases for the trip home.

Email me at tinawong[at]asgchicago[dot]org to claim your prize! Send me your mailing address and I will ship it to, so you can continue your sewing journeys!

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Giveaway! What’s Your Sewing Journey Memoirs Title

Extreme sewing: Sewing machine in the ocean

Image source: U-handbag extreme sewing on Flickr

Hello, dear readers! We’ve reached a milestone…well, actually, we reached it a while ago. We have been on Twitter and have 265 followers and have sent more than 2,000 tweets of tips, news and tutorials. That’s a lot of stuff to share. Now in standard Twitter-quette, I should have had a giveaway when we hit our first hundred followers as a thank you (THANK YOU!), but that slipped by me, then 200 slipped by me. Then my 1,000th tweet slipped by me. Then National Sewing Month slipped by. But, I still wanted to take the opportunity to thank our followers on Twitter and of this blog, so WE’RE GONNA HAVE A GIVEAWAY!

You don’t have to do anything crazy, like sewing in the ocean (but that does look like fun, doesn’t it?)

I’m inspired by America’s Test Kitchen blog post Silly Question of the Day: Faux Food Memoirs. America’s Test Kitchen asks readers what the title to their food-centric memoirs. I thought it was so much fun, so why not ask you, dear readers, to give a thought to your sewing adventures or your sewing journey and share your self-titled tome. Or maybe it’s a novella!

Would it resemble any of these?

  • A Tale of Two Stitches
  • Mary Poplins
  • Prairie Points Home Companion
  • War and Piece
  • Project Runway Called, But They Didn’t Leave a Message

Tell Us Your Story Title To Win

If you were to write a memoir about you and your sewing, what would be your snappy, marketable title and tagline?

Feel free to expound on the general theme, plot, and (juicy) narrative.

Leave yoRandom Number Generatorur silly answer in the comments section below! Let’s see what everyone’s story is for the next two weeks. Entries have to be in the comments section by midnight Central Time on Saturday, October 15…the day of the American Sewing Guild Chicago chapter’s annual Fashion Show! Have you sent in your reservation, yet? Don’t forget we’ll have raffle prizes and our fabric sale and the great bargains of the Pattern and Book Sale!

After having a giggle, we’ll use the Random Number Generator to pick the winner.

The Giveaway Prize

Giveaway prize

Of course we have to have a prize! For this giveaway, we’re focusing on garment and handbag sewing. No worries, future giveaways will have something related to quilting, heirloom and other types of sewing.

  • Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics by Wendy Mullin
  • Making Handbags & Purses: 50 Patterns & Designs from Casual to Corporate by Carol Parks
  • A 22″ handbag zipper that opens from the center out with two zipper pulls
  • A 16″ Riri zipper“It’s Not a Zipper…It’s an Embellishment!” This metal zipper has a full stop part way up the zipper, then the leftover zipper tape is used as piping; and
  • 4 yards of fold-over elastic in shades of blue. Use this to edge knits (perfect for your new book)
  • A card of vintage buttons in shades of green.

So leave us a title, a plot and have fun telling us your sewing journey! Good luck!

Edit: Due to postage, the giveaway is limited to U.S. mailing addresses. But, if you’re not in the U.S., we’d still love to read your sewing memoir title.

These (Sewing Machine) Boots Weren’t Made For Walking

Yes, I know these aren’t boots, but even if they were, I don’t think they’d go very far or you’d have to have a long extension cord. the late fashion great, Alexander McQueen, designed a series of abstract art using household items. These sewing machine shoes were among them.

Shoes from sewing machines by Alexander McQueen

Image source: switched.com

Coming Up On The Blog This Week: A Giveaway!

One of the  exciting things that I’m putting the finishing bits on is our first blog giveaway! I’ve been a bit remiss in acknowledging our @SewChicago Twitter tweeps. We have 259 followers and have been added to 12 Twitter lists! In the Twitterverse, I should have thanked our tweeps with something when we hit 100 or 200 tweeps. And several of the tweeps visit our blog to learn and share their sewing experiences. To honor them and our blog readers, I’m putting together a small giveaway coming…>drumrolll<…soon. 🙂 Wouldn’t be fair to tell ya, yet, would it? So, be on the lookout.


Just in case you can’t the song out of your head, here’s a little nostalgia of Nancy Sinatra singing “These Boots Were Made For Walking.”

September 15: Make a Hat Day

Today, September 15, is Make a Hat Day! It’s also Felt Hat Day, but we’ll just focus on making any hat, whether it’s felt, cloth or another material. Hats are again back in style since Kate & William’s wedding. Have you ever made a hat?

Make a Hat Day is is a day for fun! Design, make, and wear your a hat for yourself today. Put your personality into it. Or, make a hat from a character you would like to imitate for a day.

This day is very popular with preschool, kindergarten, and grade school teachers and students. Early in the new school year, teachers look for fun and interesting projects to break up the classroom routine, or for art projects. Kids, who love arts projects by nature, can use their creativity in making a hat that fits them!

The rules for Make a Hat Day are quite simple. Just make a hat, any hat. It can be for you, or for mom or dad. Wearing the hat is optional. But, it’s half the fun.

Source: Holiday Insights

Twitter logoSpoiler Alert! #makeahatday Tweets

How can I resist a themed day of tweets? Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what today’s tweets are. I’ll be using the hashtag #makeahatday today with links to patterns and tutorials (tutes) of various hats. Usually I re-cap the day after the themed tweet day, but since today is MAKE a hat day, I’m giving you the links today so you can make a hat today.

Map Cap
Image source:
Art Deco Society of California

Whew! that was a lot of tweets! I hope you were inspired to make a hat today. If you make a hat, send me a picture. I’d love add it to our Flickr album.

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