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reason to celebrate | improv sewing

As many of you know I am familiar, and oddly fearful of my sewing machine. It really takes a lot to make me drag it out and remember the 47 steps to make a straight stitch. When my friend Debra shared with me about her new sewing book… I was nervous it was going to judge me, but it didn’t (hooray!).

The book is so encouraging. It will pep talk any sewing impaired crafter to thread up. The projects are super easy and creative. Some even use basic hand stitches, like sewing paper (awesome right!). Improv Sewing is a book about, “pursuing joy, not pursuing perfection” which I love. Their goal is to try and change the way people think about making things, their mission is to help people get over their fears of messing up and start having more fun when they create.

Debra and Nicole will be putting a celebratory spin on their passion and doing a DIY project for the fall issue of Styled. magazine, you will love it! In the meantime, pick up the book here and check out the inspiring book trailer that Ryan Marshall shot.

Photos taken by Alexandra Grablewski


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    • Corrie, totally! My sweet mom has already given me 3,000 lessons on it and I still beg her to hem my pants. I honestly don’t know what scares me so much about it!

  1. I begged for my mom’s old Singer (circa 1980) and the thing is so intimidating even without anything digital to adjust. But I love the hand-sewn paper above. Wouldn’t it be cute as a reusable napkin when kids go back to school?

  2. Yes! Me too! So glad to know I’m not alone in feeling my ‘proper’ Singer giving me the side eye. (i am a terrible one for breaking needles. I still dont really know how i do it, but now i just make sure i always stock up on spares.) I also found that a teeny, red plastic £50 machine from John Lewis was a far less intimidating way to get started than the cast iron behemoth.

    And exactly YES to your friends’ idea to give up being nervous of messing up – I mean, what’s the worst that can happen, right?

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