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It's Sew Easy Series 100...
It’s sew easy – the place for  creative and contemporary  sewing with instructions, videos, patterns and projects presented by leading sewing experts  for beginners and experienced sewers.  Featuring apparel, quilting and home dec.

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Accessories and Simple Sewing

The experts break sewing into manageable parts as they share their unique style. Designer and blogger Gretchen Hirsch opens the premiere show demonstrating how to make an updated skirt with a retro vibe. Then, editor Tricia Waddell creates a silk scarf with simple sewing. Lastly, Trish Preston has tips for making fashion forward purses and totes to coordinate with every outfit.

102 Apparel Details and Embellishments

Don’t settle for a cookie cutter look to sewing. Designer and teacher Londa Rohlfing is first with a tutorial on creating your own bias embellishments. Then, it’s some easy decorative embroidery details with Tricia Waddell. Next, expert Bobbi Bullard demonstrates perfect placement for machine embroidery designs. The final segment features Angela Wolf with her first lesson of the season on jeans – learn the easy way to topstitch.

103 Simple Sewing and Easy Tricks

Make sewing simpler with tips and tricks from the pros. Top stitch basics is the first segment of the show with designer Shannon Dennis. She shows how to match thread, feet, and stitches for a great result. Then, Angela Wolf has a second denim lesson on hemming jeans for a professional look. Lastly, expert Janet Prays shows how to install zippers using a method from the ready-to-wear world.

104 Make it Personal

Use sewing as a way to express your personality. Suede of Project Runway fame is the first expert on the show. He creates an unique look based on three types of style and shares his insights on creating your own fashions. Then, Tricia Waddell shows how to complete those garments with a personalized sewing label. Stephanie Kimura uses the kimono shape as the basis for unique fashions in the final segment.

105 Dress Up Ready Made Home Décor

Personalize ready made home décor items - the key is in the details. Editor Eileen Roche starts off the show demonstrating easy techniques for monogramming napkins and towels. Then, editors Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving show how to use simple needle turn appliqué to embellish pillows and wall hangings. Home décor expert Pam Damour wraps up the show with the 10 steps to a perfect pillow – whatever the design style.

106 Garment Construction Tips

Start with good construction for a stylish and successful sewing project. The first segment features couture designer Angela Wolf showing techniques for sewing on knits – giving a basic t-shirt a personal touch. Next, Tricia Waddell demonstrates the importance of stay stitching and under stitching. The last segment is with pattern designer Gina Moorhead using ruching, exposed zippers, and patch pockets to update existing garments or change a pattern.  

107 Patterns

Learn how to alter or adapt patterns for a personal style. The show begins with fashions from designer Valerie Mayen of Project Runway fame. She brings style to new levels from her own pattern designs. Next, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving teach about the difference between good and bad darts. Lastly, Peggy Sagers discusses why patterns are just the first step to a correct fit as she shows how to make perfect sleeves and armholes that fit.

108 Surface Embellishment

Add interest to the surface of sewing projects with threads, beads, and scraps. First, is pattern designer Sheree Schattenmann with thread painting at a basic level. Then, Tricia Waddell explores the basics of bead embroidery for an instant update. Pam Damour is featured in the last segment. She uses fabric scraps and unfinished projects to create one of a kind head boards.

109 T-shirt Surgery

T-shirts are a perfect canvas for creating a personalized garment. Editor Eileen Roche begins the show with a flower design featuring embroidery for an exclusive fashion statement. Then, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving demonstrate a reverse appliqué technique as an apparel detail. Lastly, Linda Augsburg shows how to make over a favorite t-shirt into a bag, tote, or messenger.

110 Fun Fabrics

Add fun and unusual fabrics to your sewing repertoire. The first segment features couture designer Angela Wolf demonstrating easy ways to sew with silk. Next, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving introduce a whole new source of fabric – they recut existing garments for a fresh new style. Lastly, pattern designer Sheree Schattenmann introduces viewers to laminated cotton with an easy apron perfect for a first project.

111 Shop in Your Closet – Restyling

Breathe new life into garments taking up space in the closet, or thrift store finds. Designer and teacher Bobbi Bullard begins with a jean jacket redo – the basic pattern takes on a new look with fabric inserts. Then, update jeggings with a zipper for a fresh look with Angela Wolf. The closing segment features Cindy Losekamp sharing more ideas for updating garments from the back of the closet.

112 Gifts

Incorporate sewing into specialized gifts that reflect special techniques and interest. First is pattern designer Colbey Decker. She shows how to create a computer tablet cover featuring grommets and menswear fabrics. Next, Trish Preston demonstrates how to use bias tape for lanyards, purses, and flowers. Lastly, designer Nancy Odom demonstrates a tote pattern that can be personalized for all ages.

113 Mom and Grandma are Busy – Kids and Baby

The first child or grandchild is often the motivation for reviving sewing or a first sewing project. Rebecca Cornell and Christy Howden, young moms and pattern designers, open the show with felting techniques for a fun toy. Next, Tricia Waddell and Katrina Loving have a mom friendly tip for reinforcing seams for heavy wear on stuffed animals and clothing. Then, Sheree Schattenmann creates a simple duvet for a baby’s room. Angela Wolf wraps up the show and the first season of It’s Sew Easy showing how to distress jeans for a fashion look suitable for kids, teens, and moms.

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