grand prize giveaway! [NOW CLOSED]

In honor of the release of my book Sewing in a Straight Line, I’m very, very pleased to announce a super-duper, truly over-the-top giveaway. That’s right my friends: here on Manhattan Craft Room, you can enter to win … drumroll please … a SINGER SEWING MACHINE AND A SINGER SERGER! [Cue confetti falling from the ceiling!]


Yes! A sewing machine! And a serger! A SEWING MACHINE AND A SERRRRGERRRR! [Oprah voice!] Both of them! One winner gets both!

This is the Singer Perfect Finish Combo, a sewing machine and serger that come together as a dynamic duo, just waiting to infuse their sewing power into the life of one lucky reader. Sewing machines and sergers go together like peanut butter & jelly, and every sewer should have both type of machine in their arsenal! The sewing machine is an electronic machine with over 400 stitches, two alphabets, drop feed, an extension table, and much more. The serger features adjustable tension, four different rolled hems, differential feed, and more. If you don’t know what all that stuff means, just trust me, these are great machines!


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and tell me your sewing machine story. Did your mom or grandma have an ancient machine that still lives on in your memory? Did you find a used machine at a thrift store and wanted to learn to use it but never did? Do you find sewing machines more intimidating than rotary saws, yet you still want to try to learn? Have you never used a sewing machine, but have been dreaming of the day when you’ll give it a whirl? Do you have an old machine and really need an upgrade? Whatever it is, even if it’s just a memory or a wish, I want to hear your sewing machine story!


Contest Rules

This contest will be open for the duration of my blog tour; the contest opens when this post goes live, and closes on Friday, August 12 at 11:59pm EST. A winner will be chosen from the comments on this post using a random number generator. One entry per person, please.


Thank you for playing, and a huge thank you to Singer for sponsoring this giveaway. Good luck!


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  • Liz M.

    This is to die for! My sewing story: My grandmother taught me the basics of sewing when I was a little gal. She was an avid quilter and I really cherish those quilts I have of hers. I want to be able to quilt and sew various items for myself, my family, and my home. I have a lot of dreams, but not the machinery to make it happen! Winning this giveaway would be a dream come true!

    • Casey

      This is my first time on this site, how great! Congrats on the book release!

      I would die of happiness if I won this Singer, me and my sister sketch designs all the time and would love to have an actually working (rather than the ancient singer our grandmother gave us) to attempt to make them come to life!

  • Jenn Jarvis

    HI Brett!! Congratulations on the book! It looks great, the new website looks great too.

    My grandmother gave me a sewing machine for my 11th or 12th birthday. It was back in the day when sewing machines were serious business. That sucker is heavy and it’s still going.

  • Tracie Barrett

    My mom taught me to sew when I was a child. It started by sewing on buttons and then doing the hem work (by hand…ugh). My mom sewed for other people the whole time I was growing up, so we always heard the whirr of the machine. I remember when she bought a serger, they were new to home seamstresses at the time and was super expensive. She still has it but doesn’t use it because she doesn’t know how to thread it and her lady who always worked on it is no longer around.

    I learned to sew on her old machine, which went somewhat slow, but was great for a teenager learning to do it. Then I got my own machine which was like going from a station wagon to a sports car. I had the worst trouble with it because it went so fast all the time. So, Mom took that machine and the last time I got a machine it was a very basic machine. Since I don’t sew anymore, that one has disappeared as well.

    I’m about to move by the end of the year and I would love to have a machine and serger to be able to sew items for my “new” home (it’s actually a 1927 home with original architectural details). My mama raised me that Singer was the brand to use…always. :)

  • Paula

    I am an off and on sewer. In college my parents bought me a portable machine at JC Penney’s. I kept that machine for 35 years – it was metal inside and sewed basic zigzag’s as well as straight. I sewed my way through graduate school and sewed when I gained and lost weight. We moved to Maine in an old farm house and I sewed curtains for all the windows. I measured and sewed and sewed and sewed. It needed repairing only once. When I took it in to the shop the man told me never to get rid of it. It was a great machine with a fake label. Still, life got busy again and I didn’t sew. I retired and we moved across the country and I gave the machine away [big mistake]. Now I have a lightweight machine that is not fun to use. I would adore those machines – I know they would change my life for the better. I read blogs by sewers and am green with envy.

  • Minty

    Dang. Just dang.

    So my mom has an ancient made-of-lead sewing machine, and she was always making things on it while I was in high school. Just out of college, I asked if I could have it, and she stared at me like I was nuts–the thing weighed a ton, and was older than me! So that year for my birthday she bought me a good starter machine–a Brother Pacesetter. Ten years later and I’m still using that somewhat dinky machine! It of course doesn’t weigh a ton but is getting to be past its prime, for what it is. Time for an upgrade!

  • Jenni S.

    My mom is a fantastic quilter and she tried to teach me to sew but I really wasn’t interested in it at the time. But recently it has become something that I am absolutely facinated with. And of course the chance to make myself some properly fitted clothing would be icing on the cake. I’ve been looking on Craigslist for some used machines since I don’t exactly know what type of machine I’d like, but they are all antique Singers! They look gorgeous but definitely not for a beginning sewer like myself.

    Thanks for the chance to win such an amazing prize package! Keep up the great tutorials! I have bookmarked several of them for when I finally get myself a sewing machine. Cheers!

  • Deanna Zandt

    I’m coming back to my crafting and sewing roots these days, having just started embroidering, and thinking about getting a sewing machine. My mom is a supreme sewer of all things, and dazzled me as a kid with her creations. I knew vaguely that there was some cultural class shame about wearing homemade things, but my mom was just so good at it, I loved everything she made me. (To wit, this was my favorite outfit as a kid: )

    She created everything from clothes to intensely complicated Halloween costumes to a junior high formal dance dress that all the cool girls wondered where I bought it from. A few years ago, she decided she wanted to teach me to sew again, and we embarked on a project to make a simple handbag. It’s too much to post here, but picture several glasses of wine, (very) furry black and silver sparkly material and a flip cam… the rest is history.

    Now that she’s retiring in a few weeks, she’s going to be spending a lot more time in NYC with me, and I’ve been thinking about taking up sewing as something we can do together when she’s here, or when I’m up at her house. She’s a quilter (and sometimes dog-clothes maker), and I’d like to be able to make stuff for my still barely-decorated apartment I’ve lived in for 3 years now. Surprising her with a machine like this would just make those plans all the more sweet, given our sewing and craft history.

  • Chris Easter

    WOW Brett! New site looks AMAZING!!!!
    Congrats on the book coming out!!!!

    Out of frustration from “make me this! make me this!” my mom taught me the basics of sewing….I taught myself the rest. I wish I had you and youtube back then, it would have saved a lot of fabric and frustration.

    I have an old reliable Bernina that I wouldn’t give up for the world. I’ve stitched through leather, plastic and even a foil windshield sun blocker (KISS costume, and yes, it was AWESOME!!!)

    A new Singer with programmed stitches sure would be useful…..and I was JUST thinking, while doing alterations last night, how badly I needed to invest in a SERRRRGERRRR!

  • Dave

    I have never sewn with a sewing machine. My wife has several machine, some ancient and some new. I very much would like to learn how to make shirts for myself. I am very particular about shirts and how they fit/feel. I have already purchased and read two books on sewing shirts; I am ready to get hands-on. I would love to win my own sewing tools.


  • Wanda

    My grandmother had one of those treadle sewing machines that I was always fascinated by but I wasn’t allowed to touch. My mother had a sewing machine that we had to figure out how to use because the instructions were in Japanese! She sent me to sewing classes at the Singer store and my aunt gave me her Singer machine. It was a touch n’ sew with a pink front plate. No electronics back then. When I was on my own, I bought a Kenmore machine, which I still have. It’s about 30 years old now. My sister-in-law passed away last year and I have her Viking but that’s got some years on it too. I would love to have newer machines with bells and whistles. These look gorgeous. What a great giveaway. Wanda

  • Jaidi Clayton

    I would so love to win these. My sewing machine is dieing a slow death…it needs to be replaced…

  • Beth Nielsen

    What an amazing giveaway! Loving the videos, too!
    I’ve been sewing since I was a kid and my mom teaches sewing out of our home. When I left for fashion school, she gave me one of her student machines, a Kenmore. That was 7 years ago, and that Kenmore has taken a lot of abuse! It’s a great machine, but could stand to be replaced. When I got married, one of my in-laws’ gifts to me was my husband’s grandmother’s old pedal Singer sewing machine. It’s gorgeous! Tough to work, though. Takes more finesse than I have. I was honored to have it, but I’ve been wanting a new machine and a serger for YEARS!! Crossing my fingers! Thanks Brett!

  • Ann

    wow, what an amazing giveaway! I fell in love with sewing in college, where I had access to really great equipment 24/7. I eventually saved up to buy a machine of my own, but it is very basic. I love the idea that you can make almost anything in a relatively short time using a sewing machine. being able to hem dresses and construct skirts and make your own curtains (and on and on and on) is such a powerful, liberating feeling in this culture!
    thank you so much for the giveaway!

  • Katie

    My mom tried and tried to teach me to sew, but I never really got the hang of it. When I was 15 I found a skirt pattern I fell in love with and wanted to make it for picture day. It was a NIGHTMARE!! I was up trying to finish it with mom’s help well past midnight the day before pictures. It was a wrap skirt that was supposed to close with a button….it never did get that button. I still wore it proudly with a safety-pin for picture day, not that you could SEE the skirt in my school pictures:) I inherited a very old Singer from my husband’s grandmother and used that for a couple of years until my mom gave me her last Singer when she got a new Bernina. I still don’t use my machine to make clothing, but it gets a lot of use with different crafts I find to do. Even though I never really learned to “sew” like my mom, I enjoy getting it out for one thing or another:)

  • Ashley at The Feisty Redhead

    My grandmother had a machine, but the sewing she did was not for hobby — it was necessity! She made clothes for all 5 of her kids. When she got older, I think she liked doing it a lot more. She once made me a beautiful evergreen cape for my birthday. My mom sews, too, and she’s the one who taught me the more hobby/fun side.

  • Margo

    Congratulations on the book and new website I made a dress in Home Ec that barely earned me a passing grade. I’ve been intimidated ever since. Your videos have renewed my interest. Who new putting in a zipper could be so simple. Thanks to you and Singer for this great giveaway.

  • wendy montgomery

    Wow wow wow. What a great prize.
    Not much of a story to tell really lol.
    We have always had a sewing machine sat around the house. The first thing I remember being made for me was an awesome school uniform and then I remember my Mum making me maternity clothes to work in. Not much sewing went on really but always a machine to stare at. I however have recently started sewing. Just simple easy things. I love log cabin patchwork, I make them into pin cushions – sew easy. Just started a bag from a kit. I managed to get myself a little second hand singer which after using the old Hanging around machine runs sooo smooth and doesn’t clog up. (I never realised you could complete a whole project without having to stop and untangle) but I would love a top of the range machine that sews alphabets- how amazing would that be, So many projects wizzing around in my head. It would come in for all of my Crafts that I love.
    Thank you so much for the chance to be able to win one. xxxxx

  • Marcella Hogg

    What an amazing giveaway Brett!! My mom had an antique singer sewing machine, the kind that sits in the table. I never saw her use it, she had a new one. She made everything with her sewing machine! I learned how to sew when I was about 10 but never really made anything big. A few years ago I bought one myself and started up again. I made a few dresses and skirts for my little one. I usually make something for holidays. It doesn’t come out often, but I would love to make some super duper awesome items!

  • Jennifer Aggele

    My mom taught me how to hand-sew when I was in elementary school, and my Great Auntie was an amazing quilt-maker (all hand-sewn), so I had lots of inspiration. But I didn’t learn how to sew with a machine until 7th Grade Home Economics class. My mom let me use her Singer after I finished that class. It’s a real shame sewing class is no longer available in public schools! It was a required part of the curriculum back when I was in junior high. I LOVED that class and learned a ton. Later, as an adult, sewing came in handy when I was a mom making clothes and costumes for my kids. I’ve saved piles of money with my sewing machine. Now I’d like my daugher (23 yrs old) to learn to sew, especially on Singer, the brand I grew up with, the brand in my sewing class, and the brand I still LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!


    I have access to several machines, Grandma has three and my mother has one(none of them mine). I would like to make or modify chihuahua clothing. WINNING these two machines would help in that dream. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

    Love BRETT

  • Kate

    My great grandmother started teaching me to sew when I was very, very young. We made clothes for my baby dolls. Years later, after she passed away, I found her sewing machine – a 1940′s built into a table model Singer – sitting on my grandmother’s back porch with its table being eaten by termites. I rescued it, but not the table. Meanwhile, I bought myself a Shark machine, and used it and loved it for a good long time. But, alas, it’s starting to have more and more troubles and because it’s not one of the More Respected Brands my local sewing machine repair place won’t touch the thing. I’ve been in the market for a new machine for a while now, but would love the chance to win one.

  • Amanda

    Oh do I need these!!!! I got a sewing machine for my college graduation but it recently broke and I don’t have the money to fix it yet. I think I’m going through crafting withdrawals. :) My mom has let me borrow my grandma’s old sewing machine. It is an antique that you have to pump with your foot. It still works, but I definitely miss my old broken Singer. And I’ve always wanted a serger!! I make elaborate Halloween costumes every year and this year I have a new baby to make a costume for. I will definitely need new machines to dress up my little one!! :)

  • Lelah

    One of my earliest memories of my Grandma is sitting on her lap while she sewed. She had an old singer in her dining room that fit into a tabletop. I think it was avocado green! She was AMAZING!! She sewed all my Mom’s formalwear for high school and college, and even sewed my Mom’s six bridesmaid dresses for her wedding (also dressed for her two flower girls!!). Can you imagine?! She made me a beautiful red and white coat for Christmas when I was about 18 months (see it here: ) I wish I had a pic of the bridesmaid’s dresses online, it was 1974, so there were very 70s and pretty ridiculous (blue and white gingham, floor length, all perfectly done). But anyway, thankfully she taught my Mom because I was always 6″ taller than everyone, and my Mom had to sew all my dresses when I was little, too. She would add 3″ to the bodice and 3″ to the hem. I took lessons in high school after we had moved away, and eventually did buy myself a cheap $99 hunk of junk that I TRY to make work… but it’s truly a piece of crap and I’d love to win this set and keep the family tradition of dressmaking alive. I have a gorgeous 2 month old daughter that I hope to sew for, and I still have the red and white coat that I hope to dress her in when she is bigger. My family is everything to me, and so are our traditions. Sewing and crafting in general is one of them, and this would help keep our family’s tradition alive! Thanks, Brett, Can’t wait to read the book!!!

  • thom

    My mom taught me to cross-stitch when I was little and I can manage sewing on a button or stitching together a hole in my sock, but that’s about as far as my sewing skills go. I’ve been curious to learn how to sew for quite some time, but a machine just hasn’t been in my budget. I remember my mom making clothes for my sister and I all the time when we were kids. Every spring we’d go to the fabric store and pick out our fabrics, which was particularly fun when jams were in style. (Remember those? Oh, what were we thinking?!? For those of you too young to remember jams: )

    When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, I inherited some great old fabric (think 1970′s stripes) and snaps as well as some vintage shirt patterns (same era). I would love to learn to make these, but there’s no way I’m about to attempt such a thing by hand. I had intended to ask my girlfriend to help me out with this since she has a sewing machine, but she broke up with me about 8 weeks ago so I don’t imagine that will be happening. Which also means I find myself with much more time on my hands for learning new things like sewing. So, yeah. I think a sewing machine (and possibly a serger – whatever that does) could help me out with this.

    I did turn an old sweater into a pillow once, but then the cat peed on it. Guess he didn’t like it. I suppose I’m lucky he didn’t decide to pee on me when I was wearing that sweater.

  • Heather Keagle

    This is an awesome give away! My 18 year old daughter and I are currently learning to sew together. I love your show Knit and Crochet Now! I have learned so much from you already. I will definately have to check out your sewing advice. Good luck with the new book!

  • Samantha

    My mother is a fantastic seamstress. She made everything from my school book covers when I was a kid to my sister’s wedding gown. I took a sewing class when I was in the 4-H club when I was little, but I never really understood anything about it. Now that I’m older, I see the value in sewing. Everything from clothing to small gifts are important and can become heirloom projects. I would love to learn to sew in order to make things for my son and also have another artform in my crafty arsenal. I have been crocheting since I was eight years old and would love to somehow combine the two- maybe sewing curtains and adding crocheted embellishments? Your book looks like it has a lot of wonderful ideas in it and I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Amelia

    Can’t wait to see your book! Projects look great. :)

  • Ellen Gormley

    My husband and I inherited from his grandmother, a sewing machine and cabinet combo. What makes this especially cool is the discovery of the original manual and a sewing workbook! In Grandmother’s own hand, are her notes and swatches where she practiced the exercises presented in the workbook.

  • Kristi S.

    My mom gave me a featherweight a few years ago and I’ve been sewing ever since. Napkins, placemats, tote bags, baby blankets, etc. As a full-time graphic designer, sewing has become the perfect balance of creativity when I’m at home. I love taking a break from the computer to make something with my hands!

  • Wendy

    A dream come true is all I can say! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a wonderful prize!
    My mom never really learned how to sew but could make a patch out of an old pair of jeans and make that patch stay on pair of my dad’s torn jeans. I grew up in “the middle of nowhere” and we didn’t really have spare money to throw around. Somewhere in my tweens she said she felt it was important I learn how to sew and I really should learn to sew from someone who knew what they were doing so she signed me up to take lessons from a local (20 miles away) fabric store. There was another girl there at the same time as me and randomly we were put at 2 different machines. Hers had all sorts of bells and whistles while mine was pretty much a basic machine. I would go there every week for instruction and to work on my wrap skirt project. At the end I had made a skirt (that I loved wearing), had learned enough to be able to make projects on my own, and we purchased the machine on which I learned to sew. Looking back, I’m not sure how my parents afforded the lessons let alone helped me buy the sewing machine. I went on to make more projects and clothes on my own and still do today. (I even was able to make a customized dress, combining 2 entirely different patterns. I liked the top of one and the bottom of the other so decided to take my favorite parts of each and make them into one. It was an awesome dress!) That machine is still the same one I use today. It sometimes has its troubles but we get by. For years I’ve dreamed of having a serger. A new sewing machine and serger would be beyond a dream come true!

  • Sara

    I learned to sew when I was 17 in the “Basic Clothing” class that my high school offered, which was taught by Sister Mary Margaret Ann. I drove that poor woman nuts. Despite being a bit prickly and persnickety, she was a great teacher and taught me all the sewing skills I needed, all of which I still use today. The classroom was magical… table after table of sewing machines, huge fabric-cutting tables, plus two much-coveted sergers! I think of Sister Mary Margaret Ann and that classroom almost every time I sew. :-)

  • Ashley

    Hi Brett!

    Congrats on your book. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and learn a new thing or two.

    I learned to sew on my mother’s sewing machine. It was a singer model from the early 80s that weighed a ton! She’d let me create small items with her leftover fabric scraps. I remember one time trying to make a purse out of a pinkish mauve fabric that had little white dots that she used to cover a bench cushion. I was only six years old, but I attempted to hand sew a bow I made out of the fabric onto the front of my purse. I didn’t use enough thread in my needle, so it was an impossible task to finish.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Leslee

    Oh wow…do I want one of those!

    I remember that my grandmother was always sewing something on a machine that looked like it came out of the 17th Century. It was an old black Singer machine that was bolted into a sewing cabinet and then stowed away when it wasn’t in use. That machine could sew through anything! I sewed a little on that machine with my grandmother until we moved away from her (she used to live next door to us) in the late 60s. I don’t know what happened to the machine, though. My grandmother sewed until she died a few years ago at the age of 89. Thanks for allowing me to remember this moment with your contest. Sure hope I win….hope, hope, hope.

  • Sherry Coleman

    My mom used to sew, and I have fond memories of her stitching quilts for us. Unfortunately, I didn’t really think to ask her to teach me how until after she was gone from us. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Trudy Barnes

    When I was a kid I was allergic to just about all fabric except cotton so my mom sewed a lot of my clothes. She was in a wheelchair and the machine had a knee bar instead of a foot pedal to make it easier for her to use. I loved to watch her sew. She even made my doll clothes (sometimes they matched mine). When she passed away the machine went to my niece. I’m sure she will take good care of it. I now have my sister’s hand me down machine and it smells horrible when it gets warm so I seldom turn it on. She swore she had it cleaned before she gave it to me but wow…the smell! (Skunk-like) A new machine would be so awesome! I’d actually feel like sewing :o)

  • Halliday

    This is an amazing giveaway!

    I bought my sewing machine with money my grandparents gave me for receiving my iron ring (this is the ring Canadian engineers wear on the little finger of their working hand). My best friend’s mom is an amazing sewer and she helped me pick out my first machine.

  • Ana

    My grandmother has the oldest sewing machine, with a foot pedal that’s attached to a desk. When I finally got the honor to use, my sewing skills were definitely lacking, which proceeded to me breaking the needle. I’ve never touched that sewing machine again, but my grandmother still keeps it around away from the inexperienced. Hopefully winning this sewing machine will redeem me!

  • Laura

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway!

    I just recently started sewing more intensely, I made the first clothes for myself! Before that I always only made kid clothes for friends or other small projects, for fear of wasting a lot of fabric ;)
    Well, I now feel more confident and the usual tasks with the sewing machines have become a routine.
    I mostyl sew with the machine of my mother, it’s a wonderful one, and she served me really well. But I might be leaving soon, getting a place a bit more seperate from my parents, so I will need my own sewing machine! And I will need to stop borrowing them from my mother or friends, I’m already known as the sewing machine borrower ;)


  • Sara

    Those look awesome! My sewing story starts with my miserable attempt to make a denim bag when I was 15. Growing up, my mom always told me how she made her own clothes when she was growing up because they didn’t make petite sizes back then. It was always inspiring but I didn’t seem to have the knack for it like she does. My demin bag was miserable. I sort of gave up after that and had Mom do my hemming, pillows, and any other sewing project I could think of. Until recently! I discovered that my roommate had an old Brother sewing machine for beginners in storage and I convinced her to dig it out. After conquering a couple pairs of pants, a shirt alteration, two pillow covers and a ruffle pillow sham set (I copied a set I wanted from Urban Outfitters with some old white sheets – so much cheaper!), I was so proud. Still a bit amateur but so fun!

  • elena

    Thanks for this great opportunity. I would love to learn to sew. When I was a little girl, I watched my grandma sew on her singer machine with a foot pedal. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t make.

  • Maryellen

    Wow, this is a great giveaway. Thank you! Just discovered your awesome blog via Design Sponge. Congratulations on your book!

    I have a lovely old stenciled Singer from the 1940s which goes backward and forward and a sort of temperamental 20-year-old machine that drives me nuts. I learned to sew on my mom 1960s turquoise Singer, which she bought with her last paycheck before the birth of her first child. It is still going strong, and she will never part with it. I sew all the time, and I would LOVE to have a serger and a machine that will makes buttonholes!

  • Heather

    I own my mother’s sewing machine and it weighs a TON! It’s an old (and I do mean old- it’s older than me!) Husqvarna beast that clogs every time I try more than a simple stitch on a thing piece of cotton. Not that I’m a great sewer or anything (I’m sooooo beginner), but I’d like a machine that works. :)


  • Erika Rocio

    Hey Gal,

    I’m excited about the book, as well!

    My mother taught me how to sew back in the day. She actually took fashion design classes at the local community college and would use me as her model as she was pinning shirts. Throughout my school years, my mom and I would plan out my Halloween costumes, and make shirts/dresses/skirts based on fancy stuff I had seen at the mall, but couldn’t afford at the time. Everything we made was so special!

    Unfortunately, the sewing machine that had lasted us so long, kicked the bucket last year while I was making my Halloween costume. I freaked out when I couldn’t repair it and had to get rid of it (along with the holographic Minnie Mouse stickers I had decorated it with).

    My mom now has arthritis and doesn’t have the dexterity she once used to; however, I hope for us to start sewing again soon and this giveaway would be an awesome way to jump start it.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Ana

    My grandmother had her own mother’s Singer, it wasn’t even electrical! She made entire wardrobes with that machine, I remember her spreading her Burda magazine patterns on her huge dining room table and tracing what she needed out of the jumble of lines… it seemed impossible to do for me at the time. But now I’m the one making clothes, pillows and curtains with my own machine… which is trustworthy but pretty basic; it’s not keeping up with my skills anymore and I could really use an upgrade!

  • Bethany Lewis

    When I was little, my mother would often take out her sewing machine and sew on the dining room table (repairing clothes or making Halloween costumes, etc) while I played underneath her feet. She stored it in the coat closet because with 7 kids running around, there was never a way to keep it out permanently. It was an old 70s cream colored fabric and metal cover and the machine inside was green with a little green foot to activate the machine. I always watched my mother’s foot going up and down, up and down, slowly starting it and then pressing down a little more and a little more until she hit her groove. I always wanted to look inside the box at all the little bobbins and threads and parts that went to the machine. I’d often ask to sew a line though being that young I understand why my mother said no, though eventually I got to help feed the fabric along. I fondly recall those memories, and now, with a brand new child of my own, I would love to be able to sew costumes and repair toys and clothes she can’t part with just yet, like my mother did for me. I have a long way to go sewing wise as I’ve been intimidated by it as I got older, but now that I have a teacher, I just seem to need a machine to allow me to learn and take off with it.

  • Amy

    Oh it would be awesome to win this. my only sewing mach is a 1942 singer, with poor tension control and no knit sewing capabilities!

  • Rachel

    My mom and I learned together how to sew. No one every really taught us, but we got so good that everyone in the family always came to us with their needs. Needless to say we have one sewing machine (handed down from my Grandma that never used it) and multiple projects, so we always fight over it! I’ve always dreamed of branching off from quilts and mending clothes to make my own from scratch! Making children clothes would be so great to do too!

  • Carrie

    I started sewing on a crappy $90 machine that I bought on a whim one day at Joann’s – I made a lot of mistakes on that machine, but it was so much fun that my husband upgraded me to a workhorse Janome! Your book looks amazing!

  • Lindsay

    My dad bought a sewing machine as a gift for my mom. She was never that interested in learning how to sew, and my dad just knows the basics. I’d love to learn how to sew!

  • Jessica

    My very first sewing machine was Singer’s kids sewing machine, and man did I wear that thing out making clothes and furnishing for my dolls! I graduated to one of my Great Grandmother’s OLD machines, that wasn’t always reliable, but got the job done, the machine even had a knee bar instead of a pedal! Now I use my boyfriend’s mother’s old machine from the 60′s for the occassional project, althought I must admit I think he uses it more than me! Upgrading and having my own modern machine in my office/craft area would be an inspiration.

  • Vanessa

    Mama just gave me her old Singer 403 Slant Machine. I’m it’s third owner. My mom worked in sewing factories for the majority of her life. My dad too. During the Viet Nam War, we would do “piecework” for extra money. What that meant my parents and siblings would cut out military patches from these big embroidered sheets from the factory. Mom also worked in a button making factory and she would also make lace trims and those flower ribbons in the factory as well. When I was born, Mom was working in another factory making clothes. She kept working through her pregnancy and after I was born. The owner even built me a small crib so I could stay beside her while she worked. I still find the sound of industrial machines to be soothing.

  • Catie

    What an awesome giveaway!!!

    I have wonderful childhood memories of my mom and grandma sewing halloween costumes and projects for the church bazaar. My grandma taught me the sewing basics through the 4H program. Now my mom is helping me sew a dress from a vintage pattern for my Mad Men themed 30th birthday party. It has been so awesome to spend evenings sewing with my mom and grandma and hearing them tell stories about my great-grandmas peddle sewing machine that only went forward (no reverse). I have a basic sewing machine that my mom gave me a while back, but I would love to start tackling more serious projects :)

  • Paula M

    I got my first sewing machine on Freecycle. I live in a small town so having a Singer showing up on Freecycle was quite a treat. I did a 40min “road trip” with some friends to pick it up. I had just done a sewing course so I was super excited! It was an old model with no functioning light bulb and very basic but that was all I wanted so I would not feel too overwhelmed about sewing. I still have and use that machine! I am too scared to upgrade it since I have done such cute little crafts with it.

  • Jennifer Currie

    My mom bought me my first sewing machine from Sears; it was a Kenmore. My first sewing lesson with her consisted of making tea towels. I then carted my new sewing machine back to college with me and decided my FIRST sewing-alone project would be a slip cover for an upholstered arm chair my roomie and I found by the side of the road. ABSOLUTELY CRAZY! But… after many, many phone calls to my mom, I got it done. I believe that chair and slipcover still lives on in my old roomie’s parent’s beach house! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • ChristinaMarie

    My mother was one of 8 children and learned from her mother how to sew. Then she became a clothing and textiles major. All my childhood she would sew, curtains, Halloween costumes, romper clothes and then she kind of quit. I’ve tried learning on her old (OLD) machine but every time I do I make a mess of thread. I’ve wanted to go out and buy a machine but haven’t had the guts.

  • Jenny

    My grandmother used to have a sewing machine with a foot pedal, but not just any old “press to stop, press to start” kind. You needed to move your foot up and down constantly to make the wheel turn (almost like a hybrid spinning wheel cum sewing machine lol). She taught all her granddaughters the basics of sewing on that machine. It was a little too advanced for me though…as I was so busy thinking about the foot part, I couldn’t do anything with all that fabric.

    Flash forward to today…I have a machine that belonged to my partner’s mother. She took great care of it, and still had all the manuals that originally came with it. Thank goodness for that, as I have referred to them many times! It is the kind that is built into a table, so it’s a little difficult to move around as needed. It would be great to be able to move your workspace around, as sometimes happens for those of us with multi-purpose rooms in our living spaces.

    I am really intrigued by the title of your new book, Brett, as the most difficult part of sewing for me is the whole straight line business. I won’t make window treatments or anything else requiring a visible seam. I’m anxious to read it as I really hope that it will help me with that.

    Thank you for offering such a terrific giveaway!


  • Liza M.

    Oh, Brett, you are so wonderful! I could really use a new machine as my little Brother is getting worn out from all my quilting. I always loved to sew and used to mess around on my mother’s fancy electronic Singer (it was considered fancy for the 80s). I’m lucky she was patient with me and didn’t get mad when I caused giant tangled messes. My mother used to make clothes for me, and while I didn’t appreciate it back then, I think it would be really cool to be able to do that for myself now.

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! I love your blog and still try to catch you on Knit and Crochet Today on PBS!

  • Circa1972

    I grew up mostly at my Grandparent’s house. My Grandmother had an innate sewing ability that was absolutely astounding to me. We would work on doll clothes together and she would make them come to life. She had a 60′s Singer that made the prettiest, tightest little stitches and she was so speedy loading that monster! I have to say that she was so good, made everything look SO easy that I never learned much from her, sadly. It wasn’t until years later that my Mom – who HAD actually learned from Grandma – redid her 1962 wedding dress for my wedding that I really started paying attention. My Mom even has HER Grandmother’s foot pedal sewing machine with it’s polished wood cabinet and perfect little drawers, it sits in her bedroom. Since then, my Mom bought me my little starter machine and I can successfully “sew a straight line” :) . Since finding out that my husband and I are expecting, I’ve been attempting to sew a baby quilt. This is the most ambitious project I’ve taken on, and realize that a serger would the most rad addition to my arsenal – NOT TO mention a more advanced machine that could even embroider my baby’s name onto his quilt! Now, if only my Mom will come to visit long enough to teach me how to use it! Good luck everyone! And congratulations on the release of your new book!

  • Brittany Kyte

    I was given a B-E-A-utiful 1941 Singer Sewing machine! I had such high hopes of restoring it… until I realized how expensive that would be! For the moment, it sits in my closet and taunts me. The restoration of such a beauty is a pricey expense for a 23 year old newly-wed… but one day! Until that day, I work on my quilts at my aunts house. She’s very generous :)

  • Michelle

    My mom sewed us our clothes while we were in elementary school, and she sewed my high school grad dress. It was the hit of the grad.
    I began sewing in High School. I first learned to sew in Home Ec. I sew for the art of it. My mom and I now design and sew quilts, hand bags, skirts, running gear, and anything else I come upon. My mom has an embroidery machine as well, so most of our items have something embroidered on it.
    We gift or donate most of our products to silent auctions or for baby gifts/showers. People are amazed at our skill. (I’m a lawyer by day, and sewing crafter by night and weekend)

  • Cara

    My mom taught me to sew when I was seven, since then, I have never not had access to a sewing machine. About ten years ago I inherited my grandmother’s ancient and incredibly heavy Singer – I brought it in a suitcase (along with a table I’d taken apart and a case of beer – this was before weight limits on international flights I guess) to the United Kingdom. I was scared to use it at first since it was so precious to me, but have since come to realise that that thing is indestructible, with all of it’s metal gears. It also sews like butter. I don’t know how to better describe it. It’s sooo smooth. One issue though – it only goes in one direction. Forward! (So I will have to buy your book)

  • Kristin Lohr

    I got my sewing machine when I was in high school. Then I took some home ec sewing classes, when they still had home ec in high school, also worked for a few months in a fabric store. Then, alas, life started happening and my machine ended up neglected for about 20 years. It has just seen the light of day as I renew my love affair with fabric. I have several friends who want to learn and I want to teach them, side by side machines would be an awesome way to get started!

  • mandy gross

    I have a sewing machine that my mother-in-law gave me and I learned how to sew in high school but I have no clue how to work this one that she gave me.

  • Elise

    In the past I’ve ATTEMPTED to use an ancient sewing machine from my Gramma (who was an amazing seamstress), but it seems to have disappeared from my mom’s house in recent years. So, we got a cheap on on Craigslist a few months ago. My husband, a mechanical engineer, has had better luck with it than I have. I have hope, though, to be able to sew one day!

  • Hilary

    My mom is a seamstress, so I was surrounded by sewing machines my whole life. I learned how to sew not on a new electric style, but on an antique peddle Singer. My mom had me start out by “sewing” paper with no thread; I could hold the hole filled paper against the window to see my designs!

  • Greta

    Whenever my mom worked on a sewing project when I was little, I would have my own project, sewing buttons onto old dish towels. Then, when I was 6, I spent my first week away from home at my grandparents’ house where my grandmother and I made me a head to toe outfit. That really started my love affair with sewing. Since then, I have felt the need to sew for myself but also the need to share my passion with others. Now, my sister and 3 of my friends are sewing because I convinced them to try it. I am excited about your book because I hope it will help inspire the sewing bug in some of my friends who are a little less confident.

  • Stephanie

    My current sewing machine is on (permanent) loan from my mom. When I was in high school, she upgraded to a much-deserved sewing machine… and now I have it. I volunteered to take the original sewing machine she received as a wedding gift, but she kindly said “You always seemed to have trouble with that one.” (and I did! I could never get the darn bobbin loaded right!) So I inherited the new one and I always feel a twinge of guilt about it, a new sewing machine would be divine, so I could return my mom’s!

  • Heather R

    My sewing machine was my mother’s hand-me-down after I got married and wanted to attempt making some baby quilts for friends. It’s turned an interesting shade of yellowed-ivory, but it never lets me down. My mom used it to make clothes for 4 of her children, costumes, curtains, quilts and so much more. I always have to refer to the manual when swapping out the bobbin, but every time I use it I feel a sense of nostalgia.

  • Tara

    My first interaction with a sewing machine took place at a summer day camp when I was 9. I didn’t learn that much from it expect how to thread the machine. Mostly, we learned to sew by hand. But it got me interested. My grandma had one so I went over her house to practice my stitches. My grandma use to make clothes for my mom, aunts, and uncle. My mom still talks about how she made her a vest and matching gauchos (it was the early 80s) that my mom loved. Being that I was a kid with creative ADD, I got into something else after that and didn’t really sew much. Also I took one sewing class in high school, but didn’t really take interest in it.

    The past few years, I’ve gotten into making things again. Last Halloween, I made some components of my costume by hand and it was so satisfying. I hope to make more costumes and just regular clothes in the future!

  • Susan

    Like a lot of commenters, my mom taught me to sew when I was in middle school. With her help I made a few awesome projects in the late 80s/early 90s like a sundress, some Halloween costumes, and a pair of rad fluorescent green shorts (which I paired with slouchy fluorescent orange socks, obviously). When I left for college I didn’t have my own machine so I stopped sewing until just a few years ago. Cue garage sale, $25 1974 Singer with no instruction manual. Spool pin is missing, so I used a knitting needle. I’ve since upgraded to my aunt’s Singer which she left to me when she got really sick. I have never owned a serger and have always always wanted one ever since I got back into sewing. I am really looking forward to your new book!

  • Kate

    Looking forward to your new book! And desperate for a serger!!

  • Elizabeth

    My mother is a sewer, made my Halloween costumes, prom dresses, curtains, etc. I have her old sewing machine and we fight more than we are successful. I haven’t had the guts to research and buy a new one.

  • Natasha

    I wanted to major in fibers in college. My family didn’t understand the concept and I eventually became a graphic designer — but much of my inspiration and free time are from sewing. The first time I used a sewing machine was so I could machine embroider elements I eventually scanned in for the first website I ever put together.

    (As I typed that I got the urge to re-create it. Now possibly my next personal project.)

  • Kristen

    I learned to sew with my Babci (Polish for Grandma). I would go to her house on the weekends and sleepover and we’d have giant sewing events. We’d lock ourselves up in her sewing room with a beautiful Singer sewing machine and serger, the big table, and so many drawers filled with different fabrics that I called it “the store” and sew all day. When we emerged, covered in a variety random strings and bits of scraps, my Dziadzai (Polish for grandpa) would have treats for us: a cherry-cola ice cream float and kiss on the head for me and handmade cocktail and kiss for my Babci. I look back fondly on those days.

  • Amanda

    OH MY GOD… if you feel like Oprah I feel just like one of her audience members – am I about to pee or orgasm?!!!

    Too personal? Apologies but my heart truly does flutter at the prospect of these two beauties you’re showcasing above. My mom sewed her entire life, went to school for apparel design and has worked for many theaters, brides and people needing amazing creations or heinous alterations. And there has never been one person who wasn’t thrilled with the work my mom did. She’s a crazy perfectionist and it makes her sewing masterful. I remember going to dress rehearsals for plays she costumed when I was a kid and she’d whisper to me what went into each piece – how one dress was designed to tear away when another character stepped on it, how one woman had a very small chest and needed to be busty for the roll so the elaborate cleavage enhancers that she designed and sewed into a top, the man’s suit that had to be one piece so that he could have a complete costume change in 30 seconds… I remember watching her completely take apart a $20K wedding dress and rebuild it so that it would fit the bride like a glove, re-handbeading the parts of the dress that had been affected by the alterations… and, or course, it was perfect.

    Anyhow, I have also sewn on and off over the ages, though I love it I’m much less professional than my mom. I have her first sewing machine (an incredible olive green 50lb Kenmore) that she passed on to me after I moved out of the house and couldn’t make use of her Singer anymore… I love the machine and it has been good and true but I can’t even express what this duo in your giveaway would mean to me… I’ve been doing a lot of work lately, creating pillows to sell, cushions and upholstery for our home, baby blankets and crafts for friends, creatures for my little boy… and the limitations of my Kenmore become increasingly frustrating as I push it to do more and more.

    Okay, I beg and I plead but I know it comes down to the random generator so I throw my wishes and hopes out into the abyss and hope for the best!

    Thank you for such an incredible giveaway and congratulations on the book!!!!

  • Andrea

    My mom had a very old sewing machine that never received much love. Therefore, the tension was always off, the threader was rough around the edges, etc. I tried so hard to enjoy sewing but the machine made it impossible! Eventually, I bought my own, and the difference was beyond night and day — it wasn’t even a very good sewing machine! But, it worked properly, and that’s all that mattered. This is a wonderful giveaway, thank you so much for the opportunity!

  • Sarah

    I started sewing with my mom’s trusty old Bernina years ago. She’d had it forever and taught me to use it. She also had a newer machine, so when I showed a continued interest in sewing and quilting, the old Bernina became mine.
    It was a wonderful machine, sturdy and heavy and strong. It never broke. It had only straight and zig-zag stitches on it, but that’s all a beginner really needs.
    After a year, I needed an upgrade and bought a newer machine with more stitch options on it. The biggest difference I noticed when I got my new machine was how much lighter it was. It was so lightweight, that when I sew on the highest speed, it shakes! It’s served me well over the last year and a half, but nothing will ever beat the sturdiness of that old Bernina.
    Last fall, my younger sister showed an interest in joining mom and I on our sewing days. On her first day, we gave her the Bernina! I bet that machine is in our family for generations to come.

  • Rod

    I decided to make 5 looks (7 pieces) for a student fashion show at my university. The collection was entirely mine and I was the only one working on it. I didn’t have a sewing machine and barely remembered how to sew from my beginners sewing class 4 years prior. The sewing machine I used was borrowed (living on a college student budget isn’t very kind to young artists or designers), a Brothers sewing machine, very old, and… IN JAPANESE. At the end of the day, you can play around with a machine and figure out how it works, but that takes time. I didn’t have time. Nor did I ever entirely know how to work the thing… If only I had a sewing machine (in english).

  • Kathryn

    Hi there, I really hope that this giveaway is available for people outside the US – I live in South Africa and am in need of a sewing machine and have been pricing for a while now but still saving up the cash! Anyway my sewing machine story is that at the moment I don’t have one but between my mom, sister and myself we all share my gran’s 1970′s singer (YES it still works!) It is a lovely retro little portable machine which I love but alas it is not mine… my mom inherited it and is not keen to pass it my way! So for now we all share the same one and have to phone around to borrow it from each other – luckily we all live within a small area! So I would absolutely love to win this prize and then I could continue my gran’s legacy of creating beautiful and original clothes for myself, my daughter and her dolls!

    • Angela perez

      I found a handheld sewing machine at a yardsale recently. I’ve learned to make pillow cases and simple blankets with it. I would love to take it further and learn to sew clothes. A sewing machine would be great! I’ve wanted to make my fashion design sketches a reality for years now but lack the proper equipment. I hope to open an e shop and sell my designs.

  • Christin

    I want to learn how to sew so badly, and this would be a great help towards that goal! :D

  • KathyC

    I bought a sewing machine in 1986 and did a little with it. I’m looking forward to retiring and want to get back to sewing/quilting. It would be great to upgrade!

  • Mary Sue

    I have been dreaming of an upgrade from my granmother’s hand-me-down machine! I dream of sewing poufs and pillows, teepees and tents, skirts and shirts, buntings and bears for my almost 2 year old daughter! I am excited at the abundance of DIY tutorials available on so many blogs lately, and have been itching to try, but I am not excited at the thought of using my ancient machine & all it’s crazy old interchangeable parts!

  • Anne

    I still have my mother’s sewing machine from when she was learning to sew in the 60′s. It must weigh 2000 pounds – too heavy to move around! I’d love a new one!

  • Annie R

    I’m pretty much a novice sewer, but I do have my own machine. I bought a Necchi at one of those sales they used to have at local hotels/convention centers, way back in 1984. It still works, but definitely is lacking in any special functions. I’ve always thought that I’d sew more if I had a more up-to-date machine. (And if I had more time!!)

  • Carrie

    When I was a little girl, all I wanted was a sewing machine … so for Christmas Santa brought me one of those jr. sized kids’ machines. It sucked. Couldn’t sew a thing without jamming the whole machine. I never did get a “big girl” sewing machine, but it’s still one of my dreams to learn to sew!

  • Nathaniel

    My wife lost her grandmother’s singer in Nashville’s terrible flood last year, I would be wonderful for her to get a new one!

  • Melinda Thomas

    I’ve been sewing for fun ever since I can remember. My mother would find sewing machines from thrift stores, so there was always one in the closet for me to steal off into my room to start practicing my form. Eventually when I moved out of the house, my mother gave me one of her old machines. I’ve been using it for 8 years now. It’s a great machine. It’s helped me make bags, curtains, halloween costumes, and converting clothes to feed my passion for fashion. A newer machine would greatly fuel my passion, and help my creativity grow!

  • Denise

    Congrats on your book, Brett! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

    I’m in the process of learning to sew by hand and would love a machine for larger projects that are currently out of my reach. I haven’t used a machine since I made a patchwork pillow in Home Ec class in 7th grade (all straight lines – holla!), but I would love to learn how to make clothing that’s tailored to my body, instead of just buying or thrifting things off-the-rack and spending a fortune at the tailor.

  • sarah immerfall

    i started sewing just a few months ago and absolutely fell in love. i’ve been eyeing a vintage singer sewing table in the windows of a thrift store but this new model would really help facilitate my new love :)


  • Caitlin

    Thanks for the giveaway! I learned a few things on my mom’s White sewing machine, and then someone gave her a 1980s Singer with pink and purple designs on the top. She gave it to me and I used that in high school and college, but it bit the dust a few years ago.

  • Jasmin

    This last year, I got my mom the Best Gift Ever. She has wanted a vintage treadle Singer sewing machine for YEARS. As in, ever since they left the one they had in Germany. Every time a vintage machine is mentioned, or at a yard/estate sale, we stop, and for some reason or another, the machines fail to impress.

    I had the good fortune to meet Elaine last fall, who collects and repairs vintage sewing machines. She mentioned that she was looking to unload a few of them (to good homes) and I may have mentioned that Mom has always wanted a vintage treadle Singer. Elaine said she had just the one, and let me know that she would get back to me with pictures.

    Elaine sent pictures, stats, and a price, and I was a little lost. It looked really, really good, but I wasn’t sure if it was exactly right. So, I blew the surprise and let Mom know that I was going to make this sewing machine happen for her, if it’s the right one. I just didn’t know enough about a) sewing machines and b) what she was looking for, specifically, to make this decision with confidence. Mom loved it, so I set things in motion.

    Here’s the tough part. The machine was north of Seattle, and for those of you playing the home game, I live in Silicon Valley. 13 1/2 hours each direction, by car (according to Mapquest). You betcha that this puppy can’t be shipped.

    “It’s ok, Mom,” I said, “It’s totally worth it. Merry Christmas!”

    In a fit of shock, enthusiasm, and perhaps a little self-pity, I posted to Facebook that I might be taking an impromtu road trip Seattle-ward to see a lady about a vintage Singer. A friend of mine (through my BFF Miss Kalendar) generously offered to do the pickup for me. It turns out that she was *already* going to be driving up and back to Seattle, and she didn’t mind being one of Santa’s non-Unionized elves.

    She arranged the pickup details with Elaine, and we made plans for me to pick up the machine from her place (in Santa Rosa) the following Wednesday.

    It was perfect.

    Mom had seen the pictures, and it’s even more beautiful in person. The gasp of delight as we walked through the door with the cabinet and the machine was amazing. (For the record, historically when Mom has gasped, it’s Not a Good Thing.)

    Thanks to Elaine the Singer Fairy and Delightful Lila, I managed to make this last year’s the best Christmas ever for Mom. The best gifts are the ones that require Ocean’s 11 type planning and precision, don’t you think?

  • Loora

    Great opportunity to win two great machines! What a generous giveaway. I’d love to expand my sewing skills beyond my highschool home-ec class!

  • Elspeth

    My mother and I have always lusted after sewing machines and the possibilities of creative projects. I love my Singer sewing machine that I bought a few years ago off qvc or hsn, I can’t remember. It took me a year to finally start sewing on it after amassing numerous yards of random fabric and dress patterns…none of which I have attempted, but that’s another story. But I have used it quite a bit on home sewing, especially around the holidays! With all the use I’ve put it through the face plate on the bobbin is broken and now must be popped off with a straight pin…but I do really love singer and this giveaway sounds great!!!

  • Laken

    Wow — what an amazing giveaway!

  • sarann

    I have a older sewing machine that my mom picked up from a warehouse sale. It has been fine for small projects, but I want to try making quilts, and my little machine doesn’t handle them very well.

  • adele

    I first became enthralled with the idea of sewing in my mid teens, and was fortunate enough to be gifted my neighbour’s ye olde sewing machine from the prehistoric era! … i made a tablecloth… a cushion cover…. curtains… all of which had the most awful, squint higgeldy zig zag stitched hems… in black thread no less! my mother was so upset by the sudden influx of badly tailored soft furnishings that she hid the sewing machine from me (in the garbage i suspect!) and I’ve never seen it again…sniff :) i’d love to re-expose her to the trauma of my sewing!

  • esther

    I just found your blog today! Pretty perfect timing!

    I love to sew and have been sewing since my mama put me in my first quilting class when I was twelve. My sister and I used to take sewing classes at a little mom and pop store when we were in high school and always wished we could take their serger home with us!

    Best of luck to you with your new book, and thank you for hosting such a generous giveaway!

  • heather caster

    Hi Brett!
    Congratulations on your book!!
    My sewing story is….like many of the others, I too learned to sew at a young age. Once I was enrolled in a private school with a dress code (no uniforms)…but dresses only and the fabulous fashion of the 80′s (oh yes…molly ringwold sewing her prom dress to new order in pretty and pink) that is when my sewing obsession REALLY overtook my life! I was too short and too picky to like any of the dresses that I saw in the malls when my mom and i went shopping. My mom decided that I should start making my own, which I found I loved to do! My teenage personality really got a chance to sing through my clothing….semi awkward and embarrassing to look at some of my creations as an adult now…but hey…it was the 80′s…almost anything was allowed!
    Currently I have my own handbag line..BUT i it is now been 3 years that I have been living in NYC, and I do not have my sewing machine out here! Needless to say I am dying to start sewing again!
    It would be an amazing stroke of luck to win a new machine!! The ‘ol trusty machine, sleeping in my san diego storage unit, is actually about ready to die…..and I really need to SEW.

    Very best,


  • Meredtih

    My sewing machine story: My grandmother has been a quilter for many, many years, and used to make our whole family quilts for the holidays. I always was so impressed by how complicated and beautiful her quilts were, and how she could accomplish so much in such little. When I was 19 she bought me a sewing machine and she spent a week with me teaching me how to sew. I grew up in a different state than her and she was always little harder on me than she was with my other cousins who grew up around her, so her teaching me how to sew brought us a lot closer together. I still sleep with one of her quilts on my bed and hope that one day I’ll be a sewing genius like her.

  • MsVicki

    What a generous and delightful giveaway! I wish everyone good luck … and especially myself ;–)

  • Katie

    My mom had an old sewing machine that I used when I was younger. There was almost always something wrong with it and it took me years to realize that sewing doesn’t have to be that hard. And on a machine like the one above, sewing would be so nice and SERGING!

  • Rosa

    My sewing machine story is that my aunt’s sewing machine is broken but as it’s also a table I use it to study in my room, anyhow I always manage to loosen the bottom and hurt my feet and I really wan’t to learn how to sew because tailors are sooo expensive where I live!

  • Alexandra

    I learned to sew from my grandmother when I was little. Lately I have been thinking about how much fun I had with her and coming up with new projects to put together!
    I have been wanting a sewing machine for some time now just haven’t gotten around to getting it this sewing machine duo would be a fantastic to own!

  • Ellen

    What a great giveaway and congrats on the book! My sewing machine memory would have to be sewing in my high school home-ec lab during the summer for 4-H. I started sewing at age 10 in 4-H and I have the best memories of sitting in that hot room sewing with my mom and my fellow 4-Hers. Haven’t stopped sewing since then!

  • Angelique

    Brett! I love your book! We got an advance copy at the store I work at and I immediately dove in to make the chiffon shirt (made mine out of Anna Maria Horner Voile from her new collection). I love french seams and using them in this simple shirt was brilliant! Can’t wait to whip up another fast project!

  • PaulaKay

    When I was little I used to help save my mom from eye strain by threading Grandma’s ancient but beautiful old Singer. It was probably from the 1930s – gorgeous back enamel with gold curlicues. Yes, it was electric. I can still thread it in my sleep, but now I’m the one taking off my glasses and squinting to get the thread through the needle. Grandma gave that machine to my sister and later gave me my Great Aunt’s almost-as-old (but not quite as pretty) machine that I still use today. It’s so old it makes Betty Draper’s 1960s sewing machine on Mad Men look modern. I still use it. I love it, but it does have its limits.

    Like Grandma’s old machine, mine doesn’t do zigzags, button holes or anything that requires sideways stitching, but it does go backwards and I do have a box of attachments with no directions. My mom died when I was little, and my aunt tried teaching me to sew with patterns. It was fun and exciting, but with a machine that only does straight stitches, I had to use my aunt’s fancy machine for some of the clothes we made. I’ve since given up on patterns in favor of piecing quilt blocks, making pillows, curtains and just about anything that doesn’t need special stitches, buttonholes or anything else my old workhorse can’t do.

  • Amber

    I inherited my mom’s sewing machine about a year ago when she finally upgraded … this machine has seen a lot of stitches. I regret that I haven’t used it much… in part I am nervous that I’ll ruin it! So, a new machine… that would be a dream. And I can think of about a billion uses for a serger. Great giveaway!

  • Jessie

    My sewing machine story: My grandma taught me how to sew as a little girl. She was amazing with the sewing machine, and her workhorse of a Kenmore came to stay at our house for when she’d visit. I’m not sure what happened to that machine, but I think of her often when I’m sewing on my dinky little machine and wish I could be as great a seamstress as she was! Would love to develop my skills with these awesome machines!

  • Taylor

    I had expressed my longing to learn how to sew to my brother, who told his Stepmom.. She works at a thrift store and lo and behold! A couple of days later she had bought a 10+ year old Singer machine for me. For the Fall semester I signed up for a class and learned how to sew with a similarly old Bernina and also discovered the serger, it was then that I first attempted to use my own machine. I also bought a sewing table that I am going to paint that came with a beautiful minty green Singer probably from the 50′s: also at a thrift store. I have yet to own a serger, I simply cannot afford it and many projects are unfinished because of this. They cancelled my sewing class at my college for the coming semester so I am SOL unless I win this giveaway by a miracle!

  • Cookie

    What can you say about a friend that has followed you thru life -helping you with that creative urge- barbie’s new skirt, crisp white curtains for your first bedroom (no sharing!), that new dress you walked in for graduation, curtains- crib skirt and baby blanket- to welcome your most precious gift into the world, matching sundresses for the “girls” that still bring joy in family photos, mother and daughter moments making a pillow
    for a loved teacher, flags for the marching band, bedding and decore for a first apartment, a traveling companion to college to help make the ones you love a home away from home…….. My singer featherweight was a gift in “62″ to a 10 year old from a woman who gave up on sewing . . . just think of all she missed. Thank you for encouraging me think back and enjoy.

  • Vanessa

    My sewing machine story: I’m still sewing on the machine I learned on when I was 6 years old. It’s my mom’s original Kenmore, and it’s older than I am– and I’ll be turning 30 on Saturday!

  • Ann

    My Mom had a great sewing machine that she never used. My Dad (a depression kid) used it to patch his boxers, eww. My sisters and I taught ourselves and each other to sew on that machine. Mom gave it away after we had moved out. She didn’t realize I didn’t have a machine and would have loved it!

    Can’t wait to see your book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah

    Hi Brett! I have been watching you on PBS for years and following your blog for a while as well, though I admit that my favorite post is the Jello mold one…not even sewing related! (side note – I really like the new format!)

    I have an old White sewing machine that has been fine but it doesn’t handle knits well. With an 18 month old and more kids to come some day, I want to be able to make quick, comfy baby clothes using my old t-shirts and sleepwear whenever possible (love upcycling!) and lots of those involve knits, so having a serger would be lovely. Replacing my old machine can’t hurt either!

    I am ordering your book right now and can’t wait to try making the nesting bowls…I am going to modify your directions a little and make a giant one for toy storage. Be well!

  • Hap

    My mom bought a sewing machine when I was about 10 years old. I was so curious about it, I took it apart. I’m not sure it worked anymore. It’s too bad I thwarted any of my mom’s dreams to sew her own clothes. She was too busy with work, anyway.

    I bought my own sewing machine a few years ago from an old sew and vac shop. I have not taken it apart … much. :)

  • Elisa B.

    Congrats on the new book!

  • Debi

    My mum has a machine that she’s had since before I was born. It’s made her wedding dress. She made all mine, my sisters and our dolls matching outfits on it. It’s made 2 prom dresses, altered one lot of bridesmaids dresses in a night before wedding crisis and made four beautiful ones in less stressful circumstances! this summer when I get home it will be used to teach my ten year old niece to sew too! I can’t wait!!

    Good luck with the book!

  • Carissa Heywood

    I am not a seamstress by any means. It is on my list of things to do, but I haven’t quite made it there yet. I absolutely love all things vintage and old. My Grammy had a few very old sewing machines that she would help me use when I was a little girl. One time we made the cutest doll blanket for my play crib and doll at her house. But some of my fondest memories were spent at the sewing machine that didn’t even work. In her bedroom, she has a pedal operated machine. I would spend hours on the floor in front of it pushing the pedal and watching it spin. I was entranced by this beautiful relic of days now past. I loved to pretend that I was making something beautiful or that I could see my Grammy and her mother and sisters sitting there making wonderful dresses and such. To this day, my favorite sewing machine is still that old pedal operated treasure that no longer works.

  • Johann

    Please enter me in the contest!
    When I was 9 years old, my mom bought me a Singer sewing machine for my birthday. Her friends said she was crazy to buy me a real one and not a toy, but it turned out to be a good investment.
    I sewed some doll clothes, and then forgot about it for a while. Then I wanted a pair of shorts, and mom said to sew them. I did. And I earned money babysitting, bought material, patterns and notions and made all my own clothing during high school and beyond. I even bought most of my shoes. Mom only bought me winter coats, so she actually saved money on the deal.
    Now I’m 67, on Social Security, and could never afford two such wonderful machines, so I’m really thankful for this chance at them.

  • Joanna Lynne Smith

    My grandma is a world-class tailor and somehow the art was lost on my own mother. However, I grew up learning to sew from my grandma, whether it was on her dinky yet faithful old machine at home, or the high-tech electronic machines she worked with at the tailor shop. Now that I am 25, I am dying to get back into my family’s lost art of sewing! I recently purchased a used machine (graduate students don’t make very much money…) and recently found out it is broken. Tangles and tangles of thread and an unchangeable stitch selection. I would like so very much to have this new wonderful machine! I am already dreaming of the projects I will create for my home, friends, and family.

  • Helen G.

    My sewing machine was given to me by my mother-in-law while I was pregnant with my first son. She is an avid seamstress and I’ve always been intimidated by her skills. She even made my bridesmaids dresses!! Anyway, since she was upgrading to a better sewing machine, she asked me if I wanted it and if I wanted to learn how to sew. I jumped at the opportunity! And the rest is history… it’s been almost 3 years since that day. I would LOVE to own this combo, though… I don’t have a serger and it would be awesome to add to my sewing room.

  • Catlyn

    I actually learned to sew in my 7th and 8th grade home ec class! At first I wasn’t so interested in it. But years later when I sat down in front of a sewing machine, all that I had learned then came back to me luckily!
    My current sewing machine that I use is an old Kenmore from the 1980′s that I had found almost brand new in our garage! :-)

  • Alicja

    I emigrated from Poland to Canada with my husband and a 4,5 year old daughter, years ago. My husband went to school to learn English , I had to go to start working without knowing the language. It had not been easy and we had financial struggle, I had always like nice cloths but no money to bay it. I obtained a sowing machine, learned how to use it and with the help of sowing patterns started to dress myself and my daughter. It was not easy to translate the instructions and then learn how to by myself, I was young, determined and happy. After few years I bought Singer machine and it was the happiest time, I love it so much. Over 20 years I have been using it and it works very well still.
    Upgrading the model of Singer would be a dream come to live.

  • Judy

    Congrats on your new book!

    I’ve seen my mom use her very antiquated sewing machine in her room from time to time. It’s rusted now, but still usable, although it is really loud and I’m scared that it doesn’t have any finger protection. It just gives me the shivers and I used another sewing machine that someone threw out of their house that my dad picked up. It jammed on me one day and hasn’t been the same since. Sending my chances in for the grand prize. That’d be so sweet. :)

  • Sarah Obrien

    Congrats on your new book! I’ve been toying with the idea of making curtains for my new place but feel like my existing machine isn’t quite up to par. Now I leave it up to the random number generator. Do I spend a lot of time with my beautiful new sewing machine/serger to make 12 sets of curtains to cover giant windows in my loft or do I embrace the bare window aesthetic? Only time will tell.

  • Gina Marin

    When I first started to sew, in my early 20′s, my mother loaned me her precious machine. She bought it when I was a kid (1970′s) and it was a top of the line, computerized Singer. Fancy stitches, the whole 9 yards (no pun intended!). Once I realized I enjoyed sewing and wanted a machine of my own I bought a very basic Singer from Sears. That was over 25 years ago and I still have it though it is a little temperamental when it comes to reverse stitching! I made clothes for myself and my then newlywed husband and later for our little girl. I have made slip covers, curtains, Halloween costumes and quilts on that machine. I’ve never had a surger but refurbished one a friend was getting rid of and gave it to my Mom for Christmas one year, as she still sews. In this past year my 22 year old daughter has taken up the craft and I hope to work on some projects with her.

  • Cynthia O

    I went thrifting one day and found a really nice vintage sewing machine. I don’t own a car so I couldn’t just buy the machine so I asked if it could be put on hold for me while I went to find a means of transporting the beauty home, but I was told, no. I went ahead to find a ride anyway, hoping it’d still be there when I came back. But to my shock and horror, when I came back 10 mins later, the sewing machine was gone. I was so sad and till this day I go thrifting looking for an affordable machine, since I’ve always wanted to learn to sew.

  • Kelsie Butler

    Oh wow!! What an awesome contest. I love sewing and I’ve always wanted a serger. I have a Husqvarna sewing machine that my grandmother gave me. She gave it to me many years ago. It is one that she bought in Germany while they lived there. It finally quit working on me a couple of months ago. Because of what it is, I can’t get parts to fix it. I would love to win this. My daughter is rather upset I can’t make her doll clothes or her sun dresses anymore. Although I do knit and crochet her stuff, she is rather partial to the sewn doll clothes. Thanks for an awesome contest!

  • margaret

    Wow, what a great giveaway! And your book looks great. My first sewing experience was on my mom’s old machine. It was built in to a table and you used your knee instead of a foot pedal. And my first project was… hair scrunchies!! It was the 80s after all. I was pretty excited to be able to make my own ever so stylish accessories out of whatever colour and print fabric I could find.

  • Bethany

    I got my own sewing machine one Christmas, but I learned on my mom’s machine which she’s had for decades. I would love to learn how to use a serger!

  • carin

    I first tried my hand at sewing in middle school home economics. Sadly, my mom had to help me finish my projects which helped her (I mean me) get an A. Last year, at 33, I decided it was time to start learning all over again. My parents gave me a Singer Simple for Christmas and I’ve been trying to relearn how to sew all over again. I want to be able to whip up curtains or pillow covers like my grandma and sew costumes for my daughter like my mom did for my sister and me!

  • bridget haig

    Oh what a joy winning a sewing machine would be, I have a very old singer that was almost an antique when I got it. I can only sew straight lines, so nothing fancy for me.
    I did look it up on the internet they say it’s vintage. ha!
    It’s a singer 306K, the one in our garage is a trundle foot. not any better.

  • Corrine

    It was Christmas. I was fourteen and naturally broke. But it seemed all my friends we’re giving out these great gifts that their parents funded them to buy. I never really got any of those gifts because, let’s face it; At fourteen, girls are mean and don’t want to give if they’re not going to get.
    My grandma had been sewing for years and had unsuccessfully tried to teach me on her old singer. I would get frustrated after an hour and give up. My dreams of becoming a fashion designer seemed far off.
    Needless to say, she had given me a sewing machine for my birthday. I’m sorry to say it gathered dust. But when the holidays came around I had the idea that I would sew each of my friends a cute little stuffed animal. Low cost, cute and original… And easy, right?
    Not so easy at all. I tried and tried and probably forced it too much because not long after I started sewing the machine was getting really hot. I heard a pop and it started to smoke. I had killed the engine on the little guy.
    I felt so guilty that I had ruined my grandmother’s thoughtful gift– and even more ashamed that I would have to go to school with no presents.
    I haven’t touched a machine since, as silly as it sounds. I enjoy embroidery a little too much and find that if anything needs repairing I can do it manually. Now that I’m moving into my own home I was thinking of getting a machine, but they’re a bit out of my price range and still make me a little nervous.

  • ebony h

    Hi, Brett! Congratulations on the new book, it looks beautiful!

    My mom taught me the basics of sewing on an old black and gold Singer sewing machine, the same one she taught my four sisters on before me. It worked surprisingly well for a machine that was at least three times as old as I was! Something like eight years later I, then an aspiring clothing designer, received a new SInger for my sixteenth birthday. Today I’m a writer, but I still own both Singers. The black and gold machine is beautiful to look at (and would still work if I wanted to use it). The other fifteen year old machine, with only the simplest of features, has aided many creative ventures!

  • Jamie

    What an excellent giveaway!

    I fell into sewing when I was given a vintage Singer 416 Zigzag machine. It’s housed in it’s own table and amazing. I piddled in sewing a little bit with it, but sadly it broke about a year after I was given it (almost 4 years ago). So I went out and bought another Singer sewing machine. This machine is basic but it has sewed quite a few bags, quilts, pillow covers, and napkins. I would love to win this! I want to get into apparel sewing more and this combo would be great for that!

  • Erika

    My mom still has the sewing machine she learned to sew on and although I spent time trying to master it, I think that machine needs her special touch.

  • katie

    Oooh. This is too good not to give it a shot -

    My grandmother sewed like crazy. The joke is that she was incredibly fast but not very good at it! She was good enough to teach me the basics when I was a kid, though, and when I was 10 or so I got a Kenmore that I had and used up until about four years ago. I was pregnant with my first son and starting to make him some clothes when it gave up the ghost. We chucked that machine – which I regret doing, now that I’ve researched sewing machines more than I had at the time – it probably could have been repaired – and I got a fairly bottom-of-the-barrel machine because I needed *something* to sew on! Here I am four years later, and having just given birth to my second son, using the same lousy machine. It’s sufficiently wussy that even with only moderate use, and mostly on knits (my older son refuses to wear anything other than “cozy pants” for the most part), the needle’s off-center now and half the stitches have gone cuckoo on me. And just try to put a walking foot on the thing – it gets very upset about that. And this is after just having it serviced!

    So – a new sewing machine – and a SERGER!!! – would be incredibly, incredibly welcome. I’m sewing tons of clothes for my two kids now, especially since I’ve finally found a few fabric sources that let me do so and actually save money, even over Target-type prices, and having a machine that wasn’t so rickety and half-busted would be so fantastic. Let alone a serger…!

    The fingers…they are crossed!!

  • Ling

    Hello there! I just got linked to you from Design Sponge =) I would love love love to win this sewing machine!! My first attempt at sewing (outside of home ec class from decades ago) involved needle, thread, fabric, and some very tired fingers. I love making things by hand, but after my go at making cushion covers by hand, I think I’m ready to take on a sewing machine! Here’s some photos of my hand-sewing project. While it was a success, a sewing machine could’ve saved me a million hours and saved me from several needle pricks! Sigh.

  • Carmen

    Oooooh, I’d love to win this! I am a mostly self taught sewer. I don’t really use patterns and such, I love creating things from my own brain or trying (and modifying) online tutorials. Now that I am expecting my first baby I am so looking forward to trying my hand at all the fun baby things and cute clothes I can sew.

  • Lauren

    I was destined to be a sewer before I was even born.
    My grandmother moved here from China after she met my grandfather many many years ago and along with them, brought their frugal ways. She sewed as much as she could to save money, but also because she loved it.
    Her talents with a sewing machine rubbed off on my mother who created her own stylish pieces and homewares before it was the cool thing to do. I, being the only girl in my family, was an easy and willing-for-a-few-years target for her creations.
    By the time I hit middle school though, I would ask my mom to sew an actual clothing label into my clothing (Esprit was always my favorite, gotta love the 80s & 90s!)–as if anyone would even know it was there! My mom is blessed with a wonderful eye for style though so more often than not, I would receive more compliments on my home-made clothing than on the store bought, run-of-the-mill items.
    I have since inherited my grandmother’s old Singer machine–the lovely antique kind that flips out of its own little table as well as my mom’s first Singer machine. I am tempted by the new shiny models, but am too sentimental to ever part with the sweat, tears and love that were thrown into these old machines.
    I hope one day to have a daughter of my own that can carry on this wonderful tradition.

  • Jennifer

    I got my first sewing machine when I was 15. It was $300 a HUGE splurge for my frugal family. I had heard stories about how my mom sewed all her own clothes in high school. And about how her sewing teacher could look at Vogue magazine and make a pattern for that exact outfit that would fit my mom like a glove. Needless to say, my hopes were set high.

    I took my sewing class, made a few things that fit. Once the class was over the sewing machine went into the closet. Fast forward 8 years I drag my sewing machine from Honolulu, Hi all the way to NYC where I was enrolled at Parsons. My sewing machine hates me. I got it serviced learned how to use it. It barley got me through my first year. I ended up not finishing the program at Parsons (for a variety of reasons). However, the whole time I thought my struggle with the machine was me and my lack of ability and incompetence to use anything mechanical. One day (a few years later) on a whim, I bought a used sewing machine off craigslist and now I sew all the time! I’m glad that I never gave up and that 13 years later from that first encounter I am finally loving the craft :)

  • Lisa C.

    I learned to sew on my grandmother’s treadle sewing machine. It was a beautiful machine with all of the little drawers in the cabinet, but unfortunately, she sold it many years ago. I would love to have it now.

  • Jenn

    My grandmother was a fierce sewer; in fact she did it for a living to support herself once my grandfather died and her kids were grown and out of the house. My grandmother spoke no English, and as a super Americanized girl I couldn’t communicate very well with her, but she would show me she liked me by making me tons of scrunchies in every fabric remnant she could get her hands on (this was the 80′s!). My mom knows how to sew on a machine too, but as a “modern woman” I used to scoff at any sort of homemaker skills. My mom used to sew my costumes together for school plays and Halloween, and they were always sewn with love, even if it wasn’t perfect.

    Now, with my own home and my own urges to create things to show people I like them, I’ve decided to take up machine sewing too, and have signed up for classes, but it would be much better if i could practice at home too!

  • aurora ann fox

    I got married very young (17) right out of high school in 1968 and my “fiance” gave me a Singer Featherweight sewing machine for a high school graduation present. I had the machine for over 35 years and sewed baby quilts, clothes for my 2 daughters and in 1985 a co-operative Alaskan peace Quilt which I ended up taking to Russia ( to present as a token of people-to-people peacemaking (this was right before the “cold war” ended) from Alaskans to the people in Irkutsk, Russia. I finally sold that beloved machine a few years ago–I finally gave in and bought a more modern singer. I would love to win either of these machines–then I could pass on my machine to one of my daughters….

  • Britni

    Greetings! I’ve watched all of your great tutorials, thank you so much! I have always sewn things by hand. My mom was never much for sewing, crafting, etc. but, somehow I got the bug. I had no lessons and didn’t have a clue technically. As I would look through magazines, I was confinced I could at least try my hand at curtains and throw pillows.

    My grandmother died several years back from Leukemia and left me her old sewing leaf table with the old singer inside. I couldn’t get it to work for me and was so awkward and heavy that I gave up. I will always keep that old table though (even though my husband says it doesn’t match anything in our house =). I’m obsessed with DIY’s and design blogs. My mother-in-law is pretty good and I have started using her sewing machine some over the past few years. I’ve done a lot of crafting but, could really use this combo for fun projects I have saved to my favorites and am just waiting to attempt. I’ll have to get your book if I win and learn the basics to start off! Good luck with the new book!! Thank you!

  • Meg

    Holy moley! Congrats on your book and thanks for the opportunity to win these gorgeous machines. My sewing machine story involves a few different machines. When I was a kid my Mom had a sewing machine. I can only remember her busting it out for some super fly Halloween costumes (red Crayola crayon, Pippi Longstocking, Jasmine). Costume creation was always a little stressful for my Mom but her results were very impressive.

    When I was in 8th grad Home and Careers class we had to sew some super fugly sweaters. They were horrendous and I decided that I didn’t like sewing. Not one bit. Nor did I like the Home and Careers teacher. Boooo to her!

    Fast forward to my Freshman year in college – I was in the theater dept and wanted a work study job. I got one in the costume shop and learned to sew using an ancient industrial Singer. Boy was that thing scary at first! I learned that I did, in fact, like sewing. Especially when it didn’t involve huge blocks of polyester. Working in the shop taught me a lot about sewing and patterns and I had the opportunity to use a serger!!! They are just about the best things on the planet, if you ask me.

    By my senior year of college I’d stolen my Mom’s old Singer. That machine has travelled with me from one apartment to the next and is still going strong. One tuneup in 30 years is a pretty awesome track record.

  • Dom B.

    So, I’ve grown up in a household of women who know how to sew. My grandmother made clothing for my mom, aunties, and uncles. I never had a store-bought halloween costume. My mom would always drag me to the fabric store for hours (torture as a little kid) in August to pick out my costume from the giant books of patterns. The same goes for my cousins. In fact, all of my cousins have quilts that were made specifically for us, and we still use them. :) Even to this day, I can send my mom a link to a dress or jacket or pants that I see online that I like, and in two weeks, she’ll send one to me that’s almost identical to the product, and it fits me, well. :)

    However, in this land of sewing, I was never allowed to sew or touch the machines. My job, for 18 years, was to layout the fabric on the floor, and then lay the paper pattern out on top. I wasn’t even allowed to pin the paper to the fabric!

    So I was never interested, until going to college and seeing the fashion students sew away. And I realized, through all the years, even though I was never allowed to touch the machines, I still understood what was happening, and how the fabric would be cut/sewn to become a flowing gown.

    So, last year, I asked my mom if I could borrow her sewing machine. She hadn’t sewn in at least 5 years. And she said of course. She even went as far as to show me how to sew after bringing it up to me while visiting on holiday.

    So I started sewing, and I loved it. I whipped out little bags, skirts, and quilts. But my mom got jealous, and wanted her kick-ass machine back. So the last time she came up to snuck it in the taxi on her way airport. That sneak! So now, I’m machine-less, and would love the chance to practice more.


  • logan

    Oh, I’d really love to win this! I’m saving my pennies, but it’s taking a while. My sewing story. I learned the very very basics in middle school in a home ec class. Now I’m learning how to quilt from my mother in law. I have a plethora of patterns I want to try out, but I want a new sewing machine. and a ruffle foot! The current machine I’m using is the one my mother used when we were kids. I love it and all, but I think I’d be happier and able to do more with a newer machine. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Jessica Dudek

    Dear Brett –
    I am so excited to have a sewing site to retreat to. I am inspired to start new projects.
    I grew up with a mom that enjoyed sewing dresses and outfits for me. She enjoyed every last drop of the singer power of two great machines. The latter machine is in retirement at the moment because I have acquired the desire of sewing. I think I was a little too rough on it. I originally went to school for interior design, but the school I attended was full of all sorts of creativity. I was surrounded by manual foot – pedal sewing machines. I loved creating my interior projects in the same room as the fashion students. I have since been engaging my creativity into altering my own clothing. I have found ways to create interior decor with sewing as well. I so much enjoy making just about anything and if I do not know how to originally create something, I keep trying, and find a way to complete the projects. I do dream of a studio of machines to create and also to teach to pass on the joy of sewing to others. I have taught children the basics and *(Right now, I have a request from my sister-in-law, Sara, who desires to have a sewing machine of her own one day so that she can learn how to sew as well. That is why I was ecstatic to see this give away. The timing could not be better!) Sara has been inspired. The love of sewing is being passed along in the family. <3

  • Erin

    My babysitter growing up was more like my grandmother. And she had two huge sewing machines in her bedroom. She was a supervisor at a textile plant and bought two of the machines when it closed. I would make me the most beautiful clothes and blankets. She taught me how to sew by hand but has never had time to teach me to sew with a machine. But she gave me all her books. I never had space for a sewing machine until friday when I bought my first house. I would love to win one of these machines so I could begin sewing and hopefully be half as talented as she is.

  • tarabu

    Wow. Just, wow. I still use the Kenmore my mother used to teach me how to sew. It was the beige plain Jane my dad got her for their first Christmas together and the first thing I made was an insulated potholder, with ‘G’ for ‘Grandma’ embroidered with the zig-zag stitch. My mom sewed my clothes for the first few years and I sewed and quilted my child’s first-year quilt on it, as well.

  • Jenn

    this is amazing! i can’t wait to read the book. i’ve been trying to get a sewing machine myself. i used to sew years and years ago but i’ve been sewing by hand for the last 15 years. this sure would be just thing to get me back in the game.

  • Marjory

    I started sewing after a bad breakup. One of my aunts can sew anything, so I got her to teach me how to quilt after my breakup. That’s how it all started. It took a lot of quilts, but I finally got over it :) Now I also sew simple things like curtains, aprons, and skirts too. I’ve never had a serger, but I would love to learn how to use one, and my sewing machine is in bad shape after being knocked over a couple of times by my overly excited dogs!

  • kv barn

    great givaway!
    my parents still have my grandmother’s beautiful antique sewing machine and my mother still uses it once in a while! i remember when i was little, it was attached to the kitchen table for extra table space(with the machine faced down of course) and all of us grandchildren arguing as to who was going to sit there for lunch or dinner, so we could play with the pedal :)
    i have a hand-me-down simple 70′s singer, which i love but would love an upgrade and a serger!

  • Kate O

    Holy moly, would I LOVE that serger. My mum taught me how to sew on her Singer from the 70′s. The family joke is that she borrowed the money to buy it from my dad (before they were married) and 32 years of marriage later, she hasn’t paid him back! Then a family friend was kind enough to give me her old sewing machine when I was in in college – a 70′s Kenmore in extremely era-appropriate avocado green. My husband gave me my current machine, a brand new Kenmore, for Christmas a few years ago. At first I resisted it’s new-fangled-ness, but now I love it!

  • Kirsten T

    I first used a sewing machine in middle school in a sewing class and made, among other items I have can’t recall, a potholder that my mom uses to this very day. In college I received a very basic sewing machine that has plagued with me its finicky nature to the point I can’t even bring myself to try to use it anymore. My mother is an accomplished seamstress and I would love to have the proper equipment to learn on with her help. With my own little girl now nearly 1 1/2 years old I want to be able to make things for her, her dolls, and for our home.

  • kate a

    woot!! this is amazing!

    my sewing machine was a present when I was in grade 12 from my mom. it lasted awhile and then she gave me her old one when she got a new one. neither of them have been the greatest, but mostly i piece quilts on it so i can go over the seams a bunch of times and no one’s the wiser because it is all hidden inside. :)
    i’d love to be able to start sewing things where it’s ok if you see what the sewing looks like!!


  • Oluwakemi

    Oh man, come on singer! LOL at the “Oprah voice”! I was thinking yesterday that I need a sewing machine but no mullah to get it right now and low and behold, I come across this! Consider this my official entry. Thanks!

  • Heidi

    My sewing interests wax and wane, having started sewing as a requirement for Home Ed back in the 70′s, to having to re-teach myself when I was pregnant with my daughter – now 21. I’m only a short 4′ 10″ and back in 1989 when I was expecting her, there were few, if no options for petite pregnant women. So, I made my own with the cheapest machine I could find.

    After my daughter was born, I found a new love for the craft and bought what was then, a really good machine. After years of use and disuse, I’m in desperate need of an updated wizard. Maybe a new toy will spur on a new interest in sewing again??

  • Katherine

    My love for sewing comes from the typical source: My mother and grandmother. When I was a kid, my mom sewed on a Singer she borrowed from a friend whenever she had something to make; which usually meant Halloween costumes and school projects. I remember standing on the dining room table while she hemmed my beautiful white first communion dress that I was so proud to wear on that special day. We certainly didn’t have tons of money, hence the borrowed machine and the need to make a communion dress instead of buying one, but I learned the lesson well: anything made with your own hands is more valuable than something bought in a store.
    My Granny lives in Ireland and is an avid quilter; at 86 she is still making gorgeous quilts for all her grandchildren (there are 19 of us, so she has her work cut out for her!) My Grandad bought her her machine as a birthday present years ago, she told me on a recent trip back to Ireland. It, too, is a Singer, a big heavy green one that she loves. She still does the quilting and the binding by hand, though, and her stitches are enviably fine and even. When I made my first quilt last year, I did the quilting on my plain, bare bones Singer machine which I bought in college to make, you guessed it, a Halloween costume! This machine serves me fine, but I would love to learn to use a serger. Maybe I also should start sewing by hand if I want to ever get as good as Granny Betty, but really, who has the time these days??
    Thanks so much for the chance to win! It has been fun reading through everyone’s stories! Brett, I love your style, keep on doin’ what you’re doin’!

  • Christine


  • Val

    Not wanting to spend much money before I could actually sew, I purchased a Kenmore Mini-Ultra. It is baby blue–it looks like a toy, but it is mean. A friend who sews has one, so how bad could it be? I have wanted to tear my hair out every time I’ve used it, that’s how bad! After taking a class that had Berninas, I realized that some machines are worth the expense,. but I have not been able to afford one. Those babies practically sew by themselves. The teacher of the class used a serger to secure the bottoms of the tote bags we made–those things are magic!

  • diane

    When a freshman in college, I caught wind that mom and dad were giving both my sister and I a sewing machine for Christmas. I was bummed because I wanted a stereo! I let mom know that (ungrateful), but she still gave me the sewing machine, a Singer Stylist. LOVE that machine. Newly married I learned to use it and haven’t looked back! Thanks for the chance to win.

  • ~Heather

    My Mum had an awesome in-the-cabinet Singer that ruled the back room in our house. She made me all sorts of clothes when I was growing up. Now I have my own machine, but it’s always breaking down. And when Mum updated her machine, she gave the beloved Singer to my sister-in-law. Grrrr…

  • Vanessa

    My mom taught me to sew when I was just a young girl. She’s had her machine since it was given to her as a wedding present, and has been sewing since she was a child herself. Three years ago she gave me my own machine, which I love, but which only does straight and zigzag stitches. Something like this machine and the serger would take my sewing to the next level!

  • Roberta Guziewicz

    I am a 60 year old mother of two (grown) girls. My mom made all of my clothes including eyelet lace panties and trimmed socks! When I had 2 girls of my own the sewing started with bedspreads and curtains for their rooms to matching (and then not) English smocked dresses on my inexpensive Nechi. Finally after being a stay at home mom for seven years I went back to being a kindergarten teacher and bought myself a Kenmore floor display model computerized machine and my husband bought me a serger from a factory sale. Our life of girls and sewing clothes and prom dresses continued until they finished college.
    Dust gathered on the machines and fabric stash as we traveled and gardened. Weddings and new home decor for the girls brought it all out again.
    Somewhere along the line I took a nap and woke up to find both girls married and myself the grandmother of 5 granddaughters. Of course there have been doll clothes and blankets and dresses and costumes. my now 20 plus year old Ken more and bottom of the line serger are tired and more than a little worn

  • chelsea lawrence

    how fun! i am the only girl in the family without a sewing machine. fortunately there are moms and sisters and grandmas to borrow from but i would treasure my own! i have lots of fabrics i’ve collected that are sitting and waiting to become new creations… thanks for this opportunity!

  • Audrey L

    I have been trying to teach myself how to sew for years. I’ve made pillows for every one of my family members, skirts for myself, some terrible bags, and I’ve even hemmed some things for my mom and for me. Your book sounds fantastic! As soon as I realized that sewing in a straight line would simplify my projects, I know I became a better, more confident sewer. I hope your book helps me (I’m planning to buy it this weekend) and many many others that same feeling of confidence and inspiration! Thank you for the chance to win these great machines – the serger especially could expand my sewing arsenal and abilities ten-fold – at least! THANKS! (And congrats on your new book!)

  • Amber P

    My mom’s avocado green steel Morse is sitting in my living room. Not my craft room, since it is too heavy for me to move. The motor stopped in the middle of hemming curtains and I had to run to Sears to get a replacement.

  • Kara

    My mom has had the same sewing machine my whole life and I would be so sad if she ever let it go. With minimal servicing that baby has sewed up 30 years worth of great things, from Barbie clothes to my grad dress – and it’s a Singer!

  • Shelly M

    I grew up watching my mom sew, and she taught my sister and I how to sew too. I don’t have a machine of my own, but I’d love to have one for all the projects in my head. Right now I sew by hand, so a machine would be a big help!

  • Angela Porras

    I’ve been surrounded by sewing machines all my life. My grandmother and her sisters were raised by a tailor and they too took on the trait, and I grew up wearing dresses my mother made for me. I bought my own sewing machine when I was in college, no longer living at home, and wanted to make my own curtains for my first apartment. and, frankly, my new home felt empty without a machine in it.

  • melissa p

    my mom had an old hand-me-down machine while i was growing up, and i used that a little bit growing up. i lived at home for a while between college and grad school and that old machine had really had it, so we went to get it repaired but the salesperson told us it would be cheaper just to buy a new machine. we did, and then i took it with me when i moved out. it’s a really basic baby lock, and i actually like it a lot. i think it cost less than $100. i keep wanting to get a nicer machine, but if it’s not broken…

  • Melissa Oller

    I “won” a sewing machine from eBay that was sold out of a “professional” eBay drop-off store. My FIRST and only sewing machine. The product was listed as well-kept and good quality. After receiving the product, I noticed the smell! It appears to have been in a FLOOD or SOMETHING because the smell is awful! They won’t refund my money so I am out that and I still have no way to sew all the wonderful clothes I am dreaming of :(

    I also won knitting needles but luckily I was able to wash those and get the smell out!

  • Hilda

    I’ve been sewing since I was a kid but the past 2-3 years I’ve really gotten into it. I love my machine but desperately want a serger too!! I have a beautiful vintage aqua blue machine that is just stunning, but sadly I need a couple of parts replaced to get it going again… one day!

  • Ashley

    Love the round bowl video on designsponge! Can’t wait to see the lucky winner of those machines! :o)

  • Sheri D. Maple

    Congratulations on the new book! I purchased a refubrished mechnical machine a few years ago to get me back into sewing. I want to upgrade to a computerized machine and serger to sew some active wear and undergarments. I saw these machines demonstrated on HSN and thought they were great, but a little low on funds at the moment to purchase them. I have to say that my grandmother and mother didn’t sew, and the only thing I’ve every sewn as a child was a skirt in my 7th grade Home Ec class. I’m dreaming to making some floor poufs for my apartment as I love sitting on the floor, but it’s little hard and a little harder to get up.

  • Judy Resop

    I have my Mom’s old machine in my living room as a piece of furniture. It is an old black Singer treadle machine. I can remember her spending days sewing covers for all the cushions of our Early American furniture with it. I was fascinated by the fact that she could do that. I have tried to sew. I bought a beginner machine in the seventies after I married. I used it to mend clothes. I did manage to make an outfit for my son’s first Easter by taking a sewing lab at out technical college where there was ready help. I also made a few Halloween costumes, but those didn’t have to look good. Pattern directions stump me. I don’t understand what they are telling me to do. I think I could probably sew a straight line, so I have hope of making something with the help of your book. A new machine wouldn’t hurt, either! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Marci Ellsworth

    I have a New Home machine I bought in 1992 – it is very basic, but I have used it to make some simple things in the past. I would love to win this dream machine <3

  • Tagati

    I started sewing when I was little. My mother had a Sears Kenmore sewing machine with the cabinet (the sewing machine would drop down into a “cradle” and then you’d fold up the table to become the top of the cabinet. We used that machine for years (I even refinished the cabinet at one point).

    Years later when I moved out on my own, my partner gave me a Husqvarna Viking sewing machine (around 1983). What an improvement over the 1950ish Kenmore! I took a serger class around 1985 and bought one. These were considered high tech at the time and have proved to be very reliable. Not too many bells and whistles, just reliable machines (can’t say as much for the seamstress however!).

    I’m so interested in your book and will definitely pick up a copy. It should bring me back to sewing as I’ve been away from it far too long. And thank you for the opportunity to enter a contest too! Great inspiration!!

  • lindy

    My Mom had a serger and regular sewing machine, so I grew up with them and knew all their idiosyncrasies. Since adulthood, I’ve gone through three sewing machines. I use them for everything — tailoring clothes, sewing pillow cases, making costumes. Recently I found a very old singer in the garbage that runs by foot petal. We’re still refurbishing it into working order.

  • JoAnn Armstrong

    Wow, I have nothing earth shattering to say except I love to sew and my machine is at least 35 years old. Sure could use a new one :-) Thanks for the chance to possibly make that happen.

  • Onkel Eva

    I havent sewed in more than 20 years… and I simply need to fall in love with sewing again, because my head is always stuffed with arty sewing-projects I’d love to throw myself into.
    Except….. my present sewing-machine is so cheap, and soooo bad…, and it ruins everything and takes all the fun out of sewing. Cant afford a new one though.
    I’ll keep all my fingers crossed for these ones.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

    Eva, Denmark

  • Rebecca Agnew

    My mom got me an old retro singer with shiny gold detailing from Craigslist. It’s currently in the shop getting tuned up, but as soon as it’s out, I’m raring to go on projects. I’m going to take a quilting class and will hopefully do some household decor and clothing projects soon as I’m just learning at the whole sewing thing.

  • Kristel

    My grandma quilts, my mom sewed her business suits, and my sister learned growing up. My independent streak didn’t discover my (lack of) sewing skills until I made my first duvet cover (never to start small or entirely simple).
    As a design student now, and an accomplished knitter, my construction and vision are great, but my sewing skills need to catch up. Will definitely be getting your book to help guide me along with some new projects!

  • Janet Oberfoell

    My sewing machine is a tiny Sewing Magic machine that only makes straight stitches. Winning a machine like this would be like upgrading from a golf cart to a Corvette! I got the little machine for my nirthday a few years ago, and it has already produced some loves throw pillows, but I’d like to advance to even bigger projects!

  • Brandi Gull

    What a great contest! My mother taught me to sew when I was young and I can’t thank her enough for that skill. She bought me a basic sewing machine when I bought my first home. It is such a great tool to have. Whenever I see something I like my first instict is, “oh, I can make that!” And I can thank my mom for that! I don’t have much room in my town home so converted my office closet into a sewing station. Once I’m done with my projects, I tuck my chair under the desk and close the doors. Keeps everything nice and tidy!

  • Jenny Laney

    I want to make curtains! Just like Sarah makes on Sarah’s House. We bought our first house last year, and I still can’t find any curtains that I like! Maybe I’m just picky?

  • Lisa W.

    Wow…I just stumbled across your blog from “feedbiz”. Love love love it. amg sewing. Although I am quite crafty the whole sewing thing scares me…honestly scares me!!! LOL I would love to learn and I just watched your video and I think (I said think) I could make those bowls. But of course I would have to win as I don’t have a sewing machine:) I am a scrapbooker and have been telling all my friends there are so MANY cool things to do with scrapbooking that involves lots of sewing. So on that note THANK you for the chance. Your blog is awesome. AND congrats on that new book!!!

  • Benjamin

    My sewing experience is basically non-existent. That said, my wife is extremely crafty and sews and knits quite a few things. For some reason I have an irresistible urge to get things off the street and refurbish them. Over the years I’ve found a couple of sewing machines. One was a 1940′s Singer and the other a small dressmaker’s machine. Both were in very bad mechanical condition and thus my wife was unable to use them. I later sold them at a yard sale. Bottom line- I’m handy but clueless about sewing machines in general. I would love to get a new machine for my wife.

  • Chau

    I learned to sew from my mother. She used to make clothes for my sister and me when we were little. When we were in Vietnam my mother had a Singer sewing machine with foot paddle. My sister became a sucessful dressmaker in her late teen and early twenty, and had used the same sewing machine until my family left Vietnam in 1990. I’ve continued enjoying sewing until now. When I’m stressed out, I sew to relax. I made all of curtains, decorative pillows, bedspreads, etc. in my home. Three years ago my sister-in-law asked me to make a quilt for my niece. Her husband (my husband’s brother) passed away when my niece was 4 years old, so she wanted her daughter to have something made from her father’s clothes that had been boxed in storage after his death. I transfered several daughter-and-father pictures onto white fabric and incorporate the father’s clothes into the quilt. It came out beautifully and brought tear to everyone’s eyes when it was presented at my niece’s 16th birthday party. Thanks for the contest.

  • Jessica Goldberg

    Sewing and Brooklyn are both strongly linked to my mom – a woman who deserves confetti thrown into the air when she enters a room. My mom is originally from Brooklyn and moved to the bustling metropolis, Tucson, AZ when her parents loaded up the family car and headed west in hopes of having a simpler, more successful life. I grew up in Tucson and moved to New York 6 years ago to pursue teaching in urban communities and have helped to start a new school in Brooklyn – in the same public school space in which my mom’s aunt went to middle school so many years ago! The term “full circle” is very appropriate! As for sewing, my mom hand-made all of my halloween costumes from the time I was a little yellow crayon until I was a more sophisticated princess riding a horse (and also gave every fiber of herself to my brother and me in countless other ways.) I can still picture sitting on the couch, a solid 8 months before halloween, watching my mom work away on all of the fabrics we had picked out for each year’s costume. As a crafty adult, living in my mom’s birthplace, I have a strong desire to learn to sew. Perhaps this little contest is a lucky way of making this happen!

  • Christy Leonard

    I inherited my sewing machine from my mom. It is a Sears Kenmore Model 148.14220. The tension doesn’t stay adjusted, I constantly have to deal with nasty snarley knots on the bottom side. It used to have a box of attachments & tools, but those disappeared many years ago. I long for a machine that has all the parts, accessories & the instruction manual that I can call my own.

  • Joy Bailey

    I got my first sewing machine as a tip. No kidding. I was in my first year of college and waitressing at the Waffle House and one of my truck driver customers, “Lee” came in for his random but always late evening cup of coffee before he hit the road for a long drive. I had mentioned how I was applying for the Fashion Design program at school and how nervous I was b/c I wasn’t really good at sewing and didn’t have a sewing machine.

    So he gave me his.

    He learned how to sew b/c he was a bachelor and had to learn how to fix his own clothes. It was also relaxing for him. I believe his sister have it to him but he was on the road so much and didn’t use it… so he gave it to me.

    It served me through all 4 years of undergrad and right after college it broke down. I just haven’t had the heart to get rid of it. My best friend has let me borrow her industrial machine for the last 3 years but she’s getting married and will be taking it with her to New York in three months.

    With a busy photography business I want to turn to sewing again to relieve some stress and just find pleasure in something not tied to money.

  • Coco

    Hello. I came to your site from Design Sponge. My current Brother sewing machine’s working fine, but I would LOVE the Singer sewing machine and THE SERGER!!

    I have been sewing almost 40 years since my pre-teen days, firstly with my mom’s old-fashioned machine with the leather rope (?) on the left side of it and the foot pedal/plate at the bottom to move the needle. (My mom still has it though it is not working anymore.) Then, onto a electric sewing machine that she owned for years, then another electric, but higher-quality machine which she still uses once in a while in her sixties. Now I own a Brother machine myself, which I like a lot. Does a good job. However, sewing with a serger has been one of my crafty dreams. Thanks!

  • Kim Hasty

    I learned to sew on my great grandmothers sewing machine, I had to operate it by hand. I taught myself sewing Barbie clothes. Then graduated to my own clothes. I don’t know how may times I went to church and my clothes started to fall apart. My mom finally got me a new machine but that was 1973. Now I finally have a decent machine, but I let a neighbor use it and now the timing is off. I really need a new machine and I promise I won’t let anyone use it.

  • edenz

    I started sewing on my Mom’s 1980s Kenmore. When I left home, she gave me the 1950′s Featherweight Singer that she learned on as a child (and probably one of her aunts as well). When I entered the exciting world of the zig-zag stitch last year, my mother gave me a new Kenmore as a birthday present. I’m just starting to get into knits so a serger would be wonderful!

  • ksfishgirl

    I purchased my first sewing machine, a huge, green metal singer with a sewing table that it folded down into, from an auction in my small town when I was about 11 years old. I think I got it for around $50, and it probably weighs 50 lbs! The auction was being held by our elderly neighbor, Bernice, whom I was friends with and visited almost every day. I still have the machine, and it’s been through all 4 of my younger sisters learning how to sew. My favorite thing to do when I first got it was to change out the cams and figure out the pattern each cam made the machine stitch!

  • Erika Gottlieb

    I first started sewing in a home economics class in high school. As I was sewing, I guess I got my finger a little too close to the needle and it went through the fleshy part of my finger. That did not discourage me though. I didn’t do any sewing after high school and college. About 15 years later, my husband bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I have loved making clothing for little girls and boys ever since.

  • CupcakeLiz09

    I bought a brand new sewing machine in college, almost 10 years ago. It is a Husqvarna-Viking Oscar. I loved it! Such a work horse….until one day, my daughter decided to push the reverse button in and it broke! My machine is stuck in reverse (yes, I still use it, just limited to what I can…)!! I was given an old White from the 60′s/70′s by my husband’s grandmother, but she hadn’t used it for a long time. After cleaning it up and figuring out what needs replaced, it’s just just a little too expensive for me to renovate…so this is me throwing my hat into the ring, with lots of hope of winning…LOL… :)

  • Kristy Shellborn

    I learned to sew in Home-Ec 17 years ago; I wasn’t superb at it but I didn’t find my teacher very helpful, either. She would only pay attention to the people who were doing *really* well or *really* badly! (But I digress.) All through highschool, I used my mum’s sewing machine – made bellbottoms out of a pair of jeans, turned another into my favorite skirt (12 years later I still have it!), made cute little purses – until they moved away, and now and then I will go and use my sister-in-law’s, but mostly for mending ripped seams and such.

    I always ooooh and ahhhh over all the fabulous projects that can be made with a sewing machine, especially upcycling used clothes into new and fabulous things, like a patchwork blanket out of denim jeans, or daddy’s t-shirt turned little girl’s nightie. LOVE! Would love to make things that incorporate fabric and crochet or knit elements, such as an apron top with a crocheted yoke.

  • Tricia

    I would love a chance a chance to win! My maternal grandmother was a seamstress for a duchess in England before she came the the U.S. of A. in 1919. She taught my mother and my two aunts to sew, and I learned how to knit and crochet from her. Mom made many of her own clothes for years, and many of mine and my three siblings clothes as we grew. My younger sister picked up her sewing skills from Mom, and is actually willing to try and teach me! This would be a great gift for her (which I can borrow)!

  • Jenny Scott

    Great Giveaway!!! When I was little my granny let me mend old blankets by hand and I loved it ans as I got older I wanted to use a sewing machine so my mother found an ancient portable machine that she taught me some basic stitching on, I LOVED it! When I got in high school I took home ec. just so I could learn more sewing and I made myself a dress and won an award for it, i was hooked. I love to sew, and though my machine isn’t terrible it isn’t fantastic either. My little sister is wanting to learn to sew now and as I try and teach her some basics it would be so much fun to pass my machine on to her if I had a new one to replace it. :)

  • Deanna

    I was just thinking today that I needed to get me a serger. I have been zigzagging and hemming way too much these days and a serger would just save me time and energy.


  • Mona

    I love to sew. Sewing is therapeutic to me. Since childhood I have seen my Mom sewing beautiful dresses for me using her sewing machine to wear on parties and get together. Gives me a sense of pride that I am wearing something made at home my by mom. I want to do the same and learn to sew perfectly, so that my kids will also develop that sense of love for sewing.

  • Susan Knight

    THIS is so exciting!! What I could do with this prize!!! The sewing machine I have now is very, very old. It is so old that I usually just sew everything by hand. But oh! I would finally be able to make the quilt out of my son’s old blue jeans that I’ve been wanting to make for so long. To win these Singer Machines would be a dream!

  • tatjana

    congratulations on your book, I would love to win a sewing machine!
    I bought my last sewing machine for 30$ at the flea market. Over the years we struggled and argued, but finally got along well together.
    Last summer, my mom promised me her brand new, but now unnecessary to her, sewing machine, so I gave my old one away to a girl in a class I was teaching. After one project, my new one will only go in a straight line and refuses to zigzag or move her needle. There is no manual for it (never was, never will be) and I am hankering after my cranky but trusty old metal one. but I am not one to take sewing machines from nine year old girls, so I ‘m on the lookout for another new/old one at the thrift shop.
    As a good swiss girl I learned to sew in school.

  • JulieR

    I would love to win! Please:)

  • kellie white

    I would love to win this as I am newbie sewer sewing on a 30+ year old machine

    This would make things so much easier to learn and to create:-)

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity

  • Annemarie

    I’m currently struggling with a fabulous old kenmore 117-95 rotary, the kind that folds down into a table… I picked it up for free in my neighborhood and am limping towards making it functional! I think at this point as soon as I work out my crazy tension problems, I will be good to go… but man, wouldn’t it be nice to sew on a real-live modern machine for once! (my previous machines were a hopeless Kenmore from Goodwill and an old electric Singer from the 20′s which doesn’t reverse and has no tension knob!)

  • Stefanie

    My mom used to sew most outfits for my sister and me when we were little (growing up in Eastern Germany, you just couldn’t get much of anything nice to wear, so people made things themselves). A couple of days agoe, she altered a summer dress to be a skirt, and it’s reminded me once again that I need to join the sewing club. I think this giveaway is a sign (fingers crossed)!! I’m that person who has had the same curtains, throw pillows, table cloths etc. for years, because perpetually “in the near future,” I know will purchase a sewing machine and create all kinds of amazing sewing wonders around my house. Except this never actually happens, but I dare not purchase the items new, because, well, that’s where the denial of this whole situation comes in. Though I’ve mentally marked this Christmas as the day my sewing life will start, it would be wonderful to begin this adventure 6 months ahead — then I could even MAKE Christmas gifts for people!

  • Azar

    Sewing is one of those things I did on and off as a kid whenever I decided I wanted my mom to teach me. In the last couple of years, I’ve scored a machine off of freecycle and a hand-me-down from a friend who was getting a brand-new viking machine. They’re both old singers, but they both have major issues, and any time I try to use them I end up frustrated. I *really* want to learn how to sew, though, and I feel like with the right machine, it would be possible. I’m an avid knitter, and I know that what type of needles and yarn you use can make a huge difference, and something tells me the right machine can make a huge difference too.

  • Sarah

    When my grandmother passed away, it was time to start going through her house. I was asked if I would like the sewing machine. It was in a nice plastic portable box, and I was happy to have such a new machine… or so I thought. About a year later, I was at a church rummage sale an bought the “Reader’s Digest Guide to Sewing”. I finally opened up the case, expecting to see a nice new sewing machine, like the one my Grandma had bought for my mother, and was quite surprised. This was not my grandma’s sewing machine. It was my Grandpa’s – the marine who knew how to sew curtains, and darn socks. My grandpa, who was still alive but in a nursing home was delighted to hear that I was learning to sew using his old machine. Along with my Reader’s Digest book and a class at the local community college, I’ve got the basic ropes under my belt. I’ve not attempted more complex projects like making clothes or sewing buttonholes, but one step at a time! I’m still learning, but I love how far “knowing the basics” can take you, and how limitless the possibilities are once you have some experience and confidence under your belt!

  • Marisa


    Well, my sewing machine relationship started when I was just a little toddler and my grandma used to put me on her lap and show me all the parts of the industrial Juki she had! The oil was my favorite part, so cool! With time she allowed me to sew clothes for my barbies and later on, even finish some straight lines on the hem for the clothes she used to make!
    I moved to United States in 2004 and as soon as we could my husband and I bought a industrial sewing machine and now I can show my son the parts, the bobbins, the oil and everything that made such a difference in my life as well.

  • Bubbles

    We had an old fashioned pedal sewing machine at our country house that my mother actually used and she swears it worked great!
    One time, as she was making curtains, the electricity went off, and she only realized it much later as the machine, being pedal driven kept on going! We were watching her and wondered when she would clue in!
    The machine is still in th family. It was left to me by my grandmother, but is residing with my sister who is much more antique oriented than me at the moment.
    I would LOVE to win these machine. I once made a slip-cover for my couch and need to make a new one!

  • Katherine

    Hi! Look like a great book! I’m already planning on making the round nesting bowls after watching your tutorial video!

    My sewing machine story would have to be about the machine I started sewing on. My mum bought a Toyota 30 as her first sewing machine when she was about my age. On it she made her first pair of curtains when her and my dad got a house together, clothes for me and my brother and dolls clothes for my dolls. When I was young I loved sewing things by hand and crafting at school. When I got the chance I studied textiles at school and made my first bag for which I got a top grade. Of course I sewed it on my mum’s machine! Before leaving for college I sewed my own duvet covers out of hand dyed fabric and each summer I would craft the things I wanted or needed. When I moved into my first proper house share Mum passed the sewing machine to me. I am still using the same machine and hope that one day I will make some curtains for my first house and clothes for my own children. My toyota 30 may be old and heavy but it is well loved!

  • Lorena

    My grandmother machine pass to my mom, and I always saw her sewing and creating doll dresses and clothes for us. Now I’m learning how to sew, with the help of her, and I really hope I can be as creative as my nonna.
    I hope I can win =)

  • Brooke B.

    I sew on my momma’s Super Elna from the 70s–I LOVE it. I sew for my nieces, my friends and my family. I am finally to the point that I not only want a serger, but NEED a serger. It would be so nice when doing clothes and bags. My husband is still in school, so money is tight. Homemade Christmas gifts are a must in my house :) Can’t wait to get your book for some new gift ideas!!


  • Jennifer

    I started learning to sew when I joined the local 4-H club in the second grade. That first year, my fair project was a pillow, the next year a skirt that I wore for Easter, and every year after that I made my Easter dress. I competed in local, state, and even national sewing competitions. Even though I’ve been sewing almost 30 years, I’m definitely still learning every day! The sewing machine I learned on was my mother’s old Necchi from the 60s. When I graduated high school and went away to college, my parent’s graduation present to me was a 70s Kenmore. I love both of these machines, but have a constant longing for a new one of my very own!!

  • Kendall

    I prayed and begged and saved for my first machine. I remember seeing my grandmother’s creations and just being in awe of the fact that she made CLOTHES with her hands. Once I got my machine there were many ill fated attempts but finally, suddenly, I knew how to use the thing! I made curtains, table clothes, and anything else that was not complicated. Still working on garments but I love creating beautiful things for my home.

  • Mary

    My aunts were hoarding twins. They did not live together just had the same tendencies. Aunt Karen dies and Aunt Sharon along with my mom clean out Aunt Karen’s house. Aunt Sharon takes sewing machine (even though she doesn’t sew) and she told me she had it. I asked her for it and my mom TOOK it. This was around 11 years ago. So to this day I have no sewing machine and at the moment have a ‘scarf’ project pinned up and ready for a straight stitch. Alright already, I have projects going on and don’t want to ask friends every time I need a stitch or two. That is my bitch for the day, have a good one.

  • Shannon

    I have an old Bernina my mom gave me. My mom taught me to sew and she still teaches me the tricks up her sleeve. She used to sew things for our home and for us to wear – those things were always a delight! When I was young I faithfully entered my sewing projects at the 4-H fair. My mom never discouraged my creativity, even if the results were less than attractive. Now that I am a mother, I am thrilled to have the sewing skills she taught me so I can do the same for my family. My Bernina is trustworthy but old and I would especially appreciate a serger!

  • Alicia

    I just started sewing and it is sooooo addicting! I am so happy that I came across your website :) I have a 2 1/2 yr old daughter and a 10 mth old son. So I have mostly been sewing summer dresses and bibs. I have started to make dresses and shirts to fit my “post-baby body” and would loooove a sewing machine upgrade and I’m DYING for a serger! Good luck with your book :)

  • Jenn Lucas

    My grandmother was a seamstress and my grandfather was a tailor, so sewing is in my blood. I LOVE to sew and have owned many USED machines. Now, my youngest daughter and I design clothes and repurpose old clothes. I only have one machine and my serger, while well used, has given up the ghost – it refuses to serge another stitch. It would be so wonderful to have a brand new sewing machine and serger so that we could sew together! I just read a review on your new book today. It looks beautiful and the website is great!

  • Jessica

    Hi Brett, this is my first time on your site! I don’t know how to sew. I’ve always wanted to learn, I even had my husband buy me a sewing machine two years ago. It’s still in the box because I just don’t know where to start. I will be ordering your book as soon as I can and hopefully it will help me out.

  • Morgan

    My grandmother taught me to sew when I was a little girl. Over time I lost my skill but I always kept the wonderful things that she taught me close to my heart. Recently, a dear friend of mine has ignited my passion to start sewing again. I’m looking forward to diving into your book for inspiration! These machines are beautiful… I would love to play around with them! Thanks for the lovely giveaways :)

  • Mary Ann

    my grandmother was a very skilled, accomplished seamstress who made great Barbie clothes for our dolls…my mom took classes and wanted to sew clothes for my sister and i…what i remember is her bent over the machine in complete and utter frustration…….she was great at many other crafts and projects, but sewing was an abomination for her! we still tease her about those tense evenings at the ol’ Singer!

  • Loueze

    I was never much interested in sewing as a child – my two early efforts included pushing down the pedal of mum’s Husqvarna while my brother held his finger under the needle (just to see what happened), and making a basic apron at school – which I still have, but I can see the wonky stitching (back then, I was definitely NOT’sewing in a straight line’).

    No, I didn’t start sewing until after my grandmother died and I inherited her old machine. Now she was a sewer. She made me so much that I never appreciated until now – every little dress for every occasion (even my debutante ball and school formal dresses). Even then, the old thing sat in my cupboard for years until I had daughters of my own.

    My girls are now 2-and-1/2 and 8 months old and I’m really enjoying teaching myself to sew for them – little dresses, pants, pyjamas, winter coats and more. Nanna’s machine has its issues (every now and then you have to hit it with the back of a pair of scissors to unstick the wheel at the side), but it’s been a good hobby machine for the last couple of years.

  • heatherly

    What an awesome giveaway! I am using my mom’s old avocado green sears kenmore machine.

  • Megan Clinch

    A serger would

    Mum taught me on her old Singer, which was built into the sewing table & still running strong. We started with buttons by hand, then pillows w/ lace edging, then I attempted to make my own shirts with drawstring sleeves (so i could tie bows). This was around the time I had learned to tie bows in shoelaces, thus the enthusiasm. Motivation to continue ebbed & flowed during middle & high school. In college my roomate was a fashion design major, & her work totally inspired me. Then upon getting married I wanted to make household items b/c sweetie-face really liked things I made by hand (as do I). Now we have 2 babes so time to sew is more scarce, but projects & fabric stashes are stacking up high & calling my name!

    This is a great giveaway, so thank you for the chance to win it.

  • Alice B

    My Mom was quite crafty with her sewing machine when she was growing up….as the oldest of 7 kids she learned early on to make her own clothes so she could have something new and cute even when money was tight. She gave me rudimentary sewing lessons when I was about 12, then set me loose with her old Singer. Initially, I sewed basic projects, pillows and other straight line projects (your book will be amazing). After several years of the absolute basics, I wanted to move on to heavier fabrics…..end of sewing machine harmony! While stitching a patch on some jeans I broke the needle and ultimately the machine……dead Singer! 15+ years later I’ve broken another machine and gotten better about what I run through the one I currently have (on loan from my Mom)!

  • Amy

    My mama had the coolest machine ever. It was this gawdy mustardy yellow color and it lived inside a cabinet. When you opened the cabinet lid, the machine would rise up and lock in place. It also had a knee instead of a foot pedal. It was soooooo difficult for me to learn to sew on it because I bounce my knee constantly… lol. I loved that machine and was sorry to see it go. My grandpere had given it to her when she was a young girl and it lasted until just a few years ago.

  • Jenn

    Thanks for offering this contest! I’m a new sewer and have to borrow my mother-in-law’s machine – I hope I win!
    Jenn in GR, MI

  • coralie

    My grandmother sewed until the day she died on a foot powered Singer. I learned to sew on that same machine and have never been able to make an electric machine do the same things in the same way.

  • Jenny

    What a great giveaway, congrats on the book!

    My mom got me a sewing machine about 7 years or so ago. It’s the most basic of basic Singer sewing machines. It has a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch and that’s it! But I’ve made a ton of projects with it and learned so much! I can’t wait to get a newer model though, would love to win these 2! Thanks for the chance. :)

  • Alison Schmidt

    I learned how to sew on a Singer – my mom’s Singer Zigzag Stylist, which she bought with money given to her by fellow teachers right before she had me…..So that machine, which I still sew on when I visit my mom, is as old as I am….36.
    Now I sew on an inexpensive Kenmore that I bought before I got back into sewing a few years ago. When I want to serge something, I have to plan a trip to my friend’s apartment to use her serger, so I would love to have one of my own!

  • leslie

    Your book looks amazing! I can only sew straight lines so it is perfect for me. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • katherine

    thank you for this great giveaway!

    i sew on a hello kitty sewing machine, made for children because the speed is slow and steady. i’d love to upgrade to big-girl machines now, since i’ve mastered (i think!) the sewing in a straight line ;)

    so excited to tackle bigger projects and dreams! thanks again!

  • Liz

    My mom is one of those amazing homemakers who can sew, cook… you name it. She’s awesome. She’s had one sewing machine my entire life, and she has put it to excellent use making us clothes when we were little, making tablecloths, curtains, etc. I would love to be industrious like this in my home, but alas, no sewing machine of my own. Maybe someday! This is my first time to your site (routed here by design sponge) and I’ll definitely be bacK!

  • Courtney

    I have been dreaming of new patterns to create with every spare second I find and would LOVE to own a sewing machine and serger like this! I’m only just learning how to sew and am using my mom’s old sewing machine. It’s a trooper but I worry it may not last much longer. It’s beginning to rattle with each stitch. But I won’t complain because I am truly grateful to have it! I would be soooo delighted to win this giveaway. Off I go to watch your DIY clip on Design Sponge.

  • Kelli

    My sewing memories come mostly from my grandmother; she constantly sewed dresses for my sister and I even until we were in high school. Last fall when I was pregnant with my daughter I stayed for three weeks with my aunt, for whom quilting is a passion and her full time hobby now that she’s retired. She taught me to quilt and I made my very first quilt from scratch for my baby girl to use. I am dying to have a sewing machine of my own now but I’m overwhelmed by the choices and can’t really afford one anyway. Winning these machines would be a dream come true- I’m already imagining thousands of possibilities! Thank you so much :)

  • Mary Taitt

    I’m new here. I learned to sew from my Mom and in home Ec and my Mom had a free-arm sewing machine. I used to sew some, but was never very god at it–I was a Tomboy. I did make myself some dresses and a bathing suit, which I loved, and when my kids were small, I made overalls, nightgowns, dresses, and lots of little stuffed animals for them. (None of them were that great, but they were serviceable.) One time, when we were having a big Christmas party, I put my sewing machine downstairs in order to make room for the party–and the power went out and we had a big flood and the sewing machine was ruined.

    I’ve been wishing for another, as well as wishing I knew how to sew–better. My mother-in-law wants me to sew up some sheets for her–seems easy enough. But neither of us has a functional machine.

    • Mary Taitt


  • katherine

    i am so pre-ordering that book! also, have my fingers crossed on the giveaway. thanks!

  • Rachel

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a sewing machine. I simply can’t afford one. I’m a student, work a lot, and I can just manage everything to make ends meets.
    A few months ago I discoverd how many cool things there are possible with fabric and a sewing machine. It would be awsome to win one!

  • Elizabeth Campbell

    My mother taught me to sew on a black beauty Singer sewing machine. My grandmother taught me to sew by hand. My church’s guild taught me to quilt. I am teaching my grand daughter. It is the neverending story and it is a great tale.

  • Lela

    Yay for the giveaway and your new book! I have an old Singer that was my Grandma’s. When she died, I got it. I use it mostly for sewing on paper – upcycled paper sewn onto greeting cards. I have also used it for some fabric sewing projects – mostly throw pillow covers. (I think I learned how to sew on a zipper from your tutorial.) I’ve always wanted a serger, and a new and improved Singer would be a dream since the one I have now seems to be coming up with some issues. :)

  • Shannel

    I have a soft spot in my heart for troll dolls. :) When my mom was a kid she had a troll doll collection and would sew them little funny outfits. She kept her collection and their handmade wardrobes and gave them to me. I adored them when I was little and added my own quirky, and not quite as skillfully made, pieces to the collection. Even though I’m way beyond my years of playing with them I still love that I have them and I love how strange they are. I hope I get the opportunity to share them with my daughter and enjoy crafting new vests and skirts for them with her.

  • nico

    I learnt how to sew in 6th grade home-ec class, then in high school I took over my mom’s mint green Singer that chewed up bobbin thread every 100 stitches. I made patchwork dresses from scrap quilting fabric from my grandmother and sold them in the parking lots at Grateful Dead and Phish shows. It is extremely difficult and embarrassing for me to admit this to you and will refused to have my face photographed with the winning machines.

  • Christa

    My mom never had the chance to teach me to sew … she died when I was 24, and up until that point, I never had any interest in sewing. But now, 14 years later, something changed. I wondered why she was always drawn to making her own clothes, and what was the allure of stitching fabric, winding bobbins and cutting out patterns. So I enrolled in a sewing class seven months ago, and I haven’t stopped going to classes. But for me, it’s even more than sewing, it’s about meeting the memory of my mom every week, amongst bolts of fabric and spools of thread. I reconnect with the memories that I have of my childhood, and I’ve discovered my own love for sewing. The only catch? I have a junky machine. I’d sure love an upgrade!

  • Erin

    I am still using my grandmothers sewing machine. It runs great except for the small hitch that the screw to change the foot was broken when we lent it to a friend of the family. Any time I need to sew in a zipper or a button I have to take my project up to my mom’s house. I don’t think that I will ever part with my grandmother’s machine but it would be nice to finish a project without a trip in the car.

  • Amanda

    I learned to sew from my Grandma, who is sadly not with us anymore. My first project with the sewing machine was to make me a top and a ra-ra skirt. The skirt still lives on in many family photos – it was my favourite outfit for at least a year and really gave me the sewing bug! I have never had a serger, but would love one, and my sewing machine is worse for wear after being dropped during a move across states. I’d love to win your prize! Congrats on the book – I’ll have to look out for it in Oz.

  • jess s.

    i’ve got my mom’s old husqvarna sewing machine that she had for years. it broke and my husband fixed it once and now it is not back stitching. it’s a huge bummer. i love to make quilts and clothes and toys for my kids, which i want the serger for. i’ve been having sewing withdrawal because i haven’t been able to sew in the last couple of weeks. would love to win this!! great giveaway!!! thanks!!

  • Patti Talbot

    Hi Brett! I am so excited about your new book! My story is that I bought a sewing machine over 20 years ago, made 1 quilt and a few other small things, but I had so much trouble with the quilt that I got really frustrated with sewing. It has stayed in my basement all this time and I have been waiting for the day I could pull it out again and use it. When I found out your book was being released, I knew I had to have it so I could rescue my sewing machine. I ordered it a few days before the release and I can’t wait until it gets here! :)

  • Sara henderson

    My first sewing experience for me was when I was in 8th grade. I took a home ec. Class and of corse that is where I was first introduced to it. The first thing We learned to sew by hand in that class was in fact a straight line! I cannot remember the actual amount of times my teacher had me re-do this straight line before her patience was exhausted with me that she willingly accepted a semi straight more crooked line instead. Haha, I still laugh at my first experience of sewing and I think maybe that is why I havent got into until recently.

    For me the idea of becomer a sewer just happened at the beginning of this year when my husband and I moved into our first house! My eyes have been open to curtains, duvet covers, cushions, even the possiblity of sewing my own rug out of scrap material! And now with a baby on the way (our first) so many other wonderful things!

    I would def. Use this sewing machine to add that specoal creative touch to our home. And who knows maybe I will even be able to actual sew a straight line!

  • Sydney

    My mom’s sewing machine hates me. And I mean it really HATES me. Whenever I try to use it the bobbin thread tangles or the needle breaks or something inside starts making a weird crunching noise. [Then as soon as my mom touches it, it runs perfectly.] So I never really nurtured the love for sewing that my Home Ec. classes gave me. Until this past Christmas, when I asked my parents for a sewing machine. I was about to get married and move 600 miles away, and I just thought that having my own sewing machine would be nice. Now, I’ve successfully made several tote bags, three pillows, a stuffed animal/pillow, some aprons, curtains for all our windows, and I’m working on a patchwork denim blanket… And there’s no end in sight.

  • amy guggenheimer

    i have bee sewing all my life . . . when i was in highschool i wanted to take wood and metal shop instead of home economics . . . teacher told me i would have to prove my sewing skills . . and i did . . . i made a western shirt with indian chief heads embroidered on the yoke, fringe and piping along with snaps . . . . i was so not into making aprons . . . . impressed her and made it into shop class. . . . this was in 1980 when metal and wood working was unheard of for girls . . . . i still sewed at home . . . even used to make my own bras, panties, and bathing suits . . . would love to win this fantastic giveaway!

  • nicole

    I remember when I was little taking sewing lessons from a neighbor and loving it! I have always been so envious of women like you that make it look sew easy.(did you see what I did there? ha) When I saw your book title “Sewing in a straight line” I thought I need that book, that is the most basic step and I cant seem to master it.

  • Amber

    I started sewing on my Grandmother’s 1930 Singer. Basically sewing scraps together, making silly useless pieces. Soon, I wanted to make something for me to wear. My mother decided it was time for me to learn how to use a pattern. I believe my first finished piece was a simple skirt. Since then, it took off from there. I used my mother’s Kenmore from the 80s. I used it until I moved to my first home with my husband this year. I was given my aunt’s Futura II. I’m trying to learn it, but I think there may be something wrong with it. I love sewing and I’ve very sad I don’t have something to sew whatever I want at my disposal. So, for now, I’m surviving by learning how to knit. :)

  • Ays

    I saw your book on design*sponge and it really attracted my attention. I don’t know anything about sewing but starting to become very interested recently. Hope this giveaway will be a start for me!

  • Cat

    I learned to sew in Home Economics in 8th grade. Since then, I have not touched a sewing machine. I love to design though, so I hand sew things and occasionally ask my mom to help me on her sewing machine! I’d love to learn to do so on my own though…

  • Rebecca Lynn

    I used to have my mom’s old Singer from Sears. She had gotten it as a wedding gift in 1978. Bu then she took it back! No fair!

  • penny

    I have my mum’s Singer Featherweight that I think grandma gave her in high school (mid 1950s).. it’s one of the special models where the bobbin thread winds around and around and gets caught. I still sew on it occasionally, when it works it’s a beautiful machine for simple straight stitches. That I have the case and the manual mean a lot to me.

    A few years ago I bought a Singer Tradition (2240?). Despite the plastic body, I’ve found that It’s a work horse of a machine. It has sewn many miles of simple curtains for my home but I seem to have inherited the bobbin curse and am constantly fiddling with it.

    I am drawn to knit fabrics (possibly because I am a knitter) and I dream of a serger.

    Your book has given me encouragement (from the title and bits I’ve seen online, a request for a copy of it is in my wish list) that all my rectangle practice (those curtains) was for good.

  • betty

    I learned to sew because my mom worked in a Chinatown sweatshop. She tried to make sure we all had white collar careers. After giving up my career as a lawyer, I fell in love with quilting. Without a sewing machine, it took a long time. Eventually, my aunt loaned me her old Singer and things progressed faster. I still enjoy sewing and would love to win any of your prizes.

  • Cathy D

    Cute book! It is now on my birthday list :-) Thank you for making realistic projects accessible to me! It is hard to find time to craft when I have 2 jobs and a wedding to plan. I hope tackle many more sewing projects this Autumn!!

  • Megan

    I could really use a new sewing machine and I would die for the serger!
    My sewing machine is my Grandmother’s. Sadly it has seen better days when she use to sew but it is the only thing I was received when my Grandfather passed away and we were forced to put my Grandmother in a nursing home. With 5 kids and 8 grandchildren I feel lucky to sew on her machine.

  • Megan

    My mother has a beautiful old singer treadle sewing machine, which I’m not sure was ever used. I used to love sitting by it and playing with the pedal, just trying to see how fast I could make it run. I love sewing, but I haven’t had as much time lately. I think that I need to find more time!

  • Jessie V

    I got my first sewing machine from my wonderful mum on my 19th birthday. I had just moved out on my own, money was in short supply and my mum thought it would be the perfect gift. However, as a silly 19 year old I really didn’t appreciate it. I remember thinking “what am i going to do with this?!?!”. But over the years it gradually came out more and more often, mending my favorite skirt or shirt, sewing old sheets into pillow cases and now I realize just how wonderful a gift it really was. It saved me so much money over the years and helped shape me into a person that really appreciates re-using materials and home made things. And now that I’m a “grown up” and just bought my first house, that same sewing machine now sits proudly on it’s desk in our spare room, always set up and ready to go :)

  • Rhianon

    To be honest – I have never owned a sewing maching, but have always wanted one! I love getting crafty at home, and buying vinatge clothes over new – and getting one has been on my to buy list for a very long time..
    I hand sew small repairs when I can, and take other things to a great little alterations place near my place when I can’t, but would love to have the freedom to start doing it myself. I love experimenting with colours and fabrics, and have quite a stash of them sitting in waiting for a machine to turn them in to something!

    Growing up I had a very un-domestic focussed mother, but we did have an ancient ornamental singer machine in our hallway – the actual reality of sewing was greatly missed!


  • Laun

    I got married one year and two days ago. In the craziness of eloping, buying a house, and embarking on a new adventure, I haven’t been able to afford a sewing machine. I taught myself to sew on my mother’s old Kenmore from Sears and haven’t looked back since. Living on a tight budget means making the most of my time and my stash of fabric. But lo and behold, I don’t have a machine so my stash sadly sits and rests and waits until it can live up to its fabric potential. A sewing machine (and serger!) would mean as much to me as my husband. He’s been wanting and hoping to gift me my very own machine but, alas, paying bills has gotten in the way. *fingers crossed*

  • Emma Graham

    I would reallllly like a new sewing machine so that i can sew my pant pockets back together. At the moment i have to keep my work keys tucked into my undies because if i put them in my pockets they fall down my leg. Its very stressful and very against oc health and safety.

    I am desperate.

  • Caroline

    I first learned to sew on an old sewing machine my great grandmother gave to my mom, a very old sewing machine it was built into its own desk and it didn’t have a foot press it had a lever under the table that you pressed with your knee. I got my first sewing machine last year a singer not long after that my grandma got me a singer at a yard sale it’s mostly metal and was made in 1971 it’s very heavy right now it needs work though.

  • Melissa

    I have never used a sewing machine, but I have dreamed of being able to for years. Just the thought of being able to make my own pillowcases, curtains, skirts, dresses — anything — makes me weak in the knees. It’s one of the skills I envy most in people.

  • Kimberly Russell

    Wow! Congrats on the book and thanks to DS for featuring your site- I can already tell it’s will be on my daily roll. :)

    I don’t know how to sew and I’m so very intimtated by the machines.
    My father is the sewer in our family. He has a machine that he bought back in 1960. With it, he has created wonderful memories for my sister and I.
    On our drive/move to Alaska in 1986 he sewed up sleeping bags for us. Mine was pink with teddy bears and my sisters blue with rockinghorses. I’m in my thirties and still have mine- I can’t believe I used to fit in it!
    Driving to Alaska in October with two small children, car camping all the way because we could not afford hotels, those bags fired up our imaginations and led to endless adventure tales of “Sir Beary the Pirate/Astronaut and his brave steed Princess”. I look forward to sharing my bag and tales with my future spawn.

  • Melanie

    Wow. What a giveaway. :)
    When I was little, my mom had a table set up in the master bedroom where she kept her machines. The backs faced each other. I loved to get on her Singer Touch-Tronic sewing machine and play with all the stitches while she whirred away at projects on the serger. I loved being able to look through the arm and see we were both sewing. In my early 20s I lived with my grandma and used her antique machine from the 60s. It had the big table it sat in, and using something that several generations sewed on was a thrill. Now I’m getting back in to sewing and am dying to be as good as the seamstresses in my family. I would love to be able to get my sewing room complete – and relearn how to use a serger. You never know how much you need it until you don’t have one!

  • Asri

    My mom and grandmom used to have this old sewing machine, you know the heavy iron ones with the pedal that goes back and forth? When I was itty bitty, I would ride on the pedal pretending it was an amusement park ride!

  • Aida

    Ooohh.. Those are awesome. Imagine what i can i do with those!!

  • melissa pierce

    When I turned 30, I had my little girl, Milla. I taught myself to knit, crochet, and sew. I got my first sewing machine from my mother as my birthday present & I’ve been sewing away ever since!

  • Rebecca Crall

    My Mom taught me how to sew was I was about 15. I tried my hardest to be patient with it but found it really really challenging! None-the-less, my dear mother gave me the sewing machine she used while living in Thailand and Libya in her 20s. It was such an amazing gift and I loved making the simple things that I knew how to on it for many years. Sadly, the machine was lost in a move about 10 years ago.

    Since I was never a huge sewer I didn’t replace it right away. I realize now, that the bug never got out of my system. I bought a used Kenmore machine for $80 two years ago and have been sewing my little heart out on it ever since. In my 30s now, I kick myself for not sticking with the sewing at an earlier age, but realize all things come in due time. I absolutely love sewing now. There is nothing like sewing a dress or shirt that you or someone you love can wear. It’s amazing. I even have a crazy dream of opening a little shop someday.

    If I were to get a nice machine and serger, it would be like a dream come true. I make a lot of clothing and I must admit it is hard to do on the used machine. If they happened into my life, they couldn’t come to a better place :).

  • Carol Garcia

    Congrats on the book!
    My dad is actually the one who got me sewing, though my mom also did play a part in it. My dad use to do upholstery so I would watch (I wasn’t really allowed to help) I loved seeing how furniture could change. I sometimes got lucky and could help take the old stuff fabric apart and help choose a new fabric. It was always nice to be the model in the pictures afterward, I was like 5 so it was cool at the time. Hoping to win I would love a Serger, I already have so many projects in my head.

  • Jacinta

    I remember my mom always sewing at our kitchen table with her Kenmore sewing machine, which she still has & uses :) but she gave me my very sewing machine, a Singer from Costco, since she had to move away for work and could no longer hem or alter my clothes for me and I’ve been hooked ever since!

  • Brook Surgeon

    I remember Grandma “teaching” me to sew when I was a quiet-spirited 4-year old, who preferred helping her with the garden over playing with others my age. She taught me again a few years ago when I was a senior in high school and wanted to make my own clothes. Now, I’m sewing machine-less after leaving for college. Having my own machine would be great for the ideas swimming in my head.

  • Linda F.

    My first major purchase was a sewing machine! I worked as a waitress for a summer to buy my first Singer sewing machine.

  • maddie

    AHH A SERGER! i learned to sew on my grandma’s machines, working on my 4-H projects at her dining room table (while watching either HGTV or an all-day America’s Next Top Model marathon with her) and it was so fun. when i left for college a few years ago, she gave me one of the two machines i learned to sew on, my great-grandma’s. it’s at least as old as my grandma is and i loooove it.

  • Sarah

    When I was in preschool I got my first sewing maching – it was 100% plastic and parts were clear so I could watch the parts moving. My grandma helped me make my 1st project ever with it – a pillow shaped like a butterfly. Many years later, I got my mom’s hand-me down, which is about the same age as me. Just recently I handed that one down to my sister & bought a new one. But compared to the 35 year old sturdy, metal Kenmore, the new lightweight, plastic, modern one feels like my preschool toy.

  • Anthea

    My husband taught me to sew! When I was pregnant with our first baby we were college students and broke! That didn’t deter me from trying to fix up the cutest nursery I possibly could. So on a shoestring budget I got to work. I borrowed my mother in law’s vintage Singer sewing machine from the 60′s. Man was that sucker heavy! I set to work trying to sew some cute curtains for my baby’s room, but I couldn’t get the gosh darn thing to work. Out of fustration and a hormone induced state of self pity, I burst into tears. My poor sweet husband lugged the massive machine to a fabric store where a nice old lady gave him a quick sewing lesson. He came home and with a big grin on his face, showed me how to use the machine. The curtains still hang in my two year old’s room!

  • Chris

    My great aunt gave my mother an old machine she got from her neighbor in the late 70s. It was pretty low tech, but my mom and I put some miles on that baby. She made clothes and bed linens for my Skipper doll, and some really cute dresses for me. When scrunchies were in, I made hundreds from remnants, thinking I’d sell them at the farmers market, but never did. I a couple of laundry bags full of them and wore them all the time, but eventually gave them to goodwill when I cut my hair. As cringe-worthy as they may be now, I thought they were truly adorable at the time.

  • Mary

    My first sewing machine was a My Little Pony model in the 80s. It didn’t work well but I loved the little pink pony on it so much I refused to let my parents trade it out for a better one! In college my parents bought me a new Singer and that’s what I’m still using 10 years later. It works great but I wouldn’t mind an upgrade either :). Thanks for the chance to win such awesome prizes!!

  • suzi

    My mom gave me my first sewing machine in high school, a classic singer. I used it to make model clothes, a shower curtain, and most recently, baby clothes! 2 years ago I visited the singer building in Manhattan, such a lovely building.

  • Sophia

    My Dad’s friend used to teach a community computing class to the elderly. One woman came in and sat down for the first time in front of a computer. She picked up the mouse and popped it down on the floor to use it like a sewing machine pedal.

    Those machines look lovely!

  • Kathleen

    Oh my. What a prize! I would LOVE to win this!

    OK, so my mom can sew. She *can*, but I would not say she likes to, or that she is relaxed or confident about it. Despite (or perhaps because of?) this, she was SURE I needed to learn how to sew as a child/teen. There were a few attempts, much foot-dragging on both our parts, and nary a finished product. But I got the basic idea.

    Fast forward 15 years and I have taught myself to knit, embroider, crochet, etc. Sewing is the next frontier, I decide, and a friend helps me score a machine for $40 at a tag sale. Still using it, but it is minimal to say the least. Despite a million on-line tutorials, I have never been able to successfully sew jersey on it, so the serger is something I PINE for. Fingers crossed!

  • Cydney

    Dream Prize!!

    I’ve loved all crafts since I was very young, including sewing. Unfortunately, I have never had my own sewing machine, but I have always borrowed my grandmothers and now I’m lucky enough to have one at work that I sneak home time to time :). This prize would be amazing!! I think the worst thing I ever made was a pair of leopard print pj’s in a class I once took. They are awful…but I still wear them…

  • Kristine

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’m currently in the process of learning to sew (which is going to be a long process, I’m afraid), using a cheap sewing machine I bought on a whim. I recently decided to reupholster my boyfriend’s old, stained, stinky chair that he refuses to get rid of, and thought, ‘Oh, I can sew this up without a problem!’ I have yet to get to the point of sewing the fabric, however, my practice runs have not been very successful. I certainly have a newfound appreciation for the art of sewing! :)

  • Erin Navarro

    Wow! Gorgeous!

    My mom got her old Kenmore sewing machine before she even got my dad. She called it Kenny, and Kenny was stubborn to say the least. Every so often she would haul it out to hem a pair of pants or slap together a Hallowe’en costume, and from elsewhere in the house we could hear her: “Come on, Kenny, you can do it! Don’t give up! Do it for me?” That machine served her, if not well, until her kids were mostly grown. Not bad, Kenny. Not bad.

  • Cathy Graves

    I first “learned” to sew in Home Ec–it didn’t really stick with me (use it or lose it, I always say)!! Thirty years later I decide I want to take up sewing. I went to a Singer repair shop and picked up a used machine for $50. The next day I got laid off from my job and moved back to Nashville and in with my sister. A year later we moved to the country about an hour south of Nashville. I found a quilt shop and took quilting classes which I very much enjoyed. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy using my old $50 sewing machine. Never could sew a straight line with the darn thing!! I would dearly love an opportunity to upgrade to a new machine and a serger!!??,,,be still my heart!!! Thank you for the chance to win this fabulous pair!!!

  • Valerie!

    Thanks for inviting me into your new home (on the Web)! ;-) What a great giveaway! I haven’t sewn in forever, and whoever wins this will be incredibly lucky. Thanks, and enjoy your book tour!

  • Amber Haynes

    Your book looks fantastic! I’ll definitely be picking up a copy—I love to sew, but anything beyond a straight line is usually intimidating :-)

  • Kirsten

    My great aunt Peggy had a sewing room when I was growing up, and it was like wonderland to me. The color! The fabric! The possibilities!! I adored her, and wanted to be able to create things like she did. About 10 years ago she gave me her singer serger. It’s an old but awesome machine that has helped me in creating countless costumes for the stage as wardrobe mistress for a wonderful ballet company. It sits in my sewing room, and I think of her often. My own nieces recently completed projects with me using the serger, and it was a great feeling. I’d like a new serger (and need a new machine) to share the workload, and allow my favorite machine to keep kicking. I love your site, thanks for this opportunity!

  • Elaine

    My sewing-machine story is as yet non-existent. I don’t own a sewing machine, but I’d love to have one, because I keep buying these gorgeous fabrics on my travels and want to do something with them…

    Case in point: when I was back-packing in South-East Asia, I bought a ton of fabric, ranging from pure silk (Burma) to cotton/silk mixes with stunning hand-woven patterns (Laos). I paid a tailor in Thailand a small fortune to turn all these fabrics into clothes. What I didn’t realise at the time was that I had lost quite a bit of weight during my travels and that I’d put it all back on as soon as I got home. Long story short — I grew out of most of my tailor-made clothes within months of returning home, and they’ve been sitting in a closet unused ever since — a terrible shame, as the fabrics are still every bit as gorgeous as they were when I bought them. I’d love to do something with them — turn them into cushions, bags, wall art, whatever will do them justice. I’ve been working my way towards buying a sewing machine, but if I could get one for free, so much the better. :-) Either way, I’ll be ordering your book!

  • Shannon

    My favorite sewing machine story is the time I managed to sew the shirt I was wearing to the costume I was supposed to be sewing in my theatre department’s costume shop in college. I was gently switched to hand sewing after that. Congratulations on your book’s publication! That is exciting and very cool!

  • Sarah

    So I MIGHT have made my husband lug a VERY heavy ancient sewing machine across several states, several times. I also have MIGHT not have used said sewing machine but a couple of times. Whoops!

  • Heather

    SO Excited about this giveaway! I’m actually in the market for a new sewing machine AND a serger. However, on my poor student with a new baby budget- I’m on the 1 year plan to get one or the other!

    My current sewing machine is a Brother circa 1995 that I got via marriage. My husband and I have been together for 10 years (although only 7 of them were married) and he actually taught me how to sew. Our first project was curtains for our tiny, damp apartment. They were made out of the ugliest print ever (I believe it was “fishing” themed- complete with bass, bobbers and fish hooks) but I was really excited about them. Especially because they matched the sheets on our bed (did I mention my husband was studying fish at the time- explaining somewhat my temporary insanity when it came to picking out prints). It is out of order now due to some issue with the bobbin and threading problems and since I have a new baby I am in sewing over drive!

  • Glenda Bihm

    My Aunt Mauralis introduced me to a dear friend of hers named “Betsy”. Betsy had a slinder build and she lived in a brown ugly cabinet she was a sewing machine. My Aunt and I spent many summer hours sewing for the women in her church and I would crawl on the floor picking up loose thread that had been clipped throughout the day. My Aunt would loving talk to Betsy, thanking her each day for doing the best job that she could do without complaning. I asked Aunt Mauralis once why she didn’t get a new machine and my Aunt held her hand over both sides of the machine and said with a twinkle in her eyes; we would never talk that way in front of Betsy again. My Aunt died of cancer and Betsy was put to bed too…how, I loved My Aunt Mauralis and her introducing Betsy to me and the love of giving, sharing and loving through crafts.

  • jane newman

    This Singer was purchased for me in 1963 by my mom from the Singer store as a “repossessed” model. It replaced the Singer converted knee-pedal model that I learned on. For many years, I was troubled to have a machine that someone else had to forfeit. I’m over that now and can only say that I’ve had many years of great service from my old pal. Now my son enjoys it, too.

  • Mindy

    My first attempt at sewing was on my mom’s old machine. I don’t even know what kind it was. The thing I remember most was I constantly did battle with the tension. I got so frustrated I gave up on sewing for a very long time. When I had my children in the eighties I really wanted to sew for them. I bought the cheapest machine I could find and read the manuel and started sewing. I only sewed a few things and put my machine away. Seven years ago my first grandchild was born. I got out my machine (the same one) and began sewing again. This time I’m really getting into it. My machine doesn’t do anything fancy, but it has worked well, and helped me establish a love for sewing.

  • Morgan U

    I have been sewing since I could reach the foot pedal of my mom’s Bernina. My first (of my very own) sewing machine was a brother that I used through high school and college. My dear husband bought me a beautiful vintage Viking as a birthday present (and I adore her) but I am afraid that the old girl may not be reliable enough to be my only machine.

  • Elise at RoseyTeaParty

    My mom is a fabulous sewer. I used to use her old grandmothers iron machine that was so big it was pretty much a desk. My mom bought me a small Janome machine a couple of years ago. I can’t sew anything on it because the needle and bobbin don’t want to work together well. It always gets gummed up. I would love these machines!

  • Jennifer Dangerfield

    My grandmother bought me my first sewing machine when I was pregnant with my first child. I had this great idea that I would be sewing lots of clothes for him. I purchased several patterns and as I began pulling them out realized that my brain was not made to interpret them! I just couldn’t figure it out! My son is now almost 7 and within the last few months I’ve discovered PDF sewing patterns, with lots of photographs for “see it do it’s” like me! So now I’m completely addicted to sewing for my two girls, I’ve yet to sew anything for my poor son that got the machine for in the first place. And more than anything I’m now dieing to have a serger! I know everyone says it’s not necessary, but I REALLY think it is! And to have all those stitches on one sewing machine…. I would be in sewers heaven.

  • Willa

    wow what a great giveaway! Congrats on your book. I don’t really have a sewing machine story….I’ve been hoarding pretty fabrics, waiting for the right machine to come along.

  • annabelle

    I learned to hand sew at around 12 (love it), the machine always unnerved me but when I was expecting my 1st baby and could not get the decor I wanted for her room I decided to make it. So my dear mom taught me on her machine. By baby #2 I bought my own Singer. I’m still learning but thats part of the fun :) Thanks for such a fabulous giveaway!!!

  • Susan Nenno

    Hi! I’d love to win these. Thanks for sharing your talents. I’m a huge fan :)

  • Laura

    I had a pretty lousy machine until my mom called and asked if I’d like a vintage (1970) Singer with a small sewing cabinet that her neighbor was tossing. Her neighbor’s mother had it in the basement and it was hardly used and had all the extra pieces. It’s not fancy, but I like that- with no digital parts, I can usually figure out what is wrong with it, even if I can’t solve every problem. What makes it special is that it is nearly identical to my mom’s machine, and my aunt’s machine. If I ever have trouble, I have two people I can call to troubleshoot!
    Very excited about your new book!

  • Julie Hallgren

    I always said that I would never get into sewing. My mom and grandmother were very good quilters, but I just didn’t think it was for me. I enjoyed choosing colors and patterns, but it would take my mother months to put together a quilt- and that was just the top layer! She still had to quilt it after that. I didn’t think I had the patience required to be a sewer. My mom gave me a sewing machine years ago as a gift, but it collected dust as my husband and I moved several times between states and built our family (we have 4 children). Now that we have settled (I think ;) into a rhythm, I have found some time to create. It has been a joy to bring the house to life with color as I have sewn curtains and made other small projects on the machine. Though my machine is dated, I am so thankful that I kept it through all those moves.

  • Lisa K

    I started sewing on my Mom’s machine as a little girl, I designed outfits for my Barbies using her scraps. That was at least 20 years ago! I now sew almost all of my daughters clothes and most recently clothes for me. I only have a VERY basic but sturdy Janome and desperately need a serger to have more success with knits. Winning this would be a dream as buying these would be impossible with my budget. Thanks so much for this awesome give away and I can’t wait to see your book!

  • Audrey Otte

    When I was a kid we had to hand crank the wheel on my mother’s old sewing machine while she sewed. What she could have done with this machine! New to sewing and using your book to get started off right. I absolutely love every project in it so will start with the easiest one and continue from there.

  • J. Partridge

    What a great blog! I grew up with sewing (my mom sewed all of me and my brother’s clothes as children) and my oldest son (who is 8) has just gotten bit by the sewing bug! We’ve just been hand stitching all his projects so far (stuffies, clothes for his stuffies) but I know he is ready to start using a sewing maching…It’s been hard to find a sewing class in our city that is inclusive for boys (most of them are for girls to sew skirts/purses) so having our own sewing machine would really be helpful in starting his new love for making things by himself..thanks for listening!

  • Amanda Moon

    My friends had Easy Bake Ovens. I was jealous of them. I had a kid’s sewing machine. It had a tiny little pedal that you could push with a hand or a foot. All of my friends were jealous. I would sew blankets for my dolls or cute patches for my clothes while my mom patched my dad’s work jeans.

    Eventually, I leaned to use a full size machine, and made the dress I wore for my high school graduation photos. My parents and I made a bet that if I got a full scholarship, they would buy me a new car. Amazingly, I did end up gettingna full ride, but they couldn’t afford a car. Our compromise: theynbought me my own sewing machine for college. I still have it.

  • Stephanie

    I took a few sewing classes as a child. So did my boyfriend, adorably. Since then, I have only transformed a pair of pants into breakaway stripper pants for a play. It might be time to…hem something?

  • Amy

    I’ve taken my first steps into the sewing world on my mom’s 30+ year old machine. It was some promotional item she got at the same time my parents bought their newlywed cookware. It actually says “cordon bleu” on it. It’s blue and kinda pretty … but a “promotional” item non the less.
    And it went kaput! Just last week. And now that I have the sewing bug, I had to go shopping! I just brought home my new Janome Sewist 500. It think I shall call her Naomi …
    Naomi the “Juh-no-mee”.

    But I’ll still take the Singers if you’re inclined to give them to me…

  • Candy Lopez

    My first machine was a 1970s Singer that my dad bought for me at a thrift store, I learned how to sew with it and it gave me great lessons until the belt on the machine busted. I have been been borrowing sewing machines ever since and would love to have my own!

  • Amber

    Wow!! What a great prize!! I am currently in need of a new sewing machine, as mine has recently broken and I have so many projects waiting!! :( A surger has been on my wishlist for such a long time, it would be so amazing to win!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • Allison C

    My first “sewing machine” was one of those As Seen On TV handhelds that my husband (then boyfriend) thought i would like since i couldn’t afford a real one. It lasted 30 seconds, but i didnt have the heart to tell him for a ciuple months. No it is a standing joke and we can both laugh at it. A few years ago, my mother-in-law was kind enough to give me her old sewing machine. It weighs at least a ton and is a beautiful avocado green, but it works and it was free. An upgrade to something made in this century would be ideal. I dream of a digital screen and embroidery options….

  • Rachel Hobson

    Early in my relationship with my husband, I met his wonderful grandmother, Doris. As we got to know each other, it came out that I was crafty and – at the time – just learning to sew. I mentioned how someday I’d love to have a serger and she exclaimed, “OH! I am so sorry to hear that!” I was a bit confused, but then she explained that she had just recently sold her serger – that was in brand new condition – in a garage sale for something like $15. We had a good laugh and a sigh that I’d missed the window to inherit it by > < this much. ;)

  • kate lee

    I learned to sew on a machine when I was 7 on my grandmother’s Singer. When I was 19 I put $100 down on layaway for my very own Singer and when I told my boyfriend he marched me back down to the store and demanded they cancel the contract. I was heartbroken and realized he was not the one for me. The first thing I did after getting my own place was to go back to the sewing machine store and put my dream machine back on layaway. I soon left for Japan to teach English and when I visited Canada a few months later I paid the remaining $800 and took my Singer back to Japan with me. I’ve enjoyed over 20 years of sewing with that machine but it’s time to pass her on to my daughter. Hard to believe I paid that much (even now!) and it doesn’t even have the ability to drop the feed dogs!

  • jennie

    we always an old-fashioned sewing table around, but not sewing machine! my mom did her mending by hand, and needlework was her crafting hobby of choice. when i bought myself a sewing machine a few years ago, i went to sears and got a kenmore because i figured that’s what my dad would do if he was buying a saw or a washing machine. it’s mostly plastic, but it works. then i got an old workhorse of a husqvarna viking on craigslist. it cost some money to fix up, and it’s kind of annoying to thread, but it makes some lovely decorative stitches. neither of my machines makes me want to tackle things like buttonholes or serious knits though. 21st century machines would be amazing!

  • Amber Weinberg

    My mom had one of those old black Singer sewing machines that was a table at first glance, but flip the top around and it became a sewing table with the machine attached. The matching stool’s top also came off to show great supply storage. I still think about getting it from here and restoring it. I have no sewing machine and am in sore need of one!

  • Amy

    I just saw the post done on you for Design*Sponge!

    I learned to sew in junior high school in the home economics class. After that, I would only “tailor” my own tee shirts by sewing down the sides to bring them in a little for a better fit. I would try to sew on my mom’s old clunker of a machine, but it always seemed to get stuck and I gave up.
    I didn’t touch another machine until I graduated from University, and as a gift, my parents bought me my first sewing machine! I began sewing…thanks to Amy Butler’s In Stitches book- it was such a helpful step by step guide on each pattern, and I made my first duffle/laundry bag…and then a body pillow…and then a duvet…and a yoga mat bag..and then a baby quit, baby bag and baby crib bumpers (when my husband and I had our first daughter), and the list goes on!
    I feel like sewing, and most crafts of the like, were falling out of our generations hands, but now a new wave of interest is sweeping through! It’s exciting, and I can’t wait to teach my daughter one day. :)

  • Holly

    so exciting! these machines are fantastic!

    • Holly

      my sewing story: I grew up wearing jumpers and cute dresses my mother made for me. For my college graduation, I got a Hello Kitty sewing machine. ( can you say awesome?!) since then, my mom has passed down her bernina.

  • Haley

    I taught myself to sew last summer on the machine that was a Christmas gift for my mom when she was twelve (forty-one years ago).

  • Rebecca

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to sew something more complicated than a pillow for ages. I have a 60′s avocado green machine that my aunt’s mother gave me…it’s hard to tell whether I’m doing something wrong or the machine, but things never have gone smoothly with the old beast. Time for an upgrade!

  • Lauren Murphy

    These look awesome!!!
    When I was a child my grandmother bought me a little sewing machine for children, which I used to entertain myself for hours with sewing clothes for our two family cats. One of the cats was very obliging and sat in the doll stroller with whatever dress I had sewn for her that day, while the other cat (who was a big fatso) would burst at the seams in whatever garment I made for him! I would love to start sewing again now that we have our first home (curtains, pillows, clothes, quilts, etc.) but have not had the funds to purchase a machine.

  • Caroline Wilson

    Sewing machines are prized possessions in my household. Growing up, my family lived for over five years in West Africa. And yes, of all the important things to desire for life in the jungle, my mother insisted on “hand-carrying” her sewing machine on the numerous flights from Atlanta, Georgia to Lagos, Nigeria. Nearly twenty five years later, I followed suit when I moved to Northeastern Thailand. Mom gave me a Singer right before I left home. The airport security officials were quite perplexed as they studied my baggage via the x-ray machines. But we made it to the Land of Smiles and I quickly honed in my sewing skills on gorgeous silks and beautiful “ikat” fabrics, years before they became so popular.

  • Levi Montez

    my story is, i was wwanting to start my own bag line for messengers so i went out and bought a classic singer (the pedal powered type) thinking hey this must be the simplest machine to work? Wrong wrong wrong.. but to my prefail after numerous attempts at any type of sewing and countless hours plus help from my grams i learned that machine like a pro (not really) but i became well enough to make my bags!!! now i sell them locally!!! maybe this could be a nice upgrade for me..

  • Carina

    I am totally intimidated by the sewing machine! I recently took an upholstery class and had to try and remember how to use one. I hadn’t used one since middle school! But I quickly learned the ease of the sewing machine. I love doing upholstery work and a sewing machine would be the start for a new studio space!

  • Bobina

    Your book looks so great! Get it- so/sew great? Bad puns abound!
    My sewing story: Since birth, my mother has sewn me everything from annual Christmas stockings to dresses to match with my little sister. Growing up and living in Japan, she worked for a fashion designer- including making outfits for the royal family. Today in the U.S., she still sews tablecloths and fancy pillows, and along the way passed that enthusiasm onto me. Though I haven’t nearly reached her skill level, I still like to work with her old Singer sewing machine for the occasional small project (including a disastrous drape of a dress made for a 6th grade group sewing project, but I digress). Now that I’m a poor college student, I haven’t been able to get a sewing machine for my apartment, but I’d love to be able to make things in my spare time to decorate as I need, or rather want. I’m actually now attempting to sew the pouf featured on Design*Sponge, because goodness knows I need cute decorations! It would be lovely to have a sewing machine while in school, and the Singer Perfect Finish combo sounds like just the right fit!

  • Mary

    I bought my first sewing machine shortly after I got married. I knew the basics, but still had to call Mom for some help. Over the last 11 years I have slowly been learning more and more. Starting with simple pillow covers and curtains to more recently clothes for my three girls. I have recently purchased a great book that is helping me teach my kids how to sew. It’s been a lot of fun! Having a new sewing machine with so many options would be fantastic!! The one I have now just does the very basics.

  • janet

    i started sewing in jr. high on my mom’s singer 401A. when i got married, my dad told my husband the best investment he’d ever make was to buy me a sewing machine. after about a month of searching, i found a used 401A just like my moms, and we bought it! it has sewn many kids clothes, curtains, tablecloths, pillows, chair cushions, bridesmaids dresses–even a wedding gown–and most of my own clothes. i’m still sewing on that machine and just found another at the thrift store for my recently-married daughter. maybe it’s time for a new one…

  • robin

    Well, this would be awesome to win! My sewing machine is about 20 years old – it’s not working as it should, and it would be so nice to have a new one. And I’ve never had a serger. My Grandma, Mom, and I all have/had Singers. If I won I’d definitely be doing a happy dance! :) Thanks for the chance!

  • Lida

    never had a serger but I’ve had a singer. I would love to win these, I can work on my sofa cover.

  • Alison Minor

    Thanks for this giveaway! I am a “once a year sewer” but would love to sew on a regular basis. Every October I dust off my machine to make my daughter’s Halloween costume. I know just the basics and feel like I am faking it half the time since I am essentially self-taught. Maybe I should start a sewing club? Anyway, perhaps a new machine would inspire me to tackle some projects I have only dreamed of and use the piles of beautiful fabric I have stowed away.

  • Laura

    Hey Brett! What an awsome idea to host such a tour for your book. it looks great by the way.

    My first encounter with a sewing machine was at the age of 8, when I came home from a trip to a craft store with a friend’s mother with a “sew-a-bear-package”. I needed my moms help to make it work because she (understandably) wouldn’t let me touch the machine. She still has the machine and I’m stil happy with that teddy bear.

    Getting a sewing machine and a corresponding serger has been on my list since then…

  • Brandy

    Your book looks amazing and I can’t wait to get it!

    I didn’t start sewing until my 30′s – despite the fact that my mom is an excellent sewer. She sewed our clothes and items for our home. We had very little money and so sewing was a necessity. But I wanted to wear clothes that other kids bought at the store, and I was really annoyed that my dresses matched our curtains and pillows. So I banished any notions of sewing myself until I realized just how amazing it is to make things for your family and your home. My mom and I now compare sewing projects – and wouldn’t it be great to do those on a new machine!

  • Jeanie Babbage

    I love a good contest! My very first sewing machine was a Singer treadle when I was 10. I have had several machines since then, but I am looking for something small enough to take traveling. These fit the bill.

  • Blossom

    What a great giveaway! I had been wanting to learn how to sew for the longest time, but was too intimidated to try. No one in my family sews. About a year ago, I ended up with new coworker, who is an experienced seamstress, and who kept encouraging me to take that first step to learn how to sew.

    I finally signed up for a sewing class at Joann’s, and that helped a lot with getting me over that fear of sewing. My coworker gave me an old (about 30 years old) sewing machine to practice on, but it was missing a lot of parts, and did not have a manual, and I could not find one online, even after days of searching. I couldn’t afford to buy another sewing machine yet, so I was so disappointed.

    On my birthday last December, I decided to treat myself to a sewing machine, a new Kenmore electronic model, that happened to be on sale, and I’ve been in love ever since! I’ve been longing for a machine that can monogram though, so I can sew a set of matching monogrammed Christmas stockings for my husband and kids and I. That Singer machine would be perfect!

  • Natacha

    Wow. I remember my mother sewing fantastic clothes for me (and my barbies) when I was a kid, and a reaaaally old sewing machine that worked like a charm. With the years I’ve only grown more and more passionate about sewing my own things, and I am finally looking to buy my own sewing machine. This giveaway just made my day, even if the chances of winning are slim, but hey, you can’t win if you don’t try so… Thank you for an amazing blog and an amazing giveaway!

  • Dienesa Le

    My Sewing Machine Story.
    As of now, I have had rare and few direct encounters with a sewing machine, and how dearly do i wish to have one! I have always loved creating anything really! As of now, I have advanced to sewing things by hand. But I would look on at my grandma (we call her Mommy) at her sewing machine and the lovely thought of using one myself roots itself in my heart. I have so many great ideas, but not the practice or tools to make them come to life. So for me, my sewing story is just beginning, with a dream and a desire. Maybe winning this contest will be the next chapter.

  • Jill

    AHHH!!! Best giveaway EVER!

    I got my current machine for my 18th birthday, but the machine I learned on initially was old as dirt and twice as unruly. I may not know that much about sewing lingo or technique, but I have the troubleshooting section of that manual MEMORIZED!

    I am currently a theater student in college and costuming is my concentration. Sergers always make life better and I would love to add one to my arsenal!


  • Lisa

    The book looks amazing, and I love the new blog. My story: I took a few weeks of home ec in junior high, and sewed everything I could. Letter shaped pillows, bathrobes, sweaters, etc. I always had an issue with the needle jamming into the bobbin area. Twenty years later, on ANY sewing machine, I still have the same problem. Does that stop me from trying? No way! I’m just not an expert. Wish I was.

  • Janice

    I quit 4-H in 5th grade because I couldn’t thread the machine. I remember the day vivdly. I avoided high school home ec by playing in the marching band. Today, I have a garage sale find for a machine and I salivate over fabric and keep a looong blogroll of crafty sites. I can’t get enough of it! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a fabulous prize!

  • Jill Center

    Hi Brett, it’s great to meet you on the Design*Sponge stop for your Blog Tour.

    My sewing machine story: Years ago, when I was going off to college, my parents gave me a double present because my Dad said, “Every girl should go off to college with a typewriter and a sewing machine.” With the typewriter I eventually became a journalist and then worked in the worlds of politics, government, and nonprofits. With the sewing machine, a Singer Genie, I managed to become so proficient a sewer that I could afford a Vogue/designer wardrobe while traversing the low-paying fields of journalism, and then … politics, government, and nonprofits.

    It has now been years since I even opened my little, yet clever Singer Genie. Even back then, it was beginning to disintegrate. Recently, I’ve had the urge to start sewing again. And, sew in straight lines. So, it would be heavenly to have a new Singer.

    And, how fortunate that the theme of your book is … sewing in straight lines. I’ve bookmarked and traversed your site. Contest win, lose or draw, I am already a winner.

    Thanks, and

  • Noelle

    My mom can really sew. She used to make her own clothes, curtains, bedspreads, pillows, christmas stockings, and many other things. When I was a kid I she stopped sewing so much and I always found sewing a little intimidating. I learned the basics on her old Elna machine but never really did much. She put her machine away but it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to start sewing. I never really got around to it. I have always loved creating and been interested in art. Sadly, much like sewing, I did little to develop my artistic abilities. I didn’t have the courage to go after my dreams. I thought I had to do something practical with my life, and while I liked art I didn’t know if anything I made would be “good enough.” How stupid! I finally wised up and knew that the only way to be happy is to go after your dreams. I changed my major to art and dove into using many new mediums. I now do ink drawings, painting, sculpture, metal work, paper cutting, embroidery, printing, felting, and more. I use blowtorches and saws so now I am pretty fearless; a little old sewing machine is nothing to fear. My true passion is fiber arts. I used my mom’s old machine this last semester in a project I am very proud of. I am so happy I found what I truly love to do and have finally allowed myself to do it.

    • Jenny Ellwood

      Noelle – what you’re doing sounds awesome! Always follow your dreams! :O)

  • Bridget

    My first sewing machine was a Christmas presents from my parents. I had to share it with my sisters, but we had so much fun with our little sewing projects. Best present ever!

  • Jessica L.

    Congrats on your new book. Can’t wait to see it!

  • Hannah Murphey

    The book looks fabulous! I’m looking forward to my own copy! Best of luck to you and all of your fans. Happy Sewing!

  • Jenny Ellwood

    My mum had an old Singer treadle sewing machine – it was beautiful! She used to sew dresses for herself and me – sometimes matching! How twee!! :O) Then she sold it and got a more modern Singer – it had no soul. I always wished I had taken the old machine but had no where to keep it. I wonder what happened to it.

    Then in later years I did an Art & design degree specialising in textiles. I bought a fairly basic Bernina which is still going strong over 20 years later! Oh the happy times I can remember sewing straight through my finger – I used to do ‘free’ sewing where you remove the guard designed to prevent just such a thing happening!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such lovely prizes!

  • Amanda Brown

    Thanks so much for hosting this awesome giveaway. My sewing machine is like 10 years old, and on its last legs, this prize package would be AMAZING and sooooo much appreciated!

  • wendy

    Oh wow I am drooling over the possibility I could win one.
    I started sewing when I was 15.It was a requirement in my 9th grade year.I made a TON of quilts for everyone I could think of.I now have 5 little girls and I have started trying to teach myself to sew little things here and there as well as teach my 11 year old daughter to also sew simple things.Hopefully her and I can grow to learn new things as she gets older.
    Then we can teach the rest of the girls also.It would be a great memory and talent for them to pass down to their own children

  • Chanel Laney

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    I use to know how to sew when I was in High School. I have not sewn in years but have been thinking about getting back into. I would love to be able to make things such as decorative throw pillows (some are so expensive to purchase). I would love to make these for myself and for others as gifts!! I hope to win this so that I can start my throw pillow business.. lol (:

  • Sienna So

    Wow! I just got a Singet Brilliance which I love! But a serger would be really something. thanks for the giveaway and all the tutorials!

  • Chandi Cabebe

    Thank you for giving me the chance to win this sewing machine. I have been saving up for a while to buy a new sewing machine because currently trying out new ways to make a little extra income to help pay all my babys medical bills off. And because the bills havent stop coming and wont stop coming till she better if i could win this machine then that means a whole lot to me. the saving money can pay medical bills and the machine can help get a little business going. Thank you and God bless.

  • tonya cooper

    My mom has always had my grandmothers sewing machine that stays the the desk/table it came with. It is very unique and i love old time furniture. But my mom keeps the sewing machine at my house since she has no were to put it and its very special to me since i never met my grandmother. My grandmother died 5 years before i was born from breast cancer and i always heard great stories about her so i guess thats why i like the sewing machine so much because it was something that was hers. But i have only use a sewing machine twice, when i worked some years back at a factory we had to sew the ends the seat belt once we cut it but it was on a patern design so all you had to do was mash the pedal and the sewing machin did the rest. And i have never used my grandmothers sewing machin which i have thought about it but im not even sure if it still works.

  • Abhishek Duggal

    Yes, I find sewing machines more intimidating than rotary saws, yet I still want to try to learn!

  • juau4

    I started sewing on an old old Singer machine. In grade school, I used to sew paper skirts for my dolls. My Grandfather saw me and purchased a Featherweight Singer for me that I still have today.

  • Alicia

    Congratulations on your new book, new couch with matching kitty and your fun blog. I’ve already watched your zippered pillow video and, though a sewing novice, I am now getting the feeling that it’s something I might really be able to do!

    My grandmother sewed wonderful patchwork quilts which we now treasure using an old Singer treadle machine. I didn’t think I possessed that particular gene and have always been intimidated by the idea of sewing until relatively recently. Now that I’m retired from work, I’ve discovered again how much fun crafting and creating things can be. Thanks to your video, I’ve decided that I will no longer let zippers scare me. I shall give the zippered pillow project a try and see where it leads me. It should be a pretty fun journey no matter how it turns out.

    Wishing you great success and happiness in all your pursuits.

  • Kayleigh Ward

    I have always wanted to be the creative type but never did anything about it i just carried on being a plain jane. But then i saw a old Jones sewing machine for sale for £20 so i grabbed it a couple of weeks ago.

    Unfortunatly it does not work and its in for repairs, but not looking hopeful. But i am so excited about what i can start making i have a 2 year old son who i want to start making things for :) and a house i want to make a home but we are on a budget so i am not letting that get in my way.

  • Michelle Stice

    I had been wanting a sewing machine and my mom had a Brother machine that she only used a few times and she said I could have it. My mother made me play outfits and PJ’s when I was little and I have a 1 and 3 year old girls and dreamed of making stuff for them too. I got the machine and brought it home. It was sitting in my Dining Room in the original box and I mentioned to my 3 year old that maybe we could practice by making some doll clothes another time. As I was getting my infants bottle to go downstairs my 3 year old went to the box with the sewing machine and pushed it over to the stairs wanting to make doll clothes right then and pushed it down the stairs. I had a sewing machine for 3 days and never even got to use it before it was broken.

  • chrysanthi

    oh my god!there are so many comments here…anyway!i am from greece and i am new here!i don’t even know if i can actually participate!my grandpa used to hold a small fabric shop where they used to sell fabrics and fabric crafts in a small village in north greece.when he closed the store he made it a playground for his grandchildren:)we have spended a lot of childhood moments pretending that we were making dresses to raise “our daughters and sons”(our younger cousins)there were two old sewing machins that i was to young to prevent my grandma of selling them:(
    that’s the story.i know it’s not that much of the interest but for me it is full of sweet moments and laughter!

  • Clare

    I started sewing on my mum’s 1970s era Bernina. A full metal beast of a machine. For my 21st birthday (in 2006), mum said she wanted to buy me a machine. Because the budget was limited I scoured the classifieds in the paper, and rang an old lady who was selling her machine. When we got there, it turned out to be the exact same late 70s model as my mum’s, right down to the bright red plastic carry case! It was meant to be.

    So. Aside from 6 months of home ec, I’ve only ever sewn on one model of sewing machine in my entire life.
    (I’m entering because I have my eye on the serger…).

  • Mandy Streeting

    I’m from Australia and i remember using my mother’s sewing machine when i was little and from the moment i use to watch my mum do her sewing i knew i would love it and i picked it up straight away.
    My sewing machine now is a little one that can do the basics that i need.
    But my passion for sewing machine have been around for a very long time.
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway going on here and Good Luck to everyone who enters.

  • Binks

    Honestly I don’t really remember my sewing machine purchase. All I know is that my wonderful aunt bought it for me when I was about Tween age. I didn’t do much with it at all until recently (I’m 23 right now). It’s been my creative outlet and sanctuary from the harsh realities of the real world. I have turned to my machine in the midst of unemployment and constant self-doubt and punishment. But when I’m sewing or quilting, I’m in my revere. It’s my escape and my hero.

  • Jackie

    Wow to win this would be amazing, thanks for the chance! xoxo

  • Samantha G

    As a little girl my uncle and dad owned a small sewing factory. I would go in and sit with the workers and they would teach me to sew on their big blue sewing machines (The amount of places for hide and seek were also a huge part of the fun). It was just a great place for my first sewing memories and we still keep in touch even though the factory has closed. Sewing really can bring people together.

  • Leena Salleh

    I would say my sewing machine story is somewhat a little gruesome and at the same time sweet…it is an old version of Singer machine that my late grandma use to sew her patchwork blankies using fabric scraps that she get from my mom (my mom is a seamstress) So one day I sneaked to her machine and was touching the machine here and there and at the same time my left forefinger was right underneath the needle. You know the old machine that you need to get it moving with your feet….and I accidentally had it moving the the needle went straight through into my finger….I did not cry and I braved on to get the needle out….and seek her help to nurse my throbbing finger. From then on, I get lessons from my mom or grandma how to use it and sew things….

  • ana

    where to start, new machine, no one to give me instructions, should not be difficult, reading the instructions, turn on the machine and push the pedal! simple. it was in the early days, until the machine began to chew the lines, the tissue jammed in the machine, had to cut all that bunch of lines, clean the coils and did exactly the same! only later realized that the line was too wide … now before i begin some work i always read post on blogs to help understand :)
    ana *

  • Calli

    My mom taught me to sew when I got really sick as a young child and had to stay home from school for about three months. I’ve gotten much better since then and have graduated from sewing pillows to sewing bags and sometimes even dresses.

  • Juanita Lanaux

    My grandmother had a Singer 401 and I wanted it so badly. My sister got the machine and she does not even sew. Well, I was out thrift store hopping and found a similar machine. I love that machine. I now have a Pfaff and a Juki, but I will always hold on to my Singer. It is the only one that will sew jeans. :)

  • Adi Neufeld Cohen

    My grandmother was sewed professionaly, however I was too little to learn at the time. Sadly, when she passed I was away from home on a vacation (somewhere far east..) and did not think I should ask for her beautiful heavy metal Singer machine I have admired. The old machine was dumped, and I still think about it (and my grandmother of course) frequently. I wish to sew, and now, more than ever because there are so many things I wish to sew my little baby boy. I have started learning in a center in our community, however I wish to keep the legacy and to own a Singer.

  • suzi Dansereau

    I am retired now and have a lot more time to sew. My Viking is at least 25 years old. I also have a Singer Featherweight that is great for quilting and traveling. I would love to have a serger in my hands!

  • Karolin Gehrke

    Hey Brett,
    I started sewing when I was a little girl at the age of 7 or 8. My grandmother gave me instructions. The first thing I ever sewed were the curtains for my grandmothers gardenhouse. Just a few stitches of course, but I was as proud as I had made all of it! Since then I wanted to learn more and started sewing pillows and little things like a cape for my carneval costume (I was a vampire :D). When I got older I started sewing more difficult things like clothes. Every now an then my mother helped me, if I had problems or freaked out because nothing wanted to work :D

    But after the years I developed my sewing skills. At my 21 birthday I got the best birthday present of my entire life: My grandmother’s sewing machine! It’s an old Veritas from the DDR, but it still works nicely. Sometimes the old lady has starting problems or wants to devour the yarn, but I love this thing! It’s one of the machines, that have a table around them, so you can store a lot of sewing tools in it. But I am afraid she won’t live for much longer, cause she starts to get a few deseases like the lower thread always rips, when I start sewing, even though everything is adjusted the right way. Maybe I should thing about getting a new one, even though I will alway love that lady!

    Greetings from Germany, I adore your blog!

  • Sofie

    The only sewing machine I’ve ever used is an ancient Singer. My father brought it home when the school he worked at replaced them with never versions, but it still runs, even though this was in the eighties. My mother made me twirly skirts on it. Personally, I keep fighting with it, but I keep telling myself it’s just because there’s no longer an instruction manual. :)

  • Broche Fabian

    Hello! New to the site and I absolutely love it! Can’t believe I’ve never seen it before. Like a lot of folks, my mother taught me how to sew when I was younger. We moved around a lot, and one of the things I remember is that no matter what type of living situation we were in, we would always have a fresh pair of curtains for the bedroom windows. Sometimes it would be old sheets sew together because that’s all we had, but it immediately made any living situation “ours”. When I received a Singer for my 18th birthday, it was my mother’s way of telling me she knew I was ready to make my own home out in the world. Now in my mid-20s, the first thing I do when I move into a new space is figure out what curtains I’m going to make or redesign for my new windows.

    Can’t wait to explore more of your site and begin all sorts of new sewing projects – hopefully with a new Singer and serger!

  • Amanda

    Just found your site through Design*Sponge and immediately added you to my RSS! My story is that I grew up being watched by my grandma after school and in the summers. I remember her always crafting and sewing and that’s where my love for all things handmade began. A few years ago she gave me her old metal Kenmore sewing machine and although it’s heavy and somewhat cumbersome to lug around, I love having it and it still works (almost) like new! No bells and whistles, perfect for sewing in straight lines!! :)

  • Kay

    My first machine was a Singer. iLearned to sew in home economics class. my feminist self wonders why men did not take it;we learned some useful things. On the other hand, I wish that I had taken shop as well. My first project was a plaid suit . I took it with me to college. My latest project was a strip wall quilt for my son.

  • Raven Tommey

    I have been sewing on a JCPenny 1980′s machine for several years now. I’m sort of afraid to venture on to a newer machine; having to re-learn all the bells and whistles intimidates me. BUT, I must say, the two machines you are giving away are enough to make me throw my machine out of the window and learn a new machine blind-folded! I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to be the proud owner of those two babies!! Pick me, pick me, pick me!!!

  • Ronnie

    My story? Not so good — I was always intimidated by my mom’s sewing machine, so now I hand stitch everything, which can make quilting a really challenging project. I’d love a sewing machine of my own to jump into the world of sewing whole hog!

  • Tonya

    I am so excited about the giveaway, also about your books and website:) I am the one that has never learned how to use a sewing machine. I have a strong desire to learn to sew. I see different projects that I would love to be able to do myself, but lack the know how:( I also have 5 girls that I can pass on the sewing skill too. My 14 year old asked for a sewing machine for her birthday and after getting a cheap one from walmart she really enjoyed sewing until it broke. We would Love Love the chance to win this awesome prize. Thank you for taking the time to set this up and giving us a chance.

  • Emma

    Growing up my mom would sew us dresses with smocked aprons and yokes. My other sisters never really got into it but I’d hang around and watch what she was doing. Before she let me actually start sewing she’d pull out her old sewing machine and hand me a piece of paper and I’d “sew” dotted line designs into the paper because the needle would punch holes without any thread. The first real project I ever did with my mom was sewing a pair of patchwork shorts. I cut out squares of fabric from all her scraps and made these awful looking patchwork shorts. I was so proud of them. Their basement flooded once when I was in the middle of a dress, so while all the furniture was at odd angles and propped up funny and fans blowing everywhere, I carved out a little bit of space to plug in the sewing machine and kept sewing. I made all my prom dresses with my mom’s help. When I finally got a place of my own, I picked up this old old sears machine from a garage sale and it does straight lines pretty well. I need my mom to sew the zippers and button holes because this machine is missing some parts. She doesn’t mind and I still call her up with sewing questions. I would love to have a real nice machine where I can do my own button holes and zippers and be able to serge the edges to a clean finish.

  • Carol S.

    I didn’t have access to a sewing machine as a kid, but I always wanted to learn to sew. So as a young married woman, I bought a cheap sewing machine and took some lessons. It wasn’t a good experience. I – and my instructor – spent much time wrestling with that wretched machine! It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t fun, and the sewing machine soon disappeared. But I’d love to try it again with a nice sewing machine. It’s never too late to learn, right?!

  • Claire Livia

    Congratulations on the book! It looks amazing!
    Growing up I used to sew all the time with my Nona, and she always wanted to buy me a Singer featherweight, and always talked about how great they were, even though they were discontinued. Years later I was helping my Grandfather on the other side of the family, go through his attic and low and behold there was a Singer Featherweight hiding up there! So my sewing maching sort of came from both sides of the family, and I think about both my grandmothers when I use it.
    Except that it’s broken right now and I can’t afford to get it fixed, winning this machine would mean the world to me!

  • Cheryl S

    My love for sewing started at a young age and I still love it! When I was about 9 I wanted to make doll clothes and there was an old Singer treddle machine in our basement furnace room that wasn’t working. I still recall the warmth of that room and the challenge of getting it threaded properly and finally finding the real problem which was simply that the belt had come off the gears. The sounds of that machine can never be duplicated but on my 13th birthday I got my first very own machine-a Singer 404. Time for an upgrade, I think.

  • Sara

    I’ve known that I really need a sewing machine in my life for years. And one year when I was living in Manhattan I saw an ad for a Necchi non-computerized sewing machine for a great price. I went to the address on a high floor in an industrial building in the garment district and saw a whole bunch of women there, women who seemed to know a bit about sewing. If they were buying the machine, they hey why not me too? Years later my Necchi has only been used really to sew a few comforter covers, and some costumes for my kids, as it keeps needing servicing, and the closest place is a 45min drive away, yikes and we don’t have a car sooooooooo Brett, I could really really use these sewing machines to make lots of good things for my family and for others and to encourage my daughter and her friends to take up sewing!

  • Rose Xavier

    My mom bought me a sewing machine when i was 13 and i used it sporadically for a couple of years. Now more than twenty years later I am coming back to sewing and need a new machine. Even though the old machine is broken my mom refuses to give it up.I could really use a new machine to start making crafts and clothes for my daughter.

  • Tabitha

    I found a 1938 Singer sewing machine on Craig’s list that I bought about a year ago. It’s an amazingly sturdy machine and I wouldn’t give it up for the world, but I would dearly love to have a more modern sewing machine, capable of stretch stitch and zigzag, and all those other things that a modern machine can do. And a serger? I could see myself using that all the time, for things like knits and hemming. Now I do those things by hand, which is tedious at best. I’d love to win the pair and upgrade my sewing technology.

  • stacey w

    I bought my first sewing machine 15yrs ago right before I got married, but it went kaput last year just as I began teaching my 10 yr daughter how to sew. Even though I had it serviced, it’s never been the same and I haven’t had money to buy a new one. In the meantime, my daughter had saved enough to buy her first one last October and went to town sewing bags, fabric napkins, and stuffed monsters! She has sold some for raising money for Breast cancer, Christmas gifts etc. She’s done a wonderful job and I’m so proud of her skill but she could totally use a serger and a better machine to keep up with her talent and her business! Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Debbie K

    I sew all the time and think your book would be an added inspiration, which we all need daily. I just found your blog and am so happy*** happy *** happy***. I love to find people that sew, I feel we are a dieing breed.

  • Jaime Decker

    My grandmother and mother are great sewers, but it seems that it isn’t so easy for me. I would love to be able to sew using a great machine!

  • Shelagh Baird

    My brother and I found this incredibly old table Singer (pedal-powered, non-electric — sorry I can’t be more specific, but think homestead) at an old abandoned homestead near our house. It weighed about a zillion pounds but we drug it home (my mom was unimpressed) and cleaned it up, with dreams of being able to use it. Instead, we became rather adept at sewing by hand… So, years later, I’m still crap on a machine but still dream of learning and creating lots of cute stuff.

  • Melissa

    I’ve tried to sew on and off my whole life…since I was a kid, never actually being as successful as I wanted. My husband of all people surprised me 8 years ago with used sewing machine…I’ve been chugging along with it ever since, but I know it’s on it’s last leg…thanks for the opportunity!

  • Kelly

    Hi Brett! I’m very excited to have found your blog – I’m always on the lookout for fun, creative, crafty ideas!

    About 10 years ago (maybe for my 30th birthday?) my mother sold her old, big, clunky sewing machine & cabinet & bought me a ‘starter’ machine. I love it, but really need to upgrade now. And I REALLY need a serger! Oh my goodness…the things I could do…….

  • clare

    oooooh lala, brett!

    this is my first visit to your blog, and what a fabulous little internet cranny it is!

    i have always wanted to be one of those gals who could whip up a new pair of trousers from an old tablecloth or something, but this has been difficult, as i’ve never had a machine of my own. i grew up in the country, and was very involved in 4-H as a young girl. my mom and i participated in a mother-daughter sort of kitchen fashion show one year, and i sewed the sweetest baby blue check apron you have ever seen with my mom’s help. it is quite short and a bit too slim around the middle for me now, but i positively ache for my own machine so that i can get back in the saddle and start sewing away many more aprons and the like. cheers!

  • Dannelle

    I’m new! Just saw you over at design sponge and it looked intriguing.

    My grandmother has been a seamstress her entire life. I’ve been watching her alter and make garments forEVER, including two of the prom dresses my sister designed. I wanted to learn because it seemed like magic, but I was very very intimidated by the sewing machine. I would love to have her pass on the original cast-iron Singer with its original wooden worktop. She has had it since she was a little girl and brought it with her to the States when she came from St Lucia, which was an enormous expense. However, I will not have it decorating my house: It deserves to be used!. Ergo, I must learn.

  • Shanley

    my mom is an awesome sewer, but I’ve only realized the awesome potential of the home sewer in recent years.. I have managed a few successful projects (some even without my mom’s help) — including silk purses for all my bridesmaids last year (!) — and my mom has been so kind as to gift me her old machine, which i think is fair to call “vintage” at this point… while it works ok, and definitely has sentimental value, a brand-new-fancy machine AND serger could be just what i need to push me into high gear.
    Either way, awesome site – have been following you on D*S for a couple years, so glad to hang out on your own space!!

  • Megg Lamb

    When my mom was growing up, her mother always made clothes for her, her sister and 4 brothers (yes, they did have matching sailor outfits). Then when my mom was a teenager, she started to sew and made all of her outfits. When we were younger, my mom would make my clothes: easter outfits, play dresses, she even made my sweet sixteen dress. But I cut her off after that because it wasn’t “cool” anymore. But it is! It so is. I remember sewing little beanbags when I was younger, but I didn’t touch a sewing machine until about 3 years ago when I was pregnant and wanted to make a little mouse doll for the baby. I had a template from another blog I follow, got on the sewing machine at work, and went to town. When I was done all the kids that I worked with laughed at me. It was a very sad mouse, very Picasso-esque. So, I have been too intimidated to get back on the saddle. But here’s the thing, anything else I put my mind to, I can do really well. And I want to sew. I want to make dresses for my daughter (and for myself), and I want to be able to teach her how to sew when she’s older. Please Help me!

  • Suzie

    As a child, my grandmother made all of my dresses. I spent so many hours watching her sew ruffles and lace. Unfortunately, I have just began to actively sew in the past year on a little rinky-dink machine. I have tons of ideas and projects that I want to try for my 2 month old daughter. But I realize that I am very limited by the machine that I have. Hopefully luck will prevail.

  • Susan Updike

    Ohh! A serger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would be in sewing heaven with a serger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So generous to offer. Thank you

  • Barbara Svagr

    Wow! Great giveaway! I’ve been sewing since I was 7 with scraps & needle and thread to make doll clothes. I made my wedding dress on my Grandmothers treadle sewing machine. I sewed Automobile seats for 20 years, now I do the fun stuff for myself.

  • christy

    i Love to sew. My mom taught me the basics as a kid. When I got married, my husband’s nana gave me one of her sewing machines. I used that till it died. I am now using a borrowed machine. I really would love one of my own.

  • Benedicte

    I taught myself how to sew last year! I bought a $20 machine that doesn’t work very well. I would love to win these so that I can further explore my new craft! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Tereza

    I have two small children, and have so many wonderful ideas for toys to sew for them. It would be wonderful to have a sewing machine to inspire their imaginations!

  • Jessica Hess

    Hi! I found your blog through Design Sponge. I am loving it. I have a sewing machine that was my grandmother’s from the 70′s. It doesn’t have a lot of capabilities, but it is made of metal and quite sturdy. I have made a few things on it. My mom made me take sewing lessons as a teen. I didn’t like it at the time, but since then I have come to like it. I would love to make a quilt some day. I actually use it to sew on paper more than fabric. I love to make cards and scrapbooks. The stitches add so much to a paper project. The machines you are giving away look wonderful. Thanks Brett!

  • Caitlin

    My mother’s 1953 cabinet Singer occupies a corner of my bedroom in Philadelphia, PA as it did in my childhood bedroom in Nashville, TN. It’s a happy reminder of the clothes & curtains she made. I bought a portable Singer in a green plastic case from a friend in Memphis in the early 70s. I sold it to a colleague when I inherited Mom’s machine. Ordinary story, yes! but here’s the best part. A few summers ago, during another heat wave, I got myself out the door to go to a porch sale in my neighborhood. My intuition insisted on my going despite the terrible heat at nine a.m. When I got there, I found a Singer 221 Featherweight in its original case, all the accessories, in perfect condition for $20. I love it! It is so cute, sews perfectly & attachments work on both machines — as they were made within months of each other. When sewing, both are out with different color threads. Would love new sisters for them!

  • redfrizzz

    I started sewing when I was about 7 or 8. I was obsessed with pioneering, Little House on the Prairie, and I wanted to become self-sufficient and home crafty! My mother taught me a few basic stitches, gave me full access to her drawers of material, thread, needles, etc and sent me on my way. Now, I’ve started quilting. I’ve never owned my own machine, I do all my work by hand. But I would love to learn the technology so my projects don’t take quite as long!
    The book looks great, many congrats, you should be very proud!!

  • Amanda

    I have been dreaming of owning a sewing machine for ever! My mother is the most amazing seamstress and knitter around I learned everything from her. I always remember watching her sew clothes for us and doll clothes for our dolls. I am sad to say that I never kept up with it, although now that I have my own baby I would love to make clothes for her and blankets etc. I just don’t have the money for a good sewing machine. I also took sewing classes in school and remember how fun it was to actually make a pair of pants that fit! the feeling of making something yourself is so rewarding!

  • Deborah S

    I learned to sew dollclothes on my grandmothers machine. When I was in high school I worked and saved $50.00 to purchase a used Singer and used that workhorse of a machine sewing all my clothing in high school and college until my first year of marriage when my husband bought me my first new sewing machine, a Singer Futura. I sewed constantly on that machine for 25 years. WOW! I would love a new serger.

  • Gail

    Your new book looks brilliant! Just what I need to relearn sewing techniques like, oh, sewing in a straight line which now eludes me : ( And while I have my mom’s 1951 Singer Featherweight, I sure would LOVE to win the dynamic duo and attachments. I am a newbie here and definitely am returning again and again.


    I first learned to sew in a college class. My mom got me a machine when I graduated. It died a few years later. This taught me the value of buying a quality model. I purchased a new machine that woked great for many years – until I lost the bobbin case in a move! I am currently using an ancient model a friend gave me but I would love to give that to my 12 year old to learn on.

  • Gretchen Bingaman

    Ok, I’m not gonna lie – I DID just find this blog, but I am in LOVE!! This is just what I’ve been looking for – some inspiration for my own sewing projects! Feeling a little crafty now! And a new sewing machine and serger would be such a God send! I’m not really one to win things, but I can dream. : ) Here’s hoping!

  • Heather Irene

    I have my mom’s sewing machine right now and my goal for the summer is to create something useful (& pretty!) with it. I don’t have a lot of experience, but I’ve made a few projects. It’s just been a LONG time since I did them!

  • Nancy

    When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I used to draw all kinds of silly designs. I got my first machine in high school. It belonged to my Aunt Nancy in the 60s – she passed away before I was born, but the machine kind of made me feel connected to her.

    But I didn’t REALLY start sewing until I got to college. I was a theater major, and costuming class was a requirement. I was hooked! I got a brand new sewing machine for Christmas in my first semester, and had all kinds of time to sew my own hippie clothes and get creative with thrift store finds and old jeans.

    It’s been 15 years, but I still have that “brand new” machine, and have recently gotten back into sewing. This time, it’s curtains, placemats, and seat cushions for my new apartment, but with a new machine and serger, I could get back into clothing (I definitely don’t have time to zig zag all my edges anymore!).

    I’m so glad I found your blog today – I’ve added you to my Google Reader. And I’m ordering your book today – can’t wait to get it! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Laura Beech

    My sewing machine story has been a wandering one. I started on my mom’s machine that was a simple one from Walmart. I don’t remember the brand. I made my first projects on it-all of them purses. But the machine had constant tension problems and I could never figure out how to keep the tension right. It would get thrown off for seemingly no reason. I had to fight with the machine every time I made something. Ughh. The next machine I used I borrowed from a friend who had been keeping it in her closet. She had picked up an old metal Singer at a garage sale but didn’t know how to use it. The machine still worked and once I got it set no more tension problems! Yay! I used that machine for about a year and we had fun together. I had to get creative using it because it didn’t always do what I wanted but at least I wasn’t fighting it. Then after I got married I bought myself a sewing machine a Brother machine that is computerized. Its a beginner machine-the nicest I could afford but I do love it. It can do some fancy things and came with a quilting setup which I love because I got into quilting after I bought it. We get along wonderfully and I am having fun learning new skills.

  • Anna Perez-Pelaez

    I have a complicated and convoluted love/hate relationship with sewing machines. My marvelous Mom had the foresight to send us to sewing classes, alas the instructor didn’t like to teach. I continued to pick up classes here and there; so, I at least became comfortable with my way around a sewing machine. Alas, the sewing machines of the world had different plans for me. I battle constantly with correct tension (hello??!?!? As if I don’t already have enough of it!), whether it’s on the old Pfaff I inherited or the second-hand Kenmore I acquired a couple of years ago. Then I read that dull needles could throw tension out of whack, so I changed the needle…EUREKA! It’s blogs like this that help me stick with sewing instead of consigning my machines to the scrap heap. It would be rrrrreally nice to have nifty new machines…especially a serger since I’ve never really had the chance to create with one.

  • Anna Bilington

    I really don’t sew. I’ve always wanted to learn, but you need a machine to do that. With these machines I could start that process.

  • Claudia Louis

    Hi Brett, I’m so inspired to get back into sewing since I found your blog! Growing up with a seamstress and a tailor for parents it was inevitable that I picked up the craft. Naturally my mom focused on her customers orders and I had to wait till she had the time to put together outfits for me, so I started sewing for myself. That way, I was able to get more creative with the styles I wanted. Her sewing machine at the time was an old metal singer with a sort of platform pedal that had to be pumped up and down in order for the machine to sew. I was so happy for the endless creative possibilities, working with that machine never bothered me. Who knows what my daughter will think about my Shark Euro-Pro when she grows up!

  • Donna

    I grew up playing with my Mom’s fabric scraps, creating elaborate fashion creations for my lucky Barbies. My first pair of high heels were bought to strut in a Junior High fashion show where I sported the panel skirt and matching shawl that I created. My mom gave me my current machine 25 years ago while I was in college and I still miss a particular blouse I made from a Ralph Lauren pattern. Sigh.

    Thanks for this fun contest/walk down memory lane!

  • Suzanne

    My grandmother tried to show me how to sew on her singer when I was little–apparently my attention span wasn’t so good back then! I would love to give it another try!!

  • Maria Perez

    I’ve recently started making quilts, really simple ones. It would be great to be able to sew more complicated designs and these machines would help me do that.

  • Oona

    I learned to sew on my mom’s awesome Singer when I was little, and now am lucky enough to be “borrowing” her lovely new-used Bernina – and I’m sure she’d be as happy as me if I somehow became the owner of my very own machine. I’ve never had a serger but my dreams are definitely filled with the magic that is easy knitwear sewing, for reals.

  • lisa magar

    I use to sew with my moms old singer. Something was terribly wrong though. It would constantly break needles and shoot the ends in any wild direction. Protective eye wear required. More like being in shop class than home ec.


  • Kitty Katt

    There was a time in my life when I was desperately poor, and so the only way I could get a decent sewing machine after having mine go out of whack was to scour the thrift stores. It was far less expensive for me to buy a machine that might or might not work for less than 20 dollars rather than to pay 60 dollars to have one I currently owned to be professionally cleaned and adjusted. The machines I got were usually in good working order, and had the added advantage of having all metal gears inside. This practice stuck, and even after being in a much better place financially in my life, I will take a heavy used clunker over a new plastic monstrosity any day!

  • Stephanie D.

    My sewing/crafting journey began at a very young age. I learned to sew when I was maybe 9 or 10. My mom signed me up for sewing classes at a local fabric shop. She often made dresses and clothes for me, some beautiful and others not so much. I fondest memory was when I was in 7th grade, our school was holding a Renaissance Festival, and somehow I was chosen to the be the Queen or Princess or something, so my mom made a beautiful navy dress with flowing sleeves and a gorgeous headpiece. I had never felt so beautiful – super cheesy I know. However after high school, I never got back into sewing but for the past 4 – 5 years I have been searching for a machine and dreaming of clothes and crafts I could make. I hope I win!

  • lauren

    The first sewing machine I ever used was a working Cabbage Patch Kid one! I wish so bad I still had it – my mom sewed all my clothes when I was little, and I wanted to sew too – I remember making a corduroy business suit for my stuffed koala bear! So weird. I used my mom’s machine from the 80′s for a while until I lost the presser foot in a move, now I use a cheap one off Craigslist. I have inherited my grandmother’s antique machine from the early 1900′s, but don’t yet have a big enough space to put it. These machines you are giving away would be a dream come true.

  • Paola

    Hi, it’s my first visit here and I just L-O-V-E it!
    Not just the great giveaway, sure I’ll always come back.

    Well, my sewing machine was bought by my grandma at ’70s. It’s a good Singer machine (like most of the olds) and had a gorgeous manual use that teach useful stuff. Unfortunately, my grandma couldn’t read and therefore did not enjoy the full potential of your machine, but still has sewn clothes for their 14 children!
    Now that I have the machine, I use it to make small repairs, sew bags and even clothes.
    I plan to sew professionally and win this Singer Perfect Finish Combo would be the ideal start.

    Excuse my English, I hope that you’d understand my story

  • Alex C.

    New to the blog! Introduced by Design Sponge. Lusting after a machine. I have been borrowing my Mom’s for the past few years. Quite excited about digging into your book. Thanks for all the great info!

  • Carissa

    I love your blog! My mom is excellent at sewing and tried to teach me as a child. Now that I’m older, I really want to learn again. Your blog has helped tremendously! Thank you!

  • Becky R.

    I have been sewing for more years than I can count! My first sewing machine was my great grandmother’s treadle. It dates from the 1890′s. For many years it was my only machine. It forced me to learn finishing techniques since all it did was go forward. No zig zag, no buttonholer. I even made wool suits for my husband on this machine.
    I am now working a a costume designer for a dance company. Both of those machine would be wonderful to take to the theater. The machine that the dance company owns is not wonderful. We do NOT get along.
    All the best in your new digs in Brooklyn Brett! Thanks for the contest!!

  • Sandra Sanders

    I am fortunate to have my grandmother’s Singer treadle machine and my mother’s Singer portable, both in great working condition. They both weigh a cajillion pounds — the treadle machine has cast iron supports. Both Mom and Grandmother taught me how to sew, and I spent many happy hours making clothes for myself as I grew up. The machines are pretty limited in what they will produce, and my sewing is becoming more and more of a creative, relaxing endeavor now. These new machines would greatly expand my repertoire.

  • Sewing Princess

    My mom handed me down her first sewing machine. She bought it with her first salary in the 60s. It was a Singer 720 and I have been using it since. It’s a great machine very advanced for the time. It even had elastic stitch at a time where knits were not so popular.
    I treasure this machine like a baby. And I thank my mom every day for having inspired me and given me her old machine. BTW, her new one is also a singer. So I would love to continue the tradition

  • Laura Sesto

    When I think of sewing my thoughts go directly to my grandmother. She always had her sewing machine out when I was a kid, always fixing someone’s hem or taking in a waistline. She helped me to make my prom dress and my aunt’s bridal party dresses. I always saw sewing as a skill or craft, but it wasn’t until this past Thanksgiving when i was visiting when i realized how it was truly an art. She showed me her sewing technique portfolio that she had to create in school- I was surprised how similar it was to the sketchbooks i made in school. It was after this that I felt a deeper connection with my grandma. I always wished I could live closer and learn how to sew and make patterns from her. I would love to have a sewing machine to practice and make something for her – to show her my appreciation and love.

    so.. please please please pick me! ;)

  • Carla

    Just found your blog through nipperknits. I love the projects from your book!

  • Danielle

    What an awesome giveaway! As for my sewing machine memories, I can vividly remember my Mom sewing away at her machine for hours. It was the 70s and our house was ‘early American style’, meaning plenty o’ antiques – and also meaning that my Mom’s machine sat inside an antique sewing machine holder/stand! I used to love sitting at it and playing with the treddle (?) underneath.

    My Mom used that machine to make all the curtains in our house and dress after dress for me and my 3 sisters. I also have fond memories of the clothes my sisters made for me (I was the youngest). I took my first sewing class through a summer program at the age of 12 and am sad to report, not much ‘stuck’. I’ve successfully made a couple pillow covers and roman shades for our house, but would love to try my hand at making my own clothes.

  • Carla

    Disregard my last post. I didn’t mention my sewing machine story….

    I learned to sew on my mom’s Singer Featherweight when I was about 11 years old. I made the usual doll clothes, then started making some of my own clothes. Then my mom got a a new machine, a fancy new Elna that used cams to make fancy stitches. I had some real fun finding creative uses for the stitches. Then came college, and I stopped sewing. as I didn’t have access to a machine. A few years after graduating and getting a job, I bought my first sewing machine – a Bernina 801 Sport. I think it was about $300 which was a lot at the time. That machine is still going strong! Many years later, my Mom’s Elna wore out and she replaced it with a computertized model. But the Featherweight still is working great and best of all – she gave it to me! I also grabbed my grandmother’s Singer treadle machine when she passed away. It cost a lot to have it shipped from AL to CA, but was worth every penny. It still stitches, nice even stitches.

  • Laura

    What an incredable giveaway! Both my mother and grandmother were sewing advicates. So much so that my brother and I didn’t have store bought clothes until the first grade. My grandmother, though, was the ultimate seamstress. Her sewing room was amazing! Bolts of fabrics in the closet, her walls were lined with mini drawers holding bobbins, pins, threads in every color, anything and everything, and as a kid I loved exploring through the room finding silky ribbons and shiny buttons. Whenever I hear a sewing machine in action I’m instantly brought back to my grandmother’s overflowing sewing room, a room filled with projects and possibilities.

  • Sara

    Your new book looks wonderful! My mum taught me to sew when I was just a kid, getting me to help her hand sew christmas decorations with my extremely large, uneven stitches. When I was about 10 I was taught to use the machine. She still has it – a cast iron Pfaff that weighs about 30 pounds and comes with it’s own plastic carrying case. That machine is extremely hardy – I remember jamming the bobbin almost every week, and every time we pried it out with needlenose pliers, and it remained unscathed. When I moved across the country for school, I wanted desperately to take the Pfaff with me, but alas. It is far too heavy to transport on an airplane. I bought a cheap machine to tide me over, but it’s just not the same. For one thing, it can’t handle thick fabrics or denim, and the bobbin case, the one time I jammed it, actually broke! I had to take the whole thing in for fixing and live without my machine for 3 weeks. It was a very hard time.

  • Deanne

    I just stumbled on this site and it’s amazing.

    I actually learned to use a sewing machine in Home Ec (!) in middle school. My mom had an old Singer model packed in the basement that I used for a while after that. I stopped sewing in high school but my roommate got a beautiful Singer about a year ago and I quickly rediscovered my love of sewing.

  • Amy

    My sewing story: I learned to sew when I was 10 years old. My mom putting me in sewing lessons. We had a very old Kenmore sewing machine, older than my parents 39 years of marriage. So old in fact, that it didn’t even do button holes properly. It was a matter of a lot of zig zag stitching and my mom always had to do them for me. I haven’t sewn anything in a while but I’m getting married in a month and I hope to sew for my new husband and home. This prize would really help me in that endeavour.

    Congrats on the book!

  • Natalie

    Many memories of the two most amazing women in my life – my grandmother and mother – involve a sewing machine and so I’ve been thinking it is about time to find my own as we get ready to have a child of our own. As a small child, my grandmother would sit with me and push quilt blocks through the sewing machine, her hands on mine to keep the lines straight. I have always enjoyed opening her cedar chest with her during visits and reverently unfolding the stacked blankets being stored for family weddings, babies, or for the next shipment of baby blankets to an orphanage connected to her church. She is the most selfless woman I know, and her selflessness pours into the world through hours spent sewing each week.

    My mom is not a quilter, but when I was growing up she applied her 4-H sewing skills to hemming and repairing our clothes and sewing us doll pillows and blankets. It seemed to me there was nothing she couldn’t fix. In addition to marveling at her, my sisters and I loved to play with the styrofoam blocks that held the sewing machine in its box. Laid flat, their holes, ridges and crevices made perfect “rooms” for our Fischer price people and their myriad adventures.

    Though my own sewing skills are (so far) limited, I’d like my kids to grow up with experiences like mine that will give them patterned, cozy, lifelong memories.

  • Reade Milne

    I have a beautiful robin’s egg blue singer that belonged to my husband’s nana. it is a beautiful machine, and it was what i sewed on until one day i was heading down to the basement to do laundry – unfortunately, i had put the sewing machine on the basement stairs for some reason, and on my way down i slipped and fell into the machine, knocking it to the concrete basement floor and breaking it. i am still really sad about it. it was a wonderful connection to my husband’s nana, who has passed. also, sewing is a connection to my grandma (mom’s mom), who passed when i was 11. she sewed me and my dolls matching outfits, and taught me how to sew as well. i would love to be in her studio on the farm in new hampshire, sewing along with her.

  • Carol O

    My Mom taught me to sew when I was very young, probably around 1st or 2nd grade. She sewed all of her clothes and most of mine – this was back in the early 60′s. My dolls always had matching outfits/dresses, most often made by me with the fabric scraps. Thinking back, these earlier creations usually weren’t hemmed and had crude scissor-cut button holes, as the attachment that went on my Mom’s black Singer sewing machine was too complicated – sometimes for my mom, too ;-).

    That black Singer was a work-horse. It had no reverse stitching (you flipped your project around to ‘back stitch’), no zig-zag to prevent raveling (at 8 or 9 I was sewing French seams), and was too heavy for me to flip up in the cabinet. I learned early on how to sew in a zipper and broke a few needles along the way. Finally in the early 80′s she bought another Singer. We were stylin’!!! Built in button-holer, zig-zag, and a few other decorative stitches – what more could you ask for! I still use it to this day. Wish my Mom was around to see what sewing machines do these days. Feed dogs drop, they embroider, and some even thread themselves! What more could you ask for?

    While in my possession, that Singer has been thru 1 wedding dress, many a home decor project, 18 years of Halloween costumes, dozens of lap quilts for the elderly, countless rips and hems, and hundreds of Scout patches. Thank you Elias and Isaac!

    BTW – Along with the Singer, I inherited fabric my Mom bought during the war (WWII that is) when she lived in Pensacola, FL where my Dad was stationed – she worked at Penney’s (back when they sold fabric). I haven’t found ANY project worthy of cutting into that folded stack of truly vintage fabrics.

  • Jenny Garlini

    My mom has always had a sewing room in our house. She made everything for my sister and I growing up. From Easter dresses to Halloween costumes. No matter how picky or stubborn about what we wanted, she always came through. I am always amazed by how my mom can tell me how much fabric I will need to do a project and then cut it out perfectly without a pattern!
    Unfortunately, I haven’t quite got the same fabric thumb she has. I have two little ones at home and I try my best to make things on my sewing machine. My latest project was patching my son’s jeans, they actually turned out pretty good. :)
    I am very intimidated when it come to sewing, I guess I need more practice. But no matter what, I always end up in my mom’s sewing room, looking at the newest project, fabrics and books that she has.

  • Trish

    I learned to sew on my mom’s old Kenmore when I was little. The tension was always a little off, but that thing was a tank! I would spend hours creating mattresses and pillows for my Barbie’s. Eventually our babysitter taught me and my sisters how to sew hair scrunchies… We were hooked!

    Congrats Brett!! The book looks amazing!

  • Caroline

    What a lovely contest! thanks…
    I learned to sew the summer I was 9 years old between 3rd & 4th grade. I convinced the junior high home ec teacher to teach me sew in the summer school class she was offering. Well, basically I kept showing up and badgering her until she relented. The school had ancient black metal Singer cabinet machines just one step up from the foot treadle machines from the 40′s/50′s. I loved them. I still wish I could find one. This was the mid sixties so I made a Carnaby street hip-rider skirt, a wildly patterned a-line dress and lots of blouses. I continued sewing all the way through high school, stopped during college and switched to quilting in my 20s, switched to knitting in the early 80′s but am coming back to sewing again and am loving all the amazing fabrics that are so available now. I’d fer shure put the serger and the sewing machine to good use!

  • Bettina Thompson

    OOHHH! This is great, thanks for the opportunity! Look forward to reading your new book and trying out the projects. Thank you Brett!!

  • Fay

    I started sewing by hand when I was about five years old. I guess I just picked it up from watching my Mom. She was too busy making clothes for her four daughters (lots of matching outfits, in typical 1950′s fashion!) to teach me to use her machine. So when I was about eight, my Grandma taught me to sew on her ancient Singer treadle machine. It was hard for a kid who could barely reach to treadle to coordinate the foot action and keep everything straight at the same time but I eventually mastered it and moved on to my Mom’s electric machine, which seemed like a breeze compared to Gram’s! Mom graciously let me use her machine for years despite the fact that I often left it in a big tangled mess of thread. My high school graduation gift from my parents was my own, brand-spankin’-new Singer Stylist! I’ve had it serviced often and to this day it’s been my one and only trusty machine. I taught my son to sew on it, I still love it and will treasure it always but perhaps it’s time for something a bit more updated…..

  • Lee

    Congrats on the book! how cool is that? and so is your giveaway. I learned to sew on my moms Viking machine from the 1960a and still have that one and my own Viking I bought after college in 1981. lol They are great machines and still work well but I have dreams of updating! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Christy

    Nice site! I look forward to digging in!
    My sewing history:
    None, at all, until I reluctantly accepted a new sewing machine for Christmas several years ago. Then it sat, unopened and judgmental, in the corner of my room for a whole year. I was terrified of it! Finally I got the courage to open it, read the manual & start testing it out with scrap fabric. Since then, I use it more & more, and try to remember that every time I screw something up, I get a little better.

    I am so ready for an upgrade now. I’ve always wanted to try a serger too. I promise if I win it, I will start using it immediately!

  • Karen

    WOW! Love sewing and yarning. I keep going over to my Mom’s or MIL’s and using their machines. This would be great!! I love making clothes for my little animal creations or linings for my bags. Once I get a machine there is a quilting class I would LOVE to take!! Thanks for the chance! Congrats on your new book!!

  • Alex

    My mom put herself through school at a private (read: expensive) creative arts school in Detroit…Some of my earliest memories are playing in her sewing room and going through boxes of fabric samples as she sewed and quilted.
    I’d love to continue the tradition, but hand sewing everything gets old! :) It would be so nice to be able to produce finished items more quickly & easily.

  • Michele

    As early as I can remember, the ladies of my family have embrased themselves in sewing. Both of my grandmothers were amazing seamstress(es).

    While growing up, I always looked forward to my summer break, since I was able to spend a week with my Grandma (Anne), who showed me the fundamentals of cutting a pattern, buying material and even sewing a straight line. I must have been 6 years old when I sewed my first pillow with her. I was so proud.

    Over a period of 15 years, I enjoyed the quality time I spent with my grandmothers. I also looked forward to attending the crafts shows throughout the year. I was always amazed by the different talents throughout the local community. To this day, I can close my eyes and see my Grandma Anne at her sewing table hand stitching a teddy bear for an up coming show.

    When I entered into my twenties both of my grandmothers passed away from cancer. However, their memories live on every day.

    About three years ago, I had a baby girl. Like most mothers, I wanted to doll her up in ruffles and hip appeal. However, since I was still young in my career, I was on a shoe string budget. Thus, I returned to my roots. I started to sew again. Thanks to my loving mother, I was able to use her sewing machine in her garage. However, over a period of time, my work was noticed by my fellow church members, which resulted in a small business on the side.

    I currently enjoy sewing mommy and me dresses for my daughter. I love to hear her say in her high pick voice, “You making me a princess dress like you mommy?” To top it off, about 3 months ago, I received my grandmother’s old Bernina sewing machine. Every time I sit down to sew with my little girl, I see my self as a little girl watching my grandmother eagerly.

    I look forward to the years to come with my daughter. I hope through sewing I will be able to build the same found memories with her like my grandmothers did with me.

  • mary @ very merry vintage style

    I just put a request in for your book at my library… there’s a wait list for it! I would love to win these sweet machines; I have a sewing machine I received in junior high as a graduation gift… the opportunity to win a serger too is amazing! I love to buy clothing at thrift stores simply for the fabulous fabric… and then create EASY to make things (like yours!) from it.

  • Marissa Esquer

    A few years ago, I packed up all of my things, selling the bigger pieces of furniture that I couldn’t keep – Including my grandmother’s vintage sewing machine table and Singer. Fast-forward through a few months in Europe, a move to another state, a break-up that led me to yet another state… and I have finally moved home. Just the other day I was bringing out my “new” machine, wishing I still had that beautiful table to sew on.

  • Christy

    Congratulations on your book! Such an amazing accomplishment! I just adore your blog and am so glad to have found it! =)

    I LOVE to sew! I’ve been sewing since I was 7! My mom and grandmother have always shown me the joy of sewing. I vividly remember many hand made outfits for my sister and I! My mom had taught my 4-H sewing class when I was little and I was hooked from that point on! I would sew my own Barbie and doll clothes from scraps of mom’s fabric. My sewing projects slowly got more involved from there. Sewing clothes to blankets and craft projects etc. My machine was tucked away during college years then after marriage it was pulled out again….I sewed my daughter’s nursery bedding, many craft projects for friends and family and a lot of my daughter’s dresses too. I still sew a lot of house decor for our home. The funny part is that I’ve been sewing on the same sewing machine for 28 years! It is my grandmother’s sewing machine….a 1954 Singer 301! It is a gem and I’ve just learned to live with the separate attachments for EVERYTHING! It has been the “tank” of sewing machines!!! I always remember my grandmother telling me when she first gave it to me to be VERY careful to keep your fingers far away from the foot because she once sewed her finger…I think of that EVERY TIME I sew! It is just so amazing to think of what that machine has sewn for all those years!!!!

    Although I am very connected to my sewing machine I do feel somewhat limited on what I’ve wanted to create because some of the stitch attachments are not working well. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to save up for a Serger….It has been something that has always been put on the back burner though. My three kids needs have always come first. It has been a goal of mine to pass my love of sewing down to my daughter. I would love for her to learn on a machine that she can grow up with and hopefully pass down to her children! Maybe my two sons would want to learn too??? Who knows! This would be a dream come true for sure! Thanks so much for offering it!

  • lorraine

    awesome giveaway! i think id die from shock if i won..anyway sewing machine related story- my great gram was an amazing crafty woman..she loved everything and had ever sort of notion known to man..i inherited her knitting needles which i love and most importantly her sewing machine that folds into its midcentury style wooden desky thing (im amazing at describing things) i never used it and now use the desk as a table top for my contemporary sewing machine…but i love the feeling that she is close by just under my current sewing project..

  • Melissa

    I was sewing a decorative pillow for my sister and hanging out with friends. Silly me, I had my sewing machine on the floor and was just about finished when I ran out of thread and with only 6 inches to go! So I changed the thread and while doing that, my knee landed on the pedal and I literally threaded my finger! I quickly ripped my hand away and the need broke in half, leaving my finger stitched and with half a needle poking through. My friends quickly took a photo and then took me to the emergency room where I became the joke of the night amongst the doctors and nurses because I had “injured and stitched myself up all in one fine swoop”. Because the thread had been sewn into my finger and wrapped around my bone, I needed to have the needle and thread surgically removed and 3 stitches! After a week or so, I hand stitched the final 6 inches of my sisters decorative pillow. She still has it 13 years later. It took me several years before I picked up the machine again and yes, I still sew on the floor.

  • Susan Jacoli

    My sewing story starts with my grandmother, Nonnie. She always made my Christmas and Easter dresses, including my First Communion dress (dotted Swiss). I remember dreading trying them on when they were pinned as they scratched. Her fingers were so nimble; she made clothes for my Barbies as well, fashioned from the Barbie booklets. Unfortunately, a cousin got her sewing machine (it was in a console, and her knee leaned against the bar which activated the machine), but I have a large wooden box with spools and spools of her thread, most of them quite old. She was truly a remarkable, self-taught seamstress.

  • Christina

    I had a sewing class in high school which taught little and I retained even less. But my mom has always been a creative and she shines behind her sewing machine. I would watch her projects come to life especially around holidays and that is where I knew you didn’t have to accept the status quo. Store made costumes were bland in comparison to what my mother created and often times less expensive. I have always created sewing projects in sperts but now that I no longer live near my mom, I have found myself craving the time with my sewing machine. Note: Nothing of mine looks as good as my moms but you don’t get pride from a store apron.

  • Patti

    I learned to sew on my mom’s Singer Featherweight beginning at around 12 years old. It was scary and sometimes frustrating, but I am so glad that I learned on that machine. I know I would not be as patient teaching my children to sew without the haunting memories of that machine.

  • Christina

    Loved the design sponge tutorial video!

  • Heather

    Hi there!
    I saw an ad for your new book on Design Sponge and I giggled to myself because although I love to sew, I’m fairly new at it, and I always joke to my friends that I’m a Type A personality who can’t sew in a straight line.
    My grandmother taught me to sew 2 summers ago. My mom is a great seamstress and I always wanted her to teach me, but she knew that my mima would be the one to do it. So one summer afternoon I told her I wanted to sew. I wanted to make a patchwork pillow (because patchwork is obviously the easiest way to start sewing…). I went to the fabric store, got what I needed, came home, and started working on it. There were plenty of tears borne out of frustration on my part, and I’m sure plenty of frustration on my mima’s part that she graciously cloaked with patience for her overly ambitious granddaughter. But, by the end of the day I had my own beautiful patchwork pillow and a continuing bond with my grandmother. Since then my mima has kept newspaper and magazine clippings to give me for inspiration, and she’s purchased several great sewing books for me. She also gave me her sister’s 1991 Necchi – an anvil of a machine which is what I’m still using today. She is definitely my biggest fan!

  • Ricki

    About 6 months after I met my fiance, his wonderful Grandfather passed away, but before he did he asked that his sewing machine be given to me. It was like he already knew that we were going to get married (which is happening, but 5 years after he gave me the machine!!!)
    That machine has brought me huge amounts of joy, from rekindling my love for crafting, starting my upholstery apprenticeship, sewing everything for my wedding and now will hopefully help me transition to starting my own business! Even as I sit here at work I am dreaming about going home to that machine and making sweet crafting love to it. I would love to continue using it forever, but alas it just isnt cutting it as an upholstery machine. So if I had a new machine I could put this one aside and keep it for those special projects!

  • Stacie

    I am so glad I found this site. Congrats on the new book, cant wait to get one. My mother taught me to sew when I was 10. I remember sewing on the tracing paper with all sorts of shapes on them, trying to follow the lines. My grandmother had a treadle Singer. She would spend hours sewing quilts. Thank you for the chance to win this amazing machine. Stacie

  • Seana

    My mom bought me my first sewing machine for my 30th birthday, my fiance was the first to use it. His mother taught him to sew (mandatory for a stay at home mom who wears a size XXS petit and has w/four boys and one girl). He taught me and so far I’ve made one of everything. I think my favorite so far is the quilting, no sizing required!! We’ve also incorporated our sewing machine into the wedding, hand sewn save the date cards and homemade bunting decor. Pretty sure that one machine has saved us over a thousand dollars in the past 3 years!

  • Monica

    I took sewing classes with my mom as a kid and used her sewing machine while growing up. I looove to sew and it would be amazing to win this prize! I think I would never leave the sewing table if I had this.

  • Karen S.

    My grandmother was an expert seamstress. She worked in a very upscale tailor shop. I loved hearing her talk about the beautiful wedding dresses she worked on. She did have one of those black machines. She passed on when I was 16, so I never got the chance to learn from her. I wish I had her machine today….

  • Kelly

    I learned to sew in Home Ec in Jr. High. One day I asked my teacher what was wrong with the jumper I was making……she turned to the class and said “Class. This is what you DON’T do.” Ahem. Eventually finished the jumper which I shortened to a blouse length. The first time I wore it, the stitches began to come out. :) That was a very, very long time ago. On to the present. I’m in the process of making my first quilt. Put my machine away for a while (life kinda got in the way). Pulled it out again when I had a whole 2 days to myself, poof machine not working (2nd time in as many years.) Since I can’t get a new machine for a while, this giveaway is FANTASTIC. Thank you.

  • Abby

    My mother taught me to sew when I was young and I will be forever grateful. I had so much fun helping her when I was too young to sew. I was always so careful picking up those little pins. Thanks for this amazing chance to win. I have always wanted a serger.

  • elizabeth

    i have my mom’s old sewing machine. we used to pick a project to sew together each summer. but somehow i never really did much besides commission a homemade article of clothing. i would watch and hang out while she took care of the sewing. so, when i grew up and became interested in sewing for myself, she let me have her machine. it’s not super old and certainly gets the job done (i made 8 clutch purses for my bridesmaids on it!), but it has some frustrating quirks… :)

  • Mariel Stribling

    My mother always sewed me the most amazing costumes for Halloween–a blue fairy, princess Jasmine, Minnie Mouse…She gave away her sewing machine when I was around 12, and I’ve always regretted not learning. I love to knit, and I think it would be such fun to make something other than scarves and hats!

  • Jacqueline

    My sewing story!
    I taught myself to sew spring 2010. I stumbled upon a sewing blog while I was looking for a crochet hat pattern. I started looking at the sewing tutorials and got super inspired. I realized I could never afford a machine so I looked on craigslist and found one for $40 and it actually worked…and I still use it and have taught myself all the basics with it. I would love to win a new machine to call my own!

  • Anne

    That’s right, my grandmother had one of those old Singer sewing machines that folded down into a beautiful wood cabinet/table. She would spend hours on it making all sorts of things, from clothes to dolls. I wish I had an interest back then in sewing so she could have taught me how to sew. I’ve been crocheting for years and just learned how to knit about six months ago. I decided that my new passion is to make hand bags, clutches, etc. When I thought about hand sewing the lining into each bag it nearly made me give up the whole idea. But I happened to see someone giving away an old Singer online for free so I went and picked it up. I’m just in the early stages of learning how to sew, but since I’ve started I’ve had an explosion of inspiration on how to incorporate it into my crocheting and knitting. That’s a beautiful machine you’re giving away and I hope I’m lucky enough *fingers crossed* to win it! (P.S. I LOVE Knit & Crochet Today!)

  • Carly

    My sewing story.
    Growing up, my grandparents lived in an older ranch home. If you walked back through the hallway to the bedrooms, the laundry machines were on the left. Next to that was an expansive work table, that was re-covered annually with woodgrain contact paper. What was most amazing to me as a child is that the table opened up to allow my grandmother’s sewing machine to emerge. It was a secret world of sewing. Her seat fit underneath, behind a closed cabinet door, the door when opened was lined with spools of bobbins.

    I loved it.

  • Sarah P

    When we were young, my sister found a 1950s sewing machine in a barn on a property my parents owned. My dad dug it out for her and let her keep it. It was kinda smelly and very retro-looking, and it even came with its original instruction booklet! My sister taught herself how to use it, and though she always swore there was no trick to it, the machine would only ever work for her. She tried to teach me how to use it, but it simply wouldn’t work unless she was running it. I still don’t know how to work a sewing machine–but I want to learn, preferably on one that will work when I sit down at it! ^_^

  • Kim

    I am so excited to find your website. What a great giveaway!

    I learned to sew on my mom’s sewing machine though I never really had the patience to do too many projects. Now that I have a baby, I have been more motivated to try and sew more plus my inlaws gave me a sewing machine for christmas. I have made some pillows and burp cloths but I am definitely ready to try and tackle some more projects!

  • Beth (Splomo)

    This is an exciting giveaway!!

    My sewing machine story: I learned on my mother’s metal-bodied kenmore (NOT portable) that folded down into a desk. I loved that it operated via a lever you would push with your right leg, and to reverse direction you would press a cylindrical chrome button. It was a tank, and I believe I could thread it with eyes closed if you were to place one before me now. I liked the quiet focus my mom would display as she worked on floral flannel jammies for me or sewed on my brothers’ scout patches.

    I have owned sewing machines since, and withthem, when things go wrong it is (all too) easy to blame the machine. But with mom’s kenmore, if you and the machine disagreed, you knew you were the one who did something wrong. :)

    I am looking forward to the book. :)

  • Rachel

    First time to your blog, and I love it! Excited to find another awesome blog to read and more excited about the chance to win!! Show me that seerrrgeeerrrr! :)

  • Diana Amancio da Silva

    When I was a kid I always sewed my dolls’ clothes by hand with the help of my mother who learned to sew with my grandmother that supported the family by making clothes.
    I never had a sewing machine at home for several years ans always wanted one!
    So when I turned 18 years old I won a sewing machine instead of a car! To explain better I must say that here in Brazil most people wins a car as present when they turn 18 (here you can only drive when you turn 18).
    Now I’m 25 still have the sewing machine and don’t know how to sew right and still don’t own a car and haven’t learn how to drive! ;P

  • Rachel

    Well, my name is Rachel too and I am also new to your blog.
    I knew how to sew as a child, when I sewed with my mom. She had a sewing table in the basement and we made little projects like books and jewelry cases. I remember an antique sewing machine (the kind built into the table, but I don’t think that’s the one we used).
    In college, I found a sewing machine at a thrift store and bought it. I lugged it around with me for quite a while, but never used it. It’s probably because I didn’t even know how to thread it – without Mom there, no sewing got done. But I’m sure she’d be more than happy to help me re-learn.

  • Molly

    I am a avid stitcher and knitter thanks to my mother’s patient instruction as a child. I am currently in the market for a serger (!) and have had dreams of owning one for oh-so-long.

    Congratulations on your new book and thank you for your generosity!

  • FJ Maris

    My Grandmother refused to let me touch her electric Singer, but her old treadle machine was fair game. My mother drug it out of a closet & gave me her scrap fabric pieces & I started trying to sew doll clothes. I had no patterns, just winged it. It was so much fun, picking the perfect piece, trying to make it do what I wanted.

  • Nikki

    Congratulations on the new book—I love that sewing is coming back in a BIG way!
    I bought my first sewing machine when I was about 11—a Singer school model. But I learned on my Mom’s machine by just inching along, turning the wheel by hand because I was afraid to use the pedal!

  • marianne

    My grandmother’s Singer sewing machine now sits in my dining room. I’ve stuffed so many sewing odds and ends into the one drawer in the cabinet that I can’t open it anymore. And, next to the machine, I still have her sewing box, littered with zippers, bobbins, spools of thread, and buttons stored in old plastic pill bottles that bear my grandfather’s name.
    The sewing machine sat in one of the two rooms on the second floor of her tiny house for my whole life. Years ago I took it home with me one Saturday, with her permission, and installed it in my own little apartment. She passed away last March, and the machine isn’t in working order these days. I like to think of her sitting there, working the lever with her knee, the clackity machine going loud as she made curtains, tablecloths, and clothes.

  • http://manhattancraftroom/brettbara sarah

    I grew up learning how to sewing from my Mother,she had an old 50′s Singer sewing machine,so when I was grown I got my own,which is old now.I would love a serger!! I had one many years ago, but it is no longer in use.

  • Lori Monk

    WOW what a fantastic set of prizes. Love the new site!


  • Jared

    I don’t actually have a sewing machine story because I don’t (yet) own a sewing machine that works–I have this one that is massive and also a table (I use it as a table) with a giant iron looking foot rest thingy underneath and the sewing machine hangs upside down as long as you are using it as a table but then POW! there goes the sewing machine if you flip it over and behold you are staring at a sewing behemoth that doesn’t seem to work. But I digress.

    My story that doesn’t (yet) involve a sewing machine is that I make giant fake taxidermy art (because an ex-girlfriend wouldn’t allow real taxidermy in the apartment–her mistake) so I sat down for several months and made a giant moose head with scraps of old fabric, cardboard, etc. I sewed it all by hand because I didn’t have a sewing machine and wouldn’t know how to use it anyways. But man, I bet it would have been SO much easier with a sewing machine. That’s where you come in, Brett, because I am going to embark on making a rhino soon and I think your sewing machine would be really exciting to use for that. I don’t know what a serger is, but I bet it would be handy too because you said it would be, and I trust you. I promise I will use it because I have friends who know how to sew and I bet if I ask really nicely they will teach me how.

  • ALEX

    What a very useful blog you have here! Lots of great ideas!

  • Jan B.

    I tried to hem some jeans when I was young, and broke the needle. I thought I had ruined the entire sewing machine — I didn’t know you could change the needles! I finally let my daughter take the machine for her use (it’s only about 30 years old). I don’t have one at all now!

  • Nancy

    My mom taught me to hand-sew first. I made doll dresses. Then I got to use her White machine, which I still have. I’d LOVE to have an electronic machine and a serger. I also need that automatic buttonhole maker! Thanks for the contest Brett!

  • Tala Burnison

    Well, to be honest, if I won this machine…I would give it to my mom. She has had the same sewing machine since I was born (and has turned out thousands of darling creations on it) and has wished for a serger for so long! Her latest project: making baptismal gowns for babies out of wedding dresses she finds at secondhand stores. I have timidly introduced myself to her machine, and have had enough success to want my own machine – we live 11 hours apart – but if we won, I would inherit her machine, and gladly gift yours to her. :)

  • Shosh

    My sewing machine story: I took two dressmaking classes last year and pretty much drooled over the Berninas that they have their – they are pure digital goodness. Unfortunately, completely out of my budget : ) As I was debating about what to do about getting a machine, my husband was doing some extra, pro-bono work for his boss, and mentioned to him that I was looking for a sewing machine. They had one in their closet that they never used, and now it is in my closet, though used : ).
    Best of luck with the book!

  • Grace O’Donnell

    My mother and grandmother were excellent seamstresses, as well as great at knitting, crochet, embroidery, you name it. I learned on my mom’s Singer and sewed a lot of my clothing when growing up because we were poor. My grandmother eventually gave me her Good Housekeeping (yes, that’s the name) sewing machine that was built into a cabinet. That mechanical war horse enabled me to sew clothing for me and my girls, make quilts for them, as well as mending and alterations. I’ve since gotten an embroidery/sewing machine but I’ve kept that old machine for sentimental reasons. I periodically set it up, run it through its paces, and oil it so that it will last. I would love to win this set!

  • Kristi Degenhardt

    I learned to sew from my mom and grandma when I was a young girl. When I was in college my mom took me to Sears and bought me a Kenmore sewing machine–one of the best and well-used gifts I’ve ever gotten!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this sewing machine and serger! Can’t wait till your book comes in at my local library!

  • Maria Largaespada

    Congratulations on the book! I’m a first time visitor- but will certainly be back! I don’t have a sewing machine but I really want one ;)

    I’m looking forward to reading your book and getting some (hand) sewing done!

  • Adeline

    I’m a new reader at your blog, discovered you through DesignSponge, and all I can say is, how did I not know about your blog sooner?!! Congratulations on your new book, and I will be visiting your blog regularly!

    This is such an amazing giveaway, I’ve always wanted to have my own sewing machine, but I haven’t been able to afford one yet. My sewing story is about my mom. When she was growing up as a child in Vietnam, her family had a limited income and my mom usually had to wear hand-me-downs from her older sister. But when she got to high school, she decided that she wanted a more fashionable wardrobe, so she taught herself how to use her mother’s sewing machine. She would take clippings of outfits from French magazines and try to recreate the look from home. It took a lot of trial and error, and plenty of hard work, but she learned how to sew and made fabulous pieces. whenever I look at old photos of her wearing amazing dresses and skirts, I am simply in awe. My mom also made many dresses for me and my little sister when we were kids. i still hang onto them because they’re made with so much love and care :)

  • Therese

    With seamstresses in my family I use to make pocket change ripping seams for my sister when I was a teen. Back then when it would have made the most sense to learn to sew, I didn’t have the interest, yet the older I get the more enthused I’ve become about working with pattern and material. I have fond memories of my mother’s sewing room, and still have treasured childhood projects made for my dolls. When I moved to my first home, my mother came and spent a weekend to help me make dining room curtains. I’ve ventured into a number of other mainly “straight line” projects since such as Christmas stockings, zipper pouches, and children’s bibs. I find myself increasingly inspired to make something of the gorgeous stockpile of vintage fabric I’ve accumulated over the years, yet I’m still without a sewing machine to call my own. As a book and collage artist, I have so many ideas for transforming paper and pages too with stitch patterns. Getting a machine to call my own would allow me to mastermind some great new projects for my home and my studio. Thank you-thank you for this opportunity to win!

  • Marthalynn

    My sewing machine is a very basic but good model that my grandmother gave me. On a recent trip to visit her, I was talking about how much I want to learn to sew and start making my own clothes and home goods. She got very excited and told me she wanted me to take a sewing machine home with me (she has several). She then told me to go into her fabric closet and pick out my favorites. It was so sweet to see her excitement that I am more determined than ever to become a proficient seamstress.

  • Jen

    My great aunt taught me how to sew. I think partly because she wanted to keep my sister and I occupied while she did things around the house. I first used a machine in jr. high in a home economics class. I could not figure out how to use it having missed a day of class and struggled through the rest of the semester! Needless to say, I’ve wanted to re-learn everything I know about using sewing machines. I’ve been meaning to pick it up since I recently got married, but have been too intimidated. I’m sure if I had a new machine, I’d have no excuse :)

  • Jeanette

    My memories are of the really old sewing machine my grandmother used when I was little. It had NO electricity! I used to watch her move her feet up and down on the treadle and just wonder how it worked! But she sure could sew on that machine. What wonderful awesome memories of her!

  • charlotte

    I remember sewing as a child on my mom’s old machine, I was forever ‘breaking it’. Now that I know a thing or two, I think I was probably just breaking threads, maybe a needle (?) & my mom would tell me it was broken in order to get me away from her machine! I must remember to ask her about that! lol
    When I got engaged 7 yrs ago I registered for a sewing machine that two of my aunts got together & bought for me. It is a Kenmore & it works alright for me, although I would LOVE an upgrade. The last two years I have been learning to quilt so it is getting quite the workout these days! I sometimes venture into bag & clothing (easy skirts for children so far) & often think about how handy having a serger would be. This is an awesome giveaway, too bad there aren’t a truckload to give away :)

  • Stacey

    I have been sewing since I was in junior high but I still love the ideas in your book!! They are fresh and fun and now that I am a Mom of three I could use some quick things to sew up! I think the great bowls are the best and they would make a wonderful gift… Thanks for the great ideas!


    I’m still blinking my eyes … such a great giveaway!
    And just what I need … ;-)
    I’m currently taking sewing lessons, after the summer break I will start year 2. And yes, i learned what a great machine a serger is!
    I now have a second hand old Singer which is doing great but needs a repair now and then, the accessories are few, etc. I would love to get some more out of my sewing machine, i can do it now!
    Please pick me!
    have a great day,

  • Kati

    Please pick me!! :)

  • Debbi

    My mom tried to teach me how to sew. She sewed a lot, as it was less expensive and fun for her. Almost all my school pictures I’m wearing something she made. She even made me a bathing suit once (or tried to), as well as tried to make me a quilt (without sewing the layers together). I took a sewing class in 8th grade and made somewhat of an apron but learned pleats, button holes and hand hemming. I never really tried again as I didn’t feel I was very good. Since I have to wear skirts to work, I decided it would be easier to make them then spend hours in stores trying to find them or hours online. I started in April of this year (2011) and I love it. I could only afford a $90 Simple Singer and have been using that. I would love a better machine, and if I don’t win this, then one day I will get one. I’ve made about 12 skirts so far (I work 5 days a week so I need a few… and want a few more). I’ve also done one zipper bag, working on 2 quilt tops, finished 3 tops for me, and a few other items. I even got a hemming foot. I’m doing what I can with this machine.

  • Charity Carney

    sewing machine memories…my grandma had a beautiful one in one of those awesome wooden cabinets. You flipped up the machine and then flipped down the wooden piece that held it into place. I remember my mom making a ton of awesome halloween costumes on that thing. Which was sort of the only thing she ever really sewed!

    I have sadly never had a lot of success sewing. I seem to always jam the machine or do something wrong, or break the thread. I would love to get good at sewing because i think i have an eye for patterns and fabric. I just can’t seem to figure out the complicated stuff that makes clothing really unique and stylish. Done basic things like put together a dog bed (with a zipper, no less, i was so impressed with myself on that one!) and whenever i move into a new place i usually end up making curtains because i can find much nicer fabric than the crappy curtains you can find at walmart. :)

  • donner

    My whole family sews…my Dad has one of those antique treddle Singer machines that he uses…quite impressively…my Mom has (had) a Singer from Sears that she sewed all my childhood clothes on (the machine now resides upstairs in my house, after she was gifted a fancy Pfaff machine that scares the bejebus outta her). I learned to sew in Home-Ec (7th grade) and took a class at a local community college (also while in 7th grade). In college, i ‘borrowed’ the dorm sewing machine and made loads of my own clothes. The machine was available to anyone who needed it – but no one else knew how to sew. (so sad). One Christmas my mom and i both received sergers, which was quite a surprise…and mine has seen lots of miles on it…and finally my husband bought me a Bernina for my birthday 10 years ago, which I am still using and will probably have to leave to someone in my will. Those machines never die…and it’s smart enough to drive my car, I’m pretty sure…

  • Kristen S

    My Mother has my grandmothers singer from the 50′s that I grew up with. From my first Halloween costume, to my prom dress, that singer wurled and stitched away. It was temperamental, you had to hand rollover the engine every time you pressed the petal, but it always created such beautiful items with my Mom’s guidance. Some of my fondest childhood memories are me sitting on a step stool watching my mom create a masterpiece. :)

  • Lori in northern Indiana

    I have always had old junky sewing machines. I had one that I think I paid $5 for at a rummage sale, and I decided to go to work for a lady sewing dolls. Ack. After a few months, the gripper wasn’t even holding the fabric any more, and I had to quit the job.

  • Kristy

    my grandmother left me her old singer mounted in a rickety table. i had it for years and moved it from house to house but this year i finally decided to drag it out and try to use it. it’s heavy. the detachable part that makes the sewing surface the same width as the rest of the machine is missing. and i love it. i took a class and lugged it to the workroom each week to learn the basics. my dad made me a new part out of finely sanded wood. and now i can regularly be found spending friday nights with netflix and my sewing machine, making some pretty cool (if i do say so myself) pillow to sell around town.

  • Kate

    My sewing machine was a 16th birthday present from my sister. I wanted a drill but looking back I was able to make so much more than I would have been able to with a drill. I’ve graduated to industrial machines at work but I still have my little Sears sewing machine at home that I pull out all the time.

  • Amanda W.

    My mom had an old sewing machine that was integrated into a sewing table. Do you remember those? I think she has a newer one now, but it doesn’t get much use these days. She used to make all of her own clothes in high school and college. I wish I had more knowledge and skill so that I could do just that.

  • Jen S

    What a wonderful idea to (finally) put a sewing machine and a serger together!
    I grew up using a Singer machine. My mom taught me on an old metal version which is attached to it’s own wooden table. You know the kind that flips down and under itself to stow away? It’s such an antique now and I am sure it’s in need of a tune up. Though my mom and I have advanced onto other machines she still has the old table version as a wonderful conversation piece of history in her living room.

  • Peggy

    So excited to find your website. I’ve been sewing since I was about 8 years old and am now in my mid 50′s. I love it and started teaching girls to sew in my home a couple of years ago. I’ve started making aprons also and selling them. It is the greatest thing and now I have a granddaughter on the way… so I’ll be sewing lots for her. I’m looking forward to what I can glean from your website.

  • Peggy

    Oh and please enter me in your drawing for the machine and serger. Would LOVE to win! Thanks!

  • Katrina King

    I bought my first sewing machine off of E-bay. I have done a few projects (mostly blankets). I would love these machines to expand the project I can do and be able to sew and create clothes and stuff for my girls. They love it when I make things for them.

  • lauren michele

    i am currently the proud owner of two sewing machines… that don’t work. one is my grandmothers and one belonged to my husband’s grandmother. they’re both beautiful and built-in to exquisite wood tables, but just don’t quite work no matter how much repair i put into them. i’ve pulled off a few small projects on them, but looking to get a new machine that i can learn and pass on (in good working order) – i am about to become an aunt and would love to be able to spoil the little one rotten with homemade goodies!

  • Allison

    I am using a simple Brother sewing machine that my mom bought for me my first Christmas living away from home. It’s been a good machine and I’d eventually love to get a serger and have the things I make look more finished.

  • Betsy

    Oh – this is such a wonderful giveaway. I first learned to sew on an old Singer treadle machine that was my grandmother’s. She had received it as a present when she was 13, and sewed on it with me for many years. I still have the machine in my garage – can’t bear to part with it, although we both moved on to electric machines many years before her death in 2000. I’m using my daughter’s machine right now – my old portable electric lasted a long time, but has gotten very cranky! My mother recently passed on her old serger to me when she got a new one a few years ago. I just can’t get the hang of threading it – and would love a new one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Melinda

    I tell everyone who is interested in sewing to get a new machine with a manual. Every time I use my machine after a long hiatus I can look at my manual and make no mistakes. I thank the sewing gods for it. Old machines are nice and pretty but I like knowing that I’m threading and caring for my machine correctly.

  • Jody

    I am an avid knitter, but I have recently become evaluate with fabric. I am very excited to learn some sewing techniques and adore your blog. I haven’t been able to afford a good machine yet (two kids in day care…). This giveaway is amazing!

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  • Dorothea

    I taught myself to sew over 30 years ago – which is also when I purchased my one and only sewing machine, so I’m definitely due for an upgrade! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  • Katie

    I inherited my late mother-in-law’s machine and serger…however, when I finally got them out of storage, I found that the machine is missing all its presser feet and the serger is missing its power cord! So little by little I am buying replacement parts as I can afford them.

  • Amanda

    Oh my gosh! Great giveaway! I learned to sew in a home-ec class in high school and enjoyed it, didn’t sew for years until I came across an old machine at a thrift store and decided to try again. Unfortunately that machine never worked quite right but luckily my boyfriend’s mom was nice enough to give me her mother’s machine to get me started again!

  • hazelruth1

    Bravery was never an issue for me 35 years ago. No one told me I didn’t know how to sew. So, as a young bride, I bought a Singer. And I started to sew. I sewed matching nightgowns for my two sisters and mom for Christmas. One sister said she has a pin stuck in her neck in the middle of the night and knew where it came from. But they liked them.
    Then I decided that I wanted a master bedroom that all matched. I had never had one in my life and thought this was as good a time as any. So I went out and bought 80 EIGHTY yards of pretty yellow and green flowered 54 inch fabric. The fabric lady was stunned when I asked for that much. It was 1.88 a yard so it wasn’t horribly expensive but still a shot in our wallet then so I knew I had to use every yard. I knew I could sew a semi straight line so how hard could this be? There were alot of mistakes and reworking done but I actually ended up with full length lined drapes for a corner window and two other windows. I had the guts to make a huge comforter with cotton batting and everything! I thought it was so pretty! I figured out how to make pillow shams so I made two big pillow shams. I then decided to make the dust ruffle – I had fabric left so I felt obligated. There were several yards left – less than 10 and I decided to hang onto that in case we moved and I would need to make curtains for new windows.
    I can’t believe I did all that and invested so much into a horribly matching set for the bedroom! For heaven’s sake – everything matched!! It was crazy.
    I made lots of things in those early years because my machine was great – and I could sew a straighter and straighter line. I kept that machine for 33 years. Several years ago it broke and I was foolish and gave it to my mother in law. I don’t know what she did with it but I couldn’t just ask for it back. So I went out and bought another sewing machine. That machine really did have something wrong with it because I could never figure out how to work it and so I bought another one a few years later. It’s still in the box since Christmas.
    I’m scared to death to pull that machine out and try again! I want to make things so bad but I am scared I won’t be able to work this one either.
    I have collected fabric over the years – hoping to sew again. I can imagine how crazy that sounds to have fabric older than your grown up kids waiting to be sewn into something lovely. I didn’t do the 80 yards again. But in the back of my mind I have hope that I’ll find another machine and be able to sew that one straight line – on a durable, long lasting machine that I gave away.
    Can you help? Thanks!

  • Solviej

    My Mum bought me my first sewing machine when I was about 10 years old. It wasn’t electic, but a hand cranked varity. She bought it used for about 10 GBpounds. For all I know it could have been an antique. I loved it! I used to make all sorts of things for my toys and even a baby quilt. I think she got rid of my machine after I moved out to the States, but I find myself wishing I still had it. It would make a great conversation piece. I’ve become a bit more of a knitter in recent years, but I really want to get back into sewing again. I also think a serger would be a wonderful addition to a sewing machine. What beautifully finnished clothes it would produce!

  • Vanessa

    My grandma gave my mom an old Singer. That was the first machine I sewed on. My mom eventually got a new machine that she never used. When I moved out I “borrowed” it and have never given it back. I get a lot more use out of it than my mom would! Of course, if I win I could give the machine back.

  • Mia

    Wow! Great giveaway. I happened upon your tutorials on and have recently decided to get back into sewing again. This fall I will be signing up for beginners sewing class (it has been a long time!) in my neighbourhood for some basic sewing 101 lessons.

  • Rosie

    The timing of this giveaway is perfect! My grandmother knit, crocheted and sewed. She passed away before I got a solid (or any) grasp of any of these crafts, but I’ve since taught myself to knit. It’s my way of keeping my grandmother close to me, and I really enjoy it. I decided to learn to sew this summer and pulled out Nona’s old sewing machine to get tuned up. It was the same one that made my first communion dress, the “almost princess” dresses that she kept us in steady supply of and ball gowns for the barbies. Unfortunately, the guy at the sewing machine shop told me today that a gear is cracked inside and can’t be fixed. I’m a college kid who doesn’t have the money to spend right now on a sewing machine, but I would love to get my hands on one! Thanks!

  • Brigitte Hanson

    Came across your video on Design Sponge. I’m ready to sew fabric bowls for everyone. I have been sewing for years. In high school I sewed all my own clothes and would splurge on Vogue patterns. Back then I had my mothers amazing old Singer machine. It was so fast and could sew through denim and leather, a must in the 70′s. I was just at my mom’s and she wanted us to go through her belongings naming what we wanted. The only thing I begged for was that old Singer.

  • jessicac

    My mom had a machine that was trusty, but not pretty. Then it broke. She also has an ancient nonworking beautiful one, that is a plant stand. I took a class in high school, and churned out an ugly skirt, and pants that didn’t fit. Now I have a teal Hello Kitty machine… its so basic, but makes me happy!

  • Betsy

    Congratulations on the book, Bret! That is incredibly exciting. BTW love your tips and projects for sewing on D*S, and I’d love to have the complete DVD set of you on the knitting show. You are their best asset!

    I first sewed with my mom on her 60′s super heavy blue Singer that lived at the other end of the house, of course! Mom and my 8th grade home ec teacher taught me what I know. I sewed a circle skirt from a Simplicity pattern. I was too chicken to wear it to school, though. (peer pressure 8(). Then when I got married, I inherited my MIL’s (broken) brown Singer machine. When I started quilting in about 1990, I got the least expensive good machine I could find-a Singer! I’ve never sewn on a serger before or seen one in operation up close. I would use it EVERY DAY when I sew!! Soooooo exciting that I could win one. (oh please, oh please, oh please gods of the random number generator-please pick meeeeee.)

    Thanks so much,

  • Teresa

    I would love to have these sewing machines – I could sew a straight line (lol) and then some!!!
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  • Jeanna Sewell

    My grandmother would always make us new pj’s every Christmas. So, I signed up for a sewing class which starts in a few weeks. My instructor and I decided that pj’s would be my first project. I am very excited to carry on the tradition that my grandmother started. I can’t wait to make pj’s for Christmas.



  • Fania

    I’m super excited about this giveaway! I’m always borrowing/stealing my mother’s sewing machine so this would be pretty great for both of us.

  • Sandy

    I don’t sew very well, but I lust after sewing machines!

  • Angie

    Congratulations on your new blog! I’ve been a fan of the old ‘craft room’ for ages now (even linking to it from my own blog). Now, I’ll have to go update my link! Your new ‘diggs’ look great, by the way! So excited about your giveaway! I could really use a new machine! How generous of you and your sponsor! Thanks for the opportunity to enter and for the continued great ideas/inspiration.

    • Angie

      oops…nearly forgot to share my craft story…my earliest crafting memories began as far back as I can remember with a grandmother who made paper roses with us, would make us clothes that she (as a very talented seamstress) would make for us…painting…cooking…a very hands-on granny! I miss her every day. She (and now my Mother) suffered Alzheimer’s disease. I am so lucky to have known her when she could still share her talents with me. Today, crafting is my escape from the non-stop thought and care for my own Mother (now in a nursing home). Sometimes crafting is a catharsis that helps us through the roughest of times with joy and creation.

  • Aimee

    My mom gave me a sewing machine when I graduated from my high school graduation. Maybe some kids got cars or cash, but my gift was infinitely better. It’s still the machine I use today.

  • Denise

    My mom taught me to sew on the machine her mom bought her when she was taught to sew. Mom made her own suits for work, which is great – she always looked unique. When I moved out of home mom bought me my own machine. At first I was very sloppy – to excited to plan and learn properly. But I’ve now got on with proper preparation and am working my way up to making my own suits too!

  • kelli

    My great grandmother had a beautiful old treadle sewing machine with a wonderful old table. She kept it under the stairs in the hallway. It was beautiful!

    I now use a more modern machine, but I think about how beautiful that machine was (and is).

  • Juliette

    My husband bought me a little cheapy machine for my birthday 2yrs ago. We weren’t sure if I was really going to ‘take’ to it, but I totally have! I’ve made tons of presents for my nieces, friends & family, and tons of home decor stuff. I would love to upgrade to a more sophisticated machine and a serger would just put e over the moon. I’ve had one on my wishlist ever since trying to sew with jersey on my sewing machine; it works…but not really.

  • Mary

    I can’t even imagine how it would be to have these wonderful tools at my disposal! I learned to sew in high school home ec class back in the late 70′s. I made a brown pillow with a ruffled edge. (yuck). Then in the 80′s, as a young mother I got the itch to sew halloween costumes for my wee ones. So I went to Sears and bought a Kenmore 12 stitch machine. And made my kids look like little tigers and bunnies. The machine still works perfectly and has been a good basic machine, helping me with my crafts. Someday I will pass it down to my daughter.

  • Julie

    My grandmother had one of these beautiful old readle sewing machines. Everytime when I visited I was admiring it and imagined the clothes she’d been sewing with this machine for her family of 14… I don’t even know if it still exists.

  • Katie

    I have never really used a sewing machine,a but my grandma had one and I can remember when we tried to sew barbie clothes by hand she would whip them up for us on her machine. I would love to learn!

  • Danielle

    My father brought a few sewing machines home one day. They were payment for fixing one of my friend’s aunt’s (not really sure who any more?) computer. There were 2 or 3 sewing machines, and I don’t think that half of them worked or worked well. There was one though, in an split pea green travel case. An older singer, with a slight yellow tinge. The thought of sewing with a machine was totally fascinating to me, before this I sewed everything by hand (mostly ballet slippers and patches). I was about 14 and a freshman in high school. I claimed this machine early on, even to my father’s insistence this was his machine and I was only “borrowing” it. I still have my Singer Touch Tronic, and its still running. My father has stopped asking for the machine back, but still makes sure I have it every time he visits.

  • June

    Wow. What an amazing giveaway! My sewing journey started when I was very little – but my mom gave away her beloved old Singer when I was in college. So I bought a cheap machine just after school and have been working with it ever since! Recently I upgraded to a Bernina and am still learning how to use it.

  • Natalie Jordan

    ‘Santa’ gave me my very own sewing machine when I was eight years old. A tomboy, I promptly told my mom that Santa accidentally put my name on that gift and it was really meant for her. Needless to say, my parents convinced me that it was really left for me. I slowly taught myself how to use it, as much as could be self taught at 8 years old, sewing items like beanbags. Now, I LOVE to sew novice items for my daughter…and I’m still using that sewing machine. It’s been through countless military moves and jams in the bobbin area are just a part of sewing for me! How exciting it would be to have a new machine!! Maybe it would even inspire me to finally take a class I keep I keep talking about!!

  • Woolyknitsnbits

    I started to sew when I was about 12 yrs old. I started with Barbie clothes then rapidly progressed to sewing for myself. I am tall and this was the only way, back then, to get clothes that were long enough for me!
    I’ve sewn everything from my wedding dress to home decor and most of my children clothes when they were little.
    I still love to sew, but I don’t sew for myself as much anymore.
    Thanks so much for such an exciting giveaway!

  • Pam

    My mom taught me how to sew when I was 6 or 7. I remember the first thing I made really clearly… It was a pink checked flannel shirt, and I was more proud of that thing than pretty much anything else in my life (hey, it was the early 90′s)! I did it all on her old portable Singer, and continued to use and love that machine until I went to college. My mom got me a cheap machine for college, which I have been using since. I would LOVE a new machine, as not only do I use it for work, but I am starting to take up quilting and don’t know if my (well loved but well used) machine will quite be up to it!

  • Priscilla

    I have been sewing since I was quite a little girl. I remember watching my older sister sew on my mother’s black Singer machine. It only sews straight and in one direction. I don’t really remember learning to sew, it was just something that we all did at home. I have three girls of my own now and they all sew. I have always wanted a serger and a new sewing machine would be awesome. The sewing machine I have is getting quite a workout this summer with my two younger daughters. This is a wonderful giveaway.

  • Jeanp

    My grandmother, Baba Katarina, sewed on a old Singer treadle sewing machine. I watched her sew quilts on it. She taught me how to use it when I was quite young so I could make doll clothes. I went on to use electric machines in school and later my mother bought me a full featured machine that could do fancy stitches and all. But I always loved that original treadle machine and kept it all these years. It now resides with my daughter in a place of honor. And it still sews.

  • michele

    Oh my GOODNESS! I would LOVE to win a new sewing machine and serger! As a young girl, I used to sew small projects and skirts on my mom’s machine. I can remember going to the fabric store with her and listening to the employee cutting the fabric with those big sharp scissors. I loved the sound of it. When I married mom bought me my first little machine. I used it to sew curtains, skirts, projects, etc. Then it broke. Had it repaired. It broke again. No repair. Sad, I know. So years have gone by and I have this “ITCH” to sew again! This would be a wonderful way to start again. Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

  • Melissa

    My first project was an apron, courtesy of my Girl Scout troop. It was made of yellow-and-white gingham, and had a pocket on the bib that we cross-stitched a red heart onto, using the gingham itself as a grid. A few of the moms brought in their machines, and we all learned how to thread and run one. Ironically, looking back, the material we used for that apron was so thin that it wouldn’t have been very functional in the kitchen!

  • Kristin

    I got my machine, a Singer Touch Tronic 2001 Memory Machine, about seven years ago. I was driving down the street with my mom and it was just sitting at the end of someone’s driveway on a sewing table, with a chair, looking like it was ready for someone to sit down and sew on it. I made my mom turn around and we went back and stopped. There was no sign asking for money but I went up to the door and checked that it was just free for the taking. The woman told me that it used to be her daughter’s but she no longer wanted it so I was more than welcome to it. Luckily we were in my mom’s SUV so we could load up everything including the furniture. The only thing missing was the power cord / foot pedal, which I was able to find at a local SewVac. There I found out that my machine was from 1978 and it was the first computer-controlled sewing machine. I found a copy of the manual online and I’ve just recently found all the original accessories for it online, including a bunch of special feet. Right after I found the feet, my machine broke. I paid to get it fixed, which took a while due to lack of parts, but it is missing a few functions now. I still love my old machine but a new one wouldn’t hurt either!

  • Pam

    I started as a wee lad on my grandmother’s treadle, just playing around. In grade school, my mother insisted that my sisters and I learn how to sew. Then for a high school graduation gift, we all got a portable Singer sewing machine, (except for one sister who broke the tradition and insisted on a camera). I have a very old, used Singer now, but use my daughter’s when I need to (she has a fancy-pants electronic machine).

  • april

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway.

    My mom has had the same (ancient) sewing machine my whole life. When I was in college, she bought me my own sewing machine, but I’m still generally too scared of it to use it much. I took a “make friends with your sewing machine” class at a local fabric shop a year or two ago, which was lovely, but yep–I’m still a bit too scared to get the machine out and use it regularly. I always get flustered when something goes slightly wrong. I dream of having a sewing mentor to look over my shoulder and help me out until I figure the whole thing out!

  • Kate/Massachusetts

    My mom had a Singer electric that I learned on but my Aunt lived next door and she had an ancient Singer treadle sewing machine. My cousin would let me try to sew on the treadle now and them but I guess I am one of “those” who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. I never got the hang of treadling and moving the fabric along! Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway and congratulations on your new book!

  • Wendelene

    Right now I’m learning to sew on a 60′s Slant-o-matic Singer. I love this thing! It was given to me by a co-worker who had it laying around his house for years. He was going to just toss it and remembered that I did “crafty stuff” (I’m mostly a knitter) so he asked me if I wanted it. So, now I’m learning to sew.

  • Michelle

    Both my Mom and Grandmother were avid sewers when I was a child. It wasn’t until I got marries and got a new sewing machine as a wedding present did I start to make clothes and use the machine. Now I use it mainly for quilting. It’s how I keep my sanity.

  • Molly

    Growing up my Mom always had a Singer machine and although it wasn’t “fancy” it was a good old workhorse. She gave it to me when she got a new one and it was as heavy as a horse! It had a beautiful turquoise plate on the front and I wish I had it still.

  • Jessica

    My sewing machine was a Christmas gift from my dad a few years ago when I decided I wanted to start sewing again. I loved sewing with my grandma and my mother in-law sparked my interest again. Now I sew dresses for my girls. I love it!

  • Cindy/Illinois

    I have used Singers all my life! My sewing machine and serger are both about to go ~ the serger is about 15 years old and the sewing machine is about 10. I use them both everyday. I would love to win!!!!

  • Staci McGirr

    I started sewing way back when I would watch my grandmother who seemed like magic, making quilts and gowns curtains you name it she could make it. And she didnt always need a pattern. I always wanted to be a designer but never made it to college, as I just didnt have the money, got married young and decided being a Mom to my children was more important. So now I make may daughter clothes and make there beddings everytime they change their style… Do small alterations and some major ones for people. I would love to have a new machine to do what I enjoy but cant afford it

  • Melody♪♫

    OH.WOW. I would truly ♥ to sew with a Singer machine. Grandma had one years ago. And I’ve never seen a Singer serger in action – would heart that, too!

    Love your blog! Thanks for giving me a chance to win this combo. Good luck on your book tour.

  • Renee Honeycutt

    looking forward to reading your blog and hope to learn from it- would love to win the contest i could use a new machine and serger!!

  • Laura Carranza

    I havent sewn in years but would like to get back into it. I have a small dog that is begging to have some outfits made!

  • Beverly

    My sewing experience takes me back over 50 years. My grandmother use to make my mothers dresses by hand until she was able to afford a Singer machine, very basic of course. My mother bought a Singer when I was very small and made a lot of my clothes plus taught 4-H. I bought myself a basic Singer machine with my first bonus check at work. I now teach my grand daughters how to sew and one grand daughter is now selling her creations at art fairs. Singer machines are the best in my book. I haul my machine to Florida every winter so I can continue to be creative.

  • Cynthia

    Creating things…that’s what it’s all about. Do it yourself and teach others to do the same. We’d be a happier world if we all used our creative talents for good. It’s sew interesting how many yearn to learn to sew now. Fabulous!

    Singer was the machines in our Home Economics classes. I’ll never forget those valuable lessons from long, long ago. Thanks Singer!

  • Elsa

    My mom and I have been searching daily for a serger on Craigslist for months now, only to have them all snatched up before we get them. We’d love to win this set!

  • Amanda

    Oh how I’d love to have a serger!

  • Kathy

    My mom taught me some of the basics of sewing when I was a little girl. I’ve made some clothes, home decor projects, and quilts. My first sewing machine was a Singer!

  • Michelle Baker

    I have a Singer 377. Its really old and heavy, but i love her, she only does basic stitches though, and i have been thinking of upgrading to a new machine, but i feel really guilty, like i would be cheating on my first sewing machine.
    I bought her 2nd hand, and she was all battered and scratched, but i cleaned her up, and put some pretty pictures on her, and made a lovely cover from thrifted material! (see pic here)

    I started self taught myself to sew a couple of years ago, and found the wonderful sewing community through blogs, at the moment im completing a Garment Construction course that i am loving every minute of.

    My Santa wishlist would be a new machine and also, a serger is on my unrealistic wishlist as the price is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy beyond my purse :)

    But will keep my fingers crossed for a glimmer of hope with your fantastic giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Dreams may come true!

  • Cassandra

    I grew up on Singer machines because it’s all my mother has ever owned. So naturally I too have followed in her footsteps. I love sewing and would do it everyday if I could. Some people have “retail therapy,” well mine is “sewing therapy.” Just to come home and settle down at the sewing machine and run a few stitches along fabric makes all my woes disappear. I have not a care in the world when I’m in my sewing zone.

  • daphna gentry

    The sewing machine I remember was one that done straight stitch only. I couldnt do any thing else on it. It was a singer.

  • Jennifer Kellam

    My friend taught me to sew when my son was born. I wanted cute baby clothes for him, and I have loved sewing since then. Little did I know that when my bouncing bundle of joy turned 9, he would start begging me for a machine of his own. He designs his own quilts, and sews them up for family members. The truly tragic part….he has more accurate seams and straighter lines than I do! I would love to have this machine to give to him, so I can get MY machine back from his clutches! He has been asking to try his hand at serger quilts, but I have managed to avoid letting him get at mine up to this point.

  • Pam Bush

    I have too many stories to tell. I learned on my mom’s Kenmore cabinet sewing machine when I was about 10, I think. My mom didn’t sew, so I have no idea why she had the machine. I didn’t sew much as a kid after I took lessons, but after college I got heavily into costuming and medieval reenactment. I love being able to tell folks that I made something or have them say how wonderful my hubby looks. :)

  • Terri

    My granny raised six of us grandchildren, along with her “change of life” baby, my uncle. He was her 7th child she raised. Granny raised all seven of us without running water, and had four of us in diapers. That was the late 50′s, so these were cloth diapers. She and pa-paw had a big farm and garden. I don’t know where the tiny woman got all her energy or how hard she had to push herself, but she got up before sunup every day. We had a big breakfast and big dinner every day. Of course we all helped on the farm. Granny could do anything whether it was milking cows or hunting. That was a great environment us. She would make time to get some sewing done on her very old Singer treadle sewing machine either early in the morning or late in the evening nearly every day. I loved to hear that hum as she sewed. Every time I see one of those I feel tears well up, as they are now as I type this. I was the only grandchild interested in sewing or quilting. I “got” to sit on the floor by Granny and thread the machine for her since she had trouble seeing the needle eye.

  • Debby

    I am imagining all of the lovely things that I could make with those wonderful new Singe machines. I need to go through my patterns and my stash :-)

  • TheTadey (Lisa Baldwin)

    After a terrible attempt to sew in Home Ec class my grandma taught me how to sew but it ended up being years before I really got to try again. I had an old family Remington when I got married but when the wire rotted away my hubby went out bought me a new machine. My skills are slowly improving thanks to great friends, great library books and great you tube videos! I can’t wait to pass these skills down to my girls! (and boy!)

  • Margaret Bozeman

    Hi, I started sewing back when I was 10 years old, which is about 59 years ago, on a treadle sewing machine of my mothers and I haven’t stopped since. My mother and I use to go to town on Saturday to get the chicken feed, so that we could pick out the sacks that had the designs on it that we wanted clothes made out of. Yes, that is what my first clothes I remember making were made out of, chicken feed sacks. Oh my, they had flowers, patterns you wouldn’t believe. But alas, all those clothes made out of those sacks had to be starched and ironed, no permament press, etc. like we have today. Over the years I have made my prom dresses, my daughters prom dresses, wedding dresses, bridesmade dresses, my grandaugher’s wedding dress, clothes for all 5 kids and just about everything. Now I am into making rag quilts, rag purses, rag totes and complete nursery sets. A new machine and serger would fit right into what I do.

  • Emily W

    My mom taught me to sew when I was a kid. One time she told me to watch my fingers because she knew someone who sew through her finger. I remember that every time I sew. Now I try to teach others to sew and other crafts at my weekly craft night with some great friends. I’d love a new machine so I can teach others to sew too!

  • BrevCalifornia

    I have been sewing since the age of 7, and have the scar to prove it! When I was 7 years old, my grandma was out for a visit. I was hand embroidering while talking to my grandma. I got distracted and forgot where I put my needle. (I was sitting on the carpet in my living room.) I leaned back and put my hand on the carpet, and found that needle! It went into the palm of my hand and broke off! Ouch!!! The eye of the needle was inside my hand, but no one knew. About one month later, it started working it’s way out the back side of my hand. My Dad took me to the doctor, and it was removed (the needle was completely black). My Mom punished me by taking my sewing kit away for a year. It was cruel and unusual punishment! Lol! I still have the scar, 50 + years later…

  • Wendy

    When my mom was dying, one of the things she kept insisting that I do was to take her sewing machine back home with me. It is green Singer from the late 60s-early 70s, bought new in my childhood or perhaps received as a wedding gift, totally unfancy by today’s standards but a complete workhorse (and with its own lid/carrying case!). She made so many clothes for herself and me on that machine (I have a couple of her patterns and the dresses she made from them) that I can only imagine how many hours of use it has seen. I’m ashamed to admit that I need to put it in the shop for a tune-up.

  • Suzanne Henderson

    My sewing story?
    It was a dark and stormy night. I was six or seven. My Mom was at her sewing machine and I was up in bed supposedly sleeping. She was secretly making a new wardrobe for my Barbie as a Christmas present for me. I crept out of my room and peeked over the banister to see her sitting in the dark but for the light of her light blue-coloured Singer. She was a teacher who worked hard and took courses at night to improve her salary to support us. She grew and canned all of our vegetables. She threw fancy dinner parties. She did everything for my brother and me. She made yogurt in her spare time. I can so clearly recall at that young age wondering how on earth she had the energy to stay up late making miniature outfits for a plastic doll but most of all I wanted to learn to sew just like her.
    I learned to sew by hand in Brownies. I learned to sew on a machine in junior high home economics. In high school I even made a few outfits – patternless and ill-fitting but what did I care? I was sewing. What I never learned was to make the time for sewing like my Mom did. Now I’m a teacher and I come home tired like she did but I do not sit up in the night to “indulge” my desire to sew. My mom even gave me the blue Singer once but I gave it back when she saw it covered in dust and dirty laundry during a visit…I could see that she hated to see it sitting unused.
    Then, a couple of weeks ago, my friend’s four-year-old shared her Barbies with me. Her Mom had found some Barbie clothes at a garage sale. They were obviously made from the same pattern as the tiny disco-inspired clothes my mother had made. Another mother who MADE time to sew for her children had stitched them with care.
    Today I am going to find my Barbie and sew her something fabulous even if the laundry and the dishes stay dirty…

  • jennifer obrien

    I started sewing when I was about 13yrs old. My mom has an old Singer from the 70′s that I taught myself the sewing basics. The more I sewed, the better I got :) I made my 1st purse out of my husbands acu Army uniform with that machine, and I just treasure that purse because its a little piece of him I can carry with me everyday. It means alot since he is half way around the world! I would love to win these machines! Im in serious need for an upgrade :) Thanks for the opportunity to win and congrats on your new book!


  • Sarah H.

    I learned to sew when I was in elementary school. My mom sewed when she was younger, even winning the Make it Wool contest in high school! When I was in high school, she bought me my own machine, a brown Singer, just like hers. I didn’t sew for a few years, but I started back up when I got married. My mother-in-law was a seamstress and that is how she provided for her and my husband. She recently gave me her 1930s black Singer that she did all of her sewing on.

    I know sew quite a bit for my son and also for the house.

    This is an awesome givaway!

  • Cathie Reese

    I have been sewing since I was a little girl. I now have two Etsy stores where I sell my wares. They are costumefaire and puttingonthedog. I was blessed with a wonderful old 50′s Singer that I found at a swap meet in Colorado for $20. It paid the bills when I moved back to Texas for a job that did not work out. I started making costumes for a lady who had a Ren faire booth. I recently gave that machine to a friend and I have a “school machine” Singer which I love. A serger and a machine with all of the bells and whistles would be loved at my house. They would be used every day to produce things “Made in America” with pride.

  • Yohandy

    What an awesome giveaway! Thank you!
    I first learned to use a machine when I was a little girl. My mother let me use her industrial machine to sew a dress for my barbie doll. It was so intimidating, trying to sew a little dress on such a big machine. She still has the machine. And it still intimidates me. LOL.

  • Jessica McMahon

    My grandmother used to work in a sewing factory in San Antonio TX many many years ago. She had one of those Black Iron sewing machines that come built in table. I remember she would sew these beautiful dresses and make curtains… I think that’s why I change out my curtains every season lol. I remember siting at the machine but I couldn’t reach the Iron peddle to sew so I would pretend lol. I told myself one day I would learn to sew something . She was never able teach me =(.

  • Suzanne Connors

    My mother bought a Singer 501 back in 1959 to sew a clown costume for my brother. This is the machine that I learned how to sew on. Girls used to be required to take home economics- I remember learning how to cut out a pattern and the many hours of taking seams in and out to make my first shift dress. Over the years I used this machine to do alterations, make wedding gowns and costumes for my children and grandchildren. Also even helping a friend repair the sails for his sailboat. I considered this machine to be one of my most valuable possessions.
    I thought I needed an upgrade- purchased a lightweight portable when my job took me overseas. The new machine just never quite made it and I always found myself going back to the old standard.
    I am a fiber artist, I create one of a kind art-to wear items. I dye the fabric (usually silk) and then construct clothing.
    My 501 is now 52- I think maybe she is in menopause. She is tempermental and I never know how she might sew from day to day. My mechanic tells me that she is over the hill and I need to break down a buy a new machine. I do not have a serger- I know that this would be a valuable asset to my studio. Maybe it is time for an upgrade and then I will be able to soar as a designer. but the 501 will always have a place in the studio- they just don’t make them like that anymore (all steel)

  • Patricia Hughes

    I can”t wait to see your new book, congratulations on that. I learned to sew on my grandmothers treadle machine over 50 years ago and I still have the machine. I don’t use it anymore but it will always be precious to me. I purchased a Singer Genie machine in 1974 and I used that machine to sew most of my and my youngest daughters clothes. It actually died on me 2 years ago and I cried.. It was a part of so many memories and I felt like I had lost one of my best friends. I would love to win this new Singer combo and look forward to seeing more projects from you and the crafty quilting members..

  • Odry

    My future story: I will win this prize, through my old cheap broken sewing machine out and my new crafts will be of a much higher quality. This will help me expand my starting business (sewing exclusive clothes for a new local shop in my country (Lithuania)) because now I can not complete my ideas just because of a bad equipment….

  • Alison J

    Of all the contests I have ever entered….this is the one to win!!

  • Heather

    My grandma was a sewer who made clothing for her family and crocheted gifts for friends. I’ve always thought it’d be a great skill to have for repairing items, passing on to the next generation, and maybe saving some money–but never really learned anything more than hand sewing buttons even though I had some exposure to machine sewing. So about three years ago, I began teaching myself by making a dress for my daughter. I bought a $68 sewing machine from Target (not wanting to invest a lot of money in something I may or may not like) and began the adventure. Dress making has become sort of an Easter tradition for us and my daughter has also been learning. It’s been neat to learn together! Now that machine is sounding a little stressed and who wouldn’t want a Singer!! Thanks for the opportunity and congrats on the book!

  • Angela McCabe

    Hi Brett,

    Just happened upon your post on Facebook, I sure could use a new machine! I had learned sewing both from my mother-by hand, and at school home econ. class -machine. When my two girls were small I made all of their holiday dresses and Halloween costumes,either by hand or with my machine that my Aunt had given me when my husband divorced me, I no longer had time to do all that, and got out of the loop. Now that my girls are grown and out of the house, I want to get back into the sewing groove, especially if grandkids are soon to be ….but I can’t seem to get my old machine to work. Have been pricing machines but can’t quite afford one yet, it would be awesome to win a Singer, though! Thanks for the opportunity, have a nice day :)


  • Paula Pardue

    I started sewing when I was in the 4th grade. I joined 4H and one of the areas was sewing. My babysitter taught me to sew on her machine. I made a shift with buttons down the back. I continued to sew using the machine of a friend for several years. My mom and day bought me a Singer 626 when I was in the eighth grade. I was taking home economics at the time, and the rest is history. I still have that machine plus a 6233 and a ce-250. I would really like to explore serging. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • jennifer elliott

    I want this so much…come on random number generator! come to mama
    either way I am so happy I found this blog…it has inspired me to go back to sewing and to get over my fear.

  • Candee J.

    Here’s my story…
    I always wanted to learn to sew, but never did. I was too busy being Daddy’s tomboy. Then I got a little machine to learn to sew backs on the pillows I cross-stitched. But I never learned how to use it. I was too busy cross-stitching so my parents bought it from me and gave it to my baby sister. Then a lot (really – decades) of time passed and I had a baby. And I still didn’t learn to sew.

    And then both of my grandma’s died.

    My mom got her mother’s machine and (being the incredible seamstress that she is) her mother-in-law’s as well. For mother’s day, we got my mom a new machine with bells and whistles. She asked me if I wanted Gram A’s machine in Grams O’s case. I said yes.

    And I MADE time to learn to sew. It connected me to them. And I fell in love with making something. Something my child can wear, something she can cuddle, something she can be excited to see come together (she’s three; knowing Momma made it tickles and amazes her and fills me with unspeakable pride). I made us matching dresses and when people in church whisper: “I bet she made those!” I take it as a compliment (as it is meant).

    But I don’t have a serger! ;)

  • http://facebook Rose Quiroz

    Hi this is my first visit to your site, but I am not a stranger to Singer. I learned to sew in grade school on a Treadle sewing machine. My current sewing machine is almost 30 years old and I am teaching my Granddaughter who is 6 yrs. to sew on it. Both of my daughters learned to sew on this same machine. It still works just not quite like new. Sure would be nice to have a sewing machine with all the bells and whistles. I don’t own a serger but I would love to have one.

  • Patsy

    My mom had an old machine given to her by an aunt. It had a large metal pedal that ran across the bottom of the machine. It was big enough for both feet! Although it was old, it still worked and I remember my mom actually sewing on it. She made rag quilts and pot holders. It was beautiful! I wish I had appreciated the beauty of it back then as I do now. It was given to my sister who has it displayed in her living room and I still love it.

  • Melissa Hendrix

    When I was very young my granma let me sew some on her machine and it was fun. When I graduated high school, my other grandpa gave me my grandma’s sewing machine she used before she passed away. It intimidated me for a long time. I learned how to use it and now I have a newer sewing machine but I would LOVE to have a serger. I have been considering starting a sewing class for young girls (middle school age) but don’t have the money to purchase machines to teach more than one girl at a time. This prize would allow me to do that. So, wining would be AWESOME! Then I could pass on my love for sewing to other girls!

  • Catherine McClaughry

    My mom sewed most of my sister and my clothes on her Singer. She also took a tailoring class to learn how to make my dad’s suits. He was an international coach and other people often asked him where he got the excellent suits. For Christmas 1976 she gave me the best present ever. It was a hope chest with kitchen goods (pots and pans) towels, linens and best of all my first ever Singer! It was green and weighed a ton! It had both straight and zig-zag and a setting for buttonholes. My mom said it was better than her old machine with different cams for different stitches. I started making my own clothes with it and even after all four children were born I made most of their things. Now I still make my own special things but have a new grandson to sew for. I’d love the new machines to expand my repertoire.

  • Cindy

    My mom got her Singer sewing machine around 1950 & started teaching me to sew when I was 10 yrs old. She bought me my own Singer in 1969. Mom passed away over 30 years ago, but I doubt she would have bought a new machine, that’s the way she was — nothing wrong with the old workhorse! I still have both machines and still use mine, even though the “old” one still runs just fine. (And I will keep it forever because of the memories.) I’ve been thinking of getting a new Singer so I can do all the “fancy” stuff instead of being limited to a zigzag stitch! I would be thrilled to have a new machine AND serger, wow! There’s nothing like the feeling of completing a sewing project (whether it’s clothes or crafts) and raking in the compliments!!!

  • Kim C

    I have always been fasinated by sewing . I took 6 years of Home Ec in Jr and Senior High school just for sewing. we never had a sewing machine at home then that I could get to work right. After I was married I bought a refurbished JCpenneys machine that has worked great now for about 35 years. Over the years i have made projects for my boys and a few home dec projects and gifts,but never had a whole lot of time to spend doing it and working a full time job. Recently i became disabled and have to much time. I have been trying to learn heirloom sewing . I have a beautiful new grandaughter. First little girl in my life and would love to be able to make all beautiful things for a little girl.My machined is really dated and unable to do alot of the stitches for these Have been looking for a new machine but most are over my budget on a fixed income . This would be a wonderful combo. I think i could make anything with them .

  • Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid

    Congratulations on your new book! And what a wonderful giveaway. My machine is ready for retirement as it no longer does a straight stitch, but has decided to do an itsy bitsy zig zag stitch instead! And here sitting in my knitting studio, is my mother’s old (I mean really old!) Singer, complete with its wooden case. I think it’s time for a new machine!

  • Jerica russell

    I just started learning how to sew and have made some really cute things! It’s so addicting! This would be awesome to have!!!!

  • Sarah Ulfers

    My mom gave up on teaching me to sew when I was younger after I ran my thumb through the machine 3 times. I have tried to pick it up on my own with limited success with different machines I have found at yard sales. Maybe having a brand new machine with instructions would make a difference.

  • Jennifer McClure

    I learned to sew on my grandmothers old green machine. I loved it! Now I have that same machine and it still works like a charm all these years later.
    Congrats on the book!

  • Laurie

    It would be so awesome to win!!! Oh the things I could do……

  • Kara Crissey

    The first thing I ever sewed was at age 9, a flattish pillow thing with some gorgeous organza ruffle made from remnants of a dress my mother had made me – aqua polyester knit. I still remember that the dress chafed a bit under the arms, but I loved the color so much I wore it anyway.
    I have my grandmother’s Sears-purchased Singer sewing machine and could use an upgrade. I’ll give my friend Candy J. the serger if I win – so two people (at least) will be made splendidly happy by the prize.

  • barbara blair

    I inherited my Grandmother’sSinger treadle machine. I remember what fun I had as a kid learning to sew on it. My dream is to own a longarm quilting machine. I’ve made several tops and would love to quilt them myself.

  • Sherry Smith Loyd

    OH MY! All of my machines are down and I can’t afford to fix them! This prize would be an awesome win!

  • Wendy Fouche

    Wow! What a great prize.

    I learned to sew on a Kenmore that my mom bought in the 1970′s to make a cheerleading unform for me. It isn’t fancy, just does a straight stitch and a zig zag. Would love to win something a little more modern!

  • Camilla

    Hi! My name is Camilla and I’m Italian: I’m new here and found you via facebook singer page… this is a WONDERFUL prize! I never win anything, but this time I must try!
    My sewing machine story starts a few years ago. I’ve always been a creative person and I wanted to make whatever came to my mind since I was a kid: I built small puppet theaters out of paper bags, ghosts mobiles out of kleenex, I made paintings, bracelets, beads necklaces, doll clothes, candles, felt… well, I loved to keep my hands busy. So, about 6 years ago I decided I must have a sewing machine. I had to fight for it, because I didn’t have money to buy it and my parents thought this would distract me from study (they were right, but I’m much happier right now!). I spent every night talking about the one I was dreaming (a Singer 7422) with them and they were always saying NO.
    I don’t remember why they decided to buy it, in the end. Maybe they where exausted. : )
    Unfortunately right now that machine is broken. It went out of phase last summer and the person who had to repair it, broke it even more. It sews only straight and back. Not zigzag or other stitches… : (
    Anyway, I spent most of my money in fabrics and patterns, hoping to find a new good sewing machine for my hobby time. Right now I’m making blankets and hats for my baby daughter… I hope she will get the crafty side from her mummy!

  • Tammi

    All through my youth, I wanted nothing to do with anything domestic, whatsoever. Nobody in my family sewed. I had to fight to get out of taking Home Ec. in middle school & to get into Industrial Arts class instead. I got all A’s in Industrial arts & mechanical drawing classes & was very proficient at making a work bench! Fast-forward 20+ years. I’m a Mom with a beautiful baby girl & all the other Moms are making the sweetest sundresses, pillowcase dresses & quilts. Somehow, a pink workbench just doesn’t cut it. Seemingly, out of nowhere, a desire to learn the art of sewing bubbled up & my husband dutifully went right out & bought me my first sewing machine, which I didn’t even know how to turn on. I enrolled in classes at local shops & eventually learned enough to make a closet full of sundresses! Today, I’m teaching this wonderful art to my 6 and 11-year-old daughters & have progressed to Halloween costumes & quilts! Who says old dogs can’t learn new tricks?

  • Cheryl Hinson

    I grew up with three brothers, I being the only girl. My mom used to stay up late at night and make ALL of my clothes…shirts, shorts, dresses, my first coat was from the bottom of her long coat. She sometimes made my brothers shirts too. Once they became unhappy that she was spending so much time with me, fitting my clothes as she sewed,..(don’t think she had a pattern, she always talked about making clothes for her paper dolls.) As I grew older, she of course taught me how to sew, and I always felt that someday she would hand her Singer machine down to me, but she gave it to one of my sister-in-laws. (yes, it hurt) Anyway, my daughter got one from Santa when she was in junior high, and seemed to start out like my mom, without a pattern. She never really liked patterns, and jumped right in making quilts with no training. I get to use my daughters machine when she was not in the mood to sew, but when she is ready to sew, I can’t touch it. It is still the same today as then, and she is 23 and ready to marry in June. I told my husband that it is my turn for a sewing machine of my own…yet I’ve still not been able to afford one. I saw the Singer contest and my heart, well, my heart is “on hold.” What can I say to an opportunity like this, not just a Singer, but extra stuff that would make my heart sing like a Singer. Mom always bragged about her Singer, that it would hum along quietly with her as she too would sing. I would be able to make my own curtains and drapes….and maybe, just maybe some baby clothes for a grandchild or even a quilt. Thank you for this opportunity to make someone very happy.

  • Laura Roth

    I avoided sewing machines like the plague and stuck to hand sewing for the longest time because I’m a Klutz and figured I’d put my fingers through it. At some point I realized hand sewing was a bit impractical for anything other than mending and making dolls & puppets (as I did when I was a kid). Then I found a 1970-something Singer Starlet at the thrift store for $25. It has worked like a dream all these years and is now like my baby. Costuming, upholstery, clothing…. it’s allowed me to do amazing things – you name it! I <3 my Starlet!

    p.s. I still don't hem though (hate).

  • Whitney H

    My mom taught me to sew in elementary school. She used a sewing machine that was almost as old as she was, back then. Now, she uses the exact same machine! It’s getting on in years, though, and it doesn’t do so many things that modern machines can; things that would make sewing life so much easier for her. So if I win these, I will promptly send them to my mom. :)

  • vanessa

    H Barb,

    Oh my gosh, that’s so exciting! I’ve never seen your site before, but I want to congratulate you on publishing your book all the same. Winning a serger and a new machine right now would be so amazing, I’m actually leaving my full time job so I can go to apparel design school full time, and I’ve just never been able to afford replacing my tired, shaky, run down old Shark Euro Pro, let alone getting a new serger! Thanks for this opportunity!

  • http://facebook Joanie Sullivan

    Hi, I could write you a book !! My Mom had her mothers foot pedal sewing machine, Her singer that she sew on and her Elna that she use for special stitches, and special outfits. She was a seamstress!! She worked in several fabric stores that the same man owned and she had more material at home that I got to choose from for my clothes!! I would come home from school and go thru my closet and tell Momma I don’t know what to wear to school tomorrow, or tell her about a dress i seen on a friend and I would have that dress on my door the next morning to wear!! I guess i was about 13 when she bought me a dress to wear for Christmas because she could not sew for awhile cause she was sick!! She made me pick it out. that was not easy!! nothing looked like what she made me!! When i graduated, my parents sent me to Kansas to stay with an uncle and aunt, and mom gave me every credit card she had and sent me to Houston to go shopping. I came back with a pair of sandals that i bought myself. My cousin went with me and i told her there is nothing there i want to buy!! My Mom taught me how to sew, when i took sewing in school. no one was allowed to bring what they made out of the room when class was over except me, My mom taught my teacher how to sew and if she could not answer my questions then i went to mom that night with what i was making and got my answers!! we had to do two different projects at home for that class. Mom made me make 4 dresses, 4 skirts and 1 blouse, and 4 shorts and 4 tank tops. All my hand!!!! I never touched a sewing machine. The second project was my wardrobe for the next school year. I had 3 months to do this. and she taught me to sew on her singer then her elna. I made 14 dresses!!!! When i married Mom bought me a Kenmore sewing machine. I have been married 42 years and it is still sewing!!!!! I want to do embrodery and quilting and my machine won’t do it and my fingers are not in shape to do it anymore. So i would love to win that singer sewing machine and serger!! It woud make my day!! I am home all day, can you imagine what i could do with that machine and serger if i had it!!! My mom woudl be smiling from Heaven!!!!

  • Deloris Edwards

    I have been around sewing all my life….grandmaw sewed for others on her Singer Treadle machine and then an electric one as well as for a living at a golf bag company. When I married my first Christmas gift from my husband was a Singer Sewing Machine from the local department store. I have been sewing on Singer and loving every minute of it for 50 some odd years….I still have that first machine!!! Can’t go wrong with anything that has Singer on it….

  •!/pages/Lisa-Peter-Arts-and-Entertainment/107194419375811 Lisa Peter

    I inherited my love for sewing from my paternal grandmother. She made hundreds of pieced quilts though she never quilted them but tied them. She gave me a lot of her scraps and I am blessed to have one of her bow tie quilts. … My worst memory of a sewing machine is when I was a senior in high school we had a new shop come to Fort Wayne, kind of like a flea market/antique shop… well there was a beautiful treadle singer machine in the window and I went in and talked to the shop owner about if I could put it on layaway and pay for it when I could and he agreed. I was so excited. But even though I made monthly payments for several months I went back one day to get it and he had sold it to someone else. I felt so betrayed and very used.

  • Peggy D.

    Good morning Brett! So glad I stumbled onto your web page thru FB this AM. I to would LOVE a new machine. Who wouldn’t!! Right? I learned to see at my grand mothers knee, on a Singer pedal type machine in the 50′s. She made all my dresses, beautiful ones with lots of ruffles and wide sashes that tied in the back! All of my dolly’s had matching ones also. Later would come barbies doll clothes then matching shirts for my boyfriend and me in the late 60′s.Orange pasley ones. We wore them to school every Monday and Friday. When I was 13, I was allowed to sew by myself. My mom wouldn’t let me touch her new Singer Golden Touch and Sew, so I would use the old pedal one of Granny’s. She told me, ” Baby you can’t hurt this one.” Well I have been thru several of my own over the years and I would love to have a new one with all those bells and whistles!!THANKS!!

  • linda

    I had a Kenmore sewing machine that my parents bought me for a gift upon my high school graduation. I used that machine for years and years until my adult daughter bought me a new one (bless her heart). It is very basic but has served me well for several years now. I am way ready for an upgrade as I approach retirement with plans to sew up a storm!

  • Anna

    Been sewing on a singer since I was 9 years old. It was a treddle maachine belonged to my Grandmother. My mother still has it she is 92. I am 2. The one I have now was given to me in 1992. I would love a new one I do a lot of sewing.

  • Mary Lou

    My mother taught me to sew at age 7 or 8. I took Singer sewing lessons, winning my own machine while in high school. Then I taught Singer sewing lessons. One of my students competed in San Francisco at the National Finals. Singer Company sponsored my National Merit scholarship to Oklahoma State University where I majored in Clothing, Textiles, and Merchandising. Now I enjoy sewing for my grandkids.

  • amber a

    My very first sewing machine was an antique cast iron singer. It was a manual treadle machine! It weighted a ton, but once I figured out how to change the tension for different projects, It ran like a tank and never broke! It was originally my grandmothers machine, and my mom still owns it.

    Now I own a Bernina Activa 220, which is the machine I learned on in my fashion program at Western Michigan University. It is a dream machine, but I would love to win this contest so that my friendly crafting group could have a learning machine and several people could sew together and learn together at our weekly crafting get togethers!

  • Katie Irick

    I love a singer sewing machine. Way back in the ’50′s I took sewing lessons at a Singer sewing center and have loved sewing ever since. I Would love to have a new sewing machine and serger. I want to be able to sew dresses for my granddaughters.

  • Kim Turk

    My grandmother and my mom made many of my clothes growing up. My mom even made my junior high prom dress. I can appreciate it more now than I did then. They never taught me how to sew, but an older lady friend gave me her heavy 1950′s machine and I’ve tried to teach myself. I would love a serger and to learn how to make blankets and quilts for others. I love other crafty things and can see how this would increase my joy 1000%!

  • Jenny

    Ooh, I have a nice sewing machine story!
    Sewing has always been a part of my family on both sides. My mother’s wedding dress (along with the 4 bridesmaids’ & 2 Mother of the dresses) was made on Grandma’s 1960′s Singer. My favorite toy, growing up, was a giraffe Mom made on her Singer. It only got it’s body, ears, & mouth done because Mom told me, at 3 years old, that he was “MY Pal” before legs, horns,or eyes could be added. My 1st sewing project was a stuffed animal I made for a cousin on that machine. It was a little dog. (A fair 1st attempt, If I do say so myself.)
    Due to a natural disaster, we lost mom’s wedding dress. However, I was lucky enough to be handed down Grandma’s machine along with a couple girl’s dresses that were made for my sisters and I. I still use Grandma’s sewing machine & have sewn several Halloween costumes, home accessories, doll clothes, scout badges & anything my daughter has comissioned me to do in her 11 years. Now I’m teaching my daughter how to sew & she is loving it. Next, is a doll’s cocktail dress my daughter saw in human scale & wants to duplicate.
    Sewing has always been a part of our family & Grandma’s sewing machine has always been a part of it. With luck, I can to pass it onto my daughter one day and continue the legacy of sewing in our family.

  • Jennifer M.

    Growing up, both of my grandmothers sewed. However, I never had any interest in it. Only late in life (after the birth of my first child) did I really try my hand at sewing (with a cheap little Singer) and discovered that I really enjoyed it (and I think I am fairly good at it too!) By this time, one grandmother had passed on, and my other lived 1000 miles away. By the time I moved back to my hometown, my other grandmother had died as well. Before she died, she requested that I get her sewing machine (as I was the only one who sewed). My grandfather, though, asked if my cousin could “borrow” it as her daughter wanted to learn how to sew. My cousin and I don’t get along, but I agreed thinking her child shouldn’t suffer and it was only temporary. However, that was five years ago and my grandfather now denies that my grandmother ever left it to me. It breaks my heart because not only was it a much nicer machine, but she wanted me to have it. While no machine could ever replace hers (no sentimental value obviously), I would love to have a nicer machine than I have now since I have gotten more and more into sewing and my little one is very limited.

  • Maria G

    Congratulations on your book!!! What a great giveaway!! Can you also give away skills/talent :0). I am amazed on the talent some people have. Wish to be on of them.

  • Cheryl Ruhnke

    My frustration is with the serger, mine is over 20 years old and would love a new one that is easier to use, I would love to sew more but need more confidence, my great grandmother had a treadle machine with a shuttel bobbin and she crocheted,but it didn’t get passed down to my Grandmother or mother,they were busy working,just wish I had a sewing mentor.My hubby had a old Riccar macine and when I took it out to use it the stitch pattern cam cracked from dry rot so I ended up getting a used machine on Ebay, when it arrived half the attachments were missing so I had to order them.So it’s nice to have more than one machine

  • Debbie Lauzon

    I learned how to sew from my mom on her old Singer 328. A few years ago when I was back home , I brought it out west when I returned so that the machine didn’t end up in a dumpster somewhere. I am not using iit right now but have lots of memories of sewing until 2am and my grandmother shouting, Debbie , go to bed! You make more mistakes when you are tired! Boy was she right lol!

  • Radha

    Learned to sew as a child from my mother and now have many requests from others to teach them to sew. I am so happy as I was beginning to think sewing was a dying art. I am part of an artist/crafting community in the Steampunk movement. Would love to have these to donate to the center, so they can be used by the community- people who cannot afford their own machines or do not have space to store them.

  • Diane Augustin

    My mom taught me to sew when I was very young on her Singer machine and I was making my own clothes by the time I was 13 on that same machine. Now I sew clothes from my Etsy shop for children and teach kids to sew. I love teaching kids to sew and love the feeling it gives me when they make their first garment. They are so excited to know that they made a skirt that they can wear and show to their friends.

  • Glenda C.

    I don’t have a serger, so I really could use one. I got my first sewing machine when I was 6 years old. A little red crank one. I started sewing in 4-H when I was 10 years old. We made potholders and other simple items. I took sewing classes in Home Ec. for 4 years in High School. Learned a lot there. Had a fabulous teacher. Made clothes for my daughter when she was little. Now I make quilts and purses and other items. Both my grandmothers made their own clothing from newspaper patterns which they designed. My cousin which is an avid sewer says I need a serger. I’m glad that I found this website. I will visit it often. Thanks.


    When I was in the 6th grade, my dad had his first of four heart attacks. My mother, with her 8th grade education, had never worked outside our home. However, there was one major talent she had…SEWING. And so, with my dad recuperating from his heart attack, my mother started advertising, mostly by word-of-mouth, Sewing for the Public. She put a sign in front of our house and her “career” as one of the best seamstresses in our town began. She could sew, make money and still take care of her family from home. She could make anything: from wedding gowns, Azalea Trail Maids gowns, to men’s suits (yes I said suits), lined curtains, etc. I was so very proud of her but as a typical kid, I don’t think I ever told her. She taught me and my sisters how to sew. When I taught English at a private school in Georgia, I began teaching sewing too. The girls in my class loved it!
    I have used other machines, but always come back to Singer. They are truly the best. My machine has been in the shop several times in the past 2 years. It is getting old, and I would love to have both a new machine and serger so badly. My husband wants to buy both for me, but with this economy, we just can’t do it right now. So, a new pair would be the best gift ever. I look forward to winning!!!!!

  • Jackie

    I am a die hard Singer lover. I saved up my money in high school and bought my very own machine. I learned to sew Barbie clothes on that thing. I had it for 26 years and when we moved the movers broke it. It was not repairable and the machines I have purchased to replace it, just not the same. Miss my old Singer but love the newer ones as well.

    Would love to win a new one and a serger too. Oh my.

  • Lesly Schoo

    My mom taught me to sew on her featherweight when I was young. I sewed my Confirmation dress and my prom dress on it. I still have it. Now I tend to be a sewing machine addict. I just love the varieties and styles the companies have produced over the years. Any time someone has a sewing machine to get rid of they ask me if I am interested. Whether the machine is working or not, I usually say yes. I have or had treddle machines, featherweights, older machines, newer ones. I finally decided I had too many and sold some at garage sales and some I got fixed and donated to our local thrift store hoping someone that can’t afford a brand new one can enjoy the thrill of making something with them, like I do. I still collect them but try to restrain myself. And still donate when I can. I have a few that I use faithfully sewing the quilts that I make out of used clothing, usually from pants/jeans, that have become big hits as gifts for my friends and their families. The only new sewing machine I have owned was a Christmas present from my ex-husband 27 years ago which was a Montgomery Ward brand. It passed away about 15 years ago. I have never owned a new Singer or any kind of serger.

  • Tiffanie

    I grew up watching my mom sew and got my own machine as a Christmas gift when I was about 17 or 18. Although I don’t sew as much as I’d like to these days, I have a little girl and I’d LOVE to start sewing for her more!

  • Heather Carter

    I would so love to win this!! I feel like there is a Sewing Goddess inside of me just dying to be released! My Grandfather worked for Singer in their corporate offices. My Mother still has her old Singer machine in one of those pop up desks. I never have had my own machine until a couple of years ago when I was given a New Home Memory Craft 6000. I have sewed one blanket on it and now I can’t get it to work right. It would be nice to have a simpler machine to learn on. As a little girl I would sew little pillows and clothes for my dolls by hand. Just give me a needle and thread and I would do something with it! So, I guess you can say I’ve been self taught. I love to watch the Singer hour on HSN and see all the new machines and what they can do. I would like to be able to learn how to properly sew on a machine and maybe launch my own etsy shop!!

  • Teawithfrodo

    My mother always told me stories of her Bubbe sewing things for her. Since my mom never sewed I grew up dreaming of learning to sew. Last year I decided to take the plunge and got a simple machine. I got a Pixie Plus to start learning how to sew, what a mistake that was. It broke within 2 days and left me in tears. My husband surprised me with a full blown sewing machine that weekend and I’ve been sewing since and dreaming serger dreams.

  • http://www/ Sharon Johnson

    I first learned to sew in 4H when I was young. I always have loved to create things. My mother bought my first sewing machine at age 10. It was a Necchi and I had it until I lost it in a house fire when I was 35 years old. That was a great machine. It was still being used and ran like a dream. I have never found a sewing machine I liked as much.

  • marita king

    Would love to win this. Have been sewing forever. So great to have sewed for my children, now sewing for grandchildren. Hope they have as many great memories as I do.

  • Vanessa Barrett

    My mum told me that when i was a little girl, i used to stand and watch her and my aunty sew pyjamas and bed linen for my siblings and i, she would make crib sheets and all sorts of soft furnishing, purely because she could not afford to buy those things and whenever she was given fabric she would make them. At the time i was mesmerised by the sound of the old singer machine they used and all the facinating things it could do, I recall going into my mothers bedroom and seeing this cream colored box with a handle on top and two latches on the bottom sides and being intruiged as to whether or not the machine that sounded like a train was living underneath it.

    Then when i was around 10 i spent most of my leisure time using old clothes cuting them up and dressing my two younger sisters up like models and putting on fashion shows for the family, At this point i was confident with hand sewing techniques which i just seemed to grasp from watching my mother! it was when i was 13 that i had an opportunity to take a textiles class in school and i was introduced to the sewing machine again and instantly fell in love with it, we used a basic Singer machine at the time but i just loved how the fabric moved under the needle!

    Then almost 3 years ago i decided to invest in a machine of my own (my first) and of course i got a singer Tradition machine and have been in love with singer machines and sewing ever since. My inspiration was definetly my mother and aunty who not only taught me what sewing is (through observation) but how to make ends meet in very poor economic circumstances, which was the best lesson of all

  • Dawn

    That is a great package. It would nd so helpful in my home. I love. to make stuff for my 4 kids

  • Rachelle

    Growing up I always tried to sew. My Mom tried to teach me. Every single time she’d show me how to do something then move aside to let me try, I would touch the machine and it would break. Finally we just gave up. Fast forward to adulthood and one day I said why not. I went out and got myself a little Singer machine and went home. I sat and stared at it for hours trying to convince myself that it was new so it shouldn’t break. Finally I grabbed the thread and I have been sewing ever since. I’m now working on my second quilt and totally love sewing.

  • Christine

    No great story. Just have an old kenmore sewing machine. lost my accessories box for it. Haven’t sewn in about 30 years Currently saving for a new machine. Would love to sew for my grandchildren and do some quilting. . I saw that your book “Sewing in a Straight Line” was out, went to my local Barnes and Noble, they hadn’t even unpacked your book yet. Got my copy and I can’t wait to try and make everything in it. I love, love, love it! Everything is simple but beautiful. The bowls are ingenious. I find it very helpful that you also talk about sewing tools in the book. Thank you for such a great book I can’t wait till I can get a sewing machine and start making the all the projects in your book. Everyone should buy this book, it’s terrific!

  • Carol

    Thanks for the giveaway! For the first time in 46 years I do not have access to a working sewing machine! I could so use both! :) I learned to sew at 4 years old sitting on top of several Sears Catalogs at the kitchen table on my grandmothers Singer, a small little black feather weight machine (my mom is still using that machine). I still have the first items I made, clothes for my doll, Gloria. The sewing machine that I have used since highschool gave me many years of wonderful service, it was a work horse and sadly they do not make the parts needed for repair any longer. Thanks again for the giveaway!!!

  • Meredith

    I love my sewing machine. It is really nothing fancy but it broke recently and when I took it in for repairs, the woman at the shop said “this is why it is an excellent idea to have a back-up machine!” I think she was just trying to get me to buy one of her machines but that doesn’t mean she was wrong!

    I’ve never used a seger though and would love to try so this contest is great! If I win will have my back-up machine and a serger all in one shot! Thanks for the chance to win and I love you blog!

  • Leigh Wagner

    I learned to sew from my mom on an old Husqvarna Viking machine that was all metal and weighed probably 50 pounds. That thing was about as basic as you can get but it was a beast. It got my mom through her fashion design classes and me and two younger sisters through many years of 4-H fair projects. Since I left home 10 years ago I have wanted my own machine but have not bought one for one reason or another. I miss sewing a lot, and I cannot count the times I have refused to buy something because, “I could sew that for so much cheaper!”.

  • taylor lee

    I just discovered your blog but am an instant fan. I am going out to buy your new book immediately, and then tell all my crafty sewing freinds to buy it too. This give away is one of the best I’ve ever seen for sewing lovers like me!!! Good luck with your blog tour and your book :)


  • Permelia Ehle

    What a wonderful prize to wish for! I have my Grandmothers Singer Treadle…..I have a little Singer from the 1940′s that is the same model as the one my Mother made all our clothes on, even prom dresses. I have the Singer that was a gift when my girls were small and I made their clothes….It is over 40 years old…What a joy to have a new machine to piece my quilts on, and make dresses for the Princess Granddaughter….and a serger….oh my ….Well, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it….Hope to get a copy of your book soon…. Thanks you for the opportunity to win this awesome prize….

  • Kelley

    I have been using my grandmothers 1960s Singer Futura ever since I took my first sewing class in college. I’ve used it to make countless pieces for gallery shows, decorate four apartments and my first home. However despite my best efforts the old girl has been more than put through her paces and I’m not sure if another trip to the repair shop will really be of much assistance. Either way I’ve loved it forever, but I def. need something I can actually sew on.

  • dana

    Congratulations on your new book! I’m so very excited to see what it entails- i’ll look for it on shelves! I’m a newbie in this area, so a how-to guide and some supplies are exactly what I need :) I’m an interior design student so i’m very excited to learn and apply the skill to my (future) career. I’m so glad design sponge posted about your new book, i think your blog will prove to me helpful in my new adventures of sewing! I hope your tour goes smoothly, and I’ll check back on the blog for helpful tips and projects :)

  • Heather B

    Hi! My sewing story- I bought myself a machine when I was early married, from a thrift store, for nine dollars. It turns out that it is a wonderful machine, all metal bits and sturdy and strong, but I dind’t know that then.. I just knew it was heavy. It sat in a corner for several years…. waiting on me to get unintimidated. Finally one day I said- forget this. I want to learn to sew, I’m going to do it. And I took out that machine, and found some scrap fabric, and began. Now my friends come to me when they want to learn something… sometimes thing I don’t know how to do, but I figure it out and find tutorials, and we enjoy sewing together. It is one of the greatest gifts I’ve every given myself, that nine dollar sears kenmore sewing machine from Deseret Industries!

  • Cassandra Holloway

    I got a sewing machine when I was about 13. I really really wanted one. My parents got it from a thrift store. since receiving it I have made two pillows and a few panels to surround a bunk bed so my kids could have a club house in their room. I think there is something wrong with the machine though cause I always have problems with it when i try to make something…this is why I haven’t made much. I plan to have my friend look at it who is an amazing seamstress. I love making things and would love to learn how to make my girls dresses and costumes. I am an aspiring seamstress.

  • Danielle

    Please save me from my pathetic lack of knowledge/skills! I don’t even know what a serger is! it looks magical! I am dying to learn to sew, i get all giddy thinking of the glorious things i could make! 400 different stitches?! Whaaa?!!! There’s more than one?! My mom, my grandma, my aunts, they all sew but i never learned. I also never learned to cook (My husband suffers daily. ask him about the time i couldn’t get water to boil. really.). Am I likely to hurt myself on these shiny new sewing tools? YES. would i be proud as hell to have a brand-new, blood stained duvet for my bed that i made myself? ABSOLUTELY. okay, rereading that, i realize that i sound a little creepy. but that’s just how much i would LOVE to have these fancy new toys and learn some sweet sewing skills.

  • carolina stary

    I was a bored student who had no free time to spend with crafts and stuff. So i quit school (I was 16 years old and it was my last year at school here in Brazil), bought an old Singer 260 and learned how to sew. Now I’m 18 and opened a little craft’s shop in my neighbourhood.

    Hope you can send the prize to Brazil! Or maybe I can send it to my cousin who lives in Chicago (if I get lucky, of course, hahaha).

  • Scott Wallack

    Since we grew up without a lot of extra money in the household. Mom did what she could to make money go farther including mending our clothiers with her OLD Singer machine & making small items for us to use. My wife has her own old machine, plus a newer one that she uses. I like her older machine which is mounted into an old desk looking sewing table. It is in our computer room next to my desk, so I can see it (generally with one of our 2 kitties laying on top of it).

  • Sharon Hallett

    Hi I have a wonderful sewing story. I spent 2 weeks with my grandmother each year as a child. She was a seamstress and sold Avon to put food on her table. I remember her old Singer treadle machine that my uncle converted to a foot pedal. She designed clothes, sewed from patterns and did alterations. I was so proud of my grandmother. She was too busy to teach me but she game me scraps & let me use the machine a little. My mom also was an avid seamstress, making ALL of my clothes, church,school & play. I learned a little bit about sewing in school and taught myself the rest. I am teaching myself to quilt now. I have so many nice memories of the art of sewing.

  • Gale Rowland

    I was the family Tomboy, never wanted to be domesticated, refused Home Economics in high school, left
    4-H so I wouldn’t have to do the sewing project, rejected all attempts by my mother to teach me to sew, but I would work on her machine for her. My father could fix anything mechanical and I watched him fix the machine so I knew how, but use it to sew NO WAY! The old saw of “Never say Never” came back to slam me big time, after all my refusals to be domesticated I had a daughter and when she was about to start school I could not stand the clothes available to purchase. So one day I went to town and purchased a pattern and the incidentals needed to make the outfit, that night I was babysitting for a cousin who had her mothers new Singer, so when the kids went down for the night, I pulled out the pattern and fabric and cut out the dress. After reading the pattern guide I began to follow instructions and in two hours I had the dress done with only the hem to finish. I went home and since it was late I waited til morning to ask my Mother if she could show me the best hem stitch for a dress for my daughter. She was dumbfounded when she found I had made this dress on my own and on a strange sewing machine, she called everyone in the family and told them. From there on I began to sew all my daughters clothes through school, for homecoming, proms, and weddings. I also moved to a new city later after the kids were gone and began managing a Singer Sewing Dept. and my education of machines grew into the Embroidery machines. Sewing snuck up on me and pinned me down and I keep sewing for grand and great grand children. Love it!!!

  • Amy

    I remember watching my grandmother sewing when I was under 7 years old. One christmas years ago my parents took her machine to get it repaired, but the person said it was beyond repair and that they were able to take some of the parts from my grandmothers machine and put it in a new body. So it is not exactly the same machine that I watched my grandmother use, but I love it. My dream is to own a serger and upgraded sewing machine to continue the sewing in my grandmother’s memory.

  • Cathy Youngblood

    I started sewing when I was about 10 years old. My mother taught me but because I thought I could do anything after a couple of lessons I told her I had it figured out and from that point on I basically taught myself. I began sewing on a Singer and when I was 16 my mom bought me my own Singer. I continued sewing and when I got married at 19 the first Christmas present my husband bought me was a new Singer machine. I sewed on that machine for the next 30 plus years and still have the machine today. I didn’t sew during that period for several years but when my son informed us that twins were on the way I got inspired to begin sewing again. I started lookin for a more modern machine and of course bought a Singer again. I love it and started making lots of baby clothes. About a year later my daughter also had a set of boy girl twins so the sewing has continued to this day. With the help of an embroidery machine my daughter and I have recently opened a small web business so the sewing continues!

  • Hayley Cleary

    My mom used to sew all my clothes when I was little, and I hated it. She and my grandmother tried for years to get me to learn to sew, but I refused! In college I met some design-savvy friends and a switch in my brain flipped; I was hooked on sewing. My grandmother immediately bought me a cheap little Singer and I’ve been using it ever since!

  • Dena Smith

    I grew up on a farm where my mother taught my sister and then me to sew on older machines. Singer was a name well known in our household. I have a newer machine now, but still fondly remember those days.

  • Katie M

    What a giveaway! Thank you to you and Singer for offering this!

    My sewing story is that I have a very old second hand Brother that I got from Craigslist and I could really use an update. I love sewing and creating things, and especially want to start using a serger. I’d love to start sewing clothes and diapers…These two machines would be such a blessing! Thanks again and good luck on your tour. I’m going to pick up your book :)

  • Carol

    I have sewn on only a few machines, but I have sewn for more than 30 years. I started with a little Singer in my room, sewing skirts and dresses. I had a newer Singer for a time and took it with me from California to Montana-where I moved, newly married. I continued to sew clothing and learned to sew quilts and as I had children, I stitched clothing for them. I moved to Denmark for a few years, without a sewing machine. But you will never guess what I found at a thrift store! An old, black, hand crank Singer sewing machine. It worked. seriously, how could it not?Iol I sewed table runners, baby quilts and curtains while in DK with that baby. I am now back in the states and nursing the old Singer, but, she is having a hard time….would love the chance for a new one right about now.

  • maureen

    I learn from my gram she had a threadle that gramps made electric and we would sew and I loved it and miss her I have taught my daughter to sew and see is a great seamstress

  • Anna

    I grew up around sewing machines. My momma always made the cutest dresses for me, my grandma Betty made me my dolls. I would love to learn the skill to pass it on to my children. Handmade = happy :)

  • Lonnie

    I taught myself to sew years ago on my mother’s machine because I needed a costume. The machine we have now is very old and has been repaired about as much as it can. A new machine would sure be nice so we can put this one to rest.

  • Stephanie L.

    My sewing machine story involves a 1960′s Singer that was found hidden in the corner of a retirement home’s basement thrift store… My mom-in-law & I were visiting her parents one night at their retirement home. We went for a tour around the building since I’d never been there before. On that tour we stopped by the closed thrift store in the basement. There was all kinds of large furnature pieces in the hall outside the little store & we were looking around when we spotted an old sewing machine table. Inside the table was a well used 1960′s Singer Touch & Sew & I kinda fell in love. The drawers were packed full of supplies from the previous owner, the table’s finish worn off to bare wood where her arms laid to use the machine. We didn’t know if the machine even worked, but were sure someone had loved it very much. There was a note on the table to put an offer in a drop box to buy the machine. We did & then proptly figured we wouldn’t get it. Two weeks later I was squealing on the phone when my mom-in-law called & said I had a birthday present waiting to be picked up! It’s been 2 years & that sturdy little machine has served me well. It doesn’t have a bunch of fancy features, but I learned to sew on it & never looked back. I’d love to upgrade to a machine with a few more stitches & a few more abilities now that I’ve gotten my mom into sewing again after 20 years of absence. We’re working on our first quilt together & plotting lots of other projects in the process!

  • Jill Vogel

    I have an old Singer sewing machine that my grandmother bought for my mother in the late 1970′s. I have grown very attached to this machine, which I lovingly sew doll clothes on. Since I do not have either of these two ladies in my life anymore, I am quite sentimentally attached to my machine, but I have been wanting a serger for the tasks that a regular machine cannot handle. This is a beautiful set!

  • gay halseth

    straight lines are what I do best. love to crazy quilt, a bunch of straight lines really. title of your book makes me curious. cheers.


    Oh my goodness this would be awesome. When i was a little girl my sister and I would sew( by hand) pillows and shirts and dresses for our Barbie’s out of the scrap material my mother had. I never really learned to actually sew on a sewing machine until a couple years ago I just bought a machine read the instructions to get started and just jumped right in. A little eager, I decided everyone would get christmas presents from me that year that were made by me. Well at least one person did, I managed to make my mother in law a photo /patchwork quilt; it is wonderful! Sometimes I wish i had it back but it was a huge process and a lot of learning; I’m still proud of it! Trial and error works wonders!!! I recently had my first child and I am going to attempt to make him some shoes as well as some clothing items. I am a little intimidated (I have never used patterns before, I free hand) but excited to learn and do this. I love craft projects; being able to use my imagination and be creative just makes me happy!

  • Brooke

    My sewing story: My Mother had a old machine (not sure of the brand) and sewed for me when I was young. In my early teens I also learned to sew on this machine. When I turned 16 I immediately got a job for the specific reason to buy myself a new machine. Not long after that in 1973 I bought a Singer Futura. It was a thrill to be sewing on this “futuristic” machine with the decorative cams. I made all my own clothes in high school and then went on to make clothes for my children. I still have the machine, sadly it is not working right now. I currently am excited to start machine quilting.

  • Dawn Dietz

    OMGosh! What a great prize!!! I have so many sewing stories, but really they all start with my grandmother. When we were kids, we would spend weeks at her house in the summer, and she would spend hours with me, showing me how to cook, can and sew. She would take me to the little mercentile and let me pick out a piece of fabric, and we would go home, and she would show me how to sew some piece of clothing from it. She would also show me pictures of my mother, in high school, with her sewing machine and the latest creation she made, and won a prize for. I would watch my mom sew, and she to would stand beside me as I figured out my way through patterns and mistakes I care not to mention. I remember in home economics class, I was so frustrated I was going to throw a garment away, and my mother took it out of the trash, and said stick to it, you’ll figure it out, just take a break.
    Many years later, and all grown up with 4 children of my own, I have since acquired an old Singer machine. Well beyond it’s years, butrunning strong. It helps me with my grown purse making business, and quilting, mending and sewing projects. My grandmother passed away last Christmas, and although I miss her dearly, everytime I sit at a sewing machine I remember all those years she sat beside me, encouraging me to do my best. I have a love of sewing because of her, and my mom. I hope my daughters gain the same love as time goes on.

  • MicheleinMaine

    My mother taught me to sew on her Singer 400 slant needle. She used this machine to make matchy-match dress for me and my sisters when we were growing up. After I went to 8 years of Parochial school (uniforms), I was more than ready to make a whole new wardrobe for myself! She helped me pick out some fabulous woolen fabric from a local store (we lived in NH), and I was on my way, making pant suits (this was the 70′s after all), skirts, you name it.

    When my daughter joined our family I pulled out the very same machine and made her Christmas dresses, and many Halloween costumes. Now I make ‘twirly ‘ skirts for my 5 year old niece.

    The biggest thing I use this machine for is to create bags for my business, Three Bags Full. These are primarily box bags for knitters and travelers. It gives me so much pleasure to use this 50+ year old machine (all mechanical, no electronics, not even a zig zag!) to make my bags. Still, it would be awfully nice to have a newer machine (and serger! be still my heart!) to play with.

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

  • Jamie

    So my whole life my mom, grandma and aunt have been super crafty. I just wasn’t really growing up, sure my grandma tried to teach me to crochet and stuff but I wasn’t really into it, was it really cool then??? But then before I had my first son, my mom got me a sewing machine, I had seen all these cute homemade purses that I wanted to try and make. Well I started to make those, made cute things for my son, then I got addicted to embroidery, got an embroidery machine and well the rest is history. I sell stuff to family and friends and have a blast doing it!! I’m going to try and make a quilt next, watch out!!

  • Cathie

    I learned to sew on a My moms Singer treadle. My neighbor helped me one summer with a straight cap- sleeved blue calico cotton dress. I loved it and was so proud of it. I also fell in love with the rhythm of the treadle!!! Many years later through home economics classes and sewing for four daughters I have gone through a few machines. The first Singer I bought when I got married is the only one I don’t have. I sold it at a yard sale and it was going to be used in mission work. I now own two treadles and a portable 50 year Singer Anniversary portable model. My latest purchase was a Singer Quantum which is awesome! There’s always room at my house for a new sewing machine and serger!

  • barb.

    I was given a very basic machine that’d been hanging out in a basement for a few years. I tried to learn how to use it, but no matter what I did, the needle kept snapping in half. To this day I don’t know if it was something I was doing wrong, or if the problem lay in the fact that it was an old, bottom-of-the-line sewing machine that had spent too many days hanging out in a musty basement.

  • Jen

    I actually don’t know how to sew with a machine. My mom taught me a little bit of sewing by hand, and I learned a couple stitches from books and the Internet. My roommate in college was going to teach me how to use a machine when she decided to make kimonos for cosplay, but we kept procrastinating until it was just faster for her to do it on her own. Then my brother tried to teach me using my best friend’s machine since he learned how to use one in his home ec class, but he forgot how to do it. Recently my boyfriend has said he will teach me if he gets a machine.

  • Michele

    I took a sewing class with my friend this past spring and LOVED IT!!!! My favorite part was using the serger. No one in my family sews, so for me it was a completely new experience. I bought a very basic SInger sewing machine for my class and would love to have something a little nicer, along with a serger. I try and sew something new every week. Mostly, I sew clothes for my 2 year old daughter. I have made her two dresses, some cloth pull-ups, cloth wipes, a shirt, a purse and have many more projects lined up. I also have a little boy on the way, due in September and would love to make him some cloth diapers and some cute outfits.

  • Kysha Plante

    My grandma had a beautiful antique treadle machine in her bedroom that no one was allowed to touch because it was her mothers. When she moved into a nursing home I asked for it but was told it had already been gotten rid of. I was SO mad.
    But I actually learned how to sew from my dad of all people. He repaired sewing machines and typewriters, etc in the 1960′s and knew how to use all of them very well. He also taught me how to type. My mom sewed all her own clothes in the 1960′s and 70′s. She even won 4-H and FFA awards for it, but by the time I came along she wasn’t into sewing anymore.

  • Angie M

    When I was very young my mom taught me a few basic stitches by hand so I could sew on lost buttons and fix small issues. She sewed a little on her 70′s model Kenmore that I remember buying at Sears when I was young. When I was 15 my mom passed away and my grandparents on my dad’s side moved in with us. My yiayia (grandmother) sewed a lot and she started teaching me little things on my mom’s machine. My grandparents, being of Greek descent, never believed in throwing anything out unless you have tried every means necessary to save the item. She sewed up holes and hems until you couldn’t save it any longer. Back in Greece in the 30′s and 40′s they made do with what they had or make it yourself so that was what she passed on to me. She taught me how to sew and how to create your own patterns out of paper bags and work from there. She hardly ever bought a pattern. When I was 18(1987) I moved out of my dad’s house and the thing I missed the most was that sewing machine. I didn’t have the room to take it with me to the new place. 4 1/2 years later(1992) my boyfriend and I moved into a house closer to my dad’s so I was then able to go over and sew with my yiayia. When she passed on in 2002 my dad gave the machine to me and it is still being used in my house of 19 years now. My then-boyfriend-now-husband and kids will be moving out to country for some quiet and so we can have a large sewing room on some acreage so my daughter and I can keep on sewing. We now have a 16-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son who are both learning how to sew as well on the same machine I learned how to sew on back in the 70′s. My daugther is wanting to be a fashion designer and would love to make Manga costumes and have her own line of clothing in stores. My son wants to make costumes that guys wear such as Star Wars characters, Zombie characters, etc. If I won this machine I would be teaching my daughter all she need to know to accomplish her clothing line. And it helps that I work part-time in a fabric store so I can get all the fabric I need at a discount, which is wonderful.

  • Brooke

    I am the co-owner of an urban mushroom farm in Seattle and I never knew how much sewing this would bring until we started at the farmers markets a few months ago. Table cloths, basket liners, backdrops, aprons… it’s been a blast, but my little 15 year old machine just can’t keep up! Winning these would be a dream come true, as I’ve never had the chance to use a serger. I’m starting to sew my own clothes as well as thrift-store refashions and I have a feeling a serger would open up new universes! I’m so happy to find your blog and am definitely adding you to those I “follow”!

  • Emily Elizabeth

    As my sister, Alice, and I have been going through my mom’s house the past few months and packing everything up and dividing her belongings, one point of contention has been the sewing machine. It is an ancient brown singer that weighs about a ton but we both want it! My mom sewed all the curtains in our house when I was growing up and taught me to sew pillow cases. I specifically remember being really scared to push the fabric through after my mom telling me a time . Although they weren’t the most ambitious sewing projects both Alice I have come to sewing lately and really gotten into it. I’ve started a quilt and refashioning some clothes while she has been making pillow cases and curtains for her first apartment. So, while we have been remarkably agreeable (so unlike us) in dividing up everything from furniture to stereos, we both really need a sewing machine.

    And, having used a serger some at school (I’m in grad school for ecology and we use a serger to fashion decomposition bags (if you are REALLY interested, here is a description):
    and also getting some experience from my friend’s house who makes and sells clothes, I am really in awe of everything a serger can do and I’m full of awesome project ideas.

    So, in conclusion, winning this sewing machine would do wonders for my relationship with my only sister. Although we are of course always there for each other, especially during hard times, it’s a lot of work keeping these relationships strong. Not having to argue over my mom’s sewing machine would certainly make it easier.

  • Sandy Johnson

    Eighth grade. I’m learning to sew in homec class–I choose an impossible denim jumper from the big gorgeous Simplicity catalog. My fabric had humongous flowers on denim–it was the seventies–and I used my mom’s fairly new, at the time, Singer sewing machine. It was built into a beautiful cabinet, and at 85 years old, she still sews with it. But back to my junior high sewing story…long story short…I broke a needle on my mom’s precious machine, she got mad, I quit sewing, I got an “F” on the project! However, at the end of the year I entered a drawing to win one of the two huge sewing pattern catalogs, and I won! Cut to me, at thirty years old, and I find that old catalog in Mom’s attic. So, I go out and buy my own Singer portable sewing machine, sit at my dining table for a week, and learn to sew. Happy.

  • Debbie M

    I have been sewing since I was in high school. I asked for a sewing machine for graduation(1975). My parents said I would have to prove that I would use the machine. I sewed so much my senior year that mom got tired of me using her machine all the time. So much so that they gave me my graduation present(Singer Touch &Sew) in Feb of my senior yr. I am still using that same machine in 2011. I have sewed for my daughter,made lots of gifts etc and now I have a new granddaughter to sew for. My original machine still works great and has only had tuneups over the years but I wouldn’t mind having something a little more modern as well as a serger.

  • Debbie

    When I was a young bride and mother, my husband and I moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Although I’d learned to sew in high school, and later on my step-mom’s machine, where I bought my very first, new to me Singer Sewing 600 machine. I sewed everything from clothes, to curtains, to car seat covers on that machine.

    Because it was an old machine, I thought a new one would be better. So, I sold that one and bought a brand new Kenmore. What a huge mistake that was, because that machine was poorly designed so that the feed dogs wouldn’t move the fabric forward.

    That one was given away to someone who was a Kenmore fan and I found myself another Singer, but still wanted another Singer 600. It’s been over 20 years and I finally found not one, but 3 of these awesome machines and they sew as beautifully as that old machine I bought when I was 21.

    Thanks for allowing me to share this story, not everyone is totally into sewing as I am and it’s very nice to know there are others who enjoy hearing these sorts of stories as much as I do.


  • Brittney

    Wow, what a great give away! I started watching my mom sew at an early age and apparently was mesmerized by it and wanted to learn to do it too. When I was in Junior high I took home ec. and learned a few skills my mom hadn’t taught me but just 6 years ago I got a serger for Christmas from my wonderful husband. I was SO excited to really hon my sewing skills but didn’t have anyone to show me until about 3 years ago. A woman I attended church with is an amazing seamstress and took me and a couple others under her wing and showed us some skills. It has made sewing lots easier and the finish product much nicer. I still would love to learn so many things and plan to! Winning these machines would be great as I have 4 daughters I am passing my love of sewing onto!! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  • Laura

    Congratulations on your new book!
    My sewing journey started with an old school sewing desk, used as a homework desk when i was in middle school. I loved working the foot pedal while I did homework. I sewed a few skirts in high school and didn’t really pick anything up until I moved to Brooklyn after college. I found really great bedspreads that I wanted to turn into curtains and since I didn’t have a machine, I stitched them all by hand. Then I met my now husband who had a sewing machine that his mother bought for really basic uses. I’ve been using this for the past 3 years and it’s been good for the pillows, curtains and random hole patching. I’m now working on about 1 project a week (bedskirt, duvet cover, dresses, tanks) and i’m looking forward to starting my first quilt soon! It’s really changed how i think about decorating our home (Oh, I can make that!) and I love applying my design skills to a new medium!

  • Lyssa Parnell

    Hey Brett!

    I love your blog! Thanks so much for the great giveaways you do. Ok, my sewing story: My position at work was deleted a week before my maternity leave was up. I started making baby wipe cloth cases and wanted to be able to make bibs and burp cloths to match. I had talked about wanting to get my grandmothers old Singer fixed. My husbands grandmother gave me her old Singer machine that was in a cabinet that looks like a table. She gave me a quick lesson on how to sew. So I started making bibs and burp cloths to sell at a local consignment store. My husbands other grandmother gave me another machine that she had bought at a yard sale. It is a Kenmore machine. She taught me how to use a pattern and helped me make my first little girl dress. YEA! I was so excited! My grandmother would be so proud because she use to sew all her children’s cloths. The Kenmore had more stitch options, like a wide zig-zag that I use on the seams, where the Singer only had various straight stitches. So I started making pillowcase dresses, peasant tops, and pants also to sell at the consignment store. Any extra money was greatly needed because I could not find a job. Then my Kenmore started breaking thread. My husband’s grandmother tried to fix it for me but said it was not fixable. So my sister is letting me borrow her machine for the mean time until I can save up for one. So I would love to be able to win this giveaway! Thanks again for your blog and giveaway opportunties.


  • Sara

    I learned to sew when I was very young from my mother because I always wanted to make barbie clothes. Then my great aunt had a swimsuit company and I stayed with her over the summer when I was a teenager and I saw all the wonderful things she can make herself with all her commercial sewing machines, they looked scary to me at that time. So when I was 20 years old and living on my own I went and bought a singer sewing machine with my tax return and it still works great 11 years later. Now my aunt gave me her business of bathingsuit patterns and so many are retro styles but I can’t afford a serger to make them, so I have to sew the bathingsuits old school style.

  • Susan Mullis

    My mother taught me to sew on a 1938 Featherweight…LOVED that machine!! Would sew anything from voile to canvas webbing. She allowed me to create troll clothes at a very young age using a simplicity troll clothes pattern, lots of felt, and the FW. Currently I am using a Davis Vertical Feed treadle from 1892. Brilliant walking foot machine, but not particularly portable!!

  • Mary

    Amazing how this came out just after I was thinking 2 weeks ago how a surger or another sewing machine would have helped!

    My story, I grew up with a mom who quilts, and uses an old cast iron Singer from the 70s. The kind that has a foot pedal but in order to reverse you have to actually turn a wheel on the side of the machine as there is no reverse on the machine itself. When I was young she showed me once how to sew together bits of fabric to make a log cabin block, which was then made into a mini quilt for one of my stuffed animals, a pound puppy knock off I named Freckles. Years later I got it into my head to make my own ren fair costume for my wedding. So online I went hunting for a good deal on a sewing machine. Of course I got a Singer, but it seems years later I got that one model that wasn’t as good as they normally are. More on that in a moment. So my first ever real sewing project I made a dress, which ended up with a crooked hem once I was wearing it with a hoop skirt! Oops? My next project was a few years later, my sewing machine gathered dust in it’s box where I had stored it. That time I made 2 bustle skirts for 2 different Steampunk outfits for my first ever trip to Dragon Con. I spent a week and a half and hours sewing to get them done in time. And then my sewing machine went back into it’s box to collect more dust for another 2 years.

    A few months ago I was drafted into a night club event with a Wild West Steampunk theme as one of our Saloon Girl Dancers (The Brass Belles). Three of us spent over the course of a week and a half slaving away with my machine and one other machine sewing 4 Saloon Girl costumes, 4 can-can skirts, and 3 dresses. Halfway though the 2nd day of sewing more ruffles then you can imagine for the can-can skirts my machine started to sound like there was a mouse on a squeaky wheel running in it every time I pushed the pedal to make it go. So I oiled it, with no real improvement on the sound, but the skirts had to get done so I pushed on. About 2 hours later the machine seized up entirely! So there I was in a panic that we would never get all the ruffles sewn and not be able to finish our costumes in time! I started to oil the machine again, and again no improvement, the only way to get the wheel to turn was by flooring the pedal and then turning the knob by hand by sheer force. That is no way to try to sew! Not to mention if I kept at it the motor would burn out. I took a break hoping that maybe a rest was what the machine needed, but to no avail that didn’t help either. I then had to take the whole machine apart in order to oil the culprit pivot point! Finally there was success in getting the machine back in working order! I was so relieved that I did manage to get it working without having to take it into a shop and loose even more valuable sewing time. As it was, after a week and a half of sewing our brains out we were still doing last minute bits up until almost time for the show! But thankfully we managed to get it done, despite my machines locking up and deciding it liked to eat bobbin thread like crazy every hour or so. We must be crazy though as we have all agreed to do it all over again next February for a 20′s themed event. I’m hoping that for that event we will have one more machine at least available to work with as 2 machines for 3 people to use at once does not work overly well!

  • Jessica Rindeikis

    I am new to sewing and need all the help I can get! <3 Getting your book on pay day next month! <3 this blog. Thanks!

  • Linda

    I have been wanting to learn how to sew for a few months and have been looking through various blogs and found yours today. I would LOVE to win a sewing machine to get started on my quest to fulfill all my crafty desires! Thank you! – L

  • Rebecca Parker

    I finally started sewing this year using my mom’s old Singer. Now that I have a little confidence I think a new machine would take my projects to the next level!

  • Kelly G

    When I was 12, my mom took my sisters to disney on ice but I said I was too big to go to that, so my dad said- too big to go, then you’re old enough to learn to sew! We went to the store and got supplies. He taught me how to use the sewing machine that day. I bought three different patterns, and combined them all- the neck of one, the bottom of another and skirt of another (A Hot Pants dress/pant combo thing). I thought I was the hottest thing ever! (And was sent home from school when I wore it!) I started making my clothes- bolero’s and gaucho pants galore! Around my senior year, I stopped as it ‘wasn’t cool’ anymore, sadly.

  • cara baxter

    i learned when i was little.. my sister gave me her first sewing machine. (i needed it to sew the napkins for my wedding). but the tension was all off and the only stitch it would do was zig zag. haha. so now she has given me her other back up sewing machine.. (she has a sewing business). however i don’t have much patience for when i sew. i can’t seem to stay in a straight line!!! ugh. drives me insane. haha. but i try and practice. and i think maybe i am slowly getting better… or not.. it’s hard to tell. haha. but i could use a working sewing machine! that does more than one stitch! :]

  • E. Sharon Smith

    Oh…I would love these!
    I learned to sew on my grandmothers treadle Singer machine, when I was about 6. She loved that machine and had bought another one for her desert cabin, in Landers, CA., so she wouldn’t be without one. She added an electric motor to the 1st one, and had it for many years. My cousin bought the desert cabin and as far as I know still has that Singer machine.

  • Missy French

    I miss my Grandmother for many reasons! And now that she is gone, one of my treasured items is her machine. I sat on the bed beside her many days as she made clothes, stuffed animals, quilts, and numerous other things. We were not a wealthy family with money. But creativity and love we have in abundance, because of her! That machine is cherished, along side my mother-in-law’s machine. Both ladies have had major impacts on my life that I will never be able to repay to them. I will be able to share the gift of creativity and craft to my children. While their machines don’t work so well, and I’m learning to fix them, they are great reminders that great love can come from something so simple.
    So whoever wins, remember to share your creations!!

  • Tifa Kerbal

    I don’t have a great story, but I did ask for a sewing machine when I graduated from college. My mum bought me a pink Brother and I think it’s adory. Then I got another for more industrial (camping and hiking equipemnt) projects and taught my boyfriend how to sew the basics. Now he takes in his own t-shirts on his own, he’s tall and skinny, and I think that’s super cool.
    That’s all!

  • Wilma

    When I was 16 years old, my mom bought an inexpensive straight stitch Kenmore sewing machine from Sears. When she died, I kept the machine. I now own a pricey computerized machine. I must tell you, that old Kenmore outshines the new one by a mile with perfect straight stitches. I will be 75 years old on July 27 and that old machine keeps going as do I. Someday it will belong to my daughter. Hopefully not in the near future! That’s my true story and I’m sticking to it.

  • Cindy Rericha

    My mom would always sew things for us as kids, wacky Halloween costumes, comfy flannel pajamas, my prom dress. Well when I was around i’d saw 12 I asked her to show me how to sew as well. So for that Christmas I had her teach me and help me sew special throw pillows for everyone in our family for home made presents. Ever since that day I have been sewing up a storm, anything from costumes, to Renfaire garb, to party dresses. I now teach my friends how to sew even the most stubborn and antagonistic attitudes towards using a sewing machine I somehow manage to get them through their first projects and then let them take off and have fun.

  • Pam Barry

    I learned to sew from my mom and also in girl scouts. I have been sewing for years. I have always wanted to use a surger though. I never had the opportunity! This is an awesome give away.

  • Kimberley Osborne

    My grandmother was a terrific seamstress! You worked & retired from a sewing factory. I have always been fascinated with fabric, notions, quilting, and the power & beauty of the sewing machines. Singer was the brand of my Mamaw’s sewing machine & I am drawn to them in hopes of allowing her passion to live on through me, her only granddaughter, for the Lord took her home almost 2 years ago! I miss her terribly! I once knew how to use the machines, but couldn’t afford one of my own so I own a ton of fabric with lots of ideas as to what I could do with it all, but no machine. I would love to win this so I could make my own mother a quilt the way her mother once did. Thank you for your time & God bless!

  • Laura J

    My mom has an old all metal Singer from the 70s that I learned to use in elementary school. It was great, only went forward & reverse with one basic zig-zag. I just recently decided that I should learn to sew (again) & bought myself a new modern Brother. It’s plastic, lightweight, & has 60 built in stitches. It would be nice if it lasts somewhere near as well as Mom’s Singer, but I doubt it will.

  • Deborah Walker

    I was a little girl when I started to learn to sew. When I visited my great grandma’s house. Grandma had lots of scrap material and she let me cut out doll clothes and sew on her treadle sewing machine. I learned alot from her. Now my grandma is gone and I am a grandma. My little grand daughter wants to learn to sew. Having these machines would be nice to teach her to sew and learn on. I hope someday she will look back and remember me also and say I helped to teach her and her little sister to sew. I would also like to say that my grandma which is the daughter to my great grandma will be 100 yrs old this Sept., she has lots of stories about her mom and all the things that great grandma made and did! And so I hope that everone who want’s to learn to sew has a chance to do so, from a careing person like I did.

  • Judy B.

    I’m ready for a new machine! Good luck with your book!

  • Carol

    Although my great grandmother sewed for a living, I didn’t really learn from her (I guess I wasn’t interested, boy oh boy I wish I had been). I took Home Ec. in high school and learned basic sewing, embroidery, cooking, etc. I did spend my Easter break at the school getting help from the teacher’s assistant in redoing my skirt and blouse. I have improved through the years though.
    I follow you on facebook and thanks so much for the contest!

  • Steven

    My memories of sewing machines are the green Kenmore my mother loathes, but she still owns, probably because it weighs about a billion pounds and it’s too much hassle to lug it out of the bottom of the closet. Every bit of sewing was saved up until it was necessary to haul out the Kenmore and do all repairs and sewing at once. My own first sewing machine was a Sears model a friend left in her house when they moved a thousand miles away and, since the van was gone and they weren’t coming back, I took ownership. Only thing I ever sewed on it was a very wonky snowball quilt block and Christmas cards that involved sewing short pieces of ribbon down to form the shape of a tree.

  • Stacy M.

    I have just discovered your site and I LOVE it! I am so excited about your tutorials, to get your book, and to follow your blog!

    I wish my grannie or my mom would have taught me to sew way back when, but my sewing history has been a slow, self-taught, and at times very tangled, one. My first project was with a hand-held sewing machine sewing an old towel into a messenger bag with a cargo pocket from an old pair of pants sewn onto the front as a front pocket. The machine broke on me towards the end of my bag and I was never able to use it again. At that point I began doing lots of projects, but all by hand. It took FOREVER! Finally, when I was in college my family all went in together and bought me a Brother sewing machine. I was so excited to use it, but then let my brother borrow it… I didn’t see it for another 4 years. I finally got it back a few months ago and immediately sat down and gave myself a refresher course. Now, we are moving states and it’s back in its box. Hopefully, once we’re settled again I’ll be able to do all the sewing I’ve ever dreamed of! I am thankful for my Brother Machine, but these machines would be an awesome reward for a lot of patience and frustration. :)

  • Pamela Tocco

    I’m 20 years old, and a self employed, self taught artist. I hope to become an avid seamstress, yet my machine’s thread feed is sub par, let alone the fact it’s old and really touchy. Art is my life, and sewing fascinates me, but unfortunately, is an expensive hobby, so i hope to eventually get a good machine :) I love creating beautiful and rich projects, and hope to become a better artist for it.

  • Barbara Moss

    I started sewing doll clothes when I was 5, garments at 11. The rest is history – I just love to sew. Nothing takes my mind off “things” like sewing does. Hours can go by without me even noticing the time.

  • Suzanne Byers

    Ohhhh myyyy…. I would love to win a sewing machine. I used to have one, but I lost it in a storage unit a couple years ago and haven’t been able to replace it. After a divorce & losing my house, my kids and I were homeless for quite some time. The furniture & things I did keep went into storage. I could only afford to pay for one unit. Needless to say, the unit with my sewing machine in it, had to go. We are back on our feet & have new furniture, however I haven’t been able to get a sewing machine, yet. Therefore, I now sew everything by hand and it takes forever. I used to make purses & satchels to sell. I would love to get back into doing that again. Anyway, this would be a dream come true to win one. Thank you for at least giving me the hope that I could possibly get one.

  • Wyndee

    My mother shared her love of sewing with me at a very young age! Her Singer from the 1960′s just died. I would love to get her a new machine. There are so many to choose from. I love to sew!

  • Cheryl

    I learned to sew on my Mom’s old Singer with cams for the deco stiches. When I got married she gave me the machine and talked my Dad into a new machine. When I finally met my MIL( after almost 2 yrs) she had an old trendle Singer with an attachment box(rare). Well I told her she could give me that one anytime. After 10 yrs of marriage she came to help us move into the house we built and showed up with the treadle Singer in the back of her truck. It has sat in my living room for 17 yrs know and sews a great seam. I had never tried it until after hurricane Katrina and it was wonderful to be able to fix drapes for friends without power.

  • Sarah

    My mother had her mothers old black singer with greek key decals in a burgundy portable case. I use the word portable loosely, as that machine was very heavy. I learned how to sew on that wonderful machine when my mom bought a new machine years later. I made my self clothes in high-school, and clothes for dolls that I had long since stopped playing with. When I went to Art school at university, that old singer went with me, sewing me dresses out of paper. Years later, I moved to the US from Canada and my mother sold that machine when she moved to a new home. I’m still sad about it. Since then I have acquired an old Singer treadle and a vintage Pfaff electric, but it doesn’t come close to that old work horse that I learned on so long ago.

  • Emma

    I have an old Singer 1812 that I got for free. Someone posted on Craigslist trying to get rid of things, including an old sewing machine. They had put the stuff out in the alley behind their house. I told my boyfriend there were free records (which there were! the truth!) that he might want to take a peek at, and oh yeah, can you pick up the sewing machine for me if it’s still there? He drove over and the records were boring, but the machine is now mine! It still works!

  • Christine

    I am an artist that has never dabbled in sewing beyond simple mending, although I constantly have visions of great textile sculpture projects I could be bringing to life…if only i knew how to use a sewing machine. Owning this set would open up an infinite number of creative doors for me!

  • Brenda Wells

    Oh, I so want to learn to serge. I would love to win this machine! I don’t know what machine I learned to sew on, but I do remember the very nice neighbor who taught me the basics. The feeling of being 12 years old and realizing that if you can see it, you can make it!

  • Christina Oehl

    I learned to sew almost 40 years ago and was quite good at it, but haven’t sewn anything in about 20 years – other than mending and heming. I thought your new book would be perfect to rejuvenate my my sewing skills. Last year I resurrected my dormant crocheting skills and I can’t stop.

  • Linda

    I never technically learned how to sew but I dabbled it in when I was a little since my Mom had the industrial machines. She doesn’t sew anymore but her machines are way TOO LARGE for me to take. I live in a tiny apt. so these Singers would be perfect! Love your video on the 1 hour skirt. You make it look so simple!! Can’t wait to try. Thank you!!!

  • Colleen Robert

    My mom taught me to sew when I was 6 years old and that started my love affair with fabric and sewing. She’s gone now, but I try to sew for a while each day and it makes me feel so good and so close to her.

  • Carol Warnock

    I learned to sew when I was 8 or 9 on my mom’s old Singer. When I was around 12 my mom was tired of every time she went to use her machine I was using it – so she bought me my own Singer. I have sewn many year with that great machine and now 40 year later I am teaching my 7 year old grand-daughter to sew on that machine. I would love a new machine!!

  • Kelly Daigle

    As a child I have memories of my mom sewing and my grandmother. I gave it a try when I was around nine but I have to say I hated it. LOL. Jump to age 27, After I had my triplets, I decided I really wanted to sew for the girls because i just couldnt see spending all that money when I could make it myself. I started learning how to smock and then my love of sewing took off from there because well someone had to finish the dress after I was done smocking it:) I must say that I am addicted! It is my favorite hobby and my escape from the chaos in my life:) I would love to win this sewing machine and serger set!!!

  • Heide

    I bought myself a machine several years ago, so I could finally teach myself to sew. It’s a Brother, not the most basic model but def. not fancy. I didn’t want to make too much of an investment, in case I didn’t end up loving sewing. But guess what? I ended up loving sewing. I’ve used the bejeezus out of that machine and I sure could use a new one with a little more chutzpah!

  • Meghan Hargraves

    I got my Singer 7 years ago for my birthday when I was making quilts for all the new cousins in the family. I was sick of borrowing a machine, so I told my mother I wanted one. I love it, and I have recently decided to start calling my dining room “my studio” so I can justify leaving it out and at the ready at all times.

  • Jeanne Marchiondo

    I learned to sew first by watching and then by sewing along with my mother (who is now 82 yrs. young) on her ELECTRIC Singer sewing machine. Mom learned to sew on a foot-operated paddle Singer when she was a girl. The electric Singer is still operational at mom’s house and it sits in a place of honor in her front room. There were seven kids in our family and mom used to sew all of our clothes. Ah, the memories!

  • Jet

    I am a fan! Just bought 2 of your books on Amazon!!!!

  • Ingrid

    During the 50s my mother inherited an old Singer from a neighbour, with this machine she sewed skirts and dresses for me, outfit for balls in the 60s. Meanwhile the Singer is standing in my sewing-room, it still works, but I prefer to sew my quilts with a modern Pfaff-machine or a Brother, but I love the old one reminding me of the past.

  • Janice Pauley

    I learned to sew in Junior High. My mom had an old machine with a knee pedal, it had two speeds off and crazy fast. I’ve sewn a lot over the years, mostly window treatments, but am really getting into tailoring now.

  • Carol Scheer

    I bought a pattern and fabric and sewed a dress by hand when I was 11; after that, my parents bought me a wonderful reconditioned Kenmore which I still have – it could use replacing though it still works! I have been sewing ever since, clothes and costumes for my long-grown children, household stuff, even a quilt! I am the pants-hemmer for a long list of friends and family!

  • Erin

    What an amazing giveaway!!! So glad I stumbled upon your site! I remember as a very young girl, my aunt would sew clothes for all of her kids, and my siblings and me, too! She picked such pretty fabric, and I was the youngest girl, and got to wear all of the dresses she made for my older sister’s, too! She passed when I was only 6, but I got to wear her dresses until I was about 12! I taught myself to sew in high school, and now make a few things for myself, my daughter, and our home. I’ve been *dying* to make some sweater throws and quilts, refashioning old sweaters to do so, but I really need a serger for such a project!

  • Sylvia

    I learned to sew on my moms old black singer way back in 1966. My mom would sew barefoot and that is how she taught me. To this day I have to sew barefoot.
    I wish we still had that old singer but mom gave it to a friend in need.

  • Anita

    Hello! My name is Anita and I have been dreaming of an opportunity like this for a while. Even with all of the comments, I hope for a shot :]

    Both my Oma and Opa (grandparents) taught me to sew. He was a pattern designer, tailor and fitter and she was a lovely housewife! But only our family knew how amazing Oma was, she was the jack of all trades. She was my Opa’s right hand seamstress at home. From all the matching dresses my cousins and I wore to the Halloween costumes to repairing any type of clothing, they provided all of this talent, to give my life all of the amazing stories I have of them today. Although retired and elderly, luckily I still have the pleasure of they’re greatness! I LOVE SEWING and creating costumes, if only I had access to equipment! It has been too long for me and I have so many ideas flying through my creative head. I wish the statement wasn’t true about the “starving artist!” Using the regular sewing machine to the zickzack machine and hand sewing has been a blast for me. My friends would always wonder how I could spend so much time creating and sewing. I hope I can continue!! No words could really tell you how passionate I truly am about this! I could go on forever so thank you for this chance!! :D

  • Malka Michaela

    Wow. I am the 745 commenter!
    I come from Prague, Czech Republic, currently living in Brooklyn, NY.
    My mom has a singer machine in Prague, gazillion yrs old. When I lived there I studied sewing in a high school, despite my refusal. Mom just thought it was important trade to know. Not art. Which is what I wanted to study.
    One day, while doing sewing homework on my mom’s singer, I sew through my finger! I broke the needle and demonstrated to my mom how this is really not for me….
    20 yrs later I am an artist, not a seamstress, but having little children, I am starting to miss what I have learned at school and make few things here and there on my constantly falling apart and jamming up Style-Mate. I need an upgrade and I’d love to win this machine! I am browsing daily sewing blogs with free tutorials and am drooling and envying those who have the means to saw such lovely projects.
    Thank you for this offer. Your site is lovely and I love the design of your new book. The fabric bawls look fun to make!

  • Kelley Robison

    I learned how to sew on my Mom’s old Singer. I remember the heavy yellow machine that always worked! I think I even dropped it once by accident when the cover clasps gave way to the weight. And it still worked! My Mom used the machine more than she liked. Much of the sewing she did was out of necessity for her nine children (I am the oldest). She dreaded Halloween because of so many costumes. She sewed two prom dresses for me in the early 90s. I got the sewing bug in High School, again, partly out of necessity. But I thought, if I want it, why not make it! Once I sewed myself a navy blue velvet dress…and it turned out nice enough to wear to the theater to see Phantom of the Opera with my Grandfather. I think she still has the same machine, and I am now 37 year old! I do not have my own machine right now. I tried to get a compact version once, also a Singer. But it did not last long…I could not figure out the tension, and then I gave it to a friend. I miss having a machine to sew. I have taken up knitting and I occasionally hand stitch small projects. But having my own sewing machine would be wonderful. And maybe my children (currently trying to conceive) will write their memories of their mother’s Singer 40 years from now.

  • Sharon White

    This is an awesome opportunity, Thank you! Love your site, it’s so fresh, colorful and inspiring. I’m in Illinois, and we have had horribly hot weather so staying in and sewing is perfect. I learned to sew from my mom, she bought us identical sewing machines. She is no longer with us, so I passed her machine on to my brother’s wife, and still have my original as well. It definately doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as this one does, and is having some tension issues. But I’m too sentimental to want to part with it, makes me think of her and the patience she showed me in teaching me a life skill! I’m booking marking your site…Thanks again!

  • Kendra

    I inherited my first sewing machine in college from a boyfriend’s mother. It was demonically possessed and was stored–with trepidation—in a closet for a decade or so. After the birth of my son, my husband bought me a Kenmore for Mother’s Day. It’s a great little machine, but pretty basic and the tension doesn’t always cooperate. My daughter uses the machine now to make doll clothing. For Christmas two years ago, I asked for a new sewing machine, one that could handle knits. After much research (and budget concerns), I settled on a Janome. In a somewhat-comedic twist of faith, the sewing machine I received was defective. And the one after that. And the one after that. All seems fine, now, but every time I sit down to sew, I halfway expect the machine to freeze on me.

    I’ve ordered your book and can’t wait to try out some new projects. Congratulations!

  • Diane K

    Oh my!! My mom taught me how to sew and I loved it. I made all my school clothes throughout high school.
    I’m a nana now so I would love a new machine to sew for the 3 granddaughters. :-)

  • Mary F

    I grew up with the humming of my mom’s sewing machine constantly in the air. She taught my friends and I how to make simple bean bag animals and vests for our ‘secret club’. I didn’t think much about sewing once I hit high school- it took taking a basic costume construction class for Theatre while at college to reawaken my love of my mom’s craft. After college, I dreamed of having my own sewing machine, but lacked the funds. I hunted on ebay until I found an old, unused Kenmore for $14. I pounced, and haven’t looked back since!

  • Karen Ringen

    I’m really looking forward to your new book. I need all the help I can get.

    My mother was an accomplished sewer and when we were little she made clothes for us. She stopped when she became a single mom of three and had no time for her creativity. I can remember going into her closet once in a while and sorting through her box of “unfinished symphonies”. A handful of pieces she never finished with pins still in the fabric. Her old warhorse Singer was only used for patching and repairs as I got older.

    I’ve recently started sewing with the help of a friend. I was so intimidated by the sewing machine that I could hardly push the peddle to make it go. My first project was a fat quarter purse and now I’m hooked. My hope is to start making aprons I can then embroider. The machine I have now is good for making a straight line but that’s about it. A new one would be grand!

  • Barbara RR

    Singer sewing machines flood me with happy memories. My mother had a black one she bought in the 1950′s and it came in a small wooden cabinet. My brother still has it at his house and refuses to part with it. My mother taught me to use her machine and then I continued to learn sewing in home ec. classes. I made a lot of my clothes during high school and college and beyond. When I finally started earning a salary, I began to buy more clothes but the quality of home made, in my opinion, is still the best. I got my own Singer portable when I graduated from college and was able to pack it in the car and take it with me when I moved to California. I have since moved on to a machine with more bells and whistles, but nothing will ever beat the quality of my mother’s straight stitch machine that only went forward and backward.

  • Nicole

    What an amazing giveaway!!
    My mother was a seamstress while I was growing up. She was so talented and used to make my clothes her friends’ wedding dresses. A few years ago, she had to sell her treasured industrial sewing machine to move across the country and has felt a little incomplete ever since. Now, she’s trying to teach me to sew on my own machine and I can see how much she wishes she had her’s back. If we lived closer, I would give mine to her, but this giveaway would be the perfect gift for her!

  • Katie Bouchillon

    My boyfriend bought me my first sewing machine after i watched hours of Threadbanger and thought, “I can do that.” He was totally supportive and I have been sewing for about 3 years now, slowly improving my skills one project at a time. This is a great giveaway and if I won, I would have a GREAT reason to learn how to use a serger.

  • TJ Armstrong

    I learned to master my skills on a very basic Kenmore with two options – straight stitch or zigzag. I drooled over the fancy new machines that looked like they could do the whole project without human help and imagine what one could produce with such a huge array of stitches at your fingertips. Well after sewing to help my kids wardrobes and my home for over 30 years, I felt I had probably saved enough to buy something a little nicer and got a modest, used Brother with 20 stitch patterns. I was so excited, you cannot imagine what I was dreaming up! Truth be told, I am still defaulting to my Kenmore more often than not, simply because trying to set up the proper tensions to make the stitches look like they should on the Brother is such a daunting exercise that I can be done with the entire thing on the old machine before the new one is properly set up. I haven’t given up yet, I know it takes experience to master, but I have to wonder if I just should move up a little further in the chain to a nicer machine or master this. Never had so much frustration as my “dream” machine! Good old Kenmore. After writing this, I suppose I should get the Brother serviced to see if it is indeed the machine before I struggle longer, duh?!!

  • Julia

    I have no sewing machine right now. The one I did have belonged to my mother, but unfortunately broke during a move across country! I would love to win these!

  • Celina

    My mother had a sewing machine, a basic Singer, and around age 14, I started altering my clothes, going to thrift shops, and trying to design basic outfits — I was a wannabe punk in suburbia in the early 1990s, but in retrospect, my outfits were a mishmash of styles. I did goofy things like hand-dye terry cloth burgundy red and make a long fitted dress with a bright red exposed zipper down the back, zipping from top to bottom, so that I could adjust the length of the slit. My skills weren’t too great, but I had so much fun. Since these were the days before the internet, I made up instructions for myself as I went along– I had no idea of how to make patterns, so I made them out of newspaper from existing garments… During my sophomore year in high school, I sewed a new outfit for every day of the school year! After high school, I felt like I didn’t have enough time for such pursuits. But now…. I think I can make time (albeit not as much as back then). And I can learn skills and practice patience better than I could back then…

    So, I haven’t sewn in around two decades now, and I have been itching to do so. This would be such a dream come true.

  • Mike T

    My mother taught me to sew when I was a little about 8.
    In doing so, she taught me that i could do anything and ensured that I’d always have buttons on my shirts and pants just the right length.

  • Bonnie

    My aunt is a quilter and taught me to sew when I was in middle school, but I’ve always found sewing machines to be a little intimidating. I have piles of projects in my head, and fabrics I’ve accumulated for them… I just need a machine and some extra confidence to get started!

  • sp

    i have been using a singer portable that my mom found for me at a yard sale…she eventually found another and uses it instead of having to start up the old industrial strength monster she used to work with. i forget the name of this particular model, but it’s a soft cream/yellow. the french version had a big daisy pattern on the front and it proudly boasts on the cover that the machine is “electronic.” and not in the way that the giveaway is electronic – it just uses electricity to run, that’s all. it’s been a great little machine, but it’s really showing its age and it’s limitations, especially on heavy fabrics (i’ve broken countless needles this past year alone). i need a new machine so i can slip cover my entire apartment in pleather and keep the dog hair from permanently attaching to everything i own!!!!!!!!!

  • Indiana de la Cruz

    My dad worked as a maintenance man in the apartment complex we lived in, and whenever people would move and leave stuff behind, my dad would come home loaded down with goodies. His pack-rat tendencies reinforced my bookworm tendencies (people throw out SOOOO many books) and eventually lead to my crack-levels of dependency on crafting. I remember when he brought home my first sewing machine. It was an old, off-brand model. One built into a wooden table. He huddled over it for hours, trying to figure out how to thread it, before finally hooting with glee when he figured it out. He taught me how to “sew in a straight line,” and a few days later, after hours of sewing old sheets into small squares, I went out to the library and checked out a Singer sewing book.

    I had that same sewing machine for YEARS. Through high school and most of college. It finally died on me sophomore year of college. I was devastated – it was my first true love. So my fiance at the time, my second true love (he always appreciated when I said that) went out on black Friday and bought me a Brother machine from Wal-Mart. That might not seem like much to most people, but we were poor college students at the time, and $70 was a big wad of cash to us. That was enough to buy ramen and Sam’s Cola for a month!

    I hugged him and my new machine, and instantly fell in love. It’s the sewing machine I have to this day! Partly because I can’t afford to replace it (it’s a very simple machine, but gets the job done), and partly because my fiancee passed away a few years ago, and I find it hard to part with gifts he bought me. One of these days I need to upgrade to a new machine, and when that day comes I know three little girls (my nieces) who are just about the right age to start learning how to sew.

  • Sandy Li

    i started sewing around Christmas of 2010 and i got my first and only singer sewing machine at that point in life. i love hand sewing but i also love using the sewing machine. i would love to win this giveaway because i never won before(: && im currently working on a lot of project that has to do with sewing and i really want to go to FIDM too <3

  • Ariel

    my mom sewed everything i wore from birth till around 1st grade although she continued to sew my halloween costume each year. my great aunt was a seamstress and made her own patterns so she passed that information onto my mom who is attempting to pass it on to me in random spurts. i used my moms sewing machine for a few projects before she got me my own singer. its the most basic model and has trouble sewing anything too thick which deters me from quilting on it but i sewed my great aunt a lap blanket when she came down with liver cancer and she used it until the day she died so i’ll always treasure the machine for that reason.

  • Annie V

    I don’t have a sewing machine of my own, but when I was a child, I used to try to sew things whenever my mom or grandmother left their machines turned on and unattended (which wasn’t often). I would sew pieces of scrap fabric together, which was pretty harmless, but I turned the knobs recklessly and messed up all of their settings. To keep me in check, my mom would tell me the story about the lady in her quilt group who sewed through her finger with her sewing machine, got the needle stuck/broken, and had to go to the hospital. Her cautionary tale worked pretty well–I’m afraid of running over my finger, to this day!

  • Stephanie

    I just found your website through CRAFT. It’s lovely! I’ve favorited it and will be back to try the skirt tutorial!!

    My sewing machine story? After graduating from college, I desperately needed a hobby to keep me sane while I worked part time at Old Navy and applied for graduate school. I decided to pick up sewing, since I had always been inspired by some favored bloggers. It’s been an exciting learning experience since then.

    Thanks so much for such a generous giveaway!

  • Skye Arthur

    My grandmother was a sewing machine, badum-tish! She sewed all of my mother’s groovy ‘60s mini-dresses on an old cream-colored Singer that weighed a ton. My mother inherited this monstrous machine, weaving curse words into every stitch (she doesn’t enjoy sewing, though she’s very skilled) of many dance costumes and Halloween outfits. Unfortunately, that machine ended up in a garage sale; so when I was bitten by the sewing bug, I began researching machines and ended up with a tidy list that I could test drive at my local sewing shop. My boyfriend, however, beat me to the punch and surprised me on my 30th birthday with a children’s Hello Kitty sewing machine (Janome). It wasn’t the machine that I would have chosen, but it was such a sweet gift and I’ve learned a lot with under Ms. Kitty’s tutelage. I am certainly ready to graduate to a full-sized sewing machine and this contest sounds like a great opportunity!

  • Abbie

    I learned machine sewing on my mom’s machine, which I monopolized soon after she purchased it. That could be one of the reasons why my parents gave me my very first sewing machine in celebration of my college graduation. I moved away from sewing several years ago when everything I wanted to sew would have been much easier and more professional-looking if I could have used a serger. In other words, I would LOVE to have a serger!

  • Danielle Haggard

    Hi, Brett! Congratulations on the book! I have been sewing for a long time using my grandmother’s old Singer Sonata that was made in Brazil. It is a heck of a workhorse, but I don’t think it will last until my daughter is ready to learn. I’ve also been crafting for most of my life (over 30 years) since I could pick up my mom’s knitting needle.
    My mom was never good at showing me how to make clothing on the sewing machine, so when we moved back to Michigan, I taught myself how to work with patterns and alter as needed. I find sewing one of the most rewarding and useful things I could do with my life.

    Thank you for offering this opportunity to bring the Singer to my daughter…it is such a generous gift to give to those who find crafting as fulfilling as you do.

  • Monique Leigh

    I learned to sew on my mother’s Singer sewing machine that she had inherited from her mother. Neither of us are certain exactly how old this machine is, but it’s from at least the 50s if not earlier. That thing could power through multiple layers of denim just as easily as it would slide through chiffon. Even after graduating from college and getting married, I would take my project to my mother’s house if it needed sewing.

    About six years into my marriage, my paternal grandmother decided to get a new sewing machine and give me her old one (circa mid-1970s). Sadly, this was one of the Singers made after the decline. It has all sorts of pretty stitches, but the tension is completely wonky. My sewing machine mechanic/repairman/dad can’t get it to keep tension. It works great for about five to ten minutes, and then you have to fight with it again.

    Luckily for me, my husband and I went to our local flea market a couple of years later. I found an “old-fashioned” machine in its original cabinet for $35!! Nothing but straight stitch (you have to physically turn the fabric for a backward stitch, even), but it works! I finally figured out how to determine the year the machine was made, and it turns out that it was made the year I was born – 1972! In Scotland! I’d love to know how it got to Mississippi. :)

    I still want a machine that will actually stitch backwards (without my physically turning the fabric) and has more than one stitch. I’d also love a serger. My husband has a wrestling promotion, and he’s pretty sure we could turn a nice profit making gear for the wrestlers. :)

  • Kate

    With an adorable niece to make projects for, I’d love a Singer and serger! She’s growing fast, so clothes, stuffed toys, and wall art are all on my list…My boyfriend bought me a small Brother machine last Christmas and I’ve been whipping up little projects since. I’d love to graduate to the next level.

  • Megan

    I have a Brother I bought at wal-mart when I was pregnant wit my first son. I spent $109 on it which at the time was a big splurge for us. It has been very good to me. I have made the boys a few things, but have mostly stuck to blankets and quilts that I never seem to finish. Now I am keeping a little girl a few days a week and have been working on a few things for her. It is so fun! Her mom is very low on funds and her dad is dead so it has been nice to make her some cute dresses. My machine is slowly starting to fade and I have been thinking about what to get next. Maybe this will be it!

  • Katie H.

    Just found you and cannot wait to read your book! thanks for the opportunity to win those awesome machines! :)

  • Miss Molls

    My memory is a pretty recent one, but very dear to my heart. Last year, while prepping for our wedding, my mom took time to make pendants and table cloths for us. I cut out the shapes and she put it all together. Although the work wasn’t too complicated, I had sooo much fun working with her. I planned my wedding from afar, so I didn’t get much wedding-bonding time with her – this was much needed! The funny thing is, on the day of the wedding, the pendants didn’t even make it out of the box. They were beautiful, but no matter – they got used at our reception later on in the month.

  • Mary Gleason

    Hi, Brett! Awesome contest, by the way!
    My story starts with my Grandmas Mary and Thelma. Thelma had an old treadle Singer (which I recently restored) made at the turn of the century. I remember when I was little that she used it to make curtains and clothing. Now that I am older (and have grandkids myself), I wonder at the fact that my female ancestors have handed down the crafting gene to me. I love it!

    My mother had seven kids and she always made our clothing. I think I was a teenager before I got my first store bought clothing that was not a hand-me-down. I remember her constantly repairing the clothing of our family. When my mother retired, she helped out the local DHS by teaching the single mothers to craft and sew. Once I moved back to the area, she gave me a machine. It no longer works well. I could certainly use a new one.

    I owned a Singer for most of the 80s and 90s, but when I moved from Oklahoma to Michigan I could no longer use it. It was sad to give it up because my daughter learned to sew on it. I had depended on it grestly to supplement my income. It was quite useful.

    While I have no patience for patterned work, but I do sew to create traditional patchwork fashions for my granddaughter to play in. I have even made stuffed animals to sell at craft fairs. And I love quilting too! I am proud that I can pass on this type of tradition to my daughter and her daughter. It is a skill that everyone should develop.

  • Ruth Ann Gay

    I remember watching my mother sit at her old sewing machine that my daddy had put a electric motor on sewing in the living room. The windows and doors would be open and she would humming as she sewed clothes for one of her eight children. She made beautiful clothes for us. I grew up to work in a sewing plant for about 35 years so I do know how to sew. Since I retired I have taken quilting lesson and would love to have these beautiful machines to practice what I have learned. I would like to make childrens quilts to donate to hospitals for their small patients who have a major illness like ST. Judes hospital. So maybe my dreams will come true and I can make these quilts. Thank you!

  • Yasmine

    My great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother and I are different women, growing up and living in different times and spaces (village Nepal, city Nepal, India, and America). Yet we have thousands of threads that link us to each other. The following illustrates one such thread: sewing.

    Roses are red
    And Violets are blue
    She bought a Singer
    For sew: was all she knew

    Roses are Red
    And Violets are Blue
    She stored the ‘chine
    Chose work instead to pursue

    Roses are red
    And Violets are blue
    She went to college
    And bid the Singer adieu

    Violets can be red
    And Roses can be blue,
    She’s getting a Ph.D
    But she wants to sew too!

  • AbishagV

    Wow…… Just amazing!!! The set is incredible.

  • Sarah Moon

    I really want this sewing machine because I want to further my skills.
    while i was growing up,my dad worked as a tailor and I would watch him fix other people’s clothes.
    i recently became interested in his job recently and took classes to see how it was like hands on.
    i hope to use the sewing machine to further my ambition in becoming a fashion designer

  • Christine

    plllllease pick mee!!! these would be the best evvver :]

  • Jillaine Maes

    I decided to teach myself how to sew when I was living in Boston in 1975. I saved and saved to buy a sewing machine – one with a button hole gizmo that made perfect buttonholes when you placed a button into it and attached it in place of the presser foot. It was a wonderful machine that I still have and always use for buttonholes. Every time I take it in for servicing, the guys in the shop always comment on how old and outdated it is and how they could hook me up with a sleek new machine for only $XXX. And I have purchased other machines in the 35+ years since then but I still love my old machine and use it often. It is like an old friend: it has bumps and bruises and may not be as flashy as newer acquaintances, but it is comfortable, reliable and when it dies one day, will be sorely missed.

  • Marie

    I started sewing when I was like 6-7 years old, just by hand. I didn’t get into machine sewing until I was a teenager and the machine was ancient and honestly a piece of junk. So we got a new machine which is honestly a piece of junk. I wish I had a newer one and a surger to boot because it would make my crafting so much easier and I could sell the baby things I make to make some extra cash.

  • Tara S

    My MIL gave me a serger for my birthday a couple of years ago. I didn’t even know what it was, boy have I loved it now. And what would I do with this lovely prize? Give it to my jealous twin sister :)! Great contest. Thanks!

  • sherry

    I learn to sew in the 8th grade in home-economics class about 36 years ago. I never got to finish my smock because we moved to a new school and I never got to get my stuff. My husband bought me my first Singer sewing machine about 15 years ago, it is still going strong. I bought a Singer embroidery machine/ sewing machine and gave my daughter my older machine. Now wish I would have kept it so I could sew while my embroidery machine is in use. Would love to have this combo. Thanks singer for making good quality machine that last throughout the generations.

  • Pamela Graham

    It was 1973 and my Mother just bought a Sears Sewing Machine with the little cams…I remember the scotty dog cam and thinking….is she really going to get that on our dresses?? and….three months later she died of a brain tumor and rocked the world of six children between the ages of 12 and 21….I struggled at what I wanted to be and about the time I turned 36 (the age she was when she passed) I felt an urge to learn to sew….Mama still lives in me and for that I am so grateful. Thank you for the opportunity and congrats on your new book! Happy Sewing, Pamie G.

  • Annette

    I started sewing when I was about 8-9 years old and learned from my mother. In middle school, during home economic class in sewing, I was bringing my own patterns and sewed an entire outfit in the 4 weeks that the other kids made a drawstring bag. I don’t get to sew very much these days, unless it is a costume for the kids or making repairs. My mom still has the Kenmore sewing machine that I learned on and it looks brand new.

  • Nancy

    My mother taught me how to sew on a Singer Treadmill machine. It was so hard for me I wanted to have nothing to do with sewing. Then I got married, had to boys, and money was tight so I bought a simple Singer machine and began sewing my own clothes and clothes for the boys. Then I quit sewing to go to work. After not sewing for 25 years, I bought the Singer Futura SES1000 and began making a firemen’s quilt for my grandson, and then got the logos from all the sports teams in Chicago and made a quilt for my other grandson going away to college. The Futura is great but difficult in sewing with bulk fabric because of the low throat. I could sure use these two machines and they would be in use all day. I am so happy with Singer.

  • Bonnijean Marley

    I learned to sew when I was in high school using a vintage machine that belonged to my mother. I still have that machine, though it is neglected because I usually use my new machine.

  • John T Croteau

    I hope your new book does well! I always wanted to write a book myself, but I have a learning disability. I love sewing, my grandma was a seamstress and wanted me to take over her bussness and Iwas so young when she asked and didn’t relize what I was passing up. I now sew alot because i don’t work. I’ve always wanted a serger but never bought one because of the exspence, and I knew that i could alway use my regual sewing machine to sew the eadge and make it look just like it was done by a serger. I still would love one. it would save me so much time. well thats my story about sew and missing a great oppatunaty., but my gramma still loved me and showed me everything I know. I’m still learning and teaching others what I know. I believe we are all teachers and students in live at all times. I wish you the best and I’m praying that i can win so i can learn somthing new and after i do i can pass it on. thank much John

  • Susan McCleskey

    My sewing story has more than one influence in my life. Both my grandmothers, my mother and my aunt were and are fantastic seamstress. I have a whole lifetime of wonderful memories that I cherish of each one of these fantastic ladies sewing and making wonderful clothes, house funishings and displays. They all took time to teach me things about sewing and the love for it was implanted inside of my heart. I now am a mother/grandmother/aunt and would love to be able to do the same for one of my children, grandchildren and nieces. This would help me get motivated and start sharing the legacy that these wonderful woman began.

  • Mack

    Alas, my sewing story doesn’t actually end with me learning to sew on a machine. One day my older sister finally decided to hand me down her old sewing machine, it was very exciting, I had so many projects in mind! The only thing standing between me and sewing glory was a dig through the attic the retrieve the machine, this is not an easy task, and after probably an hour of searching in ONE attic, I was informed that it was in the OTHER attic…cut forward to me actually finding it and hauling it out, no cords. That’s right, no cords, my sister had neglected to inform me that she had misplaced the cords years ago to this already old machine. For the time being, my sewing dreams were squashed. Until now, maybe. Great giveaway, thanks for the chance!

  • Heather

    Hi Brett,
    I just got back from vacation, and your book was here waiting for me! I can’t wait to make so many of your projects!

    I got my sewing machine in my mid 20′s as a gift from my mom. I used it once or twice, but I wasn’t very good. A year ago I started sewing. I love making bags (you can never have enoug), but want to try other things. I love sewing and making things to give as gifts.

  • Mary Lee

    When I was little, my half-blind grandmother used to make play clothes for me from chicken feed sacks. It did not inspire me to take up sewing… and warped my fashion sense forever. My college roommate brought her sewing machine with her and could make anything… anything! For instance, she made her father a sports jacket for Father’s Day, monogrammed towels and sheets for Christmas gifts. Eventually, she helped me make a fashionable clothes for myself. I was hooked!

    I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas and received a Sears portable which was only slightly lighter in weight than a Volkswagen, “portable” only because it wasn’t nailed to the floor. Since it’s older than my daughters, who now have kids of their own, it may be time to give the old timer emeritus status and bring in a new one. A serger, too?!? Holy moly!

  • Leslie Alford

    I remember my Grama sewing in her dining room. She had an old singer sewing machine that you folded down into the table and then it had a part that folded back over to make like a table. I remember her telling us that it was the first elecgtric model that singer made. The “pedal” was on the side and you had to push it with your thigh. She died in 1996 and it still works!! I have a singer model machine, but would love to have another, since I have recently gotten interested in quilting.

  • Rachel B

    Your book look great! Congrats

    I got my first sewing machine for Christmas while in highschool. It was an un-cool gift to get but I loved it. I learned by trial and error. I now have a few sewing machines but my favorite one is my grandmothers old machine. It’s super heavy, called a “Ford de Luxe” and I never looses tension.

  • sandy meyer

    My mother was a sewer and she could sew anything. She always made do with what she had. And the finish project was always to the tee. She couldn’t afford alot of new material so she would recycle what she had. My grandmother had a singer trendle sewing machine that was suppose to be my mother needless to say my mother never gotten it. When I see pictures of the old singer trendle sewing machines I think of my mother, of what she had taught me the basic of hand sewing and however how old your machine is u can make the most beautiful quilts or anything you want.

  • corinne

    wow! i would love to win this!
    i used to use my mom’s sewing machine when i was younger. for christmas right before i got married, my parents gifted me with a new sewing machine, so i could hem pants, and sew curtains, and all of the other wifely duties they knew i would be taking on :)
    i would love to win this machines! especially the serger! i have been wanting one for a long time!!!

  • Virginia Rodrigue

    This is my story and I am sticking to it. LOL
    My mother was 15 and my dad was 32 when they got married. My dad was the youngest of 7 so I had aunts that were old enough to be my grandmother. I grew up in Tennessee with 4 brothers. We were as poor as church mice so we made everything. My mother showed me many things. I spent many days with one aunt that I still hold very highly. I remember in the later days that I would thread all of her needles for her because she couldn’t see very well. I lost my parents in 1977 when I was 23. I have sewed on many different sewing machines. In fact, I still have my mothers’ Touch and Sew and it sews like a dream. Really it is funny that my husband says that it is crazy that I don’t like to shop for clothes. I have it instilled in my mind that I can make that. I sewed until the kids came along and space and time became an issue. After two of my girls fled the nest, I decided to get back into sewing. I am living outside of New Orleans and went through Katrina. After all that mess, I bought a Singer Futura C-350 Embroidery machine. I then proceeded to go though 7 eye surgeries which handicapped me a tad. I ended up with DSEAK in both eyes. This is a partial corneal transplant. The left eye is called Jeff, he was 45 and the right eye is called Elizabeth, she was 55. I retired after 26 years with Chevron. I stayed out of work for a year and now I work for Hancock Fabric. My mother would be so proud. To say that I look like a mini Hancock Fabric at my house is an understatement. I am on the inside and see all the deals and I am taking advantage of it. My husband says I am a hoarder. So now I am ready to take off. I didn’t have any grandchildren and now I have 4 under the age of 4 and another one on the way. I want to spend time with them and show them how to do the things I know how to do. It is kind of funny that I haven’t sewed for decades but I am able to answer and help customers out. I can even do minor machine repair. We offer classes and I encourage customers to take advantage of the classes. The instructor noticed that there are more people signing up and is thankful. She told me to keep it up. I pay attention to the customer and talk to them like they are my best friend. I like the classes for the kids too. They come out with amazing things they are making. I would so love to win these machines and have sewing sessions with my daughters and my grandchildren.

  • Pamela

    Tour book looks incredible!!

  • a.c.hayes

    My mom had this ancient sewing machine that weighed a TON! I had to clear a path to get it out of the closet so I could drag it out to the middle of the room where she would wield her magic and make my brother an I Halloween costumes and…. well… that was about it. The machine broke sometime while I was in Kindergarten. Still, I always thought of my enterprising mother and how she did so many things around the house when most people would nowadays call a professional or buy a replacement. Alas, the sewing machine never got a replacement and she never could quite fix it. I’m not sure what happened to it, probably the curb.

    Like my mom I’ve been trying to DIY my life more and more. Sewing is the latest hurdle I’m looking to attempt and your book came up in my “HELP!” searches. Thanks!

  • Cora

    I got my great grandmother’s sewing machine and I have not used it yet because I got myself a starter machine so I can learn the basics. I think of my Maia (what everyone called her) all the time and I think of that heavy heavy machine that weighed more than her! I can’t wait to buy your book and learn more.

  • Faith

    I learned to sew on my mom’s mint-green Kenmore. She’s had it since high school in the 1970s, naturally. It weighs a ton!

  • Debra Roberts

    I learned how to sew on my grandmother’s singer treadle machine some of my fondest memories was watching her make quilts on it sewing machines have came a long way in the past 35+ years I’ve loved sewing off and on since I was a teenager I haven’t made a quilt yet but I’ve started on some blocks hope to finish one shortly it would be awesome to win these singer products.

  • Carla

    Wow the book looks great!
    The give away perhaps even better!

  • Mike

    What a nice giveaway! Can’t wait for the book.

  • Mike Kays

    Commenting on this post for my darling wife. Good luck beautiful!

  • Sally Day

    In 1968, I spent days working on a tailored vest made out of cut-up blue jeans, for my husband-to-be. I had an old blue sewing machine bought for $2 at a garage sale, and I sat at my kitchen table and painstakingly nursed the needle through the tough layers of denim. I’ve never made anything nicer! My husband and I are now grandparents, and he still talks about that vest and how much he loved it (hippies, anyone??). I’ve had a succession of used machines, and never found the money for a serger. But I won’t beg.

    All the best! Sally

  • Mariana

    My mom taught me to sew, sort of, when we made my prom dress. It turned out just ok.

  • Kelly Bell

    I was raised in the country, straddling two worlds – computers on the one hand and farming and rural life on the other. I remember riding my horse through this tiny rural community in northeast Texas, with my dog trotting by my side and my guitar slung across my back. I was 8 years old. It was about this time I was taught to sew, knit and crochet, by my mother and her friends. Aside from the practicality of self-sufficiency and making do, I remember this experience being my first real introduction to design. Color, form, harmony, rhythm. Patterns were presented as guides only – emphasis was squarely on originality, strength of expression and beauty. I will be forever grateful to the women in my family, especially my mother, for giving me this great gift when I was young enough for the experience to be baked into my soul for all my days. Textile arts are a long unbroken line connecting all of us through the ages, as designers, as creators. I am thankful.

  • Bobbi

    My great grandmother, grandmother and mother had singers. I remember watching my great grandmother sew on her machine. My mother has it now and is getting it working again. I have the xl400 and LOVE it! My mother taught me to sew and I still love to sew. I hope I win so I can teach my daughter to sew!

  • Cindy Keefer

    Wow….I am in the Baltimore area and I wish they would bring back crochet today!!! I enjoy your demos…and now I find out you sew too!!! Love the machine and serger and would love to win and gift it to my great-niece who is showing a desire to learn home sewing.



  • Pam Troxell

    I need this combo. My mom and I purchased a Singer Serger about ten years ago. When we got the courage to use it, we couldn’t find the manual. We sat for one hour with a generic serger book and learned how to use the machine. We are now ready to move forward only to discover that the hem foot we need for our machine is no longer made. We were sad. We were having so much mother and daughter time as this was new adventure for us both. To imagine my mother starting with a treddle machine to now a computer one, and learning a serger!

  • Wendy

    I inherited my grandma’s sewing machine; when it quit working I inherited the sewing machine of my sewing memories: my mom’s Viking. Now that it has gone to the happy hunting grounds I have a Pfaff that I wish I got to use much more often than I do right now!

  • Kelly Bell

    Like an idiot, I forgot to tell my MACHINE story! So here it is: I sewed by hand for most of my childhood. I had learned to use my mom’s machine but she was very very protective so I didn’t get much time on it. however, when my first child was born, I was 21 years old, and received a cheap Brother as a present. At that time (1987) there were still no nice baby clothes – no cotton clothes, nothing beautiful, especially for newborns. It was still all those ugly flame-retardant, yello, pink or blue, made-out-of-synthetics, and I hated all of them. I never bought a single item – I sewed all my son’s clothes on that machine. I used cloth diapers so I sewed diaper covers, all-cotton shirts, pants, jackets. I crocheted caps and booties, everything he wore until he was 2 was hand-made by me.

    When my daughter was born in 1990, everything had changed – these boutiques had opened up everywhere with adorable children’s clothes everywhere, but I still couldn’t find fabrics that were anywhere near as cool as what I could buy, but I tried the best I could, copied my favorite designs for my daughter. i had a serger (also a cheap Brother 4-thread), and loved it. It was destroyed during a cross-country move. I told myself I didn’t have time anyway – I had 2 babies under 4 and another on the way, plus I was singing and playing full-tme in a touring rock band. I gave it up for awhile.

    Fast-forward to 2003. My kids are in high school, I’m a high school graphic design and computer programmng teacher, and I am bitten again. I discovered an ancient Eisenhower green Kenmore (so heavy! One stitch!) at a pawn shop. I brought it home, turned it on, and fell in love. It purred like a big cat. No plastic-shaky like the $99 Brother, just pure perfect machine. Only one stitch, but boy were they perfect stitches! I started machine quilting, and haven’t stopped since. I had forgotten how much love goes into the things we make with our hands. I’ll never forget again.

    In 7 days my daughter will come to visit me in Brooklyn, home from college at the University of New Mexico. My little brother is having his first baby – a girl, in late October. My daughter Stella is a sculptor, in metal and fabric, an artist to the core. She and I will sit together, drink coffee, talk, and sew and knit together new things for a new baby, a quilt, a baby blanket, a cap, some booties, diaper covers, and another generation will be sewn together with the threads of our lives.

  • alyssa

    truth is no one in my family sews god knows my mom can only sew in a button so my desire didnt come from seeing them do it, im only 20 years old, and i started sewing BY HAND when i was about 10 or 11, im a really crafty girl, so my dream was to get a sewing machine. my adored mother bought me for my birthday over almost 3 years ago my very first sewing machine and i love it, i find sewing very therapeutic and by being an architecture student, i need alot of that.

  • Grace

    My mom has an old Singer that I learned to sew on. She taught me a bit and I also have memories of taking a sewing class when I was about nine and making a pillow and some article of clothing out of LIberty and Laura Ashley fabrics. Years later I taught myself to use more of its features and how to read patterns. I recently purchased a Bernina because of an amazing promotion my local dealer offered. I’m hoping that the investment in the machine will finally push me to accomplish my dream of making a lot of my own clothes. I would love to own a serger as well. I think it would help tremendously in achieving my goal.

  • Jenna Beegle

    I learned the basics from my grandmother with her magical machine that folded down into its table. My mother also taught me on her mid-60s Royal – that thing is still going strong at almost 50 years old. I bought a basic Kenmore when I got married 20 years ago and made many things with it. My machine isn’t lasting as well but I want to teach my daughter now. She has a good eye of her own and I want her to be empowered by her own skills.

  • Terisa

    Began sewing sitting on my moms knee, I steered while she ran the pedal on a Singer 401. Come to find out the machine was created the same year I was born which technically makes it an antique today. I still sew on one. It’s he best machine EVER!

  • Mary M.

    I started sewing on an old school singer that had absolutely no frills. I’ve made bags and skirts just free styling and just finished my first project using a pattern. I love being able to create my own things and would love to have some new instruments to use. :) First thing I would utilize would be button holes!

  • Kristen

    When I was younger, I really wanted to learn how to sew. However, my mom didn’t have enough money to pay for sewing lessons for me. Luckily enough, a customer at the salon she worked at who taught sewing lessons who had heard about us. My mom and this lovely woman worked out a deal: I’d get two lessons a week in exchange for free haircuts and hair dying. I ended up having lessons for 6 years and some of my fondest memories. I’m so thankful that my mom was able to find a way to provide me a way to get my lessons, and I’d love to get a sewing machine. I haven’t sewn in years (since I used Doris’s machine), but I’ve been wanting one for a long time.

  • suzanne panda meat

    Thanks for your fabulous blog!

  • Mandy Newell

    My mother has always had a sewing machine in the house. I remember I used to love playing with it but would get into trouble. The one I remember she had was a 1970s model Singer. I loved playing with the dials. She’s had three or four since then, but she told me that Singer was the best she has ever had, and she had it nearly thirty years until it finally was done.

    First one i ever had was an heavy duty Singer model. It was okay, but now I am looking at upgrading….

  • ElfRenee

    After learning to sew by sewing an elf cloak by hand for Halloween, I got my first sewing machine, which is the one I’m still using.

  • Idaira

    I remember the first time I saw a sewing machine…I was having a nap at granma’s home…and I couldn’t sleep because of a strange noise…I got off the bed and went to that little room my grandma used to spend hours…and there it was….a rare machine that impressed me so much! it is …yes it’s because I have it on my own …(though my mom wanted to throw it…because it’s just an old sewing machine….oh that insensitive people!!) a big singer old machine…it was inside a big table with drawers…with time that horrible noise that didn’t let me sleep…transformed in music for my ears…I was…we’ll I’m in love with that sewing machine…it has a privileged place in my sewing room…next to the window…receiving sun…every single day

  • Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother

    My grandma gave me a super old brother sewing cabinet. The kind that flip over into the cabinet to look like a piece of furniture. Every single time she came to my house, I would ask “Grandma, can you fix my tension?” I had no idea how to adjust it. She would always look annoyed with me, tell me to leave the tension alone and then go and fix it for me. After she did that, I could sew on ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. Besides my fear of tension, that machine was incredible. I have been a Brother Lover ever since!

  • julie

    What a fabulous give away!!

    I current machine is a Singer 31-15… shes an oldie but a goodie.

    I love the tag on the machine that says Patented USA Feb 21, 1899. The guy I purchased the machine from told me he thought it was originally from the 40′s and was used in outerwear factories and probably came out of midtown somewhere. Which just fascinates me to think this machine could have made something my grandparents wore.

    The machine is a beast and still runs great, but its really only good for heavy duty fabric and leather, and i would love to have a machine that could sew lighter weight fabrics once and a while, And having reverse would be nice too!

  • Maureen

    Oh. My. Word. This would be ah-mazing! I don’t have a machine, and always have to borrow or hand stitch when I need to sew, and the crafter in me is dying without a sewing machine!!

  • Gerald Lauer

    Hi Brett,
    I am writing this for my wife. She has no idea that I’m writing this. 1. She just absolutely loves your tv programs. She watches every episode. So keep up the excellent job.
    I would also like to enter this contest for my wife as well if at all possible. My wife just LOVES to sew every night. And I mean every night. She had an Aunt that had taught her so very much about sewing. Together her Aunt & my wife would make all sorts of things for people in nursing homes. Together they would pick a different nursing home each Christmas and donate all the lap quilts that they had made to the people that were there that had no family left so they would get a gift for Christmas. I can’t begin to tell you the smiles, hugs, and tears of them to receive those lap quilts that her Aunt and my wife had made for them. Then they had heard of an organization that was in need of sewers to help make hats for the cancer patients. Together they had made several 100 hats for those patients. Then there was the time when I brought home a newspaper and she had found an article about a benefit that was being held for a very young lady, that had a 2 year old little girl, that was dieing from breast cancer. My wife read in the paper that they were going to hold a silent auction at the benefit, to try to help with the hospital bills that were mounting on this young girl’s husband. So my wife made the most beautiful quilt to donate to this benefit to put in their silent auction. My wife’s quilt brought them over $300.00. My wife was so happy to be able to help these people. Later we had found out that the young lady had passed away about 3 weeks after that benefit. we also found out that she was buried with the quilt that my wife had made. My wife also has donated hats, mittens, and some bean bags to some of the elementary schools for she was at school picking up one of our kids that was sick and she went to the office to get her and found this little girl crying because her hands were so cold for she had forgot her mittens at home that morning. My wife felt really bad for the child so she decided to make hats and mittens to donate at some schools so if another child forgot their mittens or hats the school could give them a free set to keep. My wife and her Aunt also sews every day of the year, together they have made just 1000′s of items to donate to all different areas where things were needed. As time went on my wife would come up with excellent ideas to make, like the walker bag so people using a walker would be able to carry things in a bag hung on their walkers. And would sew their names on the inside of the bags so nursing homes would know whose bag was whose after they washed them. Then all of a sudden the unthinkable had happened, my wife’s, 86 years old Aunt, had passed away. My wife was just devastated. When it came time to settle her estate I bought my wife what was her Aunt’s sewing machine and her aunt’s surger. With a couple sewing cabinets, which one of the cabinets was originally my wife’s mother’s sewing cabinet that this Aunt had bought from my wife’s mother’s estate when she passed away. Any way my wife has been sewing different things to donate to like nursing homes, for benefits, schools, youth groups, pretty much anything that she can find to donate to. My wife just loves to sew each and every nite. Rite up until first her surger went down. I took it to a couple repair shops and was told the same thing by both places. The cost to fix it would be over the amount it would cost to just get her a new one. So then I started to look for another one for her. And she was getting by ok with just using her sewing machine. Til all of a sudden everything just went out on the sewing machine, no power no nothing, she was trying to finish sewing a prayer quilt that she was making for a terminally ill cancer patient, so every care giver and visitor could sign and write little prayers on it. Which is another one of my wife’s ideas to make and donate. So I packed up the sewing machine and took that in to see about getting it repaired for her and guess what? My wife literally wore that machine out. So now my wife has just tons of fabric and all sort of trims to put onto items, but no machines to help her get them done quicker. In the mean time I have been trying so hard to save up money to surprise my wife with a brand new sewing machine and a brand new surger to replace what she no longer has to use. But with my work changing insurance that don’t cover any of my wife’s prescriptions, and gas prices that went up so high that I am unable to afford the machines that my wife could put to such good use and be helping so very many people. My wife has been trying to hand sew everything to donate to all these different places since both her machines have been gone, for she is so worried that someone will be going without a Christmas gift this year. Or someone will be needing that prayer quilt to hold and wrap up in, to make them feel better. Or the little child that needs a stuffed animal to snuggle with and get that special smile when they see their stuffed animal to snuggle with. The little children that forget there hat and mittens at home when it’s so cold out.. I pray so hard at night to God to please show me the way on how I can save money somewhere to purchase the machines that my wife is so very much in need of. Please say some prayers for us. Thank you for your time reading such a long comment. God Bless You.
    Sincerely, Gerald Lauer

  • maelis

    Gorgeous Giveaway :)
    Well, I have to start from an early beginning.

    A few days before I got my tailors degree and fashion diploma I saw a Bernina 217 standing all alone in the hallway with no company whatsoever.
    “Whats up with that machine?” i asked a teacher.
    “Oh, well. This one is kinda old. We have better ones” my teacher replied.
    “So what are ya gonna do with it?”
    “Well, it’s not decided yet. We will put it down in the cellar or throw it away. (Blabbing continues about how bad in shape that machine actually is. It’s still good for sewing though, but not good enough for school.. etc..)

    “Is there a possibillity for me to take it with me?” (I hoped more for a yes, than I thought was possible. But, no one died in asking, right?)
    “Hm, well sure. Why not. Let me clear it up with the responsible teacher first”

    And.. three days later that beauty was MINE! :D And the best part was: It was for free! XD

    Unfortunately this Bernina 217 was rather slow, weak and had difficulties in starting up. The stitching was bad, too. But heck, I didn’t know where the problem came from, so I started sewing.
    With time, it became worse and I decided to get her a new motor.
    3 days ago I went downtown (motor-shopping) and got myself a shiny new OcelMoretti. Happy me!
    That’s when I found out, that the stitching is somehow influenced by a good or bad (or old and weak) electric motor.

    Now, this old, rusty, 50year old thing works like in it’s best time of life and runs like hell! :)
    I really had luck with this one and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.
    After all, it was meant for me :)

    Psssst: Check out how I built in my new motor (Blogupdate this weekend!)


  • bookboxer

    This is my first visit to your blog (came via Kristin Nicholas), and looks like I’ll be back soon! My very first sewing story is one I still cringe to think of … my mother was teaching me to sew using HER grandmother’s treadle machine. She told me to always wait for her to help since the machine was so heavy and awkward to open, but one day when she went back to answer the telephone as we were on on way in to sew (and I just KNEW she’d be on forever!), I tried to open the machine myself and CRACK! The whole base cracked because I didn’t know to lift the machine at the same time I lifted the lid…. It still sits in my mother’s basement 50 years later. (I guess my mother finally forgave me – she gave me an electric Singer for a wedding gift)

  • Deb Westbury

    My mother tried to teach me to sew..I accomplished an outfit…but hate to say that was the last item I sewed by machine…I usually go with hand sewing…she was left handed and I am not….Her machine was the type that sat inside a cabinet and had to be lifted out to use…I had my own sewing machine when I was younger, but it did not get much use…I then found one on HSN more for a beginner and I hate to say it, it is not out of the box…I have been getting the itch to try and make something such as something quilted now that I have some squares fro a swap I did and from seeing the 1 hour skirt…I would like to make one for my daughter for work, so it would have to be longer…Thank you for the contest

  • Jenny

    Perpaps if I had a nice sewing machine, I could sew better??? lol Thank you for this over-the-top opportunity!

  • wilma nenninger

    My daughter just turned 14 and is showing more and more interest in handmades and sewing. I would love to be able to give her a sewing machine and save the serger for myself, which I have been dying to try!

  • Mary Lewis Tims

    WoW! What a give-a-way! I love sewing! but have never had as nice a machine as that or serger! My grandmother, who I adored, taught me to love handwork and sewing. She was a meticulous sewer and I catch myself now remembering how she taught me to do certain things just a certain way. She has been gone now 18 years but when I sew, its like she is there with me.

  • Emily Wise

    I would love to win! Good luck to everyone :)

  • Mary K. in Rockport

    My mother, when I was an adult, bought an old Singer “slant-needle” with a carry handle on top for me. It sat for years in a wooden Haffenreffer Beer box because I was afraid of it. I couldn’t figure out how the up and down top needle and the rotary under needle managed to lock a stitch. The day came when I wanted to make something, a larger, white eyelet hat for my baby girl who had outgrown the newborn size. I carried my machine to a local woman who had worked for Mighty Mac in Gloucester; she helped me to become familiar with the mechanics of my old machine which, basically, sews forwards and backwards, and that’s been good enough for me. I can sew a more or less straight line and turn a right-angle corner. From time to time, I have produced a Halloween costume or a doll outfit, but most of my (reluctant) sewing is by hand. I am a knitter and, like many knitters, I love the knitting and hate the sewing together. Several years ago, someone emailed me a little video showing how the stitches interlock, I understood the process — for about 5 seconds! This giveaway is fantastic. Whoever wins will be a very lucky person — of course, I hope it’s me!

  • Teresa

    This is fantastic and your book looks wonderful. I’m putting it on my “must get” list! What a wonderful giveaway. Someone will be very lucky!

  • Dolores Ann

    I started my sewing life when I was around 5 years old. I was the youngest(at the time) of 6, I started darning my own socks. Self taught for the most part, my mom taught me how to tie a knot is as much as she taught me. She had me watch her do it and then I would just copy what she did. My grandmother was a quilter, all hand sewn. (She could not afford a machine.) As I grew I would repair whatever I could and at 14 had my first home-ec sewing class. My teacher was very impressed with what I could, read patterns right away and understood them. I had never seen one before and was suprised myself. That is when the “sewing bug” hit me, I know have been sewing for over 30 years and love it. I have collected lots of older models since, most work, but some are just very interesting and make great decor for my studio. I would love to have a more modern machine set up to use, would make my sewing dreams come true. I love to make clothing, home decor and quilts, also like to make patterns for new things or tweek old ones. Hope this inspires someone to try sewing or maybe get back into it. It is a lost talent to the younger generations. Have a great day everyone. :)

  • Maya

    Thanks for the inspiration! I have never used a sewing machine–I mostly hand-stitch–but “have been dreaming of the day when I’ll give it a whirl”.

  • Elle Bailey

    I am just learning how to sew and it has been so much fun learning. Currently I am using my mother’s sewing machine or using one from the local fabric shop. I would love one of my own!!!

  • Jennifer Davis

    Hi! Saw this through Singer on facebook and had to check it out. And I will definitely be back! When I was growing up I always wanted to make things. I would see things in stores and think ‘I could make that’. That actually hasn’t changed. I love all things crafty and sewing is one of the top. I started sewing when I was around 12. My mom introduced me to sewing and taught me. The first thing I made was a tote bag. The second was another tote bag out of corderoy fabric, that actually broke the machine. I was still learning and didn’t know that different fabric may need a different needle. My mom and I went on the next machine together and I practiced some more. Mostly I did make tote bags. I bought my own sewing machine a few years ago and I love it. Now I make different style bags, pillows, and experimenting with clothing. I still call my mom when I need help, and i’m so glad she sewed and taught me, because now it’s one of my favorite things to do!

  • Sandy

    My Mom is an excellent seamstress and sewed all of our clothing when my sisters and I were growing up. After a disastrous home ec class in 7th grade (which I barely passed!!), I figured I definitely did NOT inherit the sewing gene from her. Fast forward over 30 years later and I received my aunt’s sewing machine when she was put into a nursing home… it has jump-started my new love affair with sewing! I can’t believe that after all these years I am trying sewing again, but I love it. I could so use a new machine and a serger.. well, that would just be icing on the cake! Can’t wait to get my hands on your new book…I learned how to insert zippers thanks to your tutorial on Design Sponge and couldn’t believe how easy it was! I am excited to try even more projects from your book.

  • Kathleen

    So cool! I’m headed out to buy your book right now! only three at my closest Chapters!

    • Kathleen

      I forgot the sewing machine story… my grandma taught me to sew and every summer sent me to Kids Can Sew classes. She can’t sew anymore and I also can’t ask her questions about sewing because she doesn’t remember much, but after about a 15 year sewing hiatus… I’m getting back in there! Her love of sewing that she cultivated in me so long ago is coming back!

  • Sarah Doty

    I am so excited about your book. I have decided to give it to my daughter-in-law for Christmas. Here mother and I gave her a sewing machine for Christmas one year and she has not even gotten it out of the box. (She did ask for it!) I think your book will give her the push she needs to learn how to sew. She will see that it doesn’t have to be complicated. (I’m a quilter and made my son and her a wedding quilt with pieced and appliqued nose gays on it. I’m sure she thinks she has to start out the same way!) I have been sewing for 45 years but she is still competitive. This is a fun event.

  • Stacey Hagerty

    I used to sew for hours on my mothers old green machine when I was 13 – 16. I would make my own “clothes” without patterns.. they were very interesting!

  • Sandra

    My mother loved to sew. Growing up I was not allowed to touch my mother’s sewing machine (or her scissors). To rebel I refused to learn how to sew, concentrating on hand embroidery or crochet instead. Fast forward 30 years…I decide that I want to learn to sew so I could make a quilt. I’d had my mother’s machine (complete with cigarette burns on the cabinet!) in a back room for at least 10 years. For some reason I couldn’t let it go when she died.

    I could sew a straight line so I took a quilting class, became one with my machine & the rest is history. I love to sew!

  • prrlgrrl

    I have my mom’s old sewing machine. I’ve yet to have something come out how I expect and totally blame the machine. It’s capable of putting wrong sides together, stitching together parts that shouldn’t be and making squiggly lines when I want them to be straight. It has a mind of it’s own.

  • Amy

    holy cow! amazing give a way! I used to sew with my gram all of the time – she has her sewing machine set up in her back room and we would make clothes for my dolls and then I stopped sewing for what seemed like forever. I have just started again and my gram is right there, showing me the basics and inspiring me. I would love a machine that I could learn some new tricks on to show her!

  • Karen Dillon

    Thanks, Brett, for another exciting give-away!
    I’m a real believer that as women (and a few men I know, too) we need to pass down our needle-work skills to the next generations, whether that be our children, grandchildren, or any favorite young buddy we are lucky to know. If I were to win such a generous gift as these two great machines, I would give them, along with a certificate for many hours of my time, to my daughter who is ready to start her own family. Then, hopefully, she would do the same. We live in such a buy cheap – throw away society, and we need to keep the joy of making beautiful and fun goods alive and well.

  • Kayla

    Well, my sewing machine story started way back when, with my great grandmothers ancient pedal operated Singer. My grandmother was always a fantastic seamstress, and handed her mothers machine down to my mother when she bought an update. I was always in awe of it since it came in it’s own table. I learned to use it when I was 8 and have been going at it ever since, updating a few times but always going back to the best.

  • Lisa

    My grandma gave me my sewing machine- not surprising since she taught me all i know about sewing! It’s a Kenmore and I’ve had it for years, it’s not fancy (just basic stitches, no computer tech or embroidery) but I love it, it’s treated me so well from sewing stuffed animals to making clothing and all of the other crazy abuse I’ve put it through. I’d love to be as great of a seamstress as my grandma was one day, but I’m still a novice. I’ve been dying for a serger to finally be able to put the finishing touches on my clothes, and the singer would definitely be an upgrade. I have my fingers crossed!!

  • pam

    I learned to sew on my grandfather’s Singer treadle machine when I was in junior high school. When I finally got the rhythm of the treadle ( after many bunched thread disasters) it was an incredible feeling of joy. My first year in college I bought my own sewing machine with money earned for school expenses (no more extra food at night). I made clothes of crazy colorful fabrics with mill end upholstery material bought at the ‘Rag Shop’. My parents moved during that year, and when I came home I was devastated that they had gotten rid of the treadle machine. To this day I still look to find one that is is working order. I can still see my grandfather hunched over that machine- a cherished memory of sharing and forming a special bond with him.

  • Patty Swatzell

    This giveaway would be perfect for my RV. Being retired my hubby and I love to travel. I miss my sewing. I started sewing when I was around 10. I spent time in the hospital being totally paralyzed and after it began to go away my mom gave me her scraps of fabric so I could sew them by hand. ( good excuse to exercise my fingers) from there I have sewed clothing, doll clothes, home decor and now love quilting! What a wonderful hobby to have. Thank you.

  • Erin

    This is such an incredibly contest, I wish I had a cool story to go with it! Truth me told, my mother’s sewing machine was one she bought used at a garage sale 20 years ago, and when I pulled it out to give it a whirl, I found that it was broken past saving (or rather, it would’ve cost more to fix than to buy a new machine.) So, since I was a late bloomer and decided that I wanted to learn to sew just as I was getting ready to graduate from law school, I took a job waiting tables and all my tip money went into my “Sewing Machine Fund.” It took me five months (what can I say-cheap tippers + expensive textbooks = loooooong waits) but I finally saved enough and got my machine just in time to make my Halloween costume on it. And, miraculously, I managed to do it without sewing through one of my own fingers. But I love my machine and it makes all those night busing tables and serving drinks absolutely worth it.

  • Jennifer

    My husband is the one who knows how to sew. He doesn’t do it often, but he knows how. So, we had this sewing machine sitting in our closet for 3 years, gathering dust and I decided I was going to teach myself how to use it. So, I dug it out, read the manual and went to the local fabric store to get some practice fabric. I practiced stitches…just rows and rows of stitches. I even bought a kids Sew and Stuff pillow kit because I figured that if a 5-year-old could do it, I could. Well…I can…except that darn circle pillow. Can’t for the life of me keep stitching in a circle…YET! But I’m gonna get it one of these days. So, right now it’s doll pillows and throw pillows and I just took a class where I learned how to make a bag. Bit by bit, I’m getting more confident and really enjoying it! I found you from Vickie Howell’s blog and your book Sewing in a Straight Line sounds right up my alley! Looking forward to getting it!

  • myra

    I would love to use this with my 10 yo daughter. I have wanted to learn to sew with her. She has taken sewing camps and made some really cute things, however I would love to do projects together. This sewing machine is just what we need!

  • Kelly

    My mother gave me my first machine at age twelve – which is somewhat ironic as she still can’t sew on a button.
    At one point in it’s long life, I needed to keep a pair of vice grips attached to the front to adjust something, it’s been so long i no longer recall what exactly!
    I currently have a very basic singer and a functional treadle machine; both are very adequate for my historic sewing needs, but as I am beginning to explore mixed media projects, machines with a few more “bells and whistles” would be fantastic.

  • Cristina Arreola

    My grandma bought me my first along with the all the accessories, notions, etc. It’s time for an upgrade though! What a fantastic giveaway.

  • j.dalva

    I learned on an ancient black Singer that barely ran, then when I was about 12 or 13 I got a new little dinky machine, which worked so well! Away to college I left the machine, and now my mom uses it for making her quilts. A friend brought his machine over to “learn” to sew but we never got around to it. He left it there for a year or two, and after that I figured I had inherited it. Then the handle snapped off, it has lots of troubles and I would really love a new machine. And a serger! I could (and would) make anything!!

  • Diane H K

    My dear friend Kristin Nicholas mentioned your new book on her blog, so here I am! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

    My first sewing machine was my grandpa’s Singer Spartan. When Grandpa’s vision became too poor to sew, he gave me the Spartan as I headed off for college in 1982 (I had been sewing since 1970, using my mom’s old Kenmore). I used that Spartan for the next 24 years, for EVERYTHING. It only goes forward and backward. But I made the most amazing projects with it, mainly garments, including my wedding dress. In 2006, when I learned I was pregnant (rather late in life!), I decided to purchase a new Singer so I could sew baby things. I bought a base model Singer, which I use to this day. Having zig-zag stitch and the ability to make buttonholes is such a luxury. I’ve saved the Spartan for my little daughter as her first machine, which she will begin to learn on in a couple years.

    Even so, I dream of a serger, and maybe a fancier Singer. I can’t afford to buy such things for myself, but maybe fortune will smile upon me in this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Liz Henley

    My nan taught me to sew when I was little on an old sewing machine that you had to crank. When I learnt it at school I was surprised that we had fancy electric ones with foot peddles! The first thing I made was a book bag then, for my project, I made a Mickey Mouse pillow which still sits on my bed. When a friend said I could have her old sewing machine because she didn’t use it, I was over the moon. I’ve been making home-made gifts, soft toys and I’m working my way up to clothes right now.

  • kate

    I am a California based designer with a small brand. I actually have no need for these, but I do have a sweetheart of a friend and designer, who DESPERATELY needs them. She’s 21 and starting her own line, and she’s just too darn broke to get a serger. So here I am thinking I will enter for her. Lets see if my good karma pays off :)

  • Regina

    ok so I attempterd to enter the contest cause I love to quilt, sew and craft, but I don’t know if it took my entry cause there is nothing there to push to enter or anything else.

  • Katherine

    My mother hemmed and took in seams on my clothes on a Singer sewing machine when I was growing up. I had a lot of crazy sweatshirts with sewed on appliques. After she bought a new sewing machine, I asked her for the old Singer and have it in my apartment now in Brooklyn. I haven’t done much with it yet but I hope to learn how to sew on it. I love having it here! It has so much history.

  • Jeanne Carr

    Hi, I’m so excited about the giveaway! I began sewing by sitting on my foster mothers lap at her singer treadle sewing machine and making doll clothes. It was so neat being able to make clothes…then and now. Thanks for your blog and this opportunity to win both machines. Jeanne

  • Julie P.

    I will never forget the sewing machine my mom had when I was a child. We would be watching TV and when she would sew the TV would get all staticky with lines on the screen, and the machine was so noisy. I also learned how to sew on that machine. It was a pearl green Singer. Mom wore it out.

  • Melissa

    I learned to sew in a home-ec class in high school (back in the 80′s) and loved it. I didn’t sew again until about 15 years later when I decided to re-teach myself again. I’ve been hooked ever since. I especially enjoy making gifts for others. Congrats on the new book… It’s already on my wish list.

  • Rachel.db

    I bought an old Viking Husqvarna when I was in college (for $250!) and used it off and on to make pillows (some giant pillows!) and help friends with halloween costumes. 10 years later it’s still going!

    I now use that Husqvarna to sew my canvas tool rolls, and with my studio away from home, I miss having a sewing machine around. I want to sew curtains, and those round bowls you show, and quilts and have good lucky fun times at home!

  • Elaine

    “Way back then” the girls all took home ec. and the boys took wood shop. This was in Jr. High School. After successfully finishing a few projects at school, my mom put a Singer tablmodel (in cabinet) on lay-a-way for me and paid on it every month until it came home to me. I used it many years, sewing off and on until my girls were born. Then I sewed for them. I finally gave the old Singer to my mother-in-law for lots of “straight-line sewing”.

  • http://Singer Karen Timberlake

    Winning this Singer Sewing Machine & Serger would be wonderful. My Grandma gave me my 1st Singer when I was in the 9th grade, which was 44 years ago. My Grandma taught me the basics, and I was off to learn more in Home Economics. I can remember completing a dress with sleeves, & an aline skirt with lining. The class was graded on the inside of the garments, as well as the outside. I later sewed for my own daughters. Matching outfits when they were small, to dresses for the Prom. And don’t forget the Barbie clothes… When Grandma passed, I was given her old Singer from the early 1900′s, with cabinet, notions, & treadle. I’ve never used it, but always think of her.<3
    Maybe it's time for a new updated model, with a few more features. I still use the Blue Model # 348 , but would love another Singer.<3

  • karenann

    My first machine was my mother’s hand me down to me. It was an old “portable”. It was black with gold trim made out of steel. It had a wooden base and case. I loved it. I did get razzel dazeled by a new singer in the 70′s and traded it in for zig zag stitching and plastic. I have regretted the decision to this day. I should have kept both. I miss my mother’s indestructible and always reliable machine. I also miss my mom.

  • Jess

    Wow! These certainly look like amazing crafty machines. My sewing story: Early days it was just me and mom. Things were tight as you can imagine, but when you’re young you don’t get it. Well, mom is crafty in her own way and often made her own clothes and things for the house. She ran off to live in NYC in her younger years and often had to upcycle garments to give them a twist. Years later it was me and mom and sewing! I’ll never forget looking forward to walking up to Levine’s fabric store and picking out a pattern and material. Once we got home we spread it all out on the floor and got to cutting. That evening we’d have a new addition to our wardrobe or home furnishings. I still have my calico cat pillow we made from a pile of scraps. Making has always been a part of my life. I went on to train for jewelry and metalsmithing, got into computers and then a career in product design. Now I yearn for the simple pleasure of going to the fabric store and making something wonderful. Thanks Mom!

  • Donzel Yarbour

    Whoa, I am too excited even if I’m not the winner. This is a crafter’s dream!! I have an old Singer that keeps promising to die on me,so I have to beg each new project, “please Mr. Singer, let me do this one project and I will give you a break. I guess my breaks are not good enough because he will not allow be to do projects that include a lot of stitching. Oh oh oh and the Serger what I wouldn’t do for that. Of course if I won I would keep Mr. Singer as a backup and mentor to the new babies!!! August 12, 2011 can’t get here soon enough! Thanks for the opportunity!!!!

  • Jessica

    I haven’t had my sewing story yet- I’m a newbie with a borrowed machine! I would love to win this!

  • Rachel B

    I will definately be picking up your book! I think I’ve tried every project you’ve put up on Design*Sponge and am looking forward to more. Thank-you!

    I have an old Kenmore that I borrowed from my mum a few years ago. It is terrible. I have to be super cautious when I’m sewing to get the tension right or else it is all wonky and terrible. Then I decided to sew my own wedding dress. That went all right until it came to the zipper. The old zipper foot broke in two halfway through the one side and I cried. Thankfully there is a nice old Russian lady tailor who helped me out, but I think it might be time to upgrade the old machine. I will miss it.

  • Rose Bowden

    My mother taught me to sew by hand, and took advantage of my tiny child sized stitches that her arthritic hands could not make. What I wasn’t allowed to do, however, was touch her space-age computerized metal parts Husqvarna machine. I was eventually given, much to my delight, a simple Singer machine of my own. I dream of updating it, though, and especially with a serger!!!

  • Denise

    Congrats on the new book! It looks like some fun projects inside!

    My story: I remember way back in the day (had to have been four years old), my mom brought out this big carrying case from the basement. I almost couldn’t believe my mom was carrying it! Anyway, she opened the top and lo-and-behold it was this huge metal sewing machine attached to the base of the case. Mom said “I want to show you something.” She brought out a couple silk scarves and showed me for the first time how to use the bobbin, how to stitch and even how to push the pedal! That was an exciting moment for me. :-)

  • Esther Kidwell

    My Grandma owned a High sped universal PFAFF 130 sewing machine, she passed it on to her daughter (my aunt) who then passed it on to me. I love how antique the thing is and have it on display for now untill I get it fixed. I think it is beautiful and has so much charm. I love the story and meaning behind it as well and am glad my family has kept it all these years :)

  • Megan Prosser

    Great giveaway, I found this great blog through Craftzine!
    My story is just that of course I learned to sew with all the help from my mom. Both her and my Grandma are and were avid sewers and crafters. Which definitely runs in the family. When my grandma passed away 3 years ago I claimed her vintage sewing machine. Its a big clunky thing attached to a table, so its not the most practical thing for my apartment living, But every time I use it I think of my grandma and would never ever part with it. So I could definitely use a newer more portable sewing machine so I can get back to some regular sewing events.

  • Robin

    I have a mid-80′s Necci that had been my grandmother’s. Other than sporadic but persistent tension issues, it seems to be a good basic machine, but it is also the “newest” machine I’ve ever used. I’d love to try out the new technology.

  • Pauline

    My mum trained as a seamstress, but never worked in the industry and never taught me how to sew. Ironically, it was my boyfriend who bought me my first sewing machine (a simple beginner one) and taught me the basics he knew from sewing kites as a kid. So far, my fabric stash is far more impressive than my sewing skills, but hopefully that will change one day.

  • VacationJudy

    I would love to get a copy of your new book! It looks wonderful. Best of luck on the promotional tour.

  • tamar

    I started with hand sewing, until my husband bought me a 25 years old Pfuff sewing machine. A good friend tought me the basics, and it’s a love story since (-:

  • Susan

    When I was sixteen, I asked my mom to buy me a sewing machine for Christmas because I was going to make my own clothes. My mother doubted I was ever going to make my own clothes but she bought me a sewing machine anyway. It was a basic, sturdy Brother machine that did zig zags and button holes. Mom was right. I never did sew my own clothes. But I DID sew quilts and pillows and duvets and tote bags and curtains, kid clothes, etc. I love sewing. She often commented that while she knew I wouldn’t make my own clothes, she wished she’d have known I was going to do so much “other” sewing because she would have gotten me a better machine. That machine is thirty years old now and still running like a charm. AND It’s finally getting its own room! Yay! The man who services it for me tells me how much he loves to work on it because it’s all metal … no plastic. I will never part with it but I would love a serger and a machine that does fancy stitching.

  • Carol

    I was given my husband’s mother’s Sears portable sewing machine from probably the 1950′s or 60′s. I never knew my mother-in-law as she had passed before I met my husband. I was a non-sewer then but kept it through several moves ( it weighed a ton!) and eventually became a self taught basic sewer, through the help of books and the internet. Although I don’t use this old machine, it has represented inspiration for me helps me know a little about the woman that raised my husband.

  • Beth

    Here’s my sewing story…. I took a few sewing classes with a friend of mine and made the cutest little twirl skirts and pillowcase dresses for my adorable daughter. I never thought that I would be capable of doing that! After that, I professed to myself that I would from that moment forward sew anything that I could, lunch boxes, socks, holes in my husbands shorts, drapes, etc… (I mean I am a crafty mama and an artist, it really keeps in line with my “image” that I should be sewing things!) So please pick me so that I keep up what I started! I want to sew everything! : )

  • Irene

    Congrats Brett on your new book! Like Kristin, I also learned to sew in a home ec class in middle school. My grandmother was a sewer and had an old Singer in her apartment. Every time I visited, I would spend time playing with the metal foot pedal and pretending to sew a fabulous gown. In the past 2 years, I begun again to fall in love with sewing. How cool would it be to win this set to get me started! I’m also exploring sewing by hand because it feels so soothing to pass a needle and thread through fabric, over and over again. Thanks!

  • Deborah Ellis

    I started sewing when I was about 11 years old. I joined a sewing group which was hosted by a lovely elderly lady who wanted to teach the art of sewing to young children. We paided a one time fee of $3 to join, and gathered weekly at her home. It lasted through the summer. The amazing thing was, her sewing machine was an old treble sewing machine. It took a lot of cordination, but with her skills and patience, she had me sewing in no time at all. I remember that our first project was a simple long patchwork Maxi dress made from her scrap material. At the end of the summer we had a party with drinks and homemade cookies, and our mothers were invited as well. We all wore our quilted Maxi dresses. Our projects were judged, and I won first prize (being the all the money she collected from each girl at the start of the summer). I made a lot of friends that summer, and had a lot of fun. She changed my life by inspiring me to sewing, and I have been sewing every since. I also like to embroider, and have just started in machine embroidery. I am amazed at all the wonderful things you can make with these machines. I would love to win this embroidery machine and serger, it would open so many doors for me, and expand my love of sewing and embroidering.

    • Deborah Ellis

      I just realized that this is not an embroidery machine, my mistake, but even better, my old machine is not working, and I would enjoy owning a new sewing machine.

  • Carter

    My mother had a sewing machine she got as a gift when she married my dad. When they moved, she asked me if I would be interested in keeping the machine. A senior in college, I had absolutely no doubt in my mind that I would never use it. However after college, living a life as a graduate student (i.e. having very little money to spend) I have started to make everything I can for my living space, and in fact have been enjoying the products of my labor very very much. But every time I hand sew (after which I consequently make mistakes… like fixing the quilt whilst on my bed and unknowingly sewing the quilt to the mattress!!) I call my mother and ask her if she “really” gave her sewing machine away (hoping in my head that she hadn’t and that she had been lying to me all these years..haha). But of course she has. And I keep dreaming of a sewing machine.

  • Nancy Wichtendahl

    Mom was a seamstress in PR and made all our clothes growing up. Now as we ( there are 4 daughters in 1 DIL) she’s passing down the knowledge. Oh and add the 9 granddaughters. Her circa 1960′s singer is diehorse!! Machines all over but the singer sits beautifully in it’s cabinet. That would be a great combo for her to assist the children in learning. Great machines. Thanks.

  • Maggie Warren

    My Mom’s sisters taught me to sew on their mother’s Singer treadle machine. Talk about a lesson in coordination! We sewed every summer and on holiday weekends. My parents gave me a Singer portable (in the pink wooden box) as a high school graduation gift. I sewed ‘for out’ all during college to pay for tuition and books. I continued to sew for all my friends and family, including my daughters. I was able to be a stay at home Mom and made prom dresses, bridal gowns and Mardi Gras costumes. During this time I acquired a brand new Singer machine as well as my mother in law’s old Singer and used both along with my original machine to keep sewing. I eventually purchased a total of three different Singer sergers which are still in use – two for me and one that was donated to a mission. My newest Singer purchase was a Quantum XL 1000 that I adore. All machines have served me well with little or no down time.
    My ‘funny’: I made quite original prom dresses for daugher number 2 all during high school. She went off to college with me continuing to make special occasion dresses for her. Unfortunately, when she called for a dress for a military ball two weeks hence, I was very involved in a volunteer organization with 2 out of town meetings back to back. Daughter Jennifer was quite hysterical and even called her Dad to try to induce me to stay home and make her dress. She eventually made a special day trip home, we shopped for and found a suitable dress that I ‘altered’ – all within 24 hours – just so she wouldn’t look like everyone else. Spoiled? Yes. Appreciative of Mom’s abilities? Most definitely.
    Oh, yes, the original Singer portable? Still being used here by nieces who are learning to sew the basic straight stitches, along with a few zig zags now and then.
    Singer is the best!

  • Jennifer

    My story is all to typical. Mom was a great seamstress, as a child and young adult I had zero interest in learning and now, here i am as a mature adult trying to figure it out on my own. Books like yours have turned into my go to source now that my family resources are no longer around, to laugh and share.

  • Kathleen

    My Mom was a talented seamstress. She taught all of her four daughters to sew. As she would get a new sewing machine, she would hand down her old ones to each of her daughters. Of course, as luck would have it I got the machine with the most miles on it….and I happen to be the daughter who sews the most! My Mom would still be proud that I share her love of sewing. I can only imagine what I could do with some amazing new tools!

  • Stacey

    I come from a family of women who love to sew. I just inherited my grandmother’s “Martha” green Singer in a cabinet. It still sews the perfect straight line! Congratulations on your new book!

  • Lori Jacobson

    I’ve fallen in love with your blog! I came via Jenn Jarvis’ website, and am so glad I found you!
    My sewing story started with a Mom-Who-Sewed. Growing up she made our Halloween costumes, doll clothes, curtains, chair cushion covers~pretty much everything and anything. Her Mom and Mother-in-Law were both sew-ers too, so she came by it naturally. She had a Singer back then, and I grew up believing it was the only kind of machine to have. Fast forward to me moving away from home (and to another state) and getting married~I got a sewing machine from a co-worker and promptly jammed it up. On one of her visits to see me my Mom brought me her Necchi machine, and showed me how to make a basic square quilt . After she passed away, I inherited her Elna Quilters Dream, as well as all of her fabric, books, tools, etc. I made a Pinwheel block quilt for a dear friend’s grandbabies with Elna, that my Mom taught me how to do during the last month of her life. I feel her presence with me every day, but never more strongly than when I am sewing.
    She always wanted a serger but said she couldn’t afford it. Now, of course, I think I need one too, and thank you for the chance to win one.

  • Nancy Pinn

    My Mom taught me to sew. My best memory is learning to use her Singer sewing machine by reattaching the elastic to my underpants! Mom taught me to sew by hand and by machine. Her machine became my friend enabling me to make my first formal gown as a senior in high school. Although my youngest sister was the lucky recipient of that grand old machine, I have continued to sew. While I continue to make garments for myself, I am more inclined to sew bags, quilts, pillows and other handy and decorative items. I learned about your website and your contests through Kritin Nicholas’ blog. Loved your video on how to make a jello mold!

  • Teresa

    I just finished grad school and moved to the opposite side of the country for a job. With me came my mothers old singer that I know is at least 20 years old, possibly more. When I was little, my mother was quite the crafter, but arthritis in her hands combined with longer working hours left the sewing machine tucked away for years. I went away for college and started hand sewing costumes and bits of outfits. Then I lived with a working fiber artist for a year, who taught me about drafting my own patterns and tricks to use her sewing machine. My grad school of choice ended up being close to home, so I moved back in with the parents, got the sewing machine a tune-up and have been sewing as much as I can since then.

  • Laura H

    I learned to sew on my mother’s Kenmore sewing machine. It would race off when I pressed the foot control and then slow down. It was hard to have consistent stitches with the fast/slow rhythm, but I managed. My mom was a great teacher and I have enjoyed sewing for many years! Congratulations on your new book!

  • Julie V.

    My grandma was a professional seamstress and I grew up watching her sew. My mom made a lot of mine and my siblings clothes when we were little. But, I didn’t get the sewing clothes gene. I made a few things when my girls were little, but didn’t really enjoy it. A few years ago I saw a TV show with Marie Osmond and she was showing how to make a rag quilt. I learned how to make them and have gone on to making rag quilt totes and purses and selling them online. I’ve had a sewing/embroidery machine for many years, but don’t really use the embroidery part. Too busy sewing purses! :) Oh, and I have a Singer heavy duty machine that I use when I’m making things with denim or other heavy fabrics. Now, I try to sew everyday. To me, a day without sewing is not a good day. My mom and grandma passed away before I started to really get into sewing, so I hope they are smiling up in heaven knowing that I love to sew!

  • Valgerður Helgadóttir

    Hi :)
    I really want to make a quilt out of my old clothes that I dont use, than i can practice sewing and I will make a quilt of memories using my old clothes.
    My mom and I cant find the pedal to our sewing machine so the project has been on hold for more than a year now, would be great to pick up the tread again and finish it :D

  • Sarah

    I grew up in a family of sewers, knitters, crocheters, etc., but I wasn’t interested in it. Now that I’m older, I love doing all the crafty stuff I watched my mom and grandmothers and great-grandmother do when I was little! I have an inexpensive yet good sewing machine but would love to upgrade.

  • Jenn

    Wow! I’ve love to win these. I always wished to have a sewing machine, but then I knew I would need a serger too to really be able to sew real clothes. My first sewing machine memory is from China, where my mom had an ancient sewing machine, I don’t even know the brand, but it’s literally like a sold piece of iron. It had intricate gold patterns on the black lacquer body, and belts and loops that ran the needle up and down. You operate the machine by stepping on the peddle underneath, you can also turn the wheel manually to stitch really slowly.

    Hope I win!!! yay!

  • Michele

    I have been wanting to learn to sew for many years. So when I found an old Montgomery Ward sewing machine at, of all places, my local architectural salvage store I scooped it up right away. That was well over a year ago and I just got home from my very first sewing class! It turns out that there is only one person offering lessons in the whole city of New Orleans (one of the many lingering effects of Katrina). She was great and went through the basics of using a machine and looked over mine with me. We discovered that there are missing parts and it needs a really good cleaning before it will work again. So now I need to decide if I should invest in repairs or get a new one. This prize would solve my dilemma:)
    Also I could get around to using the loads of vintage fabric I came across last week for literally pennies a yard!

  • Miriam van Mersbergen

    I guess I come from a sewing family. My first memory or sewing was sitting at the antique peddle sewing machine of my great-grandmother’s, “sewing” holes into paper plates to make designs. At the time, my mother made most of my clothes, which were really quite amazing – dresses with hand embroidered embellishments and smocked jumpers. I am embarrassed to say that I was ashamed to be the poor kid with the homemade clothes. What an idiot I was! I learned to sew after my older sister – who sewed my entire wedding party’s dresses, including mine. Alas, I never achieved the skill either mom or sister attained and now my nieces now sew and are starting a little side business sewing men’s neck ties. I am trying to keep up! My favorite memory of a sewing machine was when our cat discovered the tread drawer of my mom’s console machine and decorated our entire living room with threads of all types, sewing thread, embroidery thread, tatting thread, etc . . . The sewing machine looked like a cocoon and the room was so entangled in thread that it took my mom 4 hours to cut through the thread. Needless to say, she battened down the thread drawer after that.

  • Kira

    My mom was an avid sewer and quilter growing up, but we were not allowed to touch her beloved Bernina. So the summer after 6th grade my sister and I got a paper route for the purpose of buying a machine. It was a basic sport model, straight and zig-zag only. 20-some years later, i still have that Sport, and the beloved Bernina, since my sister long ago lost interest in sewing. Along with a huge pile of mom’s UFOs. But I don’t have a machine made any more recently than the late-80s.

  • Emily Mullan

    My sewing machine story: my machine is an old Bernina from my great-aunt. It is a beautiful machine (I also was lucky to inherit numerous accessories, feet, etc.), but currently will only sew a straight stitch. No buttonholes, no zigzagging (I do not have a serger, so extra bummed about that), no applique….you know. And I am petrified to take it to a repair shop because I’m afraid it may cost a LOT to repair.
    I am new to your site and have just spent way too much time reading about your new book, which I am going to try to get my hands on asap. Sewing in straight lines! I can do that!

  • http://Verizon Pat W.

    I have used a Singer Sewing Machine for more than 50 years, creating things for my 4 girls and home and Motr Home we had, Would love to try a new machine and teach my 10 year old adopted granddaughter to use a machine in better working order than my older one, works well for me, but I lnow its habits. Thanks for your interest in your clients,

  • Isabelle T

    I’ve been looking all around etsy and more and more designers are coming up with great ideas with the sewing machine. I’ve always wanted one, but could never afford one. Even on craigslist, they’re $50 and above. My dream is to create my own cute clothes and share them with my friends. It would be great if i could win a sewing machine!

  • Tracy

    Brett – I’ve been watching you on older episodes of Knit and Crochet Today. Great show! Ohmygosh….sewing maching drama. I learned on my mother’s 70′s Singer, and have bought a couple vintage machines at garage sales because I wanted that heavy metal kind of machine for my own. Alas, none of them sewed well by the time I got them. Finally I bought myself brand new Singer machine for Christmas. It’s the lower end of the price scale at $150, but it’s an amazing machine. I sew almost every day now and I am teaching my 8-year-old daughter to love sewing as well.

  • jo

    Hi Brett! Congratulations on your new book. I learned to sew a long time ago in Manila, back when the nuns at my school regarded a girl’s education as incomplete if she didn’t learn how to cook, embroider, do needlepoint, do tatting (lace), learn how to create a paper pattern for a dress from your measurements, transfer it onto fabric, cut it up, sew it up, and then model it for her classmates! Inspite of all this, we had time for academics (it was a very tough school). So my mom bought a plain black Singer machine operated with a foot treadle. I made a plain yellow cotton/linen sheath dress and yes…modeled it for the class. We still have the machine, and actually that sheath is back in style! Maybe your book will inspire others to start sewing. All the best,

  • elizabeth jeanne

    the story of the moment for me and sewing machines is that I just can’t STAND to get rid of the Viking that is sitting in my closet… it doesn’t work! Neither does the Pfaff… So at the moment.. I’m not sewing anything. But I sure do want to! Oh and my mom just gave me her ancient serger… we’ll see if that will do anything for me, but I seem to remember that it doesn’t do much…. even if I CAN figure out how to get it threaded! Thanks folks!

  • aufdeutsch

    I learned how to sew on my mom’s beast of a Singer that’s just about as old as I am. I used to sew random things when I was younger and now having an actual sewing room in my house has been wonderful for my costume making. I still use the Singer as the main, as my mom’s Husqui (as I like to call it for short) is a bit more confusing and also a whole lot more expensive to break. Even if it is a long arm which is awesome. Oh well.

    No matter what, I <3 the old Singer and hopefully will get to take that when I move out. Even if the thread tension is getting screwy.

  • nita timothy

    My grandmother had a Singer that was pedal driven. You had to pump your feet and watch your fingers at the same time. My new one is a table-top model without a dedicated table (as yet). But, it quilts, and dolls, and mends, and patches just fine thank you very much. But, I really wish I had Grandmama’s, I could use the workout.

  • Jeanette B.

    I’ve just gotten the sewing bug and have been taking classes at a local sew shop. I’m hooked! I would love to be able to sew projects at home. Fingers crossed :)

  • Laura O’Connor

    Hi Brett!
    I’m a college student living in Tallahassee Florida. I’ve been sewing, designing, and up-cycling for quite a while now and I’m very pleased to say that I’m a design major here at Florida State University. Essentially, what you do is exactly what I dream to do. I’m constantly sewing, crafting, decorating, and creating, all that I really need is a foot in the door. In the next few months I plan on opening up my own little business doing cheap alterations for college students and a serge machine would be such a great help! Congratulations on your book as well as your general popularity!! I’m very excited for you.
    I hope one day I’ll get the chance to work with you! :)

  • mariajose

    my mother is a great sewer. she made all my dresses when i was a kid! and even when i couldn’t sew i always had an idea and my mother made it for me… well she still does. she even made my wedding dress, like we always do, i told her how i wanted it and she made it happen. sadly we don;t live close anymore so i decided to learn. So i bought me a sewing machine as soon as i moved away 3 years ago with the hope i can start sewing and it will all be easy (just like it was for my mom) but i was not able to even open the box! i had to move during these 3 years and never had the chance to start, till 2 months ago when all was perfect to start and i did. I got everything ready and opened my magic sewing machine and made me some shorts!! I had so much fun making them and was so proud of me and my shorts!!!! so i was exited to make the second thing…. but then bad luck stroke… my machine got broken and it even got the light build to explode… so i guess the only way to get me back on my good path of making all my ideas come to life is to win this one!!!!

  • Claire

    I have been searching for my first machine as i now live 5 hours from my very crafty mother and grandmother who have always encouraged my interest in this area. This machine looks amazing and would allow me to stop relying on expensive clothes alterations as I always need to have things taken up! It would also allow me to get back into making my own clothes and lovely home bits which I loved doing when I was young. A whole new creative outlet would be open to me with this amazing prize, so I hope you will consider me!! Thanks for the chance!

  • Margie

    I *almost* don’t want to enter this… because I am in LURVE with my trusty machine… It’s a hammertone green Husqvana from the 1960s, when my mum first bought it as a newly wed. Yes, it’s a bit of a clunker. Yes, it’s a bit rusty. No it doesn’t have any patterns except straight stitch and zig zag. But I so love that machine, I *almost* don’t want to part with it… Oh wait, I can still keep it can’t I? In fact, it could go on permanent display in my front room! Ok, I REALLY want to win this!! Please?

  • JackieLemon

    I’d love to win these machines. I love sewing and crafting. I’ve never had a serger and this combo looks terrific.

  • Leonor Costa

    Hi! When I was still a student I was dying to learn how to sew and make my own clothes and accessories, so I looked in the market and I bought with my own money the cheapest machine to do my own things. Now, I know how to sew but I need a better one to make some clothes and toys for my newborn son! And having a serger? It would be wonderful!

  • Cynthia Landers

    My memory of sewing machines is my Mom sitting at her cast iron Singer. That was her love. She loved to sew for us girls (she had 4). It probably started with neccesity but she really learned to love it. She sewed all of my sisters wedding dresses. The only bad part of it was none of us really learned from her. She was SOOOO good at it that it was just easier for her to do it!! We are all kicking ourselves now that Mom is gone that we didn’t learn better from her!!!

  • erica

    I got my first sewing machine when I graduated from college. It was a tiny blue Sears machine that my mom got me as a gift. I thought it was the best sewing machine ever… but this year she replaced it with an old dingy Singer machine that was a leftover from the closing of a high school program. Little did I know what an upgrade it was! I can finally sew a straight line– i seriously thought it was just me…

  • Swapna

    I’m not sure I should enter this, as I don’t live in the US and I imagine the giveaway is limited to US residents. However!

    My parents lived in the US and Canada in the 1960s-early 1970s, and one of the few things my mother brought back with her to India was her Singer 623 sewing machine. It was made in the US in those days (1969) and cost $269 I think. We still have the original invoice :) My mom made many of our clothes (my sister’s and mine) on it. This was in the days that not too many nice clothes were available off the shelf, especially not western clothes. Nowadays the story is different.

    I never learnt to use it myself all that well, and my mom hadn’t been using it that much, but when I said I wanted to learn to use it, she gave it to me and I took it with me across country. To tell the truth, it slightly intimidated me but I enrolled for classes and would come home every day to try my luck with basic stitches and fancy embroidery. But some part had broken and I never mastered it.

    I had a baby in November 1999 and was quite determined that her quilts and first coverups should be stitched on that machine. Unfortunately, since some part was broken, we had to wait for a replacement to be brought from the US by a visiting cousin. I was in tears at the thought that I had been responsible for the breakdown and that my baby would be without grandma-stitched clothes. So we made the decision that we would have to get another machine. So we did, and my mother spent every day in the few weeks before the baby came making stuff. The Singer is still at home, shrink wrapped from one of the flights across country and my mother refuses to part with it. I have my own machine now and can often sew in a straight line. My favourite guinea pig, naturally, is my daughter, as now she is too small to refuse to wear what I make. And when I come out my yarn-induced trance to admit our climate is hot, I switch to cutting out and sewing clothes for her. So much faster than those hooks and needles!

  • Norma

    I just found your blog. I will have to go look around. WOW what an amazing giveaway!!

    • Norma

      ha ha I got excited. My first machine was a $60 walmart special. It used to run away any time I touched the foot pedal. I’m surprised I stuck with sewing.

  • Casey

    My first sewing machine was a Singer one touch that I took from my big sister(yes, took). She had saved up her baby-sitting money to buy it, but I somehow felt that it really belonged to me. She’s bought other machines since then and has never let me near them.

  • Marie/Underground Crafter

    My grandmother was a master needlecrafter and taught me some sewing on the machine. Growing up, I also watched my mom make great clothing, curtains, seat covers, etc. on her machine. I actually have my own lovely machine (a BabyLock Quilter’s Choice since I mostly do quilting). But my mom’s machine was recently destroyed when she had an oil leak in her house. If I won this, I would give it to her so she can again have access to a great sewing machine. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Callie

    I learned to sew as a little girl on my grandmother’s old foot pedal powered machine–making doll dresses and matching clothes for myself. Then I grew up, got busy, and didn’t sew a stitch for 15 years. Recently, I bought a beginner brother and have been having a great time getting reacquainted with sewing. I’m loving it!

  • Anita

    I remember my mother’s machine…it was in a cabinet…and it would pop up when she opened it. It was black, cast iron and you had to push a wheel on the side to get it going. The ‘pedal’ was attached to the side of the cabinet and you used your knee to keep it moving. I wish she had kept that machine. =( Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Bev C

    Thank you for the chance to win such a great prize. I just love sewing and have always kept my old machine. I hope to pass them onto my children. I try and sew something every day.
    Happy days.

  • YuLian

    Wow, that is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway! My mom (and grandma, and a lot more aunts and uncles) used to work in a sewing factory and she owned one of those machines later on, but then she sold it because we moved to another house and there wasn’t enough room for it. She got a smaller one, but always complained that it was a lot slower and less useful than the factory type one. A few years ago, she got another one from my uncle, so she sews a lot more now. The smaller one got passed on to me, and I use it occasionally, when the mood strikes.

  • Tammi

    I love to sew costumes! I love Halloween and I also love steampunk and go to ren fairs. All of these need costumes and I love to make my own. I used to use my parents sewing machine to make these but now I have moved out of the area and no longer have a sewing machine to use. I would love to have a sewing machine again so that I can work on creating wonderful costumes again! Thank you for having this giveaway!

  • Amber

    My Grandma used to have a little pink sewing box that she kept for me at her house. She started me off on hand stitching. Unfortunately, that’s about as far as I got, as she passed away before she could teach me anything on the sewing machine. :(
    So as an adult, I splurged on a Singer and have tried to teach myself, but I’ve only gotten so far as making things like baby blankets, baby wipes, and nursing pads. I desperately want to learn how to use patterns and make other things. I’m dreaming of making some cute little dresses for my girls and some skirts for myself! :)
    Sure hoping I win!

  • Laura Elaine

    I always remember going to my aunt Mary’s house and spending time in her sewing room, wishing I could sew. I finally learned to sew last year, the same year Mary died. Knowing my love of her and sewing, she passed down her machine to me when she passed. I have a modern machine of my own, but I treasure the old Singer she’s given me. I’m still too scared to use it, so I just use it as a showpiece, always reminding me of her.

  • Rosie Tasker

    Ooh, wow! My starter sewing machine seems to have developed a life of its own – one of its favourite hobbies seems to be dropping stitches in the most awkward places – would help if i had an instruction book – so to win one of these would be amazing! Anyway. My sewing story: My granny taught me to sew on her old singer sewing machine. It was huge and heavy especially when dropped on your fingers, and you had to spin the wheel on the side to get it going. Anyway, she would do the stitching while I controlled the foot pedal (she has arthritis in her ankle, and my hand-eye coordination isn’t so great, so it worked well). We made large numbers of lavender bags, stockings for Christmas and even attempted curtains once (we got there in the end!). The singer finally broke a few years ago, and it would be great to win some shiny new machines for us to start some new projects on together. Thanks for a great prize draw!

  • Savannagal

    I bought my first and very basic sewing machine about 7 or 8 years ago after taking my first sewing class. It was the cheapest model available with the least functions. I still don’t know how to use many of the functions. I have so much to learn. When I first started sewing I was a perfectionist, which is my nature. My instructor kept telling me to relax, that my cutting edge didn’t have to be perfectly straight nor did my sewing lines. It wasn’t that critical. I’d spend more time picking out miles of stitches just to restitch another crooked line. Finally I learned that she was right. It really wasn’t that critical. Nobody noticed that my sewing lines on my nightgown weren’t exactly perfect. After that breakthrough I had a lot more fun sewing. I don’t have a lot of time to sew, so my skills aren’t getting much better. But when I do have time, I enjoy it. If I win I will give the machine to my mom. Her’s has been a mess for years. We’ve tried to have it repaired on several occasions but it’s always wonky and breaking down. Thanks for the contest. I will definitely be checking out your blog regularly. Hopefully I’ll learn some new skills.

  • Charlotte

    Wow! What a fabulous giveaway!

    My sewing machine story….when I was 13, my dad brought my grandmas (his mothers) vintage Singer machine home as he thought I might be interested in it…He knew how much I loved, drawing, painting and making, and I suppose he thought maybe sewing might of interest to me too! I instantly fell in love with how the machine worked, the mechanics of it and how just by turning a handle I could actually make something!

    Whizz forwards 10 years and here I am! I make clothing for myself and others, quilt and sell many of my creations at fairs and online….and I owe it all to my lovely Dad and Sally the Vintage Singer Machine!

    My dad taught my how to sew from scratch (how cool is that?!) and I don’t know where I’d be without sewing in my life now :)

    Charlotte x

  • Kate

    My mother taught me how to sew on her old singer before I went away to summer camp for the first time. We made a pillow for me to sleep on while away.
    Now I am expecting my own child and still sewing on that old machine! I have been making my own cloth diapers, which is a lot of work, but very satisfying!

  • courtney

    My mom’s sewing machine is one of her greatest treasures. She bought it in the mid ’70s and it is still going strong! She made all her own and my older sisters’ clothes and she taught us all the very basics. (Confession: I STILL need help threading the thing.) I took sewing lessons when I was 8 or 9, but unfortunately, I’m not very skilled! I can sew pillowcases, and that’s about it. I have had a sewing machine on my wish list for quite sometime, but it’s not really within my budget. I have a whole list of Projects To Do Once I Have a Sewing Machine, and I can’t wait to get started! First off would be a quilt for my daughter’s bed, then curtains, then a new cover for our old banana chair . . . the list goes on.

  • Morgan

    What an amazing giveaway! This would be perfect since I’ve just recently starting making my own retro aprons!

  • Michelle

    I bought my first sewing machine in 1998 and have only started really sewing just 1 year ago. I am obsessed with all things fabric and sewing.

  • Kathleen

    My machine story in a nutshell…6 years of successful home economics (sewing, cooking, embroidery) followed by beginning to make things at home on my mom’s old green Sears machine with the touchy foot pedal. Suddenly, while sewing a thin seam one Friday night, the machine goes over my finger. I stop, look at the needle in my finger, and yell for my mom to help. Luckily, she is a nurse, and just slides the needle out. No sewing machine since! Although I mend and sew by hand, I am ready (30 years later) to use a machine again. Maybe because hand sewing is so time consuming???

    Thanks for the great give away!

  • Nashira

    My mom always sewed clothing for me from the time I was a little girl wearing frilly dresses to my high school graduation dress. To be honest, I never ever thought about learning to sew in all that time. Then one day last January I was sitting at home bored and I told my husband I was going to take up sewing. He laughed because he just couldn’t imagine it. To his shock and awe I purchased a little Singer machine from Sears the very next day. It’s actually been quite fun to learn to sew. I’ve made a few items of clothing (some successful, some not) and most recently, some nursing covers for my new arrival due in September.

    I really want an upgrade, though I am scared of sergers….Here’s to hoping I can make my own little girl frilly dresses!

  • TheBargainBabe

    Oh wow, what a great prize! My sewing machine story is that I started sewing in 7th grade. I took lessons. Sometime that year my mom bought me a sewing machine. A Bicor something-or-other. A nice machine for its day, although not computerized. I don’t even have a needle-down position. But it is a little workhorse and gets the job done.

    Bicor is picky though. None of that walmart brand thread crap for him. He has more expensive taste and prefers the pricier stuff. :)

  • Marjorie

    I started sewing on my Mom’s White, which she got right after college. Now, I sew on my grandmother’s old White, which she got to upgrade from her 1940s Singer that always sat in the kitchen. She revered that Singer, and continued to use it for any straight stitch functions. I wanted to take it, too, but just don’t have the room. The White has more functions.

  • Shelby

    I don’t currently have a sewing machine story that’s why I need to win this one.

  • Ginger

    I’d like a sewing machine and serger (eventhough I don’t quite know what I’d do with the serger….).

  • Stephanie

    I have no knowledge of how to sew, or operate a sewing machine, but I the other females in my family tree all seem to have that trait, save for me. It has always been an interest to me to understand how to make clothing, but of course I never could quite get the talent down. So, here I am, a year later, involved in a non-profit organization that comes together every two weeks to teach and learn together. Part of the learning is how to sew. The drawback is that we have no sewing machine. We’d love to have one to share amongst the members and learn the talent of sewing so that we can make for ourselves and those in the community around us as well. This is why I enter this contest. I enter not just for myself, but for all of my friends, and those of the community.

  • jenney

    My mom learned to sew in the forties when she was a kid and used a pedal machine that had been her grandmother’s. Her mom gave it to her when she got married. When I was born in the seventies, she felt that she needed an upgrade and bought a Montgomery Ward machine, which is what I learned to sew on. When I had my first child in the nineties, she upgraded again and gave me that machine. My family is pretty slow to trade up I guess!

  • Amanda W.

    For years, I watched my (step) Mother’s sewing machine gather dust. I kept bugging her to teach me how to use it. But every day, there was a different excuse. I desperately wanted to know how to use it. I had already taught myself to sew by hand when I was nine, so I spent many hours nursing pricked fingers and trying to finish up even the smallest projects between all my homework and school.
    Eventually, I left the house and got married. I knew my Mother in law had a sewing machine, so I once again asked if she would show me, but months passed, and years passed, and I still did not know. So, one day, I just pulled it out of storage, set it up, read a few tutorials online, watched a few videos, and even studied the mechanics of how a sewing machine works. Not only did I learn how to use it that night, but I even fixed the minor problems. I finished three projects that night. Three projects! They looked about ten times better than anything I had sewn by hand, and they were finished ten times faster.
    I was on a high, I made all kinds of cute new things for my daughter, altered most of my husband’s wardrobe, etc. So, my mother in law let me use her machine. Yay, right?! No. No matter how many times it has been fixed,it keeps breaking in various ways. Not only that, but it is just old and doesn’t have the kind of features I desire. My sweet husband wants to buy me the sewing machine I want for our upcoming anniversary, but it would be great to win both of these machines!
    I need an upgrade. This machine was great for me to learn on, but it does not turn out the quality I want.

  • SueB

    Wow! What a giveaway! I am 56 yrs old. When I was a kid my Mom and Grandma sewed alot of our cloths, prom dresses, and even a maxi coat for me which I wore to tech school the fall after I graduated. Man, did that come in handy and it was very warm and I had to walk quite a few blocks to the school. I had a wonderful Home Ec teacher that taught us to sew. I was never the best but I got my own sewing machine when I graduated and believe it or not I still use it sometimes!

  • Sallie

    What a fantastic giveaway! I learned to sew on my grandma’s Singer 401 Slant-O-Matic. I wish I had it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Melanie

    My mom taught me to sew when I was 11, I think. I used her machine, her Pfaff, and she watched me like a hawk at first, so scared I would break her machine. She gave me an old one of her mother’s, a horrible machine that only sewed a straight line and zigzag. What a disappointment after that Pfaff! My mom bought me my own machine, a Janome, as a graduation present (gr12). Mom then bought me a serger as a university grad present. She definitely knew that I would love them and use them. I still have that first machine but don’t really use it. I have since upgraded to a better Janome.

    I would love to win this! I am starting a home ec class at my school, and we have nothing! This would help a lot!

    What a great giveaway!

  • Frances

    Believe it or not, I failed home ec in Grade 8 because my mother refused to pay the $10 our teacher was charging for materials. She made it up to me by buying me my own machine in university, and shortly after, a serger too. While those machines are dear to my heart and have helped me learn to sew and make many many things, I dream of a new machine to suit the tiny business I have started.
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  • Rebecca

    I remember I was three years old. I was sitting at the kitchenette watching my mom sew a doll for me on an old 1960′s singer. I remember watching in amazement as her hands worked quickly and rapidly as her foot held the speed. Recently, I took a sewing class and borrowed an old sewing machine from a drama teacher friend of mine. As I began making long skirts for my trip to Africa this summer, my mom revealed to me that many of my ancestors were tailors and seamstresses. Sewing is in my blood. I am constantly looking into patterns for clothing or decor for my house. Now if only I had the sewing machine to match!

  • Kat

    I just recently bought a mid range Singer. I haven’t sewn on a machine since Home Ec in 8th grade! They don’t even have Home Ec anymore. lol. Anyways…I made a dress that I have no clue what happened to it but it didn’t turn out too bad. I would love to win this pair. If I do I will give my new bought Singer to my daughter and maybe she’ll get the craft bug making things for her girls! :)

  • Kay L.

    My mom had a small repair shop, so we always had sewing machines in the house. She showed me how to sew on a commercial grade sewing machine that came in a cabinet and also had a foot treadle attachment. I hated using the foot treadle–so much work! My grandma showed me how to hand sew; we made 20 small drawstring bags in one sitting. That was the first time we hung out. Now, I love to sew. It’s my solace. I want to teach my daughter and son to sew next. Let’s continue the history!

  • Ernie

    I learned to sew by watching my nana who lived at home with us. I was the one who threaded the needle for her. Soon I was making small stuff, then I started watching her use patterns since she made all my clothes, that is until I got too big for my britches and decided I wanted “store bought clothes” like my friends. She continued to make me stuff, just not everything. When I announced my first pregnancy she bought flannel and hemmed 2 dozen diapers for me! I also got to watch her make baby layette items without “store bought” patterns; she was able to do it by folding the fabric in various ways. From her I learned to love sewing and I do mean learn. Through the years I’ve made many things, hated the construction part, but continued to do it for the immense pleasure and pride I got from seeing the finished items. Now I sew for my grandkids and one great-grandkid and I love it. Go figure……

  • Brittany