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Get started sewing in the New Year

2014 is a great year to start sewing. There are numerous blogs and online sewing classes to inspire you. Martha Stewart is a wonderful resource and has some cute ideas for a sewing kit in a jar. Many of us have a Mother or Grandmother who can share some sewing materials and advice. Thrift stores can be a great resource for inexpensive materials. You can also shop at Joann.com for sewing kits to get you started. Make your own sweet Mega Pincushion with pockets from Blue Patch Quilter.

Seamstresses finish a couture gown
Seamstresses finish a couture gown
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Learn some hand sewing techniques with the Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting, and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style or Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread.

Sewing Machine 911 is an excellent free video class to get you acquainted with your sewing machine, whether it is an older model or a new one. Learn the parts of your machine and how to thread and use it with Instructor Claudia Miller.

It is never too early to start planning your visit to the 2014 American Sewing Expo, held in Novi, Michigan on September 26-28, 2014. With enough practice you may be ready to try one of their contests. Be the first to know about exciting news and announcements, sign up for their newsletter.

Do you have a sewing blog that is useful to a beginning sewer? Please post a link to your blog in the comments section.