Craft Bits — Dressmaking Apps, the Rolls-Royce of Sewing Machines, New Craft Conference

Posted by on Jan 13, 2012

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In this week's Craft Bits, it seems like "sew more" was a hot resolution. We actually had a hard time narrowing down all the sewing-related stories. But this first one was really interesting, because it involves two things we love: technology and dressmaking. Turns out there's lots of apps that take prospective seamstresses directly to the patterns, tutorials and advice needed to make a lovely new dress. 

To see the list of must-try dressmaking apps, visit Android Apps.

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A New Craft Conference

Mark your calendars, people. There's a new craft conference on the horizon called "Craftcation." It's a 3-day summit about all things DIY, indie business and general crafting. If you're near the Ventura, California, area (or can plan to be) between March 22-25, you should definitely go.
For more info about Craftcation, visit Craftcation.

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The Rolls-Royce of Sewing Machines

If you have $10,000, then you can have the Brother Quattro 6700D. This top-of-the-line machine (which debuted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show) has a digitizing tablet for creating original patterns, can install a zipper automatically and has a built-in library of patterns. We can dream, can't we?
For more about the Brother Quattro 6700D, visit Information Week.
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Sewing for Good

Turns out that dressmaking skills can be put to charitable use. This 11-year-old seamstress is creating 460 uniforms for a school in Sierra Leone, Africa. We feel lazy just reading that sentence. 
To read the whole story about this charitable effort, visit The Bulletin.
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Subversive Stitching

Embroidered depictions of sailors and mustaches usually are what passes as "subversive." But this work by a World War II soldier is the real deal. While held as a prisoner, Major Alexis Casdagli went to stitch up a quilt ... and also included some choice anti-Nazi sentiments hidden in the blanket. 
To see photos of the embroidery, visit The Telegraph.

Photos, from top:, Craftcation, Information Week (screengrab), Albany Democrat-Herald, David Feam

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