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This week’s how-to video from SINGER® and The Martha Stewart Show brings you one of our favorite celebrity sewers, Heather Ross. Martha and Heather take you step-by-step through making an adorable smocked dress perfect for summer days lounging by the pool. This super simple project is great for both children and adults, and Heather shows you a few cool tips (like using elastic wrapped thread for your smocking) that make this a fun and easy garment you can whip up in a weekend!


Now that Heather has inspired us all to get ready for spring, let us know what your favorite weekend sewing projects are for a chance to win a SINGER® Home Essentials™ Expert Finish™ Iron! Don’t forget, you can still comment for your chance to win SINGER® 7467S Confidence Stylist! You have until 9AM EST on Monday, January 31st to get those comments in for both prizes and our winners will be announced on February 1st. Stay tuned for next week’s video and more awesome giveaways from SINGER®!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 04.26 PMby Caroline Ehrin Glickberg

    I have never used a sewing machine in my life. I was excited and inspired to look at all of the projects and products this site showed! I feel like this might be a new hobby for me! Thank you!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 11.29 PMby brodjohn

    Being a husband never thought that i can easily follow to sew and operate this little machine and it save us more money from ….like repair ect. Thank You SINGER

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    Feb 14, 2011, 06.35 PMby Melanie Maloney Janke

    My favorite weekend projects are sewing things to give away as gifts!

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    Feb 14, 2011, 03.32 AMby Kimberly Trask Neuman

    Anything for my daughter! Or altering some items I have around the house.

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    Feb 13, 2011, 11.42 PMby Meghann Easley

    My two girls are two and eight! BUT being very tall and very very thin. I’ve discovered that to find cute matching outfits it’s best to make my own! I’m looking forward to summer outfits made by me!

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    Feb 13, 2011, 04.43 AMby Amber Goble

    I adore crafts, but I’m a beginner at sewing. My project circles around learning to use my new Singer.

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    Feb 11, 2011, 11.13 PMby bubblebear

    I try to do as much as possible……working two jobs makes it hard to find time between the jobs and family. But when I do get time I like to mix and match patterns to create different one of a kind outfits.

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    Feb 7, 2011, 07.16 PMby andreaohrt

    I am just beginning to sew, so my fav weekend project is spending hours on the phone with my mom!

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    Feb 5, 2011, 06.29 PMby Rachel Hall

    Just got my first sewing machine!!! Can’t wait to create!!!!

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    Feb 3, 2011, 03.38 AMby elbellguttman

    I like to make quick and easy gifts for people such as pin cushions, napkin/placemat sets, etc…so the next time i need a last minute housewarming gift or birthday present, i’m all set!

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    Feb 3, 2011, 01.10 AMby rnrsq

    My favorite weekend project is sewing for my grandchildren.

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    Feb 1, 2011, 10.59 PMby peacenluv78

    i totally cannot get enough bags! i’m a practical type of person and like to have bags for different purposes. bags to hold groceries, bags for a night on the town, bags to hold school books, etc. etc. weekends are the perfect time to get to thinking about making a new bag!

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    Feb 1, 2011, 08.07 PMby Christine Kelly

    my favorite sewing project is , sewing dresses for my niece!!!

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    Feb 1, 2011, 05.28 PMby Krafty Karen

    I LOVE making things for my daughter with special needs. I love coming up with practical items for that I can’t buy in stores!

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    Jan 31, 2011, 06.01 AMby tnjen

    My favorite weekend project making my hubby Japanese Kimonos. He practices Iaido (which is traditional Japanese swordsmanship and we live in a particularly rural area — just got a REAL grocery store about 2 years ago!) and he is also a larger man. Practice kimonos are cheap and very difficult to find unless you purchase them online and quite frankly very ugly!

    Making them for him is something that allows me to draft my own patterns from various periods and it’s also been something that has greatly helped my sewing skills because he’s always asking for new ones and that makes me feel wonderful as a relative beginner (I’m probably a novice now but still feel like a beginner). His praise and love of the ones I’ve made for him kept me going when I otherwise might’ve given up sewing altogether out of frustration (I’ve been pretty much self-taught).

    Making kimonos also did something else for me that I didn’t expect – gave me a belief in being able to “see/visualize the finished product without someone else’s picture.” Specifically, we were at a fabric store one day and I saw an unusual fabric on sale that I thought would be great for an authentic looking Japanese Kimono. Hubby thought I was crazy and I admit that it was sheer instinct that made me think it would work and look traditional. Despite Hubby’s great knowledge of tradition Japanese dress and culture I followed that instinct. Well the finished product looked great and a few days after it was complete Hubby was shock to find similar ones online (not available for sale but being worn in Japan to traditional events).

    Everything about making them has been good for me: improving my sewing skills, learning about fabric, making my own patterns, visualizing results and knowing that it will be both worn and loved. I can’t tell how good his demands for more and more make me feel!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 10.48 PMby deliab

    I like finding nice material and finding the perfect pattern to make something cute.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 09.06 PMby vbugge

    I have made several of the tiered prairie skirts for my daughters, I love that I don’t need a pattern, just do a little math, cut strips, sew together using a ruffler foot (makes it sooo much easier!) hem, put a casing with elastic and you’re finished. My girls love them and have so much fun picking coordinating fabrics for their skirts.

    I am going to make the dress featured here too, I think my 5 year old will love it!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 08.25 PMby Rachel Dorsey

    My favorite sewing activity is usually creating quilts- I usually do hand-quilting but lately I’ve been wanting to learn how machine- sew. Especially for the small triangle ones that can be awkward to sew by hand and try not to stretch the corners!

    Sometimes, my 8 yrs old daughter seems interested in quilting or stitching. She did a mini project that I helped her with: making a stuffed fabric heart. She wrote on it “I love you, Mommy”

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.43 PMby alana23

    My perfect weekend projects would be a cute skirt or sun dress. I am also tackling more knits so an elegant tee or tank would also be one of my favorite projects.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 05.12 PMby leonx

    i love making anything, for wekends i make really complicated stuff, altough its annoyng becouse my mum keeps nagging me to clean up

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    Jan 30, 2011, 02.39 PMby Lucia Rusnáková Domorádová

    I am only begginer so I need one week not just weekend for any easy project. I love to make clothes for me and my son.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.58 AMby 5294sandras

    My favorite weekend project has been to use my left over fabric to make hats. To fancy them up – I embroider the front of the hat which makes each hat unique.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 01.08 AMby shorne89

    I like to make scarves out of tshirts.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 11.31 PMby cyanste

    My fave weekend sewing projects are just things like dolls :)

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    Jan 29, 2011, 09.27 PMby daiyami

    Currently, my favorite project is a wristlet. Because it’s quick and easy, uses fabric left over from bigger projects, and makes a nice gift. I like dresses, but can’t do them in a weekend.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 06.47 PMby sbergeron00

    Faborite weekend sewing projects? I love making wrap skirts, fun fabric bags and cute accessories!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 04.38 PMby rachelnicole

    my favorite weekend projects are simple aline skirts. I love making one with some found fabric, or a sweet gift for a girlfriend.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 11.08 AMby ladyshape

    Probably a simple mini dress out of an amazing printed fabric. To brighten up the week ahead during these long Scottish winters. Woolly tights and cardi essential. And a contreau hot-chocolate wouldn’t go amiss either.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 06.32 AMby rdejam

    My favorite weekend projects are making doll clothes and matching outfits for my nieces

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    Jan 29, 2011, 03.31 AMby LéonaDy

    My favourite weekend project is a skirt. an easy skirt you can make without a pattern and required very little thinking. As a result, I have a ton of skirts is different fabrics I got from the surplus bin.

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