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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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    Jan 29, 2011, 02.20 AMby crackerhouse

    Tote bags!

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    Jan 29, 2011, 02.12 AMby astroknot

    My favorite weekend project is to print out a new pattern that I’ve never tried before (which is most everything at this point) and if I don’t plan on going out, I’ll stay in all weekend and take my time learning how to do all the new techniques. I’ll just set up my sewing machine and stay up really late, watching late night TV while I create my new piece.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 01.30 AMby mollyliz

    i love to make clothes from my kids. they love trying them on for fittings in the middle of the project.

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    Jan 29, 2011, 01.20 AMby brandivenable

    My favorite weekend sewing projects are any clothing for my niece and lately my first quilt!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 10.17 PMby NinaBarbara

    I love to choose things from my extensive MUST DO list. I’m a novice, who loved sewing at age 15 and stopped, has recently taken it up again. I have a stack of patterns i’ve purchased and now am just taking the list down 1 by 1 on my mother’s old machine. Thus far, dresses are my favorite.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 09.30 PMby docpattie

    Since my weekends and weekdays are all the same now, the weekend is a good bench mark. It’s where I end and begin projects.

    Pattie ;)

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    Jan 28, 2011, 08.31 PMby Catlyn Lawson

    zippered pouches! they’re quick, you can make them as funky as you want, and they make fantastic gifts!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 08.01 PMby kylawithstyla

    Lately I’ve loved making little craft things, such as pincushions and bags!

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    Jan 28, 2011, 07.39 PMby treelessbark

    I love the Jenny Skirt. Its a pretty quick pattern to sew up, plus you have a new article of clothing. So awesome! Been planning to make a few.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 06.25 PMby nehmah

    My favorite weekend sewing projects are either mending or sorting out pattern pieces. The odd bits that never seem to make it back into the envelope. Nehmah

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    Jan 27, 2011, 11.40 PMby drewteach

    Currently involved with two Blocks of the Month; just prior to Christmas made six table runners in as many days.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 10.41 PMby Ranae Markel

    My fav weekend projects are thifting and tag sales to find perfect vintage fabrics for sewing vintage patterns of period clothing from the 40s and 50s. This is a great way to recycle and then the pattern and fabric are really true vintage! I try to be a bit of a purist when it comes to that. This past weekend, I found 40s cotton feedsack for a dress I am attempting to make, its a little tough on my basic machine, no fancy stitching, but I will handsew the detail parts, that how they did it back then too!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 01.08 PMby abbeychrissie

    My favorite sewing project is making pencil skirts, they are pretty easy to make and can be completed in one afternoon.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.59 AMby evenhoward

    something i can finish in a weekend means i already have the fabric in my stash and have been dreaming up the idea for long enough that i am confident to jump right in. this once meant a fully lined and insulated peacoat in lavender with a light teal satin lining. now that kind of project would take me a full week at least!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 05.25 AMby vwbug74

    The last few months, I’ve been using my weekends off to focus on finishing UFO’s. It gets me excited and motivated to work on all the new things I have planned.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 03.02 AMby ciaoterra

    Lately my weekend projects have all been geared towards organization. I’ve been making colour coded pouches to keep my sewing supplies tidy. Also, I’m finishing up a needle roll in the hopes that it will help me figure out just how many knitting needles I do have….. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.43 PMby valoried

    Lately I’ve been working every weekend. I’m a travel nurse. I take crochet patterns and yarn along as it is very portable. I’ve been trying wool yarns and felting the project. I use a steam iron to ‘finish’ my projects.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 07.28 PMby darlasews

    Love this project, lots of character. U can change the look by using different fabrics. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.34 PMby msvaughn

    I love to quilt on the weekends, especially during the winter months when I can work on my quilting by the fire in our family room. I also enjoy cross-stitch and making soft dolls. So much fun!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.05 PMby nyphertiti

    Weekend Sewing is one of my fav sewing books. So well done. Any of the projects in the book are fun to do on a weekend~

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.09 PMby caydenlaine

    My favorite weekend sewing project is to cut out several projects and put into a ziploc bag with everything required to complete and have ready to assemble as time permits throughout the week.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.02 PMby girliemum

    I do most of my creating through the week; A few minutes here and there. The family and I love to shop and dream up new creations over the weekend. Not just for sewing, but all crafts and manly handywork, too.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 06.43 AMby Diana Neill

    My favorite projects are always changing. First it was blankets, then kid’s clothes, and now it’s Cabbage Patch Kids clothes. I always want to do so many things, but there’s so little time. I enjoy making projects with my kids. Right now I’m working on pjs for my middle daughter.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.17 AMby susieq3123

    When I find the time for a weekend sewing project, it is to make accessories, such as flower decorations for my shirts & blouses – so pretty!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.11 AMby vflsun

    I finished my daughter’s messenger bag last weekend. It took all day Sunday to finally finish it after being half way done. I’ve been promising her that bag for months. The fabric was space, planets and starts patterns. She loved it. She will be so happy to get it and I’m so happy to have it completed. Week before last I made my brother a chef’s apron, chef’s hat, and potholders. The fabric had peppers on it. He’ll love it.

    Yeah.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.02 AMby tru

    My favorite weekend project is something that fills a need right down to the picky details. The latest one was a cover for my appointment book (3 × 5 closed) with a place for business cards and a pen plus a ribbon bookmark for the current date. Also to use really goregous fabric from my stash to do it. Tru

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.40 AMby MoeWest

    I’m really interested in quilting right now, so that is what I’m sewing. Sometimes it’s a small project like a wallhanging or table runner that I can finish in a weekend or less. I like to intersperse the small projects with working on the blocks for the bigger quilts.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 02.40 AMby icedivastar

    My favorite weekend sewing project is whatever my current project is.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 01.15 AMby ellenjane

    Favorite weekend sewing project: sewing on those pesky buttons, mending a hem, making something wearable again!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 01.01 AMby susansvelvetmonkey

    Quick weekend projects for me are aprons, pillows or components used in other more involved projects. I like to print on fabric, or make flowers for later use.

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