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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 24, 2011, 10.36 PMby meseide

    My favorite weekend projects are those that I can actually finish in one weekend. So mostly skirts, purses or home decorating items.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.55 PMby barbaralenore

    My favorite weekend project is whatever I’ve been working on during the week.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.51 PMby aslimir

    My favorite weekend project is make a bag.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.26 PMby Elizabeth Beattie

    I love to sew up some cute toddler belts for my twin girls using beautiful ribbon and cotton webbing!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.19 PMby flowingink

    My 7 y/o daughter designs clothes and I (try to) construct it. My favorite was the t-shirt dress with tulle skirt she named, “The Black Magic.” Good way to spend time together.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.17 PMby swankypot

    Right now, my favorite weekend project is any simple piece of clothing from a skirt to a jumpsuit.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 07.44 PMby euma

    I love to go to fabric stores and get some beautiful new fabric.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 04.05 AMby Megan Junke

    My 16yr old daughter will be taking her first trip out of the country with school over spring break. To make her trip to Costa Rica extra special, my weekend projects I’ll be making for her are luggage tags, a shoe bag, dirty clothes bag, journal cover and travel document case, maybe in poppy’s her favorite at the moment! I’m a novice stitcher so hopefully everything will come out ok!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 04.01 AMby sertyan

    My favourite weekend project is sewing for my baby daughter!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 12.13 AMby lroberts1977

    My favorite weekend projects are finishing up those UFO’s that have been around for a little while!

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    Jan 23, 2011, 09.02 PMby shortpants

    Easy clothes or decorative pieces. This weekend I made a dresser skirt for my dresser and cut out the pieces for a sleeveless nightgown. Trying to get ready for those warm nights.

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    Jan 23, 2011, 08.43 PMby 1margaret

    I love to sew. I love to sew and give my creations as gifts. My reward is seeing my friends enjoy my creations that I have given them. I have an old Singer. The reverse doesn’t work anymore, but I just turn the material and keep on sewing. Thanks for inspiring me.

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    Jan 23, 2011, 08.50 AMby ja13littler

    I’m working on making my own patterns on the weekend. It’s giving me a better perspective on selecting fabrics and making clothing that fits better.

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    Jan 22, 2011, 11.14 PMby Amy Gates

    I like to buy sheets at the thrift store to use for quilts – so cute!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 07.51 PMby 2rtistic

    I love scouring flea markets, antique fairs and thrift shops for vintage fabrics, linens and lace that I can incorporate into my weekend projects. I do everything from one of a kind clothing to one of a kind pillows that scream Viva Victoriana! One of my favorite things to do is to upcycle vintage slips which I dye first in yummy soft muted pastel colors then embellish with lace, pearls and ruffles!

    I just purchased 2 vintage hassocks that I’m recovering in vintage upholstery fabric that is gorgeous!

    For me I really love vintage irons expecially the sad irons that were heavy old cast iron. They are just the best for ironing vintage linen!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 04.42 PMby caelum224

    I like going through my old clothes and remaking them into something i want to wear again.

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    Jan 21, 2011, 09.13 PMby mirela

    Tops are my favorite sewing projects!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 12.57 PMby enoch

    My favorite weekend project would be making something for my granddaughters.Right now that would be doll clothes for the 5yr. old girlie girl and a vest for my 10 yr. old tomboy .

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    Jan 21, 2011, 02.40 AMby fosteretalk

    My next weekend project is to make valances for our family room. This will be followed by curtain projects for the the same room. I need a little help with the valance hanging so I have to wait until someone will be home on a weekend to lend me their strength.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 10.15 PMby outdooranimal

    A quality iron makes pressing easier, faster, and the end results professional.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 09.53 PMby hearmesnark

    I love working on stuffed animals made of upcycled thrift store finds (anything from sock squirrels to a turtle made of a duvet cover, a bedspread, and a t-shirt)

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    Jan 20, 2011, 09.00 PMby nellyvdb

    Definitely a bag, which is an easy and fun project, and also does not take too long, as my weekends are buuusy ;)

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    Jan 20, 2011, 08.57 PMby darksapphire08

    I like to make things that I can work on in front of the TV whilst relaxing, so probably more knitting than a full-on sewing project; those get saved for holidays!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 08.34 PMby SewSunshine

    Remaking a purse using lumier paints is a fun project and can take as little time or as much time as you like. Or a pair of shoes that you may think are beyond their life span can be refurbished to look new again.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 06.39 PMby amdewitt

    My favorite weekend project is making little dresses for my granddaughter. I already own a Singer Confidence and i LOVE it!!! But I am still using a 20 year old iron…:-(

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    Jan 20, 2011, 05.41 PMby cathyp

    I sometimes teach my friends to sew on the weekends, so the best projects are those that can be finished by a beginner (with a little help) within 2 hours. Aprons, zippered purses and small bags have made great weekend projects for me.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 05.32 PMby Mellissa Sandoval

    Lately my favorite weekend projects have been copying and grading my vintage patterns to fit me.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 04.46 PMby sardinemaiden

    my weekend project: leggings!

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    Jan 20, 2011, 10.55 AMby gstoud

    My favorite weekend project is to finish up in odds and ends that I have left undone. Then start me a new project.

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    Jan 20, 2011, 10.52 AMby Shadab Tahir

    for weekends i like to arrange my sewing room,going through my stash and during this thinking about projects i can do with that

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