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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 18, 2011, 06.30 PMby inafisch

    I like to figure out how to change patterns and sew as easy as possible!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 06.06 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    Skirts and practical craft items (this weekend I am finishing sleeves for my fine china), shirts and dresses generally take me a week to do since I only get to sew when the kids are asleep or busy doing other things.

    Just in case the show staff is looking at these posts I suggest that you put up a quick fact sheet that covers adjusting thread tension and how to thread for shirring with elastic thread. There are so many awesome tutorials on Burdastyle for this technique-I learned how at Burda!!!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 04.32 PMby sewknitful

    I love sewing for my three year old granddaughter. This smocked dress will be perfect for this spring/summer! Thanks for the link.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 04.21 PMby simonewarrior

    My favorite weekend project is spending it teaching my 8 year old daughter how to sew by hand and on the sewing machine. To keep it simple as we just started last year, we have been making pillows and doll dresses from socks and stretchy satin fabrics. I enjoy our weekend projects so much mainly because we are spending time together and because she’s told me sewing is her favorite thing to do and I am proud to teach her what I can! :)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 04.08 PMby Gina Marquis

    Fun weekend projects for me are anything! I don’t get to sew much at school so whenever I can get my hands on my machine, I’m in Heaven!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.51 PMby marlagrace

    i’ve gotta check out that book!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.27 PMby tissyalex

    My favorite weekend sewing projects are t-shirts and pajamas.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.14 PMby shivafire268

    knit dresses!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.05 PMby lauriekg

    My favorite weekend project is anything that I can make for my granddaughter to pop into the mail on Monday!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 03.05 PMby farahajh

    I like making simple kids clothes while watching TV on weekends. I save the hard stuff for weekdays.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.58 PMby amaydak

    My favorite weekend project? Any sewing project that’s challenging enough to push the boundaries of what I already know! That’s what I love about sewing; there’s always more to learn!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.41 PMby flexareta

    Well since I still haven’t order my very own sewing machine, I’m going home to another town to use my mother’s. And since I’m student I can go there only at the weekends, so I don’t think I have a weekend project, I just design and sew everything when I’m there and every project I finished became my favorite one.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.28 PMby Erica Downs

    i think THIS is my new favorite weekend sewing project!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.04 PMby plaidlinoleum

    My favorite weekend projects are costumes are things for the home like curtains and pillows.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 02.04 PMby plemos

    Right now my favorite weekend sewing project is a quilt I’m making – my first one! When I finish this I will start working on small projects, such as fabric baskets or pencil cases that are always good to have at hand for my daughter and her friends.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.37 PMby jennylorna

    I like making small things that I can finish easily because I don’t have so much time on the weekends. I recently made a drawstring bag for my sons construction kit, finished a dress that had been hanging around for ages and took in a skirt that was too big. Next weekend I shall be sewing snaps onto a kimono style jacket, and sewing together an elasticated skirt.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 01.13 PMby yellowmae

    Any project I ACTUALLY complete without running to the store a dozen times!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.56 PMby bttn

    I can sew only evenings, no matter if it’s weekday or weekend, so I sew as it comes, I don’t have any special favourite project for the weekend.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.58 AMby magdamagda

    weekend is no different for me from the rest of the week, so whatever’s next in line!

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    Jan 18, 2011, 11.38 AMby rachelhead

    I have been concentrating on sewing my summer wardrobe on the weekends…I’ve reconciled the fact that I’m a winter blah.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.34 AMby neama

    I am still at the novice stage of sewing, so my favourite weekend project usually involves finishing off garments for my Monday night sewing class! I also love embellishing at the weekends – sewing on hundreds of sequins & beads is not something I have time for during the week

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    Jan 18, 2011, 10.13 AMby koh

    My weekend projects are usually bag, purses, etc. I’m too fiddly slow sewing general garments to get one done in a weekend.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.42 AMby mayadaughterofsun

    My favorite weekend project is to remake some boring clothes, t shirt reconstruction or making hand bags…depends on my mood.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.32 AMby Natasha Venzke

    Up to now, I’ve almost only sewn things for my business. But I bought some fabric to make skirts for myself, so as soon as I get my machine back from it’s service I’m going to make some clothes for myself.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.28 AMby nettevivante

    as it is still a little early for spring, my favorite weekend projects, at the moment, are making scarves.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.27 AMby carmencitab

    There is no difference between sewing on the weekend or weekday sewing, I just sew. Once in a while, I’ll whip out a t-shirt refashion.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.08 AMby analogue

    Any projct could be a weekend project for me. Depends when inspiration strikes…

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    Jan 18, 2011, 09.08 AMby himechan

    I love trying out new projects that go straight to my wardrobe!! Right now, I;m focusing on making some staples like skirts and undies haha :)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.44 AMby ghainskom

    Anything for my 3yo daughter is a weekend project, really, except maybe a coat. Or a skirt for me :)

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    Jan 18, 2011, 08.21 AMby veronika33

    On the weekends I like to make simple, small garments that can be finished in two days.

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