I received a free copy of this month’s Sewing World magazine in exchange for a review on my blog. They are celebrating a redesign and were looking for bloggers to get the word out. While I am used to getting my sewing community and inspiration from blogs, I must say that I really enjoyed having a print magazine to flip through. It almost made me want to sit in a bubble bath and paint my toes while I read it, just like I did as a teenager when I used to read lots of magazines (all of whose titles I am now too embarrassed to admit). In fact, I had already read on the blogs of A Stitching Odyssey and By Hand, London that they were featured in the magazine so it was great to see the printed articles!
The projects were simple, suitable for beginning to intermediate sewers. I particularly liked that there were a range of sewing projects – from a quilt to a blouse to accessories. There are full size patterns in a pullout in the middle that overlap, but are sufficiently spaced and color coded so that they can be easily traced. There are a few profiles of male sewers, a glimpse into the history of M Makower & Co Ltd., a fabric company that is over 150 years old, hints for troubleshooting your serger, and more.
It’s clear that they are trying to appeal to a broad readership, given the range of projects and articles. One might worry that by trying to appeal to everyone, they don’t do anything sufficient justice. For me, it works. While I mostly sew garments, I definitely dabble in plenty of other areas. And the breadth of projects are perfect for dabblers. Even if you’re an expert in one type of sewing, there’s probably something in this magazine that you don’t know much about and can learn from and be inspired by.
Since this magazine is printed in England, there are a few drawbacks for an American reader. The materials suppliers, suggested exhibitions, and contest mailings are all overseas and the prices are in pounds. However, it is fun to look for differences between American and British terms. I learned that, while I add batting to my quilts, the Brits use wadding. (I already knew they call sergers overlockers).
Did anyone else pick up this issue? What was your favorite part of the mag? Any projects you plan on making from it?