The Embroidery Club—New and Improved!

Phyllis Lifestyle 9 Comments

I am thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of The Embroidery Club! We have been hard at work on this new and improved version. So, if you love machine embroidery, you are going to be delighted with all of the new offerings! You can subscribe to our 2019 collection to receive all the new 2019 designs. The designs will …

The Cousin's Skirt from Spring 2019

Sew, What’s the News?

Phyllis Inspiration 4 Comments

There is so much excitement going on in the world of sewing! So, I would love to share some of what we have been working on over the last few weeks. First, Classic Sewing magazine now has a new and improved newsletter!  And our fabulous graphic designer created the cutest graphic for it! We have already received many lovely comments …

sweepstakes graphic

Only Three Days Left to Enter the Classic Sewing Sweepstakes!

Phyllis Giveaway 15 Comments

Giveaways are one of my favorite things we do here at Hoffman Media! I love that it gives us a chance to interact and give back to our audience. We are deeply grateful for your loyalty and support. As you probably know, Classic Sewing magazine is at the end of their Three-Year Anniversary Sweepstakes Giveaway! Time has flown, and I …

Why Monogramming Is Still My Go-To

Phyllis Lifestyle 15 Comments

I have blogged about monograms for a long time. I think with our Classic Sewing magazine and the machine embroidery monograms that we offer, beautiful monogram designs naturally catch my eye. Sunday before church started, this couple came in and introduced themselves, revealing that both of their first names started with Rs as well as their last name. Without thinking …

Pink heirloom dress

Learn Something New Today!

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

If you have ever wanted to learn to make an heirloom outfit, then this sew-along is for you. And I’m delighted to tell you that it’s absolutely free! As you know, I learned to use heirloom techniques on my sewing machine and have made my granddaughter many beautiful outfits. It started with her christening dress, and I now use these …

Make Time

Today’s Time is Tomorrow’s Gift

Phyllis Lifestyle 13 Comments

“Ask yourself today if what you are doing is moving you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” I read that quote this weekend, and it really spoke to me. This time of year is crazy busy for most people, and we find ourselves involved in many wonderful things. But are all our activities and commitments leading us to where …

Courage to Believe

Courage to Believe in Yourself

Phyllis Lifestyle 19 Comments

“Oh, I could never do that!” “I would be scared to try that!” You and I have heard these phrases many times when people admire another person for something they have accomplished. It could be a dish that was prepared from a complicated recipe or a flower arrangement that was made for a luncheon. Oftentimes we shy away from trying …

History of Sewing Machines

The History of Sewing Machines

Phyllis Lifestyle 8 Comments

Happy December! I’ve been out of the office for a little bit so, here’s a guest post on the history of sewing machines from Emma Reeves. Sewing is an art and pastime I’m very passionate about. We’re always drumming up the most darling outfits and sewing projects for Classic Sewing magazine. Find a comfy seat, and discover the history of …

My Interview with Gail Doane

My Interview with Gail Doane

Phyllis People, Video 10 Comments

I had the immense honor of interviewing master teacher and star of the sewing world, Gail Doane not so long ago. She was in our Birmingham office to record her Classic Sewing exclusive videos when Gail and I sat down to talk. She shared about her sewing journey and answered questions about her favorite projects and designs. She even gave …

The Glamor of Gloves on Easter

The Glamour of Gloves on Easter

Phyllis Lifestyle 33 Comments

As we start moving toward Easter, I reminisce about those special days from my childhood. The Easter season and Easter Sunday has always been important to me and my family. Some of my favorite childhood memories were at Eastertime. Mom always made my dress and my sister’s dress. Careful planning went into the entire outfit, not just the dress. Now, …