Sew & Tell

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Three sewists from different backgrounds — fashion, indie sewing and theater — discuss sewing topics and chat with big names from the sewing world. Join Meg Healy, Amanda Carestio and Kate Zaynard as they share their collective knowledge, insight and inspiration, connecting the sewing community and keeping listeners up-to-date on news and trends of sewing and fashion.

Episode Date
Sewing Machines: Beginner & Beyond — Episode 42
We’re talking about sewing machines for new sewists — what we started out using and what we think are the best features to look for. Then we’ll talk with Regena Carlevaro with Janome about what to keep in mind when you’re ready for an upgrade. Welcome  Discussion Segment: Sewing Machines for Beginners  Interview Segment: Regena Carlevaro  SewJo  Sew & Tell This episode's question: What tips do you have for someone looking to buy a new machine? Episode sponsored by Janome Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 26, 2020
Sheer Summer Style — Episode 41
We’re talking about our favorite summer layer – the swimsuit coverup! We’ll talk favorite patterns and fabrics and discuss how to successfully sew sheer fabrics. In our Sew & Tell segment, we address the conversation taking place in the nation and within the sewing community regarding racism and racial injustice. Note: While we were recording, Amanda was having a sound delay that resulted in a few awkward pauses and some overtalking. Please forgive our rhythm being a bit off in this episode! Welcome  Discussion Segment: Cover-ups  Discussion Segment: Sewing Sheers  SewJo  Sew & Tell In this episode, we’re taking a pause on our standard Sew & Tell format to address the conversation taking place in the nation and within the sewing community regarding racism and racial injustice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 11, 2020
Capsule Time — Episode 40
We’re talking capsule collections and wardrobes: we discuss what they are and how to create them. Then we dive into a Q & A with Amanda, who couldn’t chime in on our listener questions episode in January. Episode Summary Welcome  Discussion Segment: Capsule Collections & Wardrobes  Q&A Segment: Listener Questions for Amanda  SewJo  Sew & Tell Last episode’s question: What’s your best online sewing-fabric shopping tip? This episode’s question: What would your dream capsule’s theme be? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 28, 2020
Online Fabric Shopping Tips — Episode 39
We talk about online fabric shopping, since it’s harder to buy in fabric stores right now. We all share our tips for finding what you want and recommend some of our favorite online stores. Then we talk about the makers in our lives and sharing our love of sewing with them. Episode Summary: Welcome  Discussion Segment: Buying Fabric Online  Discussion Segment: The Makers in Our Lives  SewJo  Sew & Tell Sew & Tell: Last episode’s question: What’s your favorite way to hack a pattern?  This episode’s question: What’s your best online fabric-buying tip? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 14, 2020
Join us for a discussion of all things MeMadeMay. We'll talk a little bit about the history of the challenge, dig into our approaches in previous years and discuss our plan this year, from #isewlation. From everyday wardrobe inspiration to wearing not-so #secretpajamas all day, every day, the sewing discussion is lively! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
May 07, 2020
Hack It! — Episode 38
We’re talking about pattern hacks, why we love them and how to get started with them. Then, by special listener request, we to talk about the funny mistakes we made as beginner sewists, which evolves into a discussion about how we never stop making mistakes — even basic ones! Episode Summary Welcome  Discussion Segment: Pattern Hacking  Discussion Segment: Beginner Mistakes  SewJo  Sew & Tell:  Sew & Tell Last episode’s question: “What are your summer sewing plans?”  This episode’s question: “What’s your favorite way to hack a pattern?”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 30, 2020
Sewing Dreams: Summer & Beyond — Episode 37
We’re looking forward to summer by talking through our summer sewing plans. Then we play a game that allows us to dream about the time when we can travel again!  Episode Summary:  Welcome  Discussion Segment: Summer Sewing Plans  Game Segment: Random Draw Outfits  SewJo  Sew & Tell Sew & Tell Last episode’s question: How you using sewing to support your mental health right now?  This episode’s question: What event would you love to sew for and what would you make for it? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 16, 2020
Small Yardage Patterns
In this bonus episode of Sew & Tell, we’re discussing patterns that use small yardage so you can really make the most of the fabric you have at home already. We also look at some of the smaller pieces of fabric we have in our stashes and help each other figure out what to do with them.   Episode Summary:  Welcome  Discussion Segment: Small Yardage Patterns  Discussion Segment: Stash Fabric Help/Ideas  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 09, 2020
Quarantine Sewing — Episode 36
We’re talking sewing in quarantine (what else would we talk about?) – how to use sewing for self care, and how you can use your skills to sew your support. We also get into how we’re weathering the stay-at-home paradigm and what our isolation wardrobes are like.  Episode Summary: Welcome  Discussion Segment: Quarantine Sewing  Discussion Segment: Getting Involved & Helping Out  SewJo  Sew & Tell Sew & Tell: Last episode’s question: What’s your favorite (and least favorite) color to sew with?  This episode’s question: How are you using sewing to support your mental health right now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Apr 02, 2020
Getting Started Sewing
Episode Summary:  Welcome  Discussion Segment: Getting Started  Discussion Segment: Patterns for Beginners  Show Notes
Mar 26, 2020
Sewing the Spectrum — Episode 35
We talk all things color: your top picks, your least faves, color ruts, color seasons and more. Then we kick off the #sewyourroll challenge for your spring sewing.  Episode Summary: Welcome Discussion Segment: Color! Game Segment: #sewyourroll SewJo  Show notes:
Mar 19, 2020
No Pattern Necessary — Episode 34
Join us for a discussion of no pattern sewing patterns. We cover sewing from dimensions, draft your own patterns based on your measurements and draping. Then take part in a fun sewing fill in the blanks featuring silly summer fashion trends. Episode Summary: Discussion Segment: No Pattern Necessary – Sewing without a pattern, draping, draft your own Discussion Segment: Sewing Fill in the Blanks – Silly Summer Fashions SewJo This week’s Sew & Tell question: What’s your experience with no pattern sewing patterns? Show notes available at
Mar 05, 2020
Sew the Spring Runway —Episode 33
We talk fashion trends for spring and summer 2020 and how to incorporate them into your sewing plans. Then we each review a favorite pattern for the upcoming seasons. Episode Summary: Welcome  Discussion Segment: Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Trends  Discussion Segment: Pattern Reviews: Kielo Wrap Dress, Roscoe Blouse, Copper Mountain Coat  SewJo  This week’s Sew & Tell question: What 2020 trend are you most likely to incorporate into your sewing plans? Show notes available at
Feb 20, 2020
Hoop It — Episode 32
Meg, Kate and guest host Ginger talk all things machine embroidery, from favorite projects to how to make your machine go back in time.  Episode Summary Welcome -- Special Guest Host Ginger Sheehy Tatic  Discussion Segment: All About Embroidery  Discussion Segment: Machine Embroidery Q&A with Kate  SewJo  This week's Sew & Tell question: What is your favorite embroidery style?  Show notes available at
Feb 06, 2020
Host Q&A — Episode 31
Meg and Kate answer listener-submitted questions, from when they got their first sewing machines to their favorite musical groups. Episode Summary: Welcome Discussion Segment: Q&A with Meg and Kate! SewJo This week’s Sew & Tell question: Why do you like to listen to Sew & Tell?  Show notes available at
Jan 23, 2020
Sewing 2020 — Episode 30
Join Kate, Meg and Amanda for a discussion of sewing resolutions and sewing challenges in 2020. From sewing your stash to sewing more for your home to taking on more challenging projects, join the hosts for a lively discussion, find out their plans for the new year and more. Click here to view the show notes. This episode’s question: What sewing challenge are you going to tackle in 2020?
Jan 09, 2020
Playing Favorites — Episode 29
Episode Number: 29 Episode Title: Playing Favorites Episode Description: We’re getting into the day-after spirit and talk about sewing loungewear. We also take some time to review our 2019 sewing success, failures and favorites.  
Dec 26, 2019
A Sewist’s Gift Guide — Episode 28
Episode Number: 28 Episode Title: A Sewist's Gift Guide Episode Description: Guest host Brittany J. Jones joins us for an episode dedicated to gift-sewing! We discuss our suggestions for your own wish list as well as items for the sewists in your life, and then each share the best sewing gifts we’ve personally received. Sponsored by Husqvarna Viking®
Dec 12, 2019
Keep Learning — Episode 27
Episode Number: 27 Episode Title: Keep Learning Episode Description: We talk about taking your skills from basic to advanced via continuing sewing education, from types of sewing courses you can take to other things you can study to boost your abilities. Sponsored by Husqvarna Viking®
Nov 28, 2019
Sew Cozy — Episode 26
Episode Number: 26 Episode Title: Sew Cozy Episode Description: We’re snuggling into our winter sewing and talking about the fabrics and patterns to use for the coziest possible me-mades. Plus we’re celebrating our first podiversary! Sponsored by Husqvarna Viking®
Nov 14, 2019
Sew Spooky — Episode 25
Episode Number:  25 Episode Title: Sew Spooky Episode Description:  We’re celebrating Halloween with scary sewing horror stories. Think they don’t exist? We promise you’ll be flinching at these tales. Then we’ll talk through our worst sewing fears. Sponsored by Husqvarna Viking®
Oct 31, 2019
The Honeymoon Phase – Episode 24
Episode Number: 24 Episode Title: The Honeymoon Phase Episode Description: We're talking all wedding - from DIY to disasters - with co-hosts Meg, Kate and Amanda and very special guest Mimi G. Learn what went right and wrong for these inspiring sewists and what they'd change if they did it all again. Sponsored by Husqvarna Viking®
Oct 17, 2019
Flex Your Costume Sewing Muscles – Episode 23
Episode Number: 23 Episode Title: Flex Your Costume Sewing Muscles Episode Description: Halloween is one time of year when you can really show off your sewing skills. Get your creative juices flowing with a conversation about costumes of all kinds - cosplay, historical, Halloween - with co-hosts Kate and Amanda and guest host Ginger.
Oct 03, 2019
Jean It! – Episode 22
Episode Number: 22 Episode Title: Jean It! Episode Description: Join co-hosts Meg, Amanda and Kate for a discussion of jeans making. We'll explore handmade jeans on all the levels: what's intimidating, what style we each prefer (skinny or wide leg, high or low rise, rigid or stretch), our favorite jeans sewing patterns and resources for taking the plunge. After that, dive into wedding stories and a lively round of would you rather. Fun stuff!
Sep 19, 2019
Fall Fashion Trends – Episode 21
Episode Number: 21 Episode Title: Fall Fashion Trends — The Good, The Bad & The Okay-est Episode Description: Tune in for a lively discussion of all the fall fashion trends, from head-to-toe pistachio to crayon legs. No matter where you stand on trends, this episode is guaranteed to kick your fall sewing into high gear!
Sep 05, 2019
Find Your (Sewing) People – Episode 20
Episode Number: 20 Episode Title: Find Your (Sewing) People Episode description: We talk sewing communities, both in-person and online, get into why they’re valuable and discuss how to find the perfect community for you. 
Aug 22, 2019
Sewing Body Positive – Episode 19
Episode Number: 19 Episode Title: Sewing Body Positive Episode description: Has sewing changed your relationship with your body? Join the hosts for a discussion on how sewing has impacted how they feel about their body, then listen to an inspired interview with My Body Model founder Erica Schmitz.
Aug 08, 2019
Jump into Sewing Swimwear – Episode 18
Episode number: 18 Episode title: Jump into Sewing Swimwear Episode description: We're talking about the big summer sewing milestone today: sewing swimwear! Discover the many reasons why sewing swimwear is a great idea, why not to be intimidated and helpful tips - from Meg - on swimsuit sewing techniques.    
Jul 25, 2019
UPDATE — Back in 2 Weeks
Episode Title: UPDATE - Back in 2 Weeks! Episode Description: We're taking a quick break from the podcast. But don't worry: we'll be back in two weeks with some fresh sewing inspiration, conversations and bad sewing puns. Until then, happy stitching!
Jul 11, 2019
Gauze, Cork & Spandex (Oh My!) – Episode 17
Episode number: 17 Episode title: Gauze, Cork + Spandex (oh my!) Episode description: We talk about some of our favorite tricky fabrics to sew and give you tips for sewing success. Learn how to sew double gauze, cork and spandex, just in time for summer.   
Jun 27, 2019
Jumpsuits And Mad Sewing Skills – Episode 16
Episode number: 16 Episode title: Jumpsuits & Mad Sewing Skills Episode description: We dive into the jumpsuit trend (Patterns! Fitting tips! Plans!), then we get into some skills we’d like to develop and the best way to do it.  
Jun 13, 2019
Sustainable Sewing: Simple Strategies — Episode 15
Episode number: 15 Episode title: Sew Sustainable Episode description: Reducing one’s carbon footprint is an admirable goal. We’ll talk about how to apply it to your sewing hobby by getting into slow fashion and sustainable sewing. Plus, we play a game of Sewing Would You Rather.
May 30, 2019
Bonus Episode: Sewing For Cosplay with Cheryl Sleboda
We welcomed Cheryl Sleboda (@sewmuchcosplay) to the studio for a special cosplay-themed convo!  Catch the mini-episode, out now! If you don't know much about cosplay, start here, then watch Cheryl's new Con Crunch series, free at Sew Daily TV! Sponsored by :
May 23, 2019
Summertime Sewing — Episode 14
Episode number: 14 Episode title: Summertime Sewing Episode description: Join the hosts for an inspiring conversatin on all things summer, from trends to personal plans to 90s-inspired fashions. Sponsored by @berninausa.
May 16, 2019
Great Sewing Pattern Debate — Episode 13
Episode number: 13 Episode title: The Great Sewing Pattern Debate Episode description: Paper or digital? Indie of Big 4? What are your favorite kinds of patterns to sew? Hear from co-hosts Meg, Kate and Amanda on their faves, plus guest co-host Deepika Prakash of weighs in as well.
May 02, 2019
Selfish Sewing: Words Matter — Episode 12
Episode number: 12 Episode title: “Selfish” Sewing: The Words Matter Episode description: Is sewing for yourself selfish? Or is it self-care? We’ll talk about the stigma of so-called #SelfishSewing and why you should never feel bad about using your skills to make yourself happy. Plus, hear the tales of our greatest sewing fails. Sponsored by BerninaUSA
Apr 18, 2019
Bunnies & Bag Sewing — Episode 11
Episode number: 11 Episode title: Bunnies & Bag Sewing Episode description: Are you team #bagsewing? Or do you prefer to buy your bags? Join the podcast hosts this week for a deep dive into all things bags: favorite materials, favorite patterns, bag sewing philosophy and more. Fair warning: you just might be inspired! We all wanted to sew more bags after this episode! Plus, to buy or to sew - jeans, bras, swimsuits? What's on your list?
Apr 04, 2019
Forget Stash Stigma — Episode 10
Episode number: 10 Episode title: Forget Stash Stigma Episode description: Do you suffer from stash stigma? We’ll discuss the ups and downs of collecting fabric, plus we’ll challenge each other (and you) to help us figure out what to do with some of our favorite stashed fabrics.
Mar 21, 2019
Wedding Sewing with Mimi G. — Episode 9
Episode: 9 Title: The Wedding Episode with Mimi G Description: Meg’s getting married! And so is our guest host, Mimi G of Mimi G Style! Weddings are on our minds, so we’ll talk about sewing for the big day and discuss how much wedding DIY is too much wedding DIY. Sponsored by:
Mar 07, 2019
Bonus Episode: The Quilting Company Podcast
New bonus episode! Kate and Amanda  talk all things quilting with FW editor and co-host of the new The Quilting Company Podcast Tracy Mooney, including our mutual love of the perfect quilting/sewing crossover project, the #tamarackjacket. We're curious: do you sew and quilt? Sponsored by:
Feb 28, 2019
The Sewing Slump — Episode 8
Episode number: 8 Episode title: The Sewing Slump Episode Description: We talk inspiration every week, but what happens when you just can’t find any? Our hosts will discuss “sewist’s block” and how to deal with it. Brought to you by Bernina USA
Feb 21, 2019
Sew Romantic — Episode 7
Episode Number: 7 Episode Title: Sew Romantic Episode Description: Dial up the romantic mood Meg, Amanda and Kate dig into sewing for date night. Plus, let’s chat about menswear! Sponsored by Bernina OK
Feb 07, 2019
Rock That Trend — Episode 6
Episode Number: 6 Episode Title: Rock That Trend Episode Description: Take advantage of Meg’s fashion expertise to dig into the new spring trends and get a look at what’s hot for 2019. Then join us for a chat with maker and all-around awesome person Tiffany Pratt. Sponsored by Bernina
Jan 24, 2019
Bonus Episode: Never Have I Ever
Episode: Bonus Episode: Never Have I Ever. Description: Play along with Meg, Amanda and Kate as they play a sewing-themed version of the quintessential party game "Never Have I Ever." Sponsored by Bernina
Jan 17, 2019
When Sewing Sparks Fly — Episode 5
Episode Number: 5 Episode Title: When Sewing Sparks Fly Episode Description: Do you have a pattern you sew again and again? We do! Learn about Meg, Amanda and Kate’s tried-and-true patterns and maybe discover something to add to your repertoire. Plus, play along with our Sewing Controversy and Trend Lightning Round. Sponsored by Bernina
Jan 10, 2019
Get On The Planning Train — Episode 4
Episode Number: 4 Episode Title: Get On The Planning Train Episode Description: Get on the Planning Train! We'll discuss our favorite makes of 2018 - from, discuss our sewing goals for 2019 and dip into wardrobe planning with special guest, Erica Bunker. Sponsored by Bernina
Dec 27, 2018
In The Holiday Zone — Episode 3
Episode Number: 3 Episode Title: In The Holiday Zone Episode Description: Get ready for the holidays with a discussion of what to sew for your seasonal parties and what’s great and not-so-great about sewing gifts. Sponsored by Bernina
Dec 13, 2018
Italian Lace with Lime Green Bling-Bling — Episode 2
Episode number: 2 Episode title: Italian Lace with Lime Green Bling-Bling Episode description: Go to Italy with Meg on a fashion sewcation, then sit in on a chat with Kelli Ward from True Bias about the best clothes to sew and pack for travel. Sponsored by Bernina
Nov 29, 2018
Deadiy Under 36 Inches — Episode 1
Episode number: 1 Episode title: Deadly Under 36 Inches Episode description: Get to know the hosts of Sew & Tell and learn where Meg, Amanda and Kate got their respective sewing starts. SHOW NOTES: Episode Summary: Welcome Podcast mission: the elevator pitch Host Introduction: Who are Meg, Amanda and Kate? Discussion Segment: Getting-to-know-you sewing question lightning round Discussion Segment: Our Sewing Origin Stories SewJo: What’s giving us our sewing mojo this week Sew & Tell: What made you want to start sewing? Related Links: Sew News magazine: BurdaStyle: Common Thread column from Feb/March 2018 Sew News Abby Glassenburg’s blog: Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities: Roscoe Blouse by True Bias Patterns: Closet Case Patterns: Amanda’s (current) fave pinafore pattern: Roberts Collection by Marilla Walker, Amanda’s slightly crunchy creations: @seamsandstone Meg’s most the time #SewFrosting wardrobe and bunny mascot Other notes: Meg in her lime green mermaid sequin dress, Grade 8 Kate in her newest Roscoe blouse We’re waiting on arrival of Amanda’s toga from her mom, but we’ll put up a pic as soon as we can! Check out #SewFrosting on Instagram, hosted by @truebias and @closetcase.patterns In this episode we asked you: “What made you want to start sewing?” Leave your answers in the comments below! Note: By answering our Sew & Tell question, you are giving us permission to read your answer in an upcoming episode. Find us on Instagram: @sewandtellpod Email us: Sponsored by Bernina
Nov 15, 2018
Coming Soon: Sew & Tell Podcast!
There’s a new sewing podcast in town starting November 15! Hosted by three sewists from different backgrounds, the Sew & Tell Podcast features sewing topics and conversation, interviews with big names from the sewing world, sewing trivia, insights from the online sewing community and more. Hear from hosts Meg Healy of and Amanda Carestio and Kate Zaynard of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines and explore modern sewing, seam by seam. Brought to you by
Nov 07, 2018