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New Sewing Show, "It's Sew Easy," Starts June 30 on PBS

Gretchen Hirsch on the set of the upcoming PBS series, Its Sew Easy. In the first episode, Gretchen demonstrates how to create an updated skirt with a retro vibe.
Pattern designer and custom clothier - and PatternReview.com columnist! - Angela Wolf appears in six episodes of Its Sew Easy Season One. She talks on topics from sewing with silk to distressing denim.
Rebecca Cornell and Christy Howden (both pattern designers and moms) create a felted toy on the wrap episode for Season One.
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Katrina Loving and Tricia Waddell, Stitch magazine editors, appeared on 10 shows in the first season of Its Sew Easy. In one episode (no. 105) they explain how to use needle turn applique in some home decor projects.
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In episode 101, Its Sew Easy: Accessories and Simple Sewing, Trish Preston shares tips for creating stylish bags coordinated to your clothes bags
Gretchen Hirsch on the set of the upcoming PBS series, Its Sew Easy. In the first episode, Gretchen demonstrates how to create an updated skirt with a retro vibe.

Gretchen Hirsch on the set of the upcoming PBS series, "It's Sew Easy." In the first episode, Gretchen demonstrates how to create an updated skirt with a retro vibe.

Photo: KS Inc. Productions

You may have heard about it through the sewing grapevine, but now it's nearly here - the premiere of "It's Sew Easy" is June 30 on PBS stations across the country. It's great news when a national audience is exposed to the fun of sewing!

"It’s Sew Easy" replaces "America Sews with Sue Hausmann," promising to give faithful viewers a new spin on sewing where America Sews left off.

According to a press release from the production company, KS Inc. ( they also produce "Knitting Daily" and "Quilting Arts"), the show is targeted to contemporary sewers looking for projects and techniques to enhance their sewing skills. The featured experts are going to mix tutorials with projects for personalized apparel and home accents.

Threads readers are sure to recognize many of the featured experts, from American Sewing Expo and National Sewing Council founder Janet Pray, to home decor designer Pam Damour, Bobbi Bullard, and "Project Runway" competitors Suede and Valerie Mayen... there are many more in the 13 episodes of Season One.

The show format includes two main projects each week and one shorter technique segment. Show themes include: "Apparel Details and Embellishments," "Kids and Baby," "Dress up Ready Made Home Décor," "Fun Fabrics," "Restyling," "Gifts," and many more.

The producers have created a website that supplements the show. Miss an episode or need more information on a technique? All of the patterns and instructions featured will be available at ItsSewEasyTV.com (note: the website wasn't yet ready at the time of this post).

Check with your local PBS station to see if they'll be airing "It's Sew Easy," and at what time. If they don't plan to, tell them what they'll miss - an audience of sewers!

So, are you looking forward to the new sewing show? Are you thinking you'll learn a lot, or just enjoy the inspiration?

 

 

Comments (32)

SandiMacD SandiMacD writes: I recently moved from MT to FL. I requested our MT PBS to carry it via email on a few occasions over the years. Their response was that they had not heard of the show but would look into it. MT PBS carries ONLY 2 sewing shows, most of them reruns (which is OK with me) and only airing in one time slot on just one day of the week.
Imagine my delight when I searched the TV guide in FL and discovered this and so many other sewing shows. I just 3 days in FL I recorded/watched MORE SEWING shows then I did for 3 YEARS in MT. I am still bewildered by the array of programming regarding sewing. The northwest states just don't have the population to fund carrying these shows.

Please, please find a way to get these shows online or in an APP so that sewers in the low populated areas of the US can access the information by watching shows such as Its So Easy.
Just my 2 cents.
Sandi Dickenson
MT GRANNY now FL GRANNY
Posted: 12:25 pm on March 24th

angable angable writes: @sixofone
Thanks for your evaluation :) You are right, being the first season I was terribly nervous - although the clicking you hear was from the mic. There are many other wonderful guests on the show, so I hope you will stay tuned. xoxo Angela
Posted: 9:15 am on February 7th

sixofone sixofone writes: I just watched my first show and it was painful! Ms. Wolf was on a mission to teach the creation of a French seam using silk charmeuse but her tongue sucking (clicking) was a constant distraction!

I could not concentrate on her message; I was anxiously awaiting the next tongue click! It is a very distracting nervous habit that must be stopped. Someone should have told her; they did her no favors by "ignoring" that habit! She also has a nervous habit of speaking too much, and of trying too hard to sound authoritative (in the chance that someone would ever dare to challenge her expertise).

Someone needs to tell her that it is very easy to get over being nervous on camera; practice! And, please, practice speaking without those annoying tongue clicks!
Posted: 3:09 pm on December 31st

aaris5 aaris5 writes: I love the show, it is informative and down to earth. There are not enough creative shows on television and we need them for inspiration and sometimes that aha moment such as I had last week watching the show on rehooping. The whole show was great but that was special for me. Please stay on air.
Posted: 5:45 pm on August 5th

nanagramms3 nanagramms3 writes: Our local PBS channel advertises that if they aren't showing something we want to see, to let them know. If you write to your local PBS channel and they get enough requests, they may carry it. You have nothing to lose by asking. It is a great show. I also have a love of sewing and there just aren't enough shows around on sewing. Let's hope this one stays around for a long time. I raised three daughters and none of them took up my love of sewing even though I sewed a lot of their clothes and a lot of my home decor items. Let's hope the younger generation starts to sew.
Posted: 5:19 am on July 18th

2sistahs 2sistahs writes: I'm the happiest person on earth because I found this show on saturday. It was a gift from GOD. Please do every show so even a beginner like me can understand and get the same joy you get teaching it. I will buy your videos if it is ABC you can understand thee. Thank you for having this show it reminds me of stylistic.
Posted: 10:45 am on July 11th

RoseMarieF RoseMarieF writes: I found the show by accident when it came on instead of the listed show, America Sews. I was pleasantly surprised to see young people hosting the show. I’m a home economics teacher close to retirement in Ohio. Ohio removed sewing from the curriculum two years ago. It was my love of sewing that lead me to choose my career so this was a great personal loss. Last year, I began hosting a “sewing club” afterschool so I could continue to share my love of sewing with young people. Even though I’m of the generation of most of the sewing shows’ hosts, I’m “sew” excited to see the younger generation giving their special and timely twist to an art that has been such an essential and enjoyable part of my life. I hope all PBS channels pick up the show. Good Luck.
Posted: 9:16 am on July 9th

millisande millisande writes: I am looking for the horse hair braid used for a hem on show 101. Where can I find it?
Posted: 7:24 pm on July 5th

monasew2 monasew2 writes: It was wonderful to finally have a show on TV that demonstrated sewing techniques and ideas. I came across the show yesterday and look forward to future episodes.
Posted: 9:10 am on July 5th

marthaq marthaq writes: I don't see it here in Oregon.....we have OPB and no search is turning it up. Any sewing show with a fashion emphasis is good with me.
Posted: 4:38 pm on June 27th

Jangrlfrnd Jangrlfrnd writes: It's about time. I hope my local PBS will carry this show. I'm anticipating some interesting episodes related to intermediate and advanced sewing techniques. We don't need any more instructions on how to make a felted purse or quilt projects. We need to get America sewing again and introduce this wonderful art to our young people. Congratulations to Angela and Gretchen.
Posted: 9:58 am on June 21st

BonniMae BonniMae writes: I've looked at PBS.org for It's Sew Easy and I've looked at my tv lineup for PBS on June 30th and can't find it in either one. Is everyone else finding this?
Posted: 7:04 am on June 18th

fiberlover75 fiberlover75 writes: I agree with lei739. We need another show like Shirley Adams or Sandra Betzina. Let's hope this new one has a little meat in it.
Posted: 7:53 pm on June 15th

MessyVirgo MessyVirgo writes: I hope our PBS station will carry this. Also, as many comments above noted, it will be good to sewing real garments, not "quick projects," decorating, or heaven forbid another quilting sew or demonstration on "felting." Thank you, Gretchen Hirsch.
Posted: 12:25 pm on June 15th

416 416 writes: I'll be looking forward to seeing "It's Sew Easy" show. My Channel Guide book does not show a listing for the show on June 30 but our local PBS station may still show it. Listings in the book doesn't always carry our programs in Nashville, TN so I rely on the TV guide channel to let me know what's playing at the time.
Posted: 11:56 am on June 15th

jeanw10 jeanw10 writes: Glad to hear about new show but please rethink background music. The music on the knitting show is awful!!! It makes it impossible for me to watch. Please be sensitive to the amount of noise you have going on while people are talking.
Posted: 10:52 am on June 15th

BarbaraSki BarbaraSki writes: @lei739 - I'm with you! While basics are good, I hope they include some intermediate to advanced skills. Threads magazine suffered a drop in subscriptions when they became as boring as SewNews (which is fine for the basic beginner) to those of us who have been sewing for many years. Unfortunately, I doubt if our local PBS will carry it. They seem to just have cooking shows......
Posted: 10:22 am on June 15th

imacook imacook writes: I'm looking forward to "the craft of sewing" more than just sewing crafts. Let's hope some real challenges show through: Dress making, tailoring, fitting, finishing techniques, alterations et al.
Posted: 8:26 am on June 15th

Sewista Sewista writes: While I am sad to see Sue Hausman out of the picture, this is wonderful news. Hopefully my channel will carry it. I can't wait to see Gertie in action.
Posted: 4:22 am on June 15th

Djonee Djonee writes: I was hoping for something more advance but its a start.. Ill tune cuz im curious to see .
Posted: 2:05 am on June 15th

KharminJ KharminJ writes: Very exciting news!

I too hope at least one of the 4(!) PBS stations I get carries this - I don't even get 'quilting overdose' - we seem to have mostly 'all about cooking', here (Chicago and NW Indiana).
Posted: 12:37 am on June 15th

Lois_Dream Lois_Dream writes: Sounds wonderful -can't wait. Hope PBS out of Portland Oregon is up to date with this programming.
Posted: 11:58 pm on June 14th

mamafiore22002 mamafiore22002 writes: It's about time...........so many quilting shows, and knitting, and nothing for the person that wants to sew clothing. I am looking forward to seeing this show. Living in Minnesota they just might have another Scandinavian cooking show.
Posted: 11:34 pm on June 14th

lei739 lei739 writes: From what I'm hearing, this is going to be very elementary so I don't expect to be too challenged or inspired. Oh, for the days of Shirley Adams and Sandra Betzina.
Posted: 11:23 pm on June 14th

rsarauer rsarauer writes: Congrats, super excited about this. It's on my calendar to watch and record.
Posted: 10:50 pm on June 14th

dreamie dreamie writes: Great! No more quilting as the main focus. I love to watch anything about sewing, I can always pick up some new tips.
Posted: 10:06 pm on June 14th

Ceeayche Ceeayche writes: Finally the long draught is over. Something other than decorating, and quilting to watch! I've gotta program the DVR!
Posted: 5:39 pm on June 14th

deChez deChez writes: I'm looking forward to this. I love to watch sewing shows -- even when the host is making something I already know how to make, it's always a learning experience. As a sewing instructor, I love that there is a fresh, new show coming to inspire more people to learn the craft.
Posted: 2:03 pm on June 12th

Ui Ui writes: I'll be there. Congratulations
Posted: 9:34 am on June 12th

Londa Londa writes: Let me join in .... one of the top thrills of 2011 will definitely have to be the invitation to appear as a designer in this first group of programs for It's Sew Easy! And... what a thrill to meet SUEDE!

Help us get it on YOUR PBS station - call, request, join and support your local station.


Posted: 8:59 am on June 10th

Mahogany_Stylist Mahogany_Stylist writes: This is so wonderful. I see the Angela Wolf will appear in several episodes. Congrats to all.
Posted: 2:48 pm on June 9th

Mahogany_Stylist Mahogany_Stylist writes: Congratulations, Grety! I will definitely tune in.
Posted: 2:46 pm on June 9th

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