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Do You Sew with Music On?

Cherrypops | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hi everyone,

I’m curious to know if any of you have a particular style of music or favourite musician or group which you listen to while sewing.

I love the upbeat music while doing the actual sewing. I can bop along ( I don’t have the foot pedal, I have the start/stop button function). It makes the time seem to move faster.

For tracing and cutting out I listen to thinking music. I love the Minstry of Sound ‘Chill Out’ cd’s.

I’d love to hear from you!

🙂 CherryP



  1. user-217847 | | #1

    Hi Anna-maree,

    It's wombat, I was delivered to music, grew up on classical, studied with 50's and 60's love the 40's big bands, Michael Buble, Nora Jones anything Celtic, Welsh and Italian males don't do country or a lot of todays music. I tend to steer clear of Strause, while sewing and driving got pulled over a couple years suspected DUI when I was actually waltzing, the nice policeman let me go after comfiscating my CD.

    I just had a marvelous thought, free motion embroidery (I was reading the discussions last night) once you get the hang of it put on a waltz I can almost visualize it. to answer your question yes I do. Queen starts my list this week.

    Can I ask you to post the web address for the English site (for embroidery)  you mentioned. a big thankyou,


    1. Ralphetta | | #4

      I got tickled at your Strauss/police incident.  I'm glad to find someone else that gets carried away with it.  I really hate housework but discovered a few years ago that Strauss got me off my rear and invigorated.  I don't do machine embroidery, but doing free hand to Strauss sounds tempting.

      1. user-217847 | | #14

        You are so right, house work done in half the time, it's all my dads fault he instilled in me a love of music. I could'nt live a life that didd'nt contain music. You know what they say, music soothes the savage beast.


    2. fabricholic | | #6

      I've got a Nora Jones and a In The Mood big band CD. I'll try it. Did the policeman really confiscate your CD?Marcy

      1. user-217847 | | #12

        HI Marcy,

        He told me I was dangerous and that waltzing down the street  while driving was illegal, the first I'd heard about it, it was'nt in my rule book. Thats when I realized this was my second chance and yes he did take my CD


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        1. fabricholic | | #16

          Hi Lee,You are too funny. I can see why he might have thought you had too much to drink. I have an aunt who used to keep time with the music with the gas pedal. Us kids would just hold on and giggle all the way down the road.Marcy

          1. user-217847 | | #19

            Hey. The only way to go.


          2. Cherrypops | | #21

            I've been in that situation! Your Aunt sounds like a lot of fun.

          3. fabricholic | | #22

            She has always been the life of the party. She even carried a pony in the back seat of her car one time, because we were taking it to her place, by the river, so we could ride him there. She would do anything to entertain us kids.Marcy

          4. Cherrypops | | #23

            Love it!


  2. lovestosew | | #2

    Oh, I can't sew without music any more. I listen to some pop and lots of r/b. If I'm doing something relatively boring like pillowcases, then I'll put on something slightly louder than usual (60's Motown for example). If I'm doing something tricky, then I tend to listen to Anita Baker or Norah Jones. The music helps me focus and cheers me up too. For tracing & cutting out, I "sing" to myself - at that time of the day it's only me and the two cats. They must not like it because they leave the room. Oh well.... :)
    P.S. Great question.

  3. Josefly | | #3

    We have a couple of The Waifs' albums, and I love to have those on while I sew. Also a lot of contra-dance music (American Appalachian, with roots in Scottish, Irish, and English folk music). Also listen to the radio - NPR - not music so much as talk, interview, and news shows mostly; but it's amazing what you can listen to while sewing, as long as you don't have to watch, as with tv. Cutting out is different - that takes my full attention.

    Edited 2/19/2007 11:44 am ET by Josefly

  4. fabricholic | | #5

    For some reason, and I don't know why, Stevie Wonder's greatest hits work for me. I also, like to listen to Frank Sinatra while sewing. I like all kinds of music, but I like these two for sewing.


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      blondie2sew | | #9

      Hey Marcy Stevie Wonder? You crack me up!! like Ebony and Ivory!! Oh yeah that was the duet....Just had to give you a hard time now. I am smilin.Now that song is stuck in my head!!Blondie

  5. solosmocker | | #7


    1. fabricholic | | #11

      Oh my gosh, I love doo wop. I want to get a Duprees CD, you know, You Belong To Me. How 'bout Little Anthony and the Imperils. What's your favorite?Marcy

      1. solosmocker | | #18

        I love all DooWop and listen to channel 5 on Sirius radio most of the time. Most of the time! Other music is gospel, opera, classical, 60's-my era, and bluegrass. My mom was a chorus opera singer and she brought us up with all sorts of music-all great music. She instilled in me a love of gospel, particularly Mahalia Jackson as well as a love of opera, particularly Verdi. But I am open to all music as long as its good.

  6. Cherrypops | | #8

    Thanks to all who have responded so far. It has been very entertaining. I am going to visit the library and see if they have some of the cd's mentioned. I too have a love of music from the 40's 50's and 60's. My five year old enjoys the musicals I have on DVD. I am 36yrs, my mum brought me up on the hollywood flicks. She used to sing Doris Day to me when I was a little girl and I found myself doing the same to mine.

    I wouldn't be without music. Brings joy to my sewing and to me everyday.


    Edited 2/19/2007 7:31 pm by Cherrypops

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      Becky-book | | #13

      OK!  Now I really am going to get a small "Boom-Box" for my 'Room'.  No more 'second-hand' music (son's choice filtering through his door)!


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    blondie2sew | | #10

    Oh my gosh Miss CherryP

    What a sizzlin hot topic you have goin on here.

    Ok I have to confess.....I have a 10 year old and well I am now listening to the Pop culture stuff.....like all those Teeny Bop songs from Hillary Duff, Cheeta Girls...Hannah Montana...To name a few...

    I do like it all..the more up beat the better when I am sewing. So all my girls' music does the trick plus they love it when Mom listens to there music they make fun of me too when I start dancing around with them!!

    So there you go..

    WE also listen to our local Contemporary Christian Station alot when the radio is on I have to admit I am comfortable with the talking and I don't have think ouch they shouldn't have heard that..Very Family Friendly especially with the DJ's Conversations...


  8. lilah | | #15

    I listen to eighties pop music or a Christian rock station. Both of those tend to be mostly upbeat and , to me, soothing. My daughters (23 and 24) think the eighties music is just awful! HA HA! I don't listen to country and I don't like a lot of today's pop and hip-hop music. Sometimes I just want peace and quiet and leave it all off. Where I work is very noisy and DH plays the TV so loud that sometimes I go to my sewing building just to get away. Better than Calgon.

  9. jane4878 | | #17

    My sewing room is also in my computer room, so I put CKUA.com on.  CKUA is a very old radio stn (since 1929 I think) that covers all of Alberta by transmitters.  It plays absolutely everything: Folk, Celtic, world, country, jazz, classical, big band--records right back to 75's from the '20's.  I don't like all their stuff, but I view it being like Alberta weather--just wait 10 minutes and it'll change.  I'm particularily fond of traditional folk and celtic music.

  10. Teaf5 | | #20

    For laying out and cutting, instrumental classical music.  For sewing, jazz cafe or ballads.  No rock, salsa, or lyrics while sewing, as I get too distracted and lose my place when I get up to dance around or sing along!

    1. NovaSkills | | #34

      ditto the assorted classical and jazz.

      I love to freemotion quilt to Celtic music. When I'm doing mending or alterations, I use oldies rock or R&B for more motivation to finish the task!

      I have done lots of quilt piecing to audio murder mysteries; not sure what that says about me...

  11. SewNancy | | #24

    I listen to music on my computer, either my itunes library or http://www.pandora.com where I have different 'radio stations' set up to suit my different moods. If you don't know about it go and take a look. It's free and a lot of fun.

    1. Cherrypops | | #25

      Thanks for the link Nancy, i hadn't seen,  I usually use microsoft media player radio stations or my favourite aussie station.


    2. SewistKitty | | #26

      Thanks, Sew Nancy. I am now busy compiling my radio stations. I did not know that this free service existed. Again, I appreciate the information.

      1. SewNancy | | #28

        Glad I could pass along this fun site.

  12. Elaray | | #27

    I'm all over the map when it comes to "sewing music". Sometimes I'm in a sing-along mood, and other times I need to be quiet and pay attention to what I'm doing. Another option is public radio. My local public radio station is all news and information. Sewing and WHYY (Philadelphia) are a great combination for me.


    I sew, therefore I am

    Edited 2/28/2007 9:34 pm ET by Elaray

  13. woodruff | | #29

    I only listen to classical, and generally, it provides a pleasant working atmosphere for me, but for some reason, I can't sew to Brahms or Rachmaninoff. Then, I just have to stop and listen.

    1. sarahkayla | | #30

      I make Jewish ritual art...when I am not on a serious deadline I listen to my local NPR station. If I have a real deadline I listen to Chassidic music.. Much of it is the texts I am working on , verses from Psalms, selections form the prayerbook or the bible...set to music. the music keeps me on task..thinking about the words often helps me with my design work as well.

      I'm picky about which recordings I will listen too.. I need recordings that are not overproduced...recordings with minimal arrangements. The best music expands on the themes present in the words aurally...I'm doing the same thing only visually...it works for me



      sarah in nyc

      1. fabricholic | | #31

        That is interesting. So, basically, music is a huge part of your work. In the ears and out the hands, so to say.Marcy

        1. sarahkayla | | #32

          actually..that is exactly it..when the music is done well...it calls attention to particular aspects of the meaning of the words.. I try to do the same thing with my work

  14. Lynnelle | | #33

    I must have music on when sewing.  I listen to R&B and jazz (Coltrane, Gillespie, Billie Holiday, etc. era) and modern jazz.

  15. mygaley | | #35

    I had read that music in rhythm with your heartbeat was relaxing. So, when I sewed my daughter's wedding gown, I played a tape that my friend had made from all my Marty Robbins tapes and records. It was soothing and relaxing, but after nearly 20 years I still hear "Out in the west Texas town of El Paso..." whenever I'm sewing for a bride! Galey

    1. Cherrypops | | #36


      Music certainly worked for me when I was pregnant.

      Glad you are still hearing 'your song'.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #38

        My daughter listened to a CD with whale sounds while pregnant and in the delivery rooms.  I don't like it but she and her 3 kids love it at bedtime still and they are 10-15 yrs old now. 

        1. Cherrypops | | #39

          that's lovely. I had modern pop and dance. and yes my son is a future 'tap dog'. we all saw them at the theatre in Sydney and my son tap danced the whole show. couldn't keep him still.

          1. fabricholic | | #41

            You need to put him in a dance class. When my daughter took tap and jazz, the few guys in the classes would be center stage at recital time and they took a lot of time with them. Guys are so needed in dance.

          2. Cherrypops | | #44

            I am looking into dance classes in the area. he has a half hour drama class Monday.

            He has never been the child who sits still, which is not helping at the moment in class. That's not music related, oops.


          3. fabricholic | | #45

            It opens doors, I believe.

          4. Cherrypops | | #46

            Yes, i hope it will given time.

    2. MaryinColorado | | #37

      Now that song will be going through my head all night!  It can replace Clint Black's "I never liked the rain until I walked through it with you"  Ha ha, haven't heard it in a long time...I think it will be a good one for free motion quilting too! 

      I have been listening to lots of old music this week, I especially like acustic guitar music and anything with good vocal harmony. 

      This week I bought a Crosby, Stills, and Nash CD and Eric Clapton Unplugged.  Love VARIETY

      1. fabricholic | | #40

        Those sound good. I bought some old music off of Amazon. I am listening to Franki Valley and the Four Seasons. I bought some drums and their music usually starts our with a drum roll, or whatever you call it. Maybe one day I can play it.

        1. MaryinColorado | | #42

          My grand daughter plays what they call "percussion" in school.  I call them drums and bells.  At first she was the only girl.  She really enjoys it.  Did you play before or is this a new side of you?  Sounds like lots of fun and a good stress reliever!

          1. fabricholic | | #43

            It is new to me, but I have always wanted to play. I might be too slow now to do it well. I think the more I practice, the more it will get better.

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