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Sewing Shows on television

ctirish | Posted in General Discussion on

I would love to know what Sewing Shows people get in their area. In Hartford, CT we only get a couple, I’d like to know what else is out there so I can write to the stations and ask for more shows. If we all write and ask for more shows maybe we will get some action.

Here we get Sewing with Nancy on Public Television – good show but it is always being cancelled for something else and lots of reruns

DIY has a few but the only one about sewing construction is Sew Much More which is from 2003 and I have seen all of them.

What other shows are out there???


  1. kats4healing | | #1
    I like "Linda MacPhee's Workshop" on PBS. Go to http://www.macpheeworkshop.com for more information.
    1. ctirish | | #2

      What part of the country is that shown in? I am hoping we can exchange ideas and get more sewing shows on television.

      1. kats4healing | | #6

        I watch Linda MacPhee Workshop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  I went  to her website and she says her show is also in the US on PBS but I don't know when or where. 



        1. SewistKitty | | #7

          We have no sewing shows in our city of almost two million people. We do have several quilting shows. Some air daily. Some members of our chapter of the American Sewing Guild have written to our PBS TV station asking for sewing shows. We used to have "Sewing with Nancy" at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning! The response that we received from the TV station was that they will look into it. This response was from three years ago. We are still waiting.

          1. ctirish | | #8

            I think the ASG and other sewing organizations need to get their members to write and speak up about more sewing shows.  Schools are not teaching sewing like they did in the past. They believe math and science are more important and I agree to a point.   I think sewing and cooking are so important just to get through life.  I am amazed at the number of women who get married that cannot cook at all.  But that is a different site.  Maybe you can encourage your ASG to ask their members to try again. 

            I even saw an article the other day about a school that received a grant to upgrade their home economics curriculum and they used the money to get computers and CAD - computer aided design - systems for the students and everything but actual sewing equipment.  


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            blondie2sew | | #10

            Oh my gosh I am going to stand on your soap box right along with you!!I am now in the process to start teaching young kids to sew. I have a great curriculum that I want to use. I just need to get the funding myself as well as sewing machines....That has been my heart for the past year. Our School District has this Half Day on Wednesday every week. Thus they are trying to cut down on all those inservice half days and conference half days and on and on. so every Wed the Elementary Schools get out at 12:30pm. Secondary they only miss I think like an hour or 2 at the most.Our School District as well as our community has put in place choices for parents for After school programs.......Most charge a meager few don't and what is totally lacking is sewing!! None to be had. I believe sewing teaches incredible things to a young child. Confidence , math, instructions, I know I can encourage and instill confidence for them to take with them in years to come. That is my heart. I see my 10 year old yes getting frustrated but excited when she finished something. I know that this is a lost art and lost skill if we don't bring it back to our young generation. sewing manufacturers won't have a business.What also I found was that this is all about computers with the kids and I want to keep this young generation wanting to learn have fun with something they know but use another part of the brain as well. To do this I need to computer machines for them to use for my after school program I want to start through the school district. Their brains are wired different then us. Proven they think faster they just learn faster. I want them to have fun while learning this skill, keep their interest and stick with it!! I know computer machines are the machines that will do this. God bless the manufacturers for making some computer machines that are more affordable for a starter machine for this generation!!Ok now I will step off the soap box. Thank you for voicing this because it takes just a few of us to make this happen and make a difference. We have a skill and a gift to share. However we need to take the old and take it to hip and fresh for our young ones!! Make it today!!Starting with more programing on TV!! I know they would love to watch as I would too!!Connie

    2. marijke | | #12

      How long has Linda MacPhee's workshop been on PBS?  I have never seen it! 

      My local PBS station carries Sewing with Nancy and the Fons and Porter quilting show.  That's it.  (And they are on quite early on Saturday morning.)

      On HGTV there's Simply Quilts.  They used to have Sew Perfect (Sandra Betzina) and Sew Much More (Susan Khalje), but those are not on HGTV anymore and DIY isn't in our Cable offerings.

      Pretty slim pickings for sewing shows here in MO...



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    blondie2sew | | #3

    Hi everyone,

    I live in Washington State and some of the shows we get besides Sewing with Nancy is Sew America with Sue Haussman (sp?) Quilt something with Sue Haussman. I don't know if I ever saw the Linda MacPhee one. Every once in a while I come across some but then I can't find them again.

    I agree I wish there was more variety....Hey how about one of you ladies doing your own program!! That is a thought.

    I am excited to see who also has more shows other then the ones we have mentioned!!

    By the way I am new here to Threads gatherings. So I am hoping I can get some great tips ideas and inspiration from you all. And as for me I agree I want to see more sewing shows. I am really not a quilter and I think there are more shows on TV gearing toward quilting the sewing and I would love to have it even in both arenas!

    Happy Sewing everyone

    Edited 10/7/2006 11:25 am ET by blondie2sew

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    blondie2sew | | #4

    Hi again I just thought I would give more more info

    I got up this Sat morn and happened to turn on the TV for my kids well I got some programs to list for you and like I said in my first post we are really top heavy in the quilting area out here in PCNW. So if anyone can let me know of any more sewing programs I too will put in a request all these shows run from 8am to 12pm all half hour. listed as follows

    America Quilts Creatively
    Quilt Central
    Kayes Quilting Friends
    Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel
    Sewing with Nancy
    America Sews with Sue Hausmann
    Martha's Sewing Room
    Fons & Porters love of Quilting

    I hope this helps everyone.
    Again this is just our Sat morn line up. on PBS channel
    I did look this morning for cable but none to be had
    Like I said before I come across one and then I can't find it again

    Have a great sewing weekend

    1. ctirish | | #5

      Thank you for the info, I will be sending an email to our local PBS station asking for more shows.

       I wonder if Threads has ever considered doing a show??  They could do one for beginners and one for the advanced and expert sewers.

  4. fabricholic | | #9

    We get Sewing With Nancy, Martha's Sewing Room, America Quilts Creatively, and Fons and Porter quilting show on public television in Birmingham, AL.  I don't have cable.


    Edited 10/7/2006 8:45 pm ET by fabricholic

  5. nmog | | #11

    FYI, I just saw Linda MacPhee at the Creative Sewing & Needlework Festival in Calgary, Alberta. She is having trouble getting funding to put together (film) her next season. I was going to start writing letters to see if that would change anything. When I get the info, should I post it here? We need all the sewing shows we can get!!!


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