Stitch Magazine Review

When I first saw an advertisement for Stitch in Quilting Arts’ Gifts, I was immediately intrigued. I have a great love for magazines (I don’t always have time to read books and I find it’s a great way to learn a few techniques, find out about new products andor websites, and have several sewing projects at my fingertips – especially when a last minute gift is called for) and just by reading the cover shot, I knew that the premiere issue was going to be great. After all, it had full sized patterns inside! I received this issue in the mail early this week and I’ve been spending my free time reading it from cover to cover….. and I LOVE IT!
Let me say, if you’ve visited the website for Stitch, it really doesn’t do this magazine justice. At the moment, there are only a few projects (and free patterns) listed and these are not (IMHO) some of the most impressive items included in the premiere issue. When I read this magazine I fell in love with the “Well-Suited Messenger Bag” (cleverly made from wool suiting and cotton shirting fabric), the “Techno Travel Roll” (a great way to store those cords when you’re on the go), the “Baby Wrap Jacket” (I may just fall in love with fleece again), the Chakala Quilt, the “Take-Along Tote”, not to mention the full size skirt patterns. However none of them appear on the site (but I hope to make a few of these items and show you my finished projects soon!). In addition to the 25 projects included in the magazine, there are also sections devoted to new tools,books, and websites, and general articles (this issue discussed ‘green sewing’ and included an interview with Natalie Channin), but this is only a small portion of the issue (about 1/3). I really hope that Stitch continues to concentrate on the great projects and not so much on the tips and techniques as I think that several other magazines have that part covered.
The bottom line: Stitch is an absolutely great first issue from Quilting Arts that makes you wish it was more than just a special publication (there are 3 more issues plan for next year Spring, Summer and Fall 2009). With all the failed magazines lately, I’m really hoping that Stitch is here to stay.

10 thoughts on “Stitch Magazine Review

  1. bernadette

    I bought my copy yesterday – after searching three bookstores and a fabric store over the past week to find it! I had read another review of it and was very interested. I do hope they can keep up the promising work. Some of the contemporary sewing mags have “dumbed down” the projects and/or made uninspiring samples. Perhaps there are too many sewing mags all trying to jump on the bandwagon and rushing to publish just about anything!
    Kudos to the editors!

  2. Robin

    I’ve been reading a lot about this magazine lately, but yours is the first review I’ve seen that showcases the projects (the ones you’ve pointed out sound really cool!) and the fact that it includes full size patterns. I’m definitely going to have to find a copy now! 🙂
    Thanks for the review, Stacy!

  3. MaryD

    Thanks for the review Stacy,
    I ordered a copy last weekend after seeing some photos of it on flickr, and now I’m even more excited!

  4. Kris

    I’m headed to Joanne’s later and will keep an eye out for it – they tend to not have the best magazines at the one that I go to though 🙁
    PS: the gray onesie is from Walmart – it’s a Garanimals one (love them!)

  5. Sharon

    While I’m a fan of Quilting Arts, I’ve been been debating whether or not I need another sewing magazine…I don’t think I’ll be able to hold off on purchasing this one as you’ve just peeked my curiosity.

  6. Peggy

    I just bought this magazine at the grocery store yesterday thanks to your review. It is a great magazine. I love the idea of the messenger bag made out of a wool or tweed. Also I want to take a look at that new children’s pattern company. I can’t remember the name now but they use paper doll characters on the patterns. Have you ever sewn with those patterns? Thanks for your great blog. It’s the first blog or sewing website I check everyday.

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