Ep. 10 Creating beautiful tablescapes, making host/hostess gifts

Below are photos of gifts I have made for client and/or host/hostess gifts.

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New "Mini-sode" Ep. 9 Sewing with Fleece, machine repair? and hot knife pumpkin carving

I am adding some new episodes to the in-between weeks of my Make and Decorate podcast. I call them “Mini-sodes”. This week I have a lot to chat about, I did some fleece sewing with my niece, Ava, then had my beloved Bernina machine in the repair shop, only to learn

Ep. 8 Sarah Clevenger, Musings of a Seamstress: Kenmore & Janome Machines

Ep. 7 Sew Sweetness Retreat Recap/Subscription boxes/Painting Interiors

On this episode I give a full recap of the Sew Sweetness Retreat I attended the last weekend of September. There was a guest instructor from Blue Calla Patterns, Celine Alleart, and we made a bag from her pattern, The Boronia Bowler Bag.  Sara Lawson was also an instructor, and we made the cute crossbody/messenger style bag from her pattern called the Satellite Bag.  

Also, I review a couple of subscription boxes I recently started, the fall FabFitFun box, and Grove Collaborative (all natural products)

I finish the episode with a segment on interior painting tips.  Many people in the northern hemisphere are heading back indoors and sprucing up their homes for the holidays.  Learn about paint quality, finishes and choosing colors for your home.  I talk about mostly Benjamin Moore paint, but also give tips on big box store paint lines, as well as introduce you to a high end natural pigment paint from the UK, Farrow and Ball.  

Episode 4: Sergers & Coverstitch Machines

This episode covers a couple of niche machines in our sewing world, sergers and coverstitch machines.  These machines are often feared and misunderstood due to the complex looper threading process on a lot of manual machines. Some people may even have a serger just sitting around collecting dust because they do not know how to use it or have the patience to try to thread it.  Fear not...

Episode 3: My Sewing Machine Acquisitions, from naive to savvy purchases

Episode 3: My Sewing Machine Acquisitions, from naive to savvy purchases

In this episode of Make and Decorate, I share my journey through 2 decades of purchasing sewing machines, serger/coverstitch and embroidery machines.  I have learned so much over the years as I have invested in the most important tool of not only my hobby, but now also my profession - sewing, serger and embroidery machines.

My Chronological List of machine acquisitions:

Things to Consider Before Buying a Sewing Machine

Podcast Show Notes: Episode 2 Things to Consider Before Buying a Sewing Machine


$$ Mid-range Heavy Duty straight stitch machine; great for bag making, quilting and garment sewing. This machine is considered to be a semi-industrial home sewing machine.  Juki TL2010Q https://www.amazon.com/TL-2010Q-1-Needle-Lockstitch-Automatic-Tailoring/dp/B00AAZU1KE/ref=sr_1_4?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1532910251&sr=1-4&keywords=juki+tl-2010q


$$ Lower Mid-Range price point available from dealer; ok, so in the podcast, I said don't get caught up in "Project runway/Laura Ashley" branding of machines....well the Innov-is line model I was talking about is a limited edition Project Runway machine - still a good option, except is does not have a knee lift.  The machine in the photo to the left, is the next model up, Innov-is which does have a knee lift!  Very good feature to have especially for quilters. 

 NQ700PRW https://www.brother-usa.com/products/NQ700PRW


Coming Soon!!! Make and Decorate with Stephanie Socha Design Podcast!

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Hello makers and decorators!  I have a brand new podcast about to launch.  As I am a one person show here, with a technology challenged skillset, it has taken me a lot longer to get this show up and running.  

I am so excited that I am almost to launch date.  I am launching episode 1 on Thursday, July 19th, however, iTunes may take longer to publish.  I will embed the episodes right here on my podcast page, so you can listen right away.

This podcast is primarily for makers who like to sew, quilt and decorate.  I begin the podcast with a series of  episodes dedicated to our main tool... sewing machines.  If you do not yet sew, this will be a great place to start.  If you are a seasoned sewist or quilter, I believe you will also find this series interesting, as we are always interested in sewing machines, how they work, and how to get them to work for us effortlessly.

Please let me know what you think of the new podcast with your kindest thoughts, questions and comments.  I will improve as I continue to record, and I will have guests on future episodes.