Debbie Colgrove

Debbie Colgrove started sewing when she was eight years old and took her first tailoring class at the age of thirteen. Sewing is Debbie's life! She knows what it's like not to be able to afford the designer clothes that your children want, but also knows there are a million ways around the high price tags at the store. She firmly believes that everyone can sew in one form or another.

Debbie's personal goal is to make sure that anyone who wants to sew will be able to learn how from the information on About Sewing and can be reached by emailing



Debbie got involved with 4H early on, excelling in competitions and winning awards for her sewing. She has been sewing now for more than 40 years. Debbie was previously employed as an assistant manager for a major fabric store chain, and has done piece work as an independent contractor for local manufacturers.

Today, Debbie teaches sewing by offering instructions for projects, economical sewing solutions, free patterns, and more. She teaches local 4H sewing groups, and received the Partner in 4H Award in 2004 and 2006. Debbie was also a member of the Home Economics Advisory Board for Columbia County, New York.

Debbie is the author of Teach Yourself Visually Sewing (Visual, April 2006). This book is a guide to learning to sew using visual cues and instructions. It offers tips for sharpening sewing skills and contains 16 projects.

Her second book, Sewing VISUAL Quick Tips (Wiley, May 2008) provides solutions to common sewing quandaries are at your fingertips, anywhere you go.

Debbie Colgrove

Sewing is a life skill. Just look around you; unless you're sitting in a solid wood chair, there is sewing somewhere in the chair, sewing covers your body and your windows. The seats in your car are sewn. Everywhere you look there is something with sewing in it.

Learning to sew and mastering the basics are the first steps to creating anything that you have in mind. Save a small fortune by making your home décor. Don't be stuck with clothing that you find on the racks, make your own clothing – the way you want it to be.

Sewing has been modernized. Today's sewing machines offer options that past generations never dreamed of. Learn the basics and then move on to inventive patterns and projects. With the help of About Sewing, you can create anything!


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