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The Sweet Home: "This kit is leagues ahead of the glut of mediocre travel kits out there."

Thanks to Christine Cyr Clisset and thesweethome.com for their recent review and praise of the Great American Sewing Kit!  Here's what she had to say: The Great American Sewing Kit ($30) was the only other travel kit we tried that had high-quality tools and notions. Like our top pick, the Merchant & Mills Rapid Repair Kit, this kit comes in a sturdy tin and has two spools of thread (black and white). However, it also has a lot more needles (20) and buttons (11), a sturdier plastic measuring tape, and a needle threader. This kit’s 4-inch folding scissors are the best folding scissors we’ve ever tried. They smoothly collapse and expand, and they offer much more comfortable handling than the flimsy...

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Great American Sewing Kit sponsors eco-designer Carrie Parry's upcoming Fashion and Fit show!

The Great American Sewing Kit is proud to be a gift bag sponsor of eco-designer Carrie Parry's upcoming Fashion and Fit show!  The Fit Trial and Trunkshow will be held in collaboration with Alvanon (the leading Fit Apparel Expert) from November 3rd through November 5th in New York City.  They are inviting all women between the sizes of zero and fourteen to come try on their seasonless collection at the Alvanon Headquarters in Manhattan.  Sign up online, schedule an appointment and fill out a quick survey on your ideal fit and size. In addition to being able to offer your feedback on the fit of the collection, you will receive 40% off your purchases.  You will also be offered...

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Great American Sewing Kit - TSA OK-ed!

Happy Summer Solstice!  I hope you are enjoying the longest day of the year.  I'm inside hiding from the heat and working on the computer. I've been catching up on life since we returned from a 7 day, 6 night backpacking trip in our local wilderness area.  Although I have lots of work to do, at least I'm still relaxed from the trip!  I'm a recent backpacking convert - it wasn't until I realized that when I'm in the wilderness, I don't have to do anything and I can actually enjoy sitting and relaxing.  The meal planning is done and there is no gardening, no laundry, no chores, no work, no phones, no emails, no google-ing and lots of people...

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Spotlight on a Needle Manufacturer: Pony Needles

While searching for needle manufacturers to be featured in the Sewing Kit, I found Pony Needles, owned by Needle Industries (India) Private Limited.  Their factory is located in the mountains of South India in a town called Ooty at 2200 meters above sea level.  I hope to be able to include their hand sewing needles in the Kit and am working on getting distribution.  I like Pony Needles, not only because of their high standard for quality and their longevity (started as a British Corp. in 1949 and then transferring into Indian hands in the 1960s and 1970s), but because of their commitment to quality working conditions. Pony Needles has been certified to meet the SA 8000 standards for humane...

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