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Intimidated by learning to sew? These are the resources you need (with reader advice!)

Back in the day we had a great discussion about sewing anxiety from a reader who wanted to learn but didn't know where to start. Our amazing readers stepped up to the plate to offer some great sewing advice on where to start and how to wrangle a needle and thread. (My favorite resource is Threadbanger on YouTube!) I pulled some of my favorite comments so that we can share in their collective sewing knowledge and start making clothes, totes, costumes, and whatever strikes your fabric fancy.

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What are your favorite fashion blogs?

Lately I have been having a hard time with my wardrobe. I'm a former thrift store junkie, but I, unfortunately, don't have the time to sift through the racks at the thrift store or even the local vintage shop. So I feel like I am a bit stuck in a fashion rut.

Are there any good fashion blogs you can suggest?

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How to feel safe participating in online communities

Active participating in online communities certainly isn't for everyone, and it's definitely important to take care of yourself and do what's comfortable for you. But I'm going to share my lil' story, since I noticed a lot of "Long Time Reader, First Time Commenter" comments on that post about the reader survey. This may not be helpful for anybody, but I thought I'd put it out there in case somebody needed to hear it.

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Data diarrhea: my epic post about reader survey results

Offbeat Home & Life has undergone a lot of changes in 2013, so it felt important to do a little mini-reader survey specific to this site. This post is going to be long, but for those of you who are into data and/or invested in the future of Offbeat Home & Life, it's going to be fun. We've got stuff about Facebook, family-related content, and the kinds of posts y'all hate. Come along!