Want to sew samples for Connecting Threads?

We’re looking for a few more sewing contractors to sew our catalog samples. We need the following:   1.  Experienced quilters who love applique and are comfortable with the quality of their applique being shown in detailed photos.  2. Quilters who like to sew dimensional “sewy” projects like bags, home decor items, and even garments.  3. Quilters who have experience quilting small project on their home sewing machines, and are comfortable with their quilting shown for photography.
Sewing contractors need to be willing and able to follow the pattern to the letter, proof patterns as they sew, and meet fast turn around times.  Contract sewing is a great way to get to play with upcoming fabric collections, and get to try different types of projects. You also get to see your work beautifully photographed and featured in print. We pay by the project (using an estimate of the time needed at $12/hour). Earn some extra cash and get to peek behind the scenes!
Requirements for sewing contractors:
– Must live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA metropolitan area.
– Must be willing to pick up and drop off projects using your own transportation.
– Washington residents must have a business license (State of Washington new regulations)
If you are interested, please send comment below stating your interest level and location. Due to the high number of responses we have gotten in the past, we can not respond to every one right away. Often we will keep names on file to pull from in the future when we need to add more contract sewers.


  1. Linda Froggie Quilter - May 12, 2011

    Oh man, Melissa, it was perfect until I read the part about having to live in WA or OR. Too bad we moved back to OK. Oh well, I can still dream that you will want to mail stuff to me, this would be sew much fun!
    ~HOpppy quilting~

  2. Trudy Lindemann - May 16, 2011

    I agree, I thougth the same thing! Bummer, I’d love to do it otherwise!!

  3. Boo - May 16, 2011

    I have done this for a local shop and am now in process of moving to apt. building next door to the center that same shop is located! It is so much fun playing with new fabric and patterns right out of the box. I would encourage anyone in the areas stated to consider becoming a contract sewer. Just think, you will be making something before anyone else even sees the new fabric!!!

  4. patricia graham - May 18, 2011

    I would love to be a contract sewer.But I live in Missouri.Been sewing since age 14, commerically since age 18.I am retired but love the chance to show my skills.
    patricia graham

  5. Mandy - May 18, 2011

    Too bad I don’t live in your area as well. Applique is my favorite method of quilting!

  6. Annie - May 18, 2011

    ditto on all the replies so far. I’d LOVE to do this as well. . . but I live in Utah. How bout if I pay for the postage????

  7. Jennifer - May 19, 2011

    fedex/ups/usps all deliver to my neck of the woods and then I can mail it back. I would love to do this!

  8. Donna Sanders - September 27, 2011

    I would love the opportunity to sew for Connecting Threads!! I am a Portland, OR resident and can easily drive to Connecting Threads to pickup and deliver projects.
    I started sewing Barbie clothes and embroidering pillow cases when I was 8 years old and have been hand or machine sewing ever since. My featherweight machine went along with me to college and I studied sewing there while contemplating a home ec major, although I ended up a Graphic Arts Technology major.
    My first quilting class was in 1981 from Kathleen Brassfield at a quilt shop in Kansas City. We pieced, appliquéd and quilted every bit by hand! I have stayed current as techniques have evolved and I truly love both hand and machine work.
    So please consider me… I say yes to photographing my appliqué, my machine quilting and sewy projects!

  9. Lorraine Koester - August 15, 2016

    Hello. I would absolutely love the opportunity to sew and quilt for Connecting Threads. I live in NE Portland and I have transportation. I have a flexible schedule and would have no problem picking up and delivering projects. I have been designing cross stitch patterns and doing my own finishing since 1998, my company is Redbird Designs. I have many samples of my work to show you.
    Thank you, I hope to hear from you soon.

  10. Sandi - November 11, 2016

    I would like to be considered for any contract sewing and quilting opportunities. I have been quilting for almost 30 years, and have had a longarm business for about 15. Have sewn and quilted shop samples, used to work in QA, so I am aware of the necessity accurate documention and instruction. Driving to pick up projects would not be an issue, currently live south of Portland just off I5.