How to Find a Great Used Sewing Machine

December 14, 2017

Buying a used sewing machine can be a daunting task, but you can find a real gem if you:  a) know what you’re looking for, specifically, and or b) are willing to do some research and testing. Why buy a used machine?  Well, as the old adage goes […]

Intentional Sewing

July 31, 2017

Intentional sewing means that each garment I make has been chosen and constructed with much thought and care. It means that it is needed, already has a place in my capsule wardrobe and therefore is deserving of precious closet space. It is a good design, made from […]

Saying goodbye to something you still love…the story of my Pfaff 1222

October 4, 2016

I recently sold my vintage 1970’s Pfaff 1222 sewing machine. Some of you are gasping in horror right now. Is she crazy, you muse? That is a classic machine. Yes, it is. I found her in a pawn shop in 1988. She had a cracked cam stack and needed […]

Sewing Pattern Storage

October 21, 2015

Hey sewists!  Today I’d like to share my system of pattern storage.  It’s super simple and allows me find patterns quickly.  It is also very economical.  You will need: NOTE:  As always, never buy storage items until you know how much you are going to store!  Wait until you weed through the pack.  Never, never […]

What sewing machine should I buy?

April 4, 2015

Hello stitchers!  I hear this question so often that I’ve decided to start a little FAQs blog this week.  What machine should I get?  Well, sewing is just like with any task you take on-good tools make the job easier and generally more enjoyable.  Before you head out to the store, ask yourself these questions […]

Cutting the House in Half

March 8, 2015

I’ll just spill this out on ‘paper’ before my head blows up. You lucky readers! I am in the process of downsizing my sewing and teaching space from 475 sf (plus a 10 ft wall of cabinets and a few shelves in the garage) to a new studio that is only […]