How do you find the time to sew?
Before launching a career in sewing, I worked a regular FT job. I found time to sew by carving out half hour chunks here and there. I highly recommend writing it down in your schedule. Sewing is a skill that needs to be practiced regularly!
Now as a full time sewer, designer, seamstress, entrepreneur I am challenged to find time to sew just for me! It’s something I am going to try and make a conscious effort to do in the new year.
What sewing machine do you use?
I use a very basic Singer 4411 machine. It’s nothing fancy but does the job. I’ve sewn everything on it from four layers of denim, to leather, to vintage silk. As long as you use the right needle for your fabric you’ll be good to go!
I also use a Brother 1034D Serger also called an overlock machine. I purchased this machine for $190 on Amazon and have to say we’re having a pretty passionate love affair at the moment. If you find yourself sewing a lot of knits a serger is a wonderful addition to your sewing room.
I also use a Juki Industrial Machine and a Vintage 1960s Singer Clone.
I am a firm believer that it’s not the machine that is going to give you great results. It’s knowing your fabric, matching your needle to your fabric and not taking any shortcuts. Trust me when I say you can produce positively beautiful garments with a bottom of the line sewing machine with the right time, effort and attention.
How long have you been sewing?
I learned to sew at a very young age. My grandmother taught me when I was probably 6 or 7 years old. My mother made all of my halloween costumes so I was very used to sewing machines and hand stitching. In high school I was fortunate enough to have awesome home economics teachers and a classroom full of sewing and embroidery machines. As I got older and busier I stopped sewing and mostly used my skills to sew home goods like curtains and pillowcases and our annual halloween costumes. So I guess you could say that I’ve known HOW to sew for years but didn’t start sewing regularly (on a weekly basis) until about two years ago. Now sewing has completely taken over my life and I’ve been sewing almost daily for the past two years.
How tall are you?
I am 6ft tall. Yes, I played college basketball. Yes, the air is clearer up here. Yes, I wear heels. Why? Because why the hell not? And frankly, I love being tall. For most of my childhood I hated it. Even in my very young adulthood I didn’t love it. But now I flaunt it. No shame here!
What size do you wear?
Depending on the ready-to-wear brand between a size 14 and 20. Typically a size 14/16 on top and 16/18/20 on the bottom, all depending on brand. I am definitely plus size but can sometimes fit into XL or XXL in ready to wear “straight size” brands.
Is this your full-time job?
Well, sorta. Blogging in and of itself does not make money. As you noticed, I don’t have any ads on my site, and that’s intentional! I earn a living through teaching (you can see my workshop schedule here.) And through my ready-to-wear collection found here and here. I also do freelance writing and editing (mostly in the sewer/ maker space) as well as sample-making and small scale production for startups. I am a full-time entrepreneur which is incredibly challenging but always exciting! Honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way!