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!
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 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.
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 fairly recently (and out of necessity).
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?
What size do you wear?
I have no idea. Seriously. Depending on the brand and whether I’m buying a top, bottom, or dress I range from a 14-20. Ready-to-wear sizing is known to be terribly inconsistent and not uniform. As far as length goes I always have to purchase the tall or long size (if available, it’s usually not) and even the tall sizes aren’t always long enough.