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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Friday, January 6, 2017

Love hate relationships

I have a question for you.

What do you love to sew and what do you hate to sew?

Even the most obsessive sewers among us have these feelings.

I know I do.

For instance I love to sew knits and outwear. I sew pants because I can, but I hate, hate any kind of home decor sewing. I just lose sight of where the edges are on those massive yardages. Sleeves I can recognize.

I have also decided bra-making leaves me cold.I can buy in 5 minutes something that fits me just fine for the same price it would take me to make one. And those pieces are awfully small and fussy. Case closed.

I think that the www makes the question of what you really love to sew and don't even more pertinent.

It is so easy to see pictures of things other, some seemingly continuously productive, sewers churn out and think, gee I should make that.

I have learned to be alert to the moments when "should" crosses my mind. Life provides me with enough shoulds already.

More and more, and this might in fact be my sewing resolution, I want to sew only the things that I am just dying to make.

No shoulds.

No have tos.

No working my way through a to-do list.

Now over to you, what do you really enjoy sewing and where is your own personal line for feeling you have crossed into sewing drudgery territory?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Neat way to install zippers in bags

I am in no way a quilter. In fact the sister who is staying with me is, beautiful quilts she makes, but the one time we tried to collaborate on a quilt for our parents she sent my half of the blocks back as rejects.

Enough said.

I am the garment sewer, right?

That said I love new techniques and enjoyed this tutorial on putting in zippers in little pouches, of the sort an organized gift giver and probably with quilter's mindset would have on hand.

Pretty nifty.

The addition of the tabs on the ends eliminates messy zipper ends. Interesting.

Monday, January 2, 2017


She's fine.

But I think Miss Heidi is going to be my inspiration for 2017.