"Fingers - moving needle. These two things do not go together without lots of pain. Just something to bear in mind."
I just had to comment on this Caledonia. You couldn't be more right!!!!! That's the kind of pain that stays with you for a long time. I missed the bone by milimeters. Went right through my nail, my finger and back up again. Needless to say I'm a little more attentive to where my fingers are now!
*How long have you been sewing?
just about 20 years now...(geez, that's scary!)
*How did you learn to sew?
My mom taught me on the Kenmore machine that she got from her grandmother when she graduated from Fashion School
*What was the first project you made that you remember?
My mom sat me on her lap when I was 6 and had me move the fabric through the sewing machine while she worked the pedal. We were making my girl scout uniform.
*Do you have a favorite thing to sew?
Complicated things. I love challenges...except that sometimes I get frustrated and things get put in my unfinished box for a while
*What is your favorite step in the sewing process?
The finished project part
*What is your least favorite thing?
Cutting, laying out, and pinning the pattern. Oh and basting. I hate that too.
*Do you have a favorite brand of patterns?
I like simplicity, vogue and butterick
*What era do you like sewing best?
30's - 50's. I hate the 80's. Too many scary styles.
*Do you use vintage patterns? How do you prepare/use them?
I do. Depending on how delicate the pattern and how many times I plan on using it I will usually trace over the pattern with pattern tissue or the new gauze like pattern drafting material. I love that stuff.
*How do you finish your hems/seam allowances?
Like most others here I prefer clean edges without frays so I will usually zig zag the pieces or french seam. I don't have a whole lot of patience for french seams though so it has to be something worth do them on.
*Do you sew for other people or just yourself? Why?
I sew for myself and for others. I actually sew for a living. I make unit flags (called Guidons) for the Marine Corps, so I get to sew every single day. I like sewing the clothes better though, the flags get repetetive. Luckily I work for myself so I get to mix it up a little when I get bored.
*What's your favorite type of fabric to sew?
I love, love, love vintage rayon. but I also like cottons and nice sturdy fabrics. I'm not a big fan of knits, they can be tempremental.
*What are your favorite trims?
Call it the american indian in me but I love ribbon. I was a fancy shawl dancer for a long time and I had ribbons everywhere.
*Do you use a dress form? Which brand?
I wish I had a dress form. I really want to do that duct tape one, but I'm a little nervous about asking my husband to wrap me in duct tape...
*What brand is your sewing machine? Would you reccomend it to others?
I have a Janome Memory Craft 3500. I love it. I used to have a brother and I loved that one two but I went through 2 machines in 4 years so I needed to upgrade.
*And words of wisdom to share with those starting out?
Patience, perserverance, and more patience. Don't be afraid to ask questions. We were all beginners once, if we can at all remember what that was like we will always be willing to help.