Learn everything you ever wanted to know about sergers! We break down different types of stitches and what they are used for, give some top recommendations for entry-level machines, and tell you everything to look out for when choosing the right serger for you. Plus lots of great resources to learn more and get you overlocking in no time.
David Page Coffin joins us to chat about his almost 50 years of sewing experience! He gives us great shirtmaking tips and shares his sewing philosophy. We also dive into his career as an editor of Threads magazine and how he stumbled into the wonderful world of sewing.
We share your feedback from the past 6 months in this semi-annual feedback fest! Hear inspiring stories from fellow listeners, get great sewing tips, and leave feeling inspired to get out there and sew!
Elisalex De Castro Peake chats with us about her leap from the fashion world to the home sewing community. We hear the story behind By Hand London and discuss where things are headed next. Elisalex also shares great tips about fitting bodices, embroidering clothing, and dressing to impress.
We have all experienced Sewjo (sewing mojo) or lack thereof! Why does it leave us and how do we find it again? We discuss our personal experiences with losing our SewJo and things we have done to get it back.
Michelle Morris of That Black Chic and Sewn Magazine joins us to talk about her return to sewing, starting her blog, and creating her own sewing magazine. We chat about her joyful approach to choosing projects and how she makes garments simply for the love of it!
Sewing Machines come in all shapes and sizes! We talk about the history of the sewing machine, what to look for when you shop for one, and how to approach machine maintenance. We also discuss our favourite stitches, feet, and fun features!
Anna Graham joins us to share her tips on sewing bags, how she got into pattern making, and designing her very own fabric line. We also talk about how she bought her studio space sight unseen and balancing work and family life.
We revisit the topic of sewcializing in this episode. Where can you find fellow makers online? What is good sewcial etiquette? How do you make an Instagram story? How can you start a sewing challenge? We cover all that and much more!
Learn all about interfacing! We discuss the various types of interfacing, their applications, and how to properly use them in our sewing projects. We also highlight some favourite interfacings from you, our listeners!
Want to sew menswear for yourself or a loved one? We talk about some differences between classic womenswear and menswear, where to get started, and how to approach sewing for a loved one. Plus pattern ideas and tips for success with sewing menswear!
Elise Cripe joins us to talk about setting and achieving goals! We discuss taking small steps, tracking your progress, and starting today. Elise also shares her sewing journey and what led her to create Get To Work Book, the ultimate planner for your life and your creative projects.
Shea and Sam join us on this special Holiday episode! We chat about what went down in 2018, what exactly Sam does for the podcast, and whether we got around to making them anything this year. We also find out what sewing tool they want to be and quiz them on fashion and patterns!
Natalie Chanin shares her journey from up-cycling old t-shirts in New York City to returning home to Florence Alabama where she started her clothing line, Alabama Chanin. We talk about building a community of makers and prioritizing transparency in the supply chain. She also tells us about teaching the creative process through The School of Making and the importance of sharing skills with others.
Brrrrrr! It?s cold in here! We discuss everything you need to know about sewing a coat, from beginner tips to advanced tailoring techniques. Learn the difference between wool coating fabrics and how to mentally prepare for a big project like a coat.
Gretchen Rubin joins us to talk about her Four Tendencies framework and how it relates to our creative hobbies. We talk about knowing yourself better, finding accountability, facing your fears, and how colour can influence our everyday lives. Gretchen is a happiness expert and she gives us loads of tips on how to be happy and productive in our sewing practice.
Harriet Johnson has a wealth of knowledge to share about caring for our clothes! She believes in extending the life of our garments and the love we put into making them. We talk about how to properly wash and store your clothes, basic mending, and stain removal.
We love meeting fellow sewists in real life! It is so much fun, and we want to encourage you to try it too. We talk about how to meet online friends in person, how to organize a sewing meet-up, basic meet-up etiquette, and lessons learned from our past sewing get-togethers.
Marcy Harriell (aka Oonaballoona) talks with us about finding confidence through sewing, embracing her amazing personal style, and blending her passions for acting and sewing in her new series' on Bluprint. We discuss shopping the garment district in NYC, whether Marcy ever wears ?basics?, and her recently-acquired title of 'the patron saint of Frosting'.
Carolyn Norman joins us to talk about sewing as a form of artistic expression. She shares stories from almost 50 years of sewing and inspires us to look at our sewing hobby as more than just making clothes. We talk about finding inspiration in your everyday life, being buried with your favourite fabrics, and her column in Sewn Magazine.
Karen Templer joins us to talk about Slow Fashion October. Can our sewing have an impact on the overall fashion industry? How can we be more intentional with our making practices? Karen shares how she learned to slow down while still enjoying fashion and style.
Sewing isn?t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes there are tears, anger, and disappointment. On this episode, we share your sewing struggles, based on stories from our listeners. We talk about how hard it is to fit our bodies, how lonely sewing can be, and how comparing ourselves to others can make us lose our sew-jo.
Jen Hewett shares her passion for block printing and tells us how we can print our own fabrics! She walks us through how she got started with block printing, why she loves turning her printed fabrics into garments, and what makes a good block. We also discuss listening to your body while you work, wearing prints, and why not to turn your hobby into a business.
Allie Olson shares the story behind Indiesew, her online marketplace for indie patterns and garment fabrics. We discuss the current state of the indie pattern market and the value of sharing your sewing projects online. We also talk about her personal style journey and how her perspective on body image has recently shifted.
Brooks Ann Camper shares her incredible sewing journey that has taken her from Broadway costume creation to making custom bridal gowns. She teaches us how you can up your game by incorporating hand sewing into your next projects! Brooks Ann's positive attitude about enjoying the act of sewing and taking care in the details is truly infectious.
We celebrate one year of podcasting with an extra long question and answer episode dedicated to you, our listeners! Questions about business, our personal lives, our sewing habits, and more in this special anniversary episode!
Erin Meiklejohn teaches us all about bra making supplies, fitting lingerie, and what is involved in sewing your own bras. We get to hear the story behind her business, Emerald Erin, and her plans for future patterns!
What is the real cost of making our own clothes? We tackle the tricky topic of money in this episode about sewing financials. How do sewists budget? How much fabric do we buy? How do we feel about our spending habits? Hear what the community told us!
Colette Guanta joins us to talk about her fabric shop and pattern company, Tessuti! We hear the inspiring story of how Tessuti Fabrics began, and how it has evolved over the past quarter century.
We are celebrating episode 50 this week with a special recap of our time spent travelling together to Pattern Review Weekend, Prince Edward County, and Montreal. We recorded some mini interviews along the way, including a sewing pep talk from Heather Lou and an intro to bra-making with Emerald Erin!
Lauren Taylor is here to talk about running her sewing blog, Lladybird, for almost a decade! Lauren is a sewing instructor, freelance tailor, and inspiring member of the sewing community. She gives us tips for increasing sewing productivity and finding time for creative hobbies.
Tanya Hughes shares her thoughts on sewing vintage patterns and fabrics. She tells us about some of her more involved projects and what it is really like to wear fashions from past decades. Tanya goes above and beyond with her sewing and has so many great tips to share.