I bought my first sewing machine (a basic Elna) at 18 after painfully hand sewing a fancy dress party costume over a very long three days. Since then I've upgraded that machine several times, studied Fashion Design at TAFE, published over 20 articles in Machine Embroidery and Textile Art magazine, worked/managed 2 sewing machine dealerships (owned the latest), and had 2 children - one with autism.
It is my son's needs that convinced me that working from home was more important than operating one of Australia's most successful dealerships - winner of 14 awards and 6 overseas trips over 11 years.
I love dressmaking and quilting, but most of all love sharing the knowledge I've gained over the last 25 years with anyone willing to learn and explore the beauty of textiles ... it is not just the richness of the colours, the soft drape of bias or even the silky touch that lingers, but the way it makes you feel.
Sewing can bring much joy but also quite a bit of frustration; I know.
This is why I test all the products I sell for quality, usefulness, and value for money - there is no point buying the latest, greatest gadget if it's ends up sitting lost in the back of a cupboard. Also to fully utilise a product it is important to learn how it works - in this respect more guides will be added.
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