Welcome to my new blog and chronicle of my forays into fashion and clothes! My name is Erin and while I am a professional in the mental health industry, I love clothes and fabric and color so I make a lot of my own clothes. This blog is dedicated to helping others who share the same passion and I hope to share inspiration as well. I will share my patterns and fabric sources and shamelessly plug the ones I love the best.

To start I thought I’d share my tools of the trade so to speak. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a sewing room. I am happy to have half! We have an office/sewing room. Sometimes my husband needs the office computer for something and I want to sew so one of us has to wait for the chair. I am usually relegated to cutting my patterns out in the dining room since I have a big open area and a cardboard cutting surface. It works out great on our hard floors.

I have 2 sewing machines next to each other. I have a very old Pfaff, inherited from my mother-in-law. It is strong and works great for straight and zigzag stitches. I am not sure how the new Pfaffs compare since I think the company has been sold and I don’t think they are made in Germany anymore. Mine is good old German engineering straight from Kaiserslatern. The Mercedes of sewing machines. It is a trooper and the worst thing is it is so powerful that I sometimes get bent or broken needles if the fabric is thick and doesn’t feed well.


Then I have my Janome serger(mine isn’t as nice as the one they have now), inherited from my sister-in-law who used to teach home economics.  She was great at getting equipment that the schools were getting rid of!  I like the Janome but it can be difficult to thread and usually takes me 3 times with the lower looper for some reason.  I have learned to just let the thread break and not work at least twice before I start expecting it to work.  It has been a great little machine for me.  Someday I hope to have an air threading Baby Lock.

Janome Serger

It works great because I just move from the straight stitch machine to the serger to finish the seams. The only thing I miss is the blind hem stitch. My backup machine is a Singer because who wants to stop a project because your machine has to be serviced? I take my machines into Myers Sewing about once a year for servicing.   They are great and help me when I have problems. They have taught me so much.

I’d love to hear what people love about their machines and why they chose them!

One thought on “Welcome

  1. Pemblebee says:

    I am new to sewing clothes but I bought my machine, a Janome 525S a couple of years ago as it had good reviews for beginners and was also noted to be a good strong machine which would also last as you become more experienced (I didn’t want to spend on a beginners machine and end up outgrowing it within a year) I like it as it is simple to use, it has one dial to select the stitch and another dial to select the stitch size and that is it, it handles light and thick fabrics with ease.


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