Susan M.


Meetup Leader


Austin, TX

Organizer since:

April 2, 2012


I love clothes that fit! I started sewing so I could make versions of what I saw in the stores that actually fit and flattered my figure. Years later, I'm still into the fashion but love the process too.

What is your history with sewing?

I'm self-taught really. Started sewing by picking up a simple pattern and following the directions. I sew mainly clothes for myself but have made some costumes for the theatre, the ballet and ballroom dancing. Occasionally I will throw my hubby a bone and make something for him:)

Tell us about your sewing machine(s).

I have a Singer sewing machine - can't remember the model right now - a Bernina and a White 4 thread serger.

When you make a mistake while sewing, what do you do?

It depends. If it can't be fixed by moving the seam then I usually try to incorporate the mistake into the design making it look intentional.

What's your favorite thing you've ever sewn? Can we see a picture?

A cool raincoat that was more a labour of love than anything else. Pictures are on The Common Thread website (the store I got the fabric from)

If skill, time, and resources were no issue, what would you sew right now?

A wedding dress for a vow renewal ceremony.

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  • Casta f.

    Hi Susan. I'm a new member. I haven't been able to attend a gathering yet. I just purchased a new sewing machine. I'm having some trouble with it. Was wondering if I could bring it to one of the meetings to see if anyone would have some time to assist me? Thanks,

    Aug 29, 2014 10:31 AM
  • Pam D.

    Hi Susan,
    Now I wish I hadn't mentioned the film. The single tickets are already sold out for the AGLIFF Sun. Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. show. It isn't about Dior, but about Raf Simons a Dior designer.
    "'Dior and I', a documentary that chronicles the creation of Raf Simons' first Haute Couture collection for the House of Dior­­
    It looks interesting though.

    Aug 24, 2014 1:02 AM
  • Shelley R.

    Hi Susan! I hope I'm not in over my head Lol! Reading some of the bios are intimidating and exciting at the same time. I have a passion for sewing and felt incomplete when I stepped away from it. I pray that meeting you ladies will encourage me to jump right on in. I know I have a lot to learn about sewing, but I'm more than willing to take advice and constructive criticism. Can't wait to meet you all.

    Aug 29, 2013 6:32 PM
  • Angelina S.

    Same here! I'm looking forward to it :-)

    Aug 13, 2013 12:36 PM
  • Lavender

    So glad to have met you Sunday! I'm going to sign up for the upcoming Drafthouse in May, though my work schedule might mean I have to work late that day. Fingers crossed that's not the case!!

    Apr 22, 2013 10:16 AM
  • B. G.

    A further question: In the description of this group of classes, the last line says, "You can jump in at any time." Is that true, or are the classes limited to the first 12 with the wait list? Thanks again!

    Mar 09, 2013 3:06 PM
  • B. G.

    Susan, I'm very interested in getting good, accurate measurement made and going forward to develop a sloper. If you get another group together for that purpose, please include me on your list! Thanks!

    Mar 09, 2013 2:24 PM
  • Laurel

    Hello. I'm sending this note to all who attended last night's meetup. Please respond! Thanks! Hi there, Sewers! I'm in the market for a new sewing machine. My 21-year old Kenmore finally died. I was thinking this may be the last machine I purchase, and wanted a very good one. Bernina has always held particular appeal for me, but not their price. Any suggestions from anyone about a machine for my future? I like garment sewing, mending, quilting, embroidery for capabilities. What would you buy???

    Mar 06, 2013 7:59 PM
  • cat g.

    hi susan, thanks for the ride! i never could have carried all that stuff over on foot! i had a great time! such a wonderful group of people. i had a thought about the scarves: even though we chose specific ones for our absent friends, maybe they'd like to go thru and look at what's left and choose for themselves if they're not wild about our choices... also, why not just keep the finished scarves that are left after that for presenting to new members as they join us? just an idea... best, cat

    Feb 17, 2013 3:15 PM
  • David and H.

    Hi Susan dear.... booked for the meeting, and skirt is with Jeannie even now... saw the wonderful two entries already there and felt like a country cousin... what to do? love my refugee sheikh style anyway... Shall be lovely to see you dear.

    Mar 22, 2011 4:18 PM
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