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Tessa

Location:

Austin, TX

Member since:

July 18, 2013

What is your history with sewing?

I've been sewing since my Nonnie gave me a toy machine when I was 4. Phases included (but not limited too): Doll clothes, pet clothes, reconstructed thrift clothes, me clothes, professional home decor for clients, private lessons for friends, baby clothes, basic pattern drafting, and now teaching. I love collaborating with kids on projects, they have the best out of the norm ideas. I work at the Northwest Sewing Center where I give machine lessons on sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers. I have kids sewing camps for kids 6 and up. I am also teaching a beginning fashion sewing class (learning to follow a pattern). I always have several projects going on, and I'm totally cool with that.

Tell us about your sewing machine(s).

Where to start? I have a Singer 7469 that is my basic get the job done machine. I also have a Brother Bicor, an Avacado Kenmore, an aqua Fleetwood, a Singer 221 (Featherweight), a Singer 201-2, a couple treadles (Singer 66), a White rotary, and some random ones in the closet that I'm not really fond of. I have always loved older, basic machines, but I'm saving my pennies for a Janome 8900 right now. I also have a Singer 5-thread serger that has a coverstitch that I really like.

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

I step away. I let it simmer a bit because I would get frustrated and make it worse if I just kept going with that seam ripper after I accidentally nicked a hole in my fabric, or realized I sewed a piece on backwards after I trimmed the seam allowance to almost nil. I need a breather. I come back refreshed with new problem solving ideas.

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

This may not make sense, but I had this way oversized Mexican dress (you know the kind). I took off the sleeves, took out the back, resized it, and took up the hem a lot. It didn't take long or was even complicated at all, but it was one of the first times I felt really confident while ripping something apart to remake it my way. I would even say it was rushed. (I didn't even finish the seams! gasp!) There used to be that pit in my stomach when I would start a project (reconstructed or from scratch), but I was over it. I had only excitement. It was freeing, and I love that dress so much because of that.

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

Bras. Good ones. I know people say that you get the hang of it quickly, but man, I am intimidated. It's on my goal list though. It will happen one day.

Introduction

I've spent my life hopping back and forth between California and Texas, but Texas is my home.Now, I live in central Austin with my guy, my kid, some pets, and some plants. I love to make things, and I decided I will devote my time to just that.


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