We have another fantastic sewing interview today! More questions answered, and most importantly… another spotlight of a fantastic blogger, in case you’ve been missing out! Rachel blogs at Maybe Matilda, and her sight is beautiful and exciting! I first stumbled on her post about growing out a pixie cut (I’m not ready to grow mine out yet, but I was curious). When I started meandering through her projects and musings, I realized that our pixie cuts were the least of our similarities! She’s a girl of my own heart, this one!
WEBSITE: Maybe Matilda
HOW DID YOU LEARN TO SEW?
My mom taught me the basics when I was a kid, but you know how it is to learn from your mom . . . I always ended up frustrated and in tears, and ended up deciding that I hated sewing. It wasn’t until I was out on my own, married and working and looking for a new hobby to fill my free time, that I decided to give sewing another chance. I bought my own machine, called my mom for help when I needed it, and turned to youtube and blog tutorials to fill in the rest!
WHAT KIND OF SEWING MACHINE DO YOU USE? WHAT FEATURES DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A SEWING MACHINE?
I’m a lucky (read: spoiled) girl–my dad bought me a Bernina for Christmas last year! It is amazing and wonderful and the stuff dreams are made of, but certainly not necessary for a beginning sewer. I started out with a Singer Simple machine from Walmart, and it served me very well for a few years before my dad upgraded me to my precious Bernina!
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT FOR A BEGINNER?
If you’ve got money just burning a hole in your pocket, sure. You’ll never regret purchasing a Bernina and it will last a lifetime. But they are very pricey machines (I would probably never have splurged on one for myself!), and if you’re just starting out with sewing, I think you’d be perfectly happy with something a little more humble like a basic Brother or Singer model.
WHAT IS YOUR SEWING SETUP LIKE?
We are lucky enough to have a spare, unused bedroom right now, so I moved in and took over and turned it into my craft room! It would be fun if it were a cute, creative room, but it usually looks like a bomb went off–I’m sorry to admit that I’m a very messy crafter. I’ve got my Bernina set up on a table with a nice cushy chair, and I love heading in there, ignoring the mess, and sewing!
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT SEWING?
I love the accomplishment of seeing something I love but either can’t afford or don’t like the details of, and recreating myself. It’s so fun to be able to make something that I otherwise couldn’t/wouldn’t buy, or refashion something that is being ignored in a closet and turn it into something I love to wear!
TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR SEWING FAILS.
Oh, there are so many. The one that immediately comes to mind is when I thought it would be a good idea to sew some throw pillows for my couch. I didn’t know much about sewing at the time, and hadn’t really developed much of my own style yet. I wasn’t willing to spend much on fabric, so I used bits and pieces I had lying around, sewed them into embarrassingly small pillows, and did a horrible job stuffing them, so they were all lumps and bumps. They truly looked awful, and I can hardly believe now that I had the confidence to display them on my sofa for months!
WHAT WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST SEWING SUCCESS?
It’s a goal of mine to make a quilt for each of my children–I treasure the quilt my mom made for me when I was a child–so I think my favorite project so far is the quilt I sewed for my son. It was a true labor of love to make that while I was pregnant with him . . . I spent weeks searching for the perfect quilt pattern, shopping for the perfect fabrics/colors, and putting it all together. I hope that he loves it as much as I loved making it.
Is she not great?! Seriously, what are you still doing here? GO. HANG OUT AT MAYBE MATILDA! You’ll fall in love with everything she does.
And thank you, Rachel, for taking the time to tell us your sewing story!