Featured Member: Pampula

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and live in Espoo which is the second biggest city after Finland’s capital Helsinki. Although Espoo doesn’t feel like a city at all; when I come back home from Helsinki, which is very close to Espoo, it feels almost like I lived in a countryside. There is so many lakes to swim in and great forests to wander around here!

Featured Member: smallfire

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Where are you from and where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I am originally from Malaysia. To escape the humidity and heat, I took up an offer with a US based company… Recently, my fiance and I moved from Iowa to Washington. There are a few other things that occupy my time namely watercolor painting, knitting, and polymer clay sculpting. There are just too many things to do!

Featured Member: charlotteauzou

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
Hi there, my name is Charlotte, I am 26 and I am from France. I grew up in Brittany but I have been living in Paris for more than three years. It’s a great city even if sometimes I miss living by the sea… I have a 9 to 5 daily job that isn’t far from home (quite great in a big city) so I don’t waste a lot of time commuting every day and I can focus more on my sewing projects.

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing in 2005 because I wanted a floral dress that I’ve seen on a Cacharel runway show.

Featured Member: redviv

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m born and bred in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. I haven’t strayed far from the nest, living only 10 minutes from where I grew up, but it’s an inner city suburb full of curiosities, chaos and culture so there’s not too many reasons to leave.

I work as a social worker on the other side of Melbourne, so I spend my days helping people finding their way to recover from experiences of psychiatric disability. I have a big space in my heart for social justice and equity which fuels my work with people amongst the most marginalized in our society.

Featured Member: denisedamedesigns

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How did you start sewing?
I was a stay at home mom who wanted to learn how to sew eleven years ago. I bought a 1960’s Singer sewing machine with desk and all attachments at a yard sale for $25. Using the manual as a guide I made lavender sachets, pillows, curtains for our RV and a few very simple little girl dresses. Fast forward 10 years later – I am back at my career and I cannot find a dress for a company party that fits me so I decided 2010 was the year I would dust off my sewing machine and learn to sew clothes.

Featured Member: suzeb

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in New York City now, but I am from Vancouver Island, British Columbia — a world away from New York and about as different as two places can be. When I’m not sewing (or drafting patterns) I can usually be found playing with my daughter, who is almost three.

How did you start sewing?
My mom taught me how to machine sew when I was about 10, I think. My first project was a Hawaiian-print cotton skirt with an elastic waistband. Following that, I sewed off and on through my teens and early 20s (mostly adapting items of clothing I bought at second-hand stores), but it wasn’t until I was about 25 that I got seriously into making clothes.

Featured Member: molly-sews

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I am from Oregon, but have lived in New Orleans for the last 9 years. I teach middle school social studies/history. I am moving to Chicago this summer!

How did you start sewing?
My mom always sewed for us, so she taught me as a child. I starting sewing more after college, around 2007. My favorite project is my Cape of Awesomeness. It was made from a 1940s pattern. It took me a long time to make it and it forced me to learn new techniques and improve my skills.

Featured Member: aniomatronika

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Lodz, it’s a large city in the center of Poland. I have love and hate relationship with this place, it’s depressing and inspiring at the same time. I am currently attending University majoring in Psychology.

How did you start sewing?
My mum can sew (she is really good!) and growing up in my home we always had a sewing machine. She stayed at home when my brother and I were younger and she was making a lot of clothes for us. The sound of a sewing machine is one of my childhood memories. My first “creation” was a dress for my plush elephant. I was about seven when I made it. I distinctly remember sewing way too fast, neglecting every rule and braking many needles.

Featured Member: lanternwaste33

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
My name is Morgan. I’m a 19 year old American girl. I’ve lived in the state of Georgia, outside of Atlanta all my life. I have finished high school and am currently working on getting my GED as I’ve been home schooled from 3-12 grade. I dream of someday going to design school or majoring in Fashion and Design. I started my own business last year selling handmade doll clothes online.

Featured Member: table-calender

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born in Singapore and spent my whole life growing up there until 5 years ago. I moved to Palembang, Indonesia with my Singaporean husband, Brian who helps out with his father’s business. It was a decision we both made together, to experience a different lifestyle in a foreign country and most importantly to spend time with my aging father in law, an Indonesian based in Palembang.

Besides being a wife, I’m now a happy mother to a 3 year old son, Kaeden. I spend most of my time playing and coaching Kaeden at home. I get to crafting and sewing whenever I get my ‘me’ time!

Featured Member: groovymama

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Denmark in a small town called Hobro with my husband and our 4 children, Luna (12), Albert (7), Bertram (5) and Wilma (4) – and I’m dreaming of at least one more child. I used to be a social worker (and before that I was a bank clerk), but when we had our fourth child I decided to look for another job which allowed me to spend more time with my kids. I’m now a child minder and open my own house as a sort of day care center every morning.

Featured Member: mokosha

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from Serbia, from a small mountain town, though I live in Belgrade (which is a capital of Serbia ) for 10 years now. I graduated in art history and would know a few things about medieval manuscripts but never was too serious about getting anywhere with that. Instead, I do few other jobs, half of the year I work as an archeologist spending days in a dirt and sweat digging prehistory loving every second of it!

The other half of the year I spend working as personal assistant in my dad’s company (which is nice, since I work from home and have lots of free time that I can use to sew and try to start my own mini fashion line (wish me luck with that).

Featured Member: evamarie

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m originally from the American Heartland. After getting an art history degree I moved to France to teach English and ended up marrying a kind French gardener. We now live in Alsace together.

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing in order to get to know my Mother-in-Law a little better. She speaks French with an Alsatian accent and I speak French with a Anglo Saxon accent, but somehow we understand each other perfectly when we sew! She received her couturier degree in the 1940’s before World War II and she is a complete 86 year old wonder!

Featured Member: laurafm

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Where are you from and where do you live?
I live in Oviedo, a beautiful but boring city in Asturias, at the North of Spain. I’ve been living here my whole life. I am a nurse, and now I’m working in developing the software at the new hospital. I started sewing at the age of 14. I’d seen my mom and grandma making their own garments all my life and I become envious, so I took a piece of fabric and it turned out as a skirt.

Featured Member: emily-marie

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from and live in Bellingham, Washington, which is between Vancouver B.C. & Seattle. Right now I have the crazy luxury of doing this and that (I’m doing lots of alterations at the moment), but I’m getting ready to set up shop in the next few months.

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