Featured Member: sprucedoll

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up in Lincoln City, Oregon (the central coast), but now live in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a writer (a journalist and also a budding screenwriter).

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
I’d take you to the discount “jobbers” on 39th street between 7th and 8th for great deals on cottons and silk, then to B&J on 7th Avenue to drool at the amazing selection of dream fabrics. We’d go to Purl Soho for awesome quilting fabrics. In Brooklyn, we’d go down to Red Hook to Brooklyn General Store, a sweet little knitting and fabric shop that carries all natural fiber textiles.

Featured Member: thefabledneedle

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m a native Californian living in Los Angeles. Besides sewing, I love to draw, cook, collect vintage, and grow things.

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
L.A. has a lot to offer—and not just tourist traps! First, I’d suggest coming in the spring when the jacarandas are in bloom. We have so many flowering trees here, something is blooming year round but I think the purple flowers of the jacaranda are the most striking.

Featured Member: urbandon

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Where do you live?
I live in Sydney, Australia. Inner West Sydney is a real creative and quirky area –full of cool cafes and junk shops- I love it. Besides sewing I make jewellery from found objects.

If we were to come to your town, where would you take us?
Sydney has some amazing and famous landmarks but I would take creative visitors to the great industrial waste recyclers like Reverse Garbage or The Bower- both within walking distance of home.

Featured Member: Anne Wagenhauser

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and brought up in South Africa, but now live in the UK with my husband and two teenage daughters. I live in a small market town called Shipston-on-Stour in South Warwickshire near Stratford-upon-Avon. It’s a great little town with a fabulous old fashioned identity, but unfortunately no fabric shop. Currently I work for myself and my girls! I used to teach fashion part-time in adult education, but with the funding being as it is for adult education at the moment, I get to sew at home all day, everyday!

Featured Member: luxihere

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Where are you from and/or where do you live? What do you do other than sewing?
I am from Chennai, India. I was born and brought up here and have lived all my 31 years of live so far out here in this beautiful, traditional, conservative yet caring city of Chennai. I am a SAHM (ex-s/w engineer) who loves pampering her 4.5 year old little princess and an aspiring freelance fashion designer dreaming of launching own clothing line in near future!

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!

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