The Top 5 Best Sewing Machine Features

Are you considering buying a new sewing machine? Maybe you’ve been having the itch to learn how to sew for a while now and you just want to dive in by getting your very first machine, or maybe you are gaining experience and are looking to upgrade! Whatever the case, I am here to help guide you towards finding the best machine for your needs! 

As a sewist and a quilter, there are a few key things I looked for when sewing machine shopping, and even some features that I wasn’t particularly looking for but I turned out to love SO MUCH! so are you ready to find out the Top 5 Best Sewing Machine Features?!

You might already know this about me, but I am a total HUSQVARNA® VIKING® fan. My very first machine was a HUSQVARNA® VIKING® EMERALD that I got for my 16th birthday and I’ve been obsessed with this brand ever since. The machines are total workhorses and have tons of unique design features with the sewist in mind! I recently upgraded to the HUSQVARNA® VIKING® DESIGNER BRILLIANCE 80 machine and I am pleased to announce that this machine has all 5 of these amazing features and so. much. more.

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Tips for Beginning Garment Sewing

Although I’ve technically been sewing since middle school, the large bulk of my sewing experience has been quilting. My grandma taught me to quilt and it’s been a huge way I’ve gotten to bond with her. I recently have a new-found love for garment sewing, and I just can’t stop dreaming up what my next me-made garments will be! Earlier this year I was inspired to make something with some Rifle Paper Co. rayon and made a Peplum Top which you can read about here . That project has kicked off quite a few fun, homemade garment projects!

Since making that Peplum top, I’ve also made a baby girl’s dress and a few other pieces for my wardrobe, which has inspired me to help teach more quilters (or total sewing beginners!) how to get started with garments! Let’s dive in as I walk you through the process of making this tank top!

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The Ultimate Homemade Girls Dress

If you’ve been following along with my sewing lately you may have noticed an increase in garments popping up on my photo feed! Believe it or not, I actually started my sewing journey with garments and kind of stopped for a few years when quilts completely took over my life.

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How to Upcycle Clothing: What Dave Ramsey and Marie Kondo Taught Me About Fashion

Do you love to sew but get tired of how expensive quality fabric can be? Have you noticed that it actually can be much cheaper just to buy clothes at the big box/department store than to make them yourself? Or maybe you’re like me and you just want to actually wear the items in your closet that keep sitting there taking up precious space!

Marie Kondo taught me to only keep the clothing items that Spark Joy, but Dave Ramsey taught me to use what I have & live frugally! Guess what happens when you combine the love of living debt free with the love of keeping things tidy? I learned how to revamp my wardrobe without spending a dime! Do you want to learn how to have new clothing for free too?

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9 Tips for Selling Homemade Goods

Are you a creative person looking to make some side money selling things that you make? You want to turn your HOBBY into a JOBby? Are you wondering how to find your niche and actually start making sales? I’m here to help you start your creative business.

While there is a ton of information out there, I hope these tips help get you started and give you some ideas for things to research further while building your creative business. If you think of any other tips you have learned, please leave me a comment! I love chatting about business and sharing tips within this community, please reach out and share your input!

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Me Made May // Peplum Top

Have you heard of #MeMadeMay?

It’s the month of the year where sewists dedicate time to make clothing for themselves and to actually wear it, too! Check out #MeMadeMay2019 to see all the cool pieces people are whipping up and modeling for us!

While 99% of my sewing has to do with quilts, I thought I should use the month of May as a reason try something new! I actually grew up sewing garments and didn’t learn to quilt until college. Before quilting, I made shirts, dresses, handbags, and the like. My mom actually taught me some of the basics of garment sewing when I was in middle school, and then in high school (while all my friends were busy taking Physics or Calculus) I took a class called “Fashion Design” which was basically a beginner level sewing class!

I’ll be forever grateful for the sewing opportunities I had in my early years. Cultivating a love for fabric art & design, and getting myself comfortable with a sewing machine, were incredibly influential and pivotal in my life.

For this Me Made May, my challenge for myself was to make a nice summery tank top out of Rayon fabric. This is crazy to me since I have sewn with nothing but 100% cotton for the past 5-ish years! I chose the pattern Peppermint Peplum Top because it looked easy and I found it for free online. (Just google “Peppermint Mag Peplum top” to find the free PDFs!)

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