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The Sicilian Village Tailor and The Mafia Boss

And How Quick Thinking with a few Stitches Saved the day. Have you ever made a fatal mistake in sewing, only to discovered it at the last moment - too late to be able to do anything? Here's the story about that desperate moment. There was once an old tailor who ran a small workshop in a tiny village in Sicily. ...


Who Taught You How to Sew?

Quick question - who taught YOU how to sew? Was it: Mum / Grandma Teacher Taught Yourself Others - who? And, how did it go? Did you love it straight away? Was it challenging? Would you have taught it differently - given the chance? For me, I'd love to say "Grandma" - though she didn't actual...

Author: Shelley Hong      


My (non-sewing) Dad's Secret Identities

Dad never liked small talks - he disliked it so much that he'd avoid picking up the phone. Still, nothing escaped his attention. Dad goes about life in a quiet, insightful way and he's philosophical about everything. In fact, anyone who had ever met my dad would agree: he's a lot like Mr Miyagi in so many ways. ...

Author: Shelley Hong      


Behind The Scene Tour

Ever wondered what goes on behind Sew Much Easier? Here, let me give you some inside glimpse on what I do... All the sewing goodies on my website began their public lives in my little "photo studio" - see above - which doubles as my sewing room, the study, or the guest room.... out of our two-bedroom '60s apartment in ba...

Author: Shelley Hong      


Why - and What - Do You Sew?

Quick question – why do YOU sew? Yes – you can choose more than one…. And, what do you sew? Patchwork? Garments? Do you do crafts other than sewing? I’m asking because I’m making plan to better serve your needs. So, do tell xoxox P.S. And here are some why & what from lovely Sew Much ...

Author: Shelley Hong      


My Mum Doesn't Sew

In fact, she’s not all that handy with most craft either. My Mum is utterly lost around sewing machines. Though there was one thing that she enjoyed: knitting and crocheting. From time to time, she would be so proud of her work that she’d dress my brother and I head to toe in her creations. The most memorable was...

Author: Shelley Hong      


My Secret Dream - in a Dress

Do you have a thing that you’ve made, that means something extra special to you? It doesn’t even have to be your best work – rather, a personal favourite? Here’s the story of THE favourite thing I’ve made… After my first attempt at serious sewing , I merrily went down the path of making dresses out of store-b...

Author: Shelley Hong      


Good Bye Career, Hello Life....

What’s sewing got to do with it, you ask? A lot. Let me go into it a bit more…. In my former life as a fashion designer holding a senior position, I was working at a family-run boutique fashion house. I was involved in everything from hiring staff, training them and retaining them, retail sales AND the actual job...

Author: Shelley Hong      


My First Sewing Machine

I celebrated my birthday recently, and it got me thinking about the most memorable present – my very own sewing machine – on my 15th birthday. I first got bitten by the sewing bug in primary school – hand sewing little felt toys. This continued well into high school when hand stitching just wasn’t keeping up with scale...


My First (Serious) Attempt to Sew

I was that bored high school kid with a sewing machine, so I would occasionally make a few wearable “fashion” here and there – mainly because mum didn’t really let me go shopping but was ok with buying fabric from time to time – especially if there was a sale. I had no idea how things were supposed to be done. Instea...

Author: Shelley Hong      


Not All Presser Feet are Made Equal - what I learn behind the scene

"I just don't understand how people would spend so much on sewing machines, then use cheap inferior feet!" Said K, somewhat exasperated. "If only they knew the risks." "Risks? There are risks ?" I asked. This was how it all began. During a conversation with our supplier - for his privacy, let's just call him K. ...

Author: Shelley Hong      


Finally….. Sew Much Easier has a REAL website!

It’s official. It works. And oh my - it’s pretty too :-) After trading on eBay for the last couple of years (and having completed almost 5000 happy transactions on eBay alone), and chatting / meeting up with quite a few of you kindred hand-made souls, we’ve put together a little something for you to browse and enjoy! May...

Author: Shelley Hong      


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