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What's Your Sewing Kryptonite?

What Do You Avoid In Sewing...that you wish you could be better at...? Recently we had some fun exploring our Sewing Superpower .... Now let's look at the other side: What's your sewing Kryptonite? In other words: What's the ONE thing in sewing that you'd go out of your way to avoid? (...
Author: Shelley Hong      


The Last Dance with Dad - a (non-sewing) Father Story

The Last Dance with Dad a (non-sewing) Father Story The phone rang, it was my friend, M. "It's my Dad. He's gone. You had his last dance." This happened years ago, but this moment to me seems just as vivid now as that day. So surreal. So sudden. So utterly unbelievable. Growing up in subur...
Author: Shelley Hong      


What's Your Sewing Superpower?

Here's a Quick Question.... What's the ONE thing that you are really awesome at? In other words: what's your sewing superpower? For me, it's point matching in patchwork piecing... Love this fabric ? They are almost sold-out - we have the last few packs.. https://www.sewmucheasier.com/moda-tapestry-...
Author: Shelley Hong      


What Would Your Sewing Parrot Say?

If you had one next to you...? Let's have a bit of fun today... Pretend you have a sewing parrot. He quietly takes in the things and repeats what he hears most often, when we sew. What would YOUR parrot say...?? As silly as it so...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Story of My First Quilt - and How I Fell in Love with Patchwork

I didn't initially plan to make quilts. Patchwork quilting had always been one of those "I'll pick it up when I retire" things for me. Don't get me wrong - I love patchwork quilts. And my late grandma made them out of sc...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Who Do You Sew For?

Do You Sew for... A. My Kids / Grand Kids / Fur Kids B. Myself C. Others... Yes - you can choose more than one :-) I'm asking because I'm really inspired by this lady... And how much fun would it be - if we could ...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Show & Tell: from a Lucky Draw Winner

I received a surprise the other day. It was an unexpected email. The email came from one of our Lucky Draw Winners , Denna. "4th October 2017 I won my body double and I love it. I just wanted t...
Author: Shelley Hong      


The (Last Minute) Carmen Miranda Dress

I Made a Carmen Miranda Dress - Last Minute and this is the story. First year uni in the early 90s - I got a place at fashion school ( not quite by accident - but almost). RMIT Fashion was the most prestigious place for budding fashion designe...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Let Me Tell You About My Talented Friend

Her name is Nikki. Nikki and I went to RMIT Fashion - but we never actually met at school because she was a few years my senior. The early 90s wasn't an easy time for fashion graduates and we each had our own adventures. While I took the (seemingly) more secure path in working for large...
Author: Shelley Hong      


What's YOUR Sewing Machine?

What Sewing Machine Have YOU Got...? Do you love it...?? Quick Question: What's YOUR sewing machine? Is your machine... an old one I've had for ages a beginner's basic because I'm new / don't sew a lot a decent...
Author: Shelley Hong      


The Christmas That Never was

This is a story of Sewing, and my Grandmother... I didn't start off sewing in this story - at least not at first. My grandmother didn't actually teach me to sew either - though my earliest memory was playing on the floor next to her old electrical Singer while she was sewing. For a toddler, playing in a pile of fa...
Author: Shelley Hong      


Sewing Quote - What's Your Favourite?

Quick Question - do you have a favourite sewing quote? And of course you can share more than one :-) Here are a couple of mine.... I love it because mistakes lead us to surprising solutions - perhaps help bring out th...
Author: Shelley Hong      


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 d...
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 wh...
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, ...
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 ...
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

How did YOU get your first sewing machine? Here's the story of how I got mine... November is my birthday month, 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 toy...


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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