And, a little more about Jennifer . . .
How did you learn to sew?
My Mother and Grandmother taught me to sew as soon as I could handle a needle and thread. I learned how to use the sewing machine as soon as I could reach the peddles. I was making pillows and crafts galore with any scrap fabric left over from my Mom’s projects.
What other types of hobbies do you have?
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I love photography and making travel videos on my YouTube channel.
What is your favorite storage tip for your sewing supplies?
Clear acrylic boxes so I can stack them and see what is in each. Fabric? I store my fabric in rolls, stacked like logs with the edge showing. Again, clear storage is my favorite to easily find the colors and specific fabric that I am looking for.
How often do you start a new craft or hobby project?
I always have at least 5 projects going at any time! I will finally find a fit of energy and complete three projects in one sitting, then start 5 more. It is a losing battle to complete all of my projects in progress. There is always another great plan for that last scrap of fabric, or a project good that will be even better next time.
What inspires your sewing and crafts?
I love the custom aspect of making something to my exact specifications. I will never find the perfect curtains, dress, or design off-the-rack. When I make it myself, it is exactly how I want it.
When you are in your creative mood, do you listen to music, watch tv or do you prefer a quiet spot?
Sewing and crafts is my quiet time. Just the hum of the sewing machine and a snoring dog (or cat).
What is your favorite tip for sewing?
Plan ahead! I lay out my patterns multiple ways before finally cutting fabric. I will pin, and repin for the best fit before sewing. I also buy extra fabric, for just in case. Sometimes I decide that I want to alter the pattern to make it bigger/longer, and I have the option with extra fabric. Or I want to make a matching accessory (head bands, I love head bands).
Do you have a favorite tool to help you succeed at your projects?
My seam ripper and I have a love/hate relationship. I hate to mess up and have to rip out a stitch.