Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sewing Spaces

Sewing Space

As you walk into the room, you are greeted with an open, spacious, and bright feel, but immediately realize this is a well used space for teaching, enlightening and FUN activities.

She loves her Viking SE machine and says it does everything accept pay the bills.She also relies on her Babylock 936 serger and Janome 900CPX cover stitch machine to design and fashion just the right look for her garments.

There is something pleasing to the eye in every direction of the room. These darling shadow boxes help to build an atmosphere of handmade ‘do it yourself’ creativity.
Her favorite aspect about her space is how versatile it is...everything can be moved to a different spot, but all the items have a home here.

On another wall are these very red shelves filled to the brim with fabrics. Kathleen is very organized and each section of shelves has certain types of fabrics. If you look closely, the 3 shelves out front, move along a glider exposing 4 more units of shelves!

In the middle of the room are these cubbies filled with sewing machines and items needed for classroom projects.

All of her patterns are kept neatly arranged in a closet, organized by type of patterns and company. She has several notebooks that have the pattern cover sheet and back sleeve of the patten with all the items needed for the garment.   

Kathleen teaches teens and adults in this wonderfully organized room. She has been sewing consistently for about 24 years, but actually started in junior high school. She feels she learned to sew by 'osmosis' from watching her mother.

Her favorite spot to do hand work is in the car, in the bleachers, or occasionally on the couch. 

She loves being a member of the Midnight Oil Smockers and SAGA because of the special friendships she has with other sewist and the resources available to her as a member.

Here is the latest project from her teen class. These darling lace tops are all the rage of this age group to go over t-shirts worn with tights. 

A couple of sites she uses to obtain the knit lacy fabric is and

Kathleen is working on a project of embroidery for herself. 

Hope to see the finished garment at our next show and share. 

This is one of her favorite reference books. Her goal for 2016 is to perfect her sleeve construction and ability to redraft sleeveless dresses to include a sleeve or vice versus. This is difficult as the ‘arm eye’ is different for all women. 

Kathleen shared that her favorite sewing tool is her 7inch ginger shears. She feels she get better control with them. Her favorite type of sewing is sewing ‘whatever fits and turns out perfect’. Visit her blog Saint Nolt Sews to see her smocked tunic top.

Kathleen has just been selected to be "" Member in Focus.


1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Tawn! You did a wonderful job with the pictures.