About Me

Perky and PrettyHello everyone and welcome to my website. I’m so glad that you are here! I’m really hoping this site can help you with your sewing needs.

Now about me…

I LOOOOVE sewing! Sewing is my passion. I’ve been doing it for over 50 years and am not stopping anytime soon. I have sewed for as long as I can remember. I started sewing when I was about 8 years old in my mother’s basement sewing room. My first project was making a simple pillow for my doll Annie. I was so thrilled at the time and haven’t looked back since.

As I got older, I had two beautiful daughters who I had the joy to teach to sew as well. Thankfully they loved it too and still sew to this day. My daughters have grown up now and are having babies so I will soon have the privilege to teach my young grand-children to sew as well. I can’t wait!

If you are a beginner and are looking for some help to find a machine that is right for you, you can start with my beginner sewing machine round-up page. In there I review some of the most popular sewing machines for beginners. This should get you on the right track.

13 thoughts to “About Me”

  1. my 4 year old really wants to start sewing. we looked into the sew cool machine but there are so many reviews about broken needles it doesn’t seem like it’s worth the investment.

    what do you recommend?

    1. Yes, it’s too bad, but the Sew Cool machine needles aren’t quite durable enough yet. Unfortunately, there really isn’t anything that is suitable for a child that age. You could start her on a small real sewing machine like the Janome Fast Lane or the 3/4 sized Hello Kitty machine. I’ve seen girls as young as 5 using those machines so in the next year she could grow into it. They also would be something she could use far into the future. You can find reviews for both of those machines on my website if you want more information. I hope that helps.

  2. This is just to say thanks–I too grew up watching my Mother and Grandmothers produce the most amazingly beautiful things on their Singers! I have always been more of a crafter/mender than actually able to sew non costume garmets, but after some time without a machine I am itching to get back to it. In my first search for a good choice in machines I stumbled onto your site, and just wanted to say THANK YOU for the well written, very descriptive and amazingly helpful suggestions on machines for newbies and with links to the best prices that seem to be out there!
    Can’t wait to get started, and would not be so comfortable with where that start should be without your reviews!

  3. My wife is part of a women’s church group that makes quilts for overseas relief. They tie the sewn quilts together with yarn in about thirty places. They have expressed the concern that this can be very tough job to push the darning needles through the layers of fabric. Some use a needle nose pliers to help. We got to wondering if there is a hand-held stitcher that could do this job. We’ve thought of a long arm sewing machine but that would be quite expensive. Any thoughts? Just don’t know what to look for.

    1. Hi Tony,

      Unfortunately, there isn’t a handheld machine that can do this for you. I’ve been trying to think of something that may work, but haven’t yet. I’ll ask around and if I do think of something I will let you know.

      Jessie

  4. Hi there!
    kudos on your info packed website.
    Just looking where to start in learning to sew childrens clothing and quilting..
    I havent touched a sewing machine since I was in school but have decided after having two children this is what I would love to do.

    I have no idea where to start!
    HELP PLEASE.

    Kindest of regards,
    Sharna

    1. Hi Sharna,
      I’m glad you enjoy my website. I would start with a good simple sewing book. There are so many great ones out there. If you want to see a list I recommend you can find them here. You can probably find them in your local library too. You could start with a simple sewing or quilting book. You’ll be surprised how quickly you will get the basics. Choosing a sewing machine is a bit harder. You can get an inexpensive sewing machine for less than $100, but if you want it to last or use it often I recommend spending around $300 to get a good all-round sewing machine. I hope that helps.
      Jessie

  5. I couldn’t help commenting on all the momma birds who wish to teach their babies to sew. My mom bought a top of the line Kenmore back in 1960. I was seven that year, and she just turned me loose on it. The worst I could do is run a needle through my finger. And you only do it once. So I made doll clothes, very primitive ones, but still! I was the first one to use her machine, and I never looked back.
    So give your baby birds a few years and turn them loose. Let them watch you.
    I’ve gone on to make clothes, prime dresses, and quilts with my old machine.

  6. Greetings! I am SO GLAD I found your site!! I’m an experienced sewer, mending the lining of a motorcycle jacket. I’m at the point where a hand held sewing machine would be much easier to use to add fabric to the lining than to manipulate it on my free arm machine. BUT!! The “TV” portable I bought for cheap (don’t ask) doesn’t work (the battery compartment was wrong). So, rather than be permanently suspicious of these, I decided to look online for reviews, and landed here. THANK YOU. I’ll also check your reviews for a new machine I will need in the future to replace the old one (my quilt friends say “Brother” is good). Thanks again!!

  7. Greetings Grandma,
    I’m interested in buying the Brother ST371HD- strong and tough sewing machine. However, I haven’t found any info saying if it’s mostly made of metal or not because I don’t want a machine that jumps when you sew and messes up the stiches. I need an inexpensive heavy duty machine for my sewing needs. Do you know if it’s
    mostly metal, like the Singer 4423 or not?
    Thank you very much.

    Aminah

    1. Hello Aminah,

      I can’t seem to find what it is made of either. It only weighs just over 14 pounds so it won’t be the best at staying stable if that is what you are worried about. I like machines starting closer to 20 pounds if I want something really stable. I hope that helps.

      Jessie

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