Sewing Superstar

Professor Pincushion

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When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

I took a couple basic sewing classes in high school. After high school, I got a job at a fabric store to help pay for college. I worked there for 3 years and couldn't wait until I graduated from college to start an amazing career. Who would have thought that it would all come full circle and that I would be teaching sewing full time? Life sure can be funny!

Can you remember the first thing you made?

Pajama Pants! I think that's a lot of people's first project. My next project was a pair of elastic-waisted corduroy pants. I admit I'm not the most fashion-minded person and it took me awhile to get courageous enough to move past garments that only had elastic in them. Zippers were scary!

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

I don't really keep up on fashion forward people or blogs. If anything, I tend to gravitate towards vintage styles and patterns. I love finding them in thrift stores and they provide a lot of inspiration.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

No comment! Ok, here's a short comment. My sewing space and the Professor Pincushion shooting space occupy the same building. So depending on how much shooting is going on, determines how chaotic the place is. For the most part, things are somewhat organized and have their place, but I have purchased several seam rippers and sewing gauges, so things are not always as organized as they could be. It's a working space and not really a show place that ever end up in a magazine...unless it's a "before" image.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I love listening to things when I'm sewing or developing new tutorials. My current favorite podcasts are Lore and We Hate Movies. If I'm listening to music, my go to station on Pandora is electro-swing. And if I'm going to have the tv on for background, it's usually a documentary because I love to learn things.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

Does thrift store shopping count as a hobby? I like to roam them for any fun crafty inspiration I may have seen on pinterest. If I'm sewing just for fun, I like to do embroidery, especially if I'm just watching tv. I find it relaxing. I just like to visit new places and have new experiences. I just learned how to make farmer's cheese and am currently trying to make a sour dough bread starter. I feel that the most interesting people are those that never stop trying to learn new things.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

The other half of Professor Pincushion is T.O. He may only make appearances here and there in our Dear Professor Pincushion shorts, but he's really an important part of Professor Pincushion. T.O is behind the camera, helping to create our tutorials, and makes sure everything runs smoothly on the website. We're both blown away by all the love and support we've gotten from our viewers!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
X-Files and Arrested Development
Ok Go
Los Angeles
All About Eve
Jane Eyre
Fabric Brand
anything with dogs on it
Sewing accessory or Tool
walking foot