Sewing Superstar


Sew along with Mira from Sew TLC

Mira Leventhal-Abudi
Project Manager

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

I learned basic sewing skills in middle school (handcraft is a mandatory class in Switzerland, where I grew up), but I never really sewed after that. When my daughter was born in the end of 2010 I started having the urge to create things for her. I hand sewed her a few toys out of felt and then started surfing the internet for more ideas I could make without a sewing machine. I found some really fun things to make, but realized that I could only go so far without a sewing machine. So my aunt bought me my first sewing machine for my birthday, and that is when my passion for sewing started. My mom helped me get started with my first project - a sofa cover that would make our old sofa look more elegant in our new apartment, and then I kind of just took off from there.

I went from sewing easy things for the new apartment to clothes for my daughter and clothes for myself and family members. I I learned everything from the wonderful tutorials in the sewing blog world and am starting to find my own style.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

Yes, I made a sofa cover and some pillow cases, then I went on to make some curtains. The first garment I sewed was a top for my daughter, it turned out way too short, and i really had to improvise. But she was able to wear it in the end.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

I follow so many amazing sewing blogs, I can't list them all. But some of my favorites are MADE, IcandyHandmade, Ikatbag, Melly Sews, Craftiness is not Optional...

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

I share my sewing room with my husband, so it is more like half a room, plus rooms in Israel are generally really small (10 square meters), so I basically have a desk for my two machines, a bookshelf where I store my fabric, and a few drawers for my accessories and craft supplies. It is quite tight, but I make due, and it is much more than I had in our last home.

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

I usually just sew in the quiet, with my own thoughts. I rarely turn on the TV or radio when I am sewing.

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

I absolutely love all kinds of crafts- knitting, crocheting, drawing, painting, paper crafts, beads. I also love to try out new crafts.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
I am currently watching Grey's Anatomy, Downton Abbey and Nashville. I like most Dramas. One of my all-time favorites is Sex and the City.
If i have time to listen to music I usually just listen to whatever is on the radio. I like a good mix of American music and Israeli music.
Hometown Basel, Switzerland
I like to get lost in Nora Roberts books.
Fabric Brand
I receive most of my fabric or buy it here in Israel, so no specific brand. Lately I order a lot of knits from
Sewing accessory or Tool
Well, I love my sewing machine and my serger. I don't use many other tools, or at least nothing worth talking about.