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Sarah lives an idyllic life on a farm in Western Australia.
She knows her way around a sewing machine and
an internet connection combining the two loves to
run her business Hunting for Ladybugs. She loves
particularly tricky custom orders – or as she prefers to
see it, problem solving with fabric!
How did you get into sewing?
I started sewing at Home Ec classes at high school. I still remember the tears of frustration over a four square patchwork pot holder that just wouldn’t line up in the middle. Argh! Despite this, the bug bit and I went on to compete in the WA Teenage Fashion Awards and hand make many gifts for my friends. I even made a quilt or two during the holidays.
I left sewing for a while but got back into it again when a fellow Playgroup mum commented on my daughters hat I’d sewn. Etsy was gaining traction so I opened a shop. I enjoyed having a purpose to sew as well as the brain boost running an online business provided.
What inspires you?
I quickly learnt that sewing the same thing over and over really isn’t my thing (ug) so I moved my biz towards custom orders. Problem solving sewing is my absolute favourite and the best emails start with “I’ve been looking for a ____ everywhere but they don’t make one, can you help?”. I love curly requests that push me to mash elements of several patterns together and draft something completely new that fits the bill perfectly.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Get that machine out of its box and just start. Pick something not too complicated but something that inspires you to make it. Don’t worry about wasting fabric or first-go wobbles, they haven’t run out of gorgeous prints yet and you’ll always get better the second and third time you sew something.
I love helping others to make that initial leap onto the sewing path. I live in the bush, out on a wheat and sheep farm, so I know getting to face to face classes can be tricky. I’ve designed a series of sewing project kits that I post all over the place. With some online support, I help people go from staring at that box to a beginner sewer. Love it!
What are you working on right now?
I’ve got a few custom orders to finish on my cutting table but the next big this is filming an e-course. I’m a practical girl so I wanted the foundation sewing skills I’ll be teaching as part of the course to be immediately applied to an item you can love and use at the end of the course. We’ll be making a large beach bag that will not only help to cart around the towels, snorkels and buckets and spades but also teach you how to cut fabric, sew straight seams, topstitching and handle construction. Sign up to my newsletter list hear more.
Stay tuned for two more posts from Sarah this week – she’s filmed a video tutorial on how to thread the pull onto continuous zipper coil and a pattern hack to make a window seat cover.