Frequently asked questions

What sewing machine and serger do you use?

My sewing machine is a Singer Supera 5523. My serger is a Brother 1034D.

What camera do you use?

I have a Nikon D3300 DSLR camera. I’m an amateur photographer and I mostly take photos in Auto mode. 🙂

I do hope to learn to use all the features someday and get better pictures. It’s on my to-do list.

Do you edit your photos?

Yes. I use Gimp, a free and open-source graphics editor, and I love it.

Can I use a photo from your blog on my website?

You may use only one photo as a reference, as long as you credit www.icansewthis.com and link back to the original post.

Please, do not remove the watermark and don’t copy my tutorials in full and post them on your website.

Photos of children on this blog cannot be used without permission.

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

I started sewing when I was about 27, right after my second child was born.

I stumbled upon some amazing sewing tutorials on the internet and I really wanted to be able to make those pretty things myself.

The first items I sewed were simple skirts, baby bibs, and blankets.

It was hard in the beginning, a lot of trial and error, considering I didn’t know anybody around me who owned a sewing machine – no friends and no relatives interested in sewing.

I learned a lot from YouTube, sewing blogs, books, and magazines.

What’s the story behind “I can sew this”?

I am completely self-taught and I am a completely ordinary person. This is the core message of this blog – if I can sew this, you can too!

What do you like least about sewing?

Ironing the fabric. I know there are lots of people who enjoy this activity, but for me, it’s a chore. I’d rather unpick seams than use the iron.

However, I do use the iron, but I try to keep it at a minimum.

You cannot skip this step if you want your creations to look professional rather than frumpy.

Do you prewash your fabric?

I used to pre-wash all of my fabric but stopped a while ago. You see, if you wash the fabric you have to iron it too before you start sewing. See the previous Q&A.

I do pre-wash sometimes, and it depends on the kind of fabric and the kind of project I am making. I noticed that good quality contemporary fabrics don’t shrink much.

What does your sewing room look like?

My sewing room is a tiny 79 square feet office. Not sure if I can ever take an Instagram worthy photo here… It’s clean, but messy, no matter how much I try… ok, maybe I could try a bit harder.

Just imagine one big Ikea shelving unit crammed full of fabrics, two sewing machines, one serger, two laptops and two desks (I share the home office with my husband), iron and ironing board, two mannequin torsos and lots of sewing supplies.

TBH, I did post a photo of my modest sewing room on Instagram in 2017 – here it is:

A post shared by I Can Sew This (@icansewthis) on Mar 22, 2017 at 4:52am PDT

How to get in touch with me

You can contact me at violet (at) icansewthis (.) com