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Five sewing things I want for my birthday

Tomorrow is my birthday and last year I actually bought a sewing birthday present for myself, a pair of Kai Scissors (love ’em!). That got me thinking I should do a dreamy wish list on the sewing related things I currently crave. So here goes!

A bra making class with Beverly Johnson

I just interviewed her for my book about sewing activewear (she gives some excellent advice on sports bra making) and I would love to get an in-person class with her. She is on Craftsy too, so maybe that could be an option? But there is something to be said for taking real live classes with an excellent teacher and fellow creative folks.

A center guide foot or my Janome coverstitch machine

I’ve been working on improving my knit binding skills and realised that it’s really hard to sew a straight coverstitch seam on bulky bindings and thick seams! Both my dealer and my local coverstitch guru said this is a great tool and I think they have a point.

Minoru jacket pattern by Sewaholic

Next year I will probably make a more ambitious jacket and while there are quite a few jacket sewing patterns out there that looks good, I’m really drawn to the simplicity of the Minoru and think it would fit my body type well. Plus I’ve heard so many good things about their patterns.

Built by Wendy Coats and Jackets (affiliate link)

Speaking of jackets, this is a book I’ve been coveting for many years and that I really should buy. I’m a huge fan of Wendy Mullen’s sewing books – I own the original Sew-U and Sew-U Home Stretch for knit garments, and the instructions and technical illustration are excellent, one of the best IMHO and I’ve learned so much from her.

A large wide format printer for my digital patterns

A girl can dream, right? But wouldn’t it be awesome to just print out the patterns on one sheath, with no taping or gluing? And I could print out posters, artwork and lots of other things I’m sure. Well, maybe not this year…

So this was my wish list. Do you have any sewing things that you crave currently? Plus if you have any experiences with some of the things I want, I would love to hear your opinion.

 

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  1. Reply
    Anthonia
    August 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Johanna,

    Your post just made me remember my birthday wish list which is a new sewing machine – a Bernina 380. That is if I can convince my husband why I need one that is that expensive.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!
    Anthonia

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      Johanna
      August 9, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Hope you get one, a good sewing machine brings huge value. I have a vintage Bernina from 1989 and when I serviced it recently I found out that it had actually increased in value since I bought mine used around 10 years ago! Maybe you can package it that way, as an investment not a cost πŸ™‚

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        Anthonia
        August 9, 2017 at 9:31 am

        Great idea.
        Have a wonderful day today.

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    Jan Brown
    August 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I have the Wendy Mullins book and it’s a MUST. I also have a big birthday coming up next month but I’ve already bought myself the Janome Coverstitch Machine as my gift to me!!!

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      Johanna
      August 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Thank you! Now I will buy the book for sure! And congrats for your Coverstitch, I love mine and will never ever be without one again

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    Faye Lewis
    August 8, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Aren’t Kai shears the absolute best. Happy birthday!

    1. Reply
      Johanna
      August 9, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Thank you! Yes they have been a game changer, I had no idea how good scissors could be until I bought my pair

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    debbie
    August 8, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Happy Birthday Johanna! Hope you have a lovely day. I’m a big fan of your blog and your makes and always look forward to a new post from you.

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      Johanna
      August 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words!

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    Kathy Zachry
    August 9, 2017 at 1:20 am

    πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ’πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to you, Johanna! πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸ’πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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      Johanna
      August 9, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚

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    Summerflies
    August 9, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Happy birthday for tomorrow! I hope you have a great day and the sewing gift gods get you your gifts…that printer would really be useful… oh to wish.

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      Johanna
      August 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you! Yes the printer would be awesome πŸ™‚

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