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nerdymommy | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello everyone!

I am a 24 year old SAHM to two (2 yo son, 7 month old daughter). I have a degree in engineering (Computer Science), but was said about not using my degree on a regular basis until I discovered that sewing gives me the satisfaction that my computer programming did. Creativity, problem solving, attention to detail, design, etc. So I am committing myself to learning as much as I can.

I’m not “new” to sewing but I would call myself an experienced novice. I’ve been sewing for quite a few years now, but without much instruction. So what I have learned, I’ve learned from my sewing machine manual (a bernette 50), online articles, and asking my MIL.

In the past I have made curtains, a couple dresses from patterns (very poorly done), and a ton of nursing covers for friends.
see my photo stream on flickr:

I want to learn about garment making, tailoring things to fit, and how to design my own.

I look forward to learning from you all!


  1. Josefly | | #1

    Welcome to the group.

    Just fyi, when I clicked on your links, I was first taken to a page that asked me to set up a .mac account, and on the second link, I was taken to a page that said "Page not Found". To get to your photo stream, it was necessary to copy and paste the first link into a new search page, and edit it to exclude the "href=" and the single quotation marks - I mention this is case someone else has the same problems I did.

    What good ideas you've had - the breathable bumper, and the nursing covers. I take it you modeled the bumper on something already being marketed, but good for you! The new baby/toddler products out these days are so good, and this one looks so practical and usable. Also the toddler-bed tent is just precious.

    I know what you mean about sewing allowing you to use the same kinds of skills as programming. I was a programmer many years ago, before I had kids, too. The planning, design, and sequencing were the best part. In addition, though, sewing requires a three-dimensional or spatial visualization that wasn't especially required for programming - at least the kind I did, anyway.

    It appears you've found a good outlet for your skills, and your kids will enjoy the benefits.

    Edited 5/17/2008 12:50 pm ET by Josefly

    Edited 5/17/2008 12:54 pm ET by Josefly

  2. Cherrypops | | #2

    hello and welcome,

    how are you?. busy no doubt with your family.

    I live in Sydney Australia, and a 37yr old SAHM, my 6yr old is in Kindergarten.

    I love my sewing too.

    Pop in from time time, the ladies are so talented and you will find lots of advice. Don't be shy, ask away.


  3. katina | | #3

    Welcome - good to have you. Sewing for your children's one of the best sewing apprenticeship's I know of - I learned a lot that way about fabrics and how they behave, what type of seams are best, etc etc. You can finish items quickly too and fit is not that desperately important. Plus, the little ones aren't at all critical!

    You'll enjoy it here - Katina

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    ThreadKoe | | #4

    Welcome, you will find lots to learn from here. Lots of giggles too. I checked out your pics and you do some nice work. Cathy

  5. rodezzy | | #5

    Hello and welcome also, happy sewing!

  6. sewelegant | | #6

    I extend my welcome to you along with the others.  I hope you enjoy reading all the input... some posters have become so familiar I feel as though I know them!

    Your computer skills have left me in the dust!  I do not know how to look up your pics.  I copied and pasted several different ways with no success so it must be done another way.  I am learning about the computer in the same way I learned about sewing... a little formal initial instruction and then all by trial and error and reading and asking, etc.  I find learning is fun too, even if I have to do it very slowly to absorb it.

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      JunkQueen | | #7

      sewelegant -- here is a workable link to her pictures:


      1. sewelegant | | #9

        Thank you, I enjoyed looking at her site...  what a nice way to keep a record of the things you create!

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    JunkQueen | | #8

    Welcome. I notice you've not posted again since your original post. Hope you find the time with your busy schedule to join us occasionally and show us what you are currently sewing.

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