For this interview, we spoke with Tami Meyer from Love Notions who has a really cool story. She started her sewing career by making her baby cloth diapers and just went from there. Now she has an amazing online store and sells pretty much everything! Check out her story below.

1. How many years have you been sewing?

I’ve been sewing since I was 10, my grandma taught me one summer. I didn’t pick it up again until my daughter was born in 2004. I cloth diapered her but had trouble finding cute clothing to go over her bulky diapers- so I made them!

2. What’s your favorite sewing pattern/technique?

Call me crazy but I love buttonholes. My machine has a great foot for them that makes them a breeze. The Melody Dolman is my current favorite pattern (but my favorite changes often!)

melody dolman pattern buttonholes stripes

3. What is your favorite project that you’ve ever done?

My favorite project is usually whatever new pattern I happen to be working on at that moment. 😛 They’re each such a labor of love. I have to really love the design to see it through to completion.

4. Which project are you most proud of?

I recovered a chair an upholstered chair a few years ago. It was such a challenge but turned out great. I really felt a great sense of accomplishment with that project. 

5. What are some of your favorite sewing tools?

Besides my Babylock Katherine sewing machine, I love my smart iron from Oliso. It’s so cool and never falls over. 

babylock sewing machine katherine

6. What is your light set up in your sewing room?

My light set up is a little hodgepodge right now. I have a strip of LED lighting above my machines, an LED lamp by my computers and then a standard overhead ceiling light. I do prefer cool lighting instead of warm and LED whenever I can choose. I even changed out the bulbs in my machines to be LED.

7. What is the greatest tip that you could give a beginner to learn sewing?

My biggest tip is– don’t give up. Sewing can be challenging, you need to do several projects before you can expect decent results. It’s a learning process like anything else, very few people can just pick it up without practicing first.

8. What is the hardest thing about sewing?

The hardest thing is that often people think sewing is an easy skill so they think you can do alterations for them, no big deal. It’s frustrating explaining to them that it’s not that simple and no, I don’t want to hem their pants! 😉