(Check back often. I’m sure I’ll be adding things here and there.)
- Where do you find your fabric? Well, all over. My favorite thing to do is browse the fabric aisle. Sometimes I’ll just get a 1/4 yard here or a 1/4 yard there……so keep that in mind as you are out and about. But back to the question. I get some at local fabric/craft stores, some at Joann’s, Hancock’s and Hobby Lobby. That’s what I have locally. But I also really like shopping online. There are many fabric sellers on etsy.com that I love browsing through. I also receive emails from fabric.com and am always updated on their latest sales. And shipping with them is free if you buy over a certain amount. And I always google a coupon code for them and always seem to save another 20%-30%. Always a good deal there, especially while buying several yards of something. But if you look through my site, you’ll see that I love to re-purpose clothing, so oftentimes the fabric for my projects come straight from the donation pile. You just never know what’s going to inspire you.
- How about KNIT Fabric? I know, I know…..sometimes knits can be tricky to find. When I’m shopping in local fabric stores, sometimes I’ll come across it when I’m not really looking for it and I always buy a yard or two. I know, this doesn’t help for a project you’re wanting to make TODAY but if you get into the habit of buying a little here and there when you see it, you’ll have a fun little stash to work with. I have also purchased knits online at fabric.com and chezami.com. Just keep your eye out and you’ll find some darling knits!
- I need advice on what type of sewing machine to buy. What would you recommend? I know, it’s tricky to decide on what type of sewing machine to buy. There are so many out there. And much of your decision depends on preference but I can tell you what I’m currently using. I recently teamed up with Bernina and their Sewing Republic site and have been given a Bernina Aurora 440QE to use while working with them. I can’t tell you enough good things about this machine…..so if you’d really like to invest in a machine that will seriously last you a lifetime, read more about this machine here. This machine sews like a dream, keeps things so precise and even, allows for user error, and keeps on humming so quietly. And the embroidery (BSR attachment) feature??? Wow. It really is so fun to “free-hand” and guide the fabric as I sew up, down, diagonal, loops, cursive, and where ever I want, without any problems. Great for quilters……but perfect for me while I try to sew outside the box. Love it! But I also realize that sometimes you just need advice on a really basic machine. I used to use a “Singer 120 Stitch Function Sewing Machine – 7444” and appreciated it while I used it. It’s basic, yet has some nice features that will help you create some really great things. I sewed many many projects on that machine. However, now that I have been sewing on a Bernina, there’s something about the solid structure of this machine that has won my little heart. And there are all sorts of models and styles that fit all types of budgets. There are also many other brands and machine types that people like to use for different reasons, so check out this post here. And make sure to read all of the comments at the bottom to see what everyone else is using and why.
- Can I use your tutorials to sell my own stuff? No, these tutorials are not to be used for your own sales. But please use them to create as many items you want for you, yourself, the neighbor, the postman……you get the idea!
- Where can I buy your stuff? I don’t sell pre-made items much anymore. I currently only sell a few patterns, which can be found in my shop here.
- How do you have time for all of this? Well, that’s a great question. Yes, I do have 3 small children but they take naps and go to bed at 8. My husband is usually studying until late at night…..so that he can graduate from P.A. school. So I have a couple hours here or there that I can use to play around. (And my house is never tidy if you were to just stop by. Ha!) But once you start delving into a hobby like crafting/sewing…..the ideas will just flow and you won’t be able to stop. You’ll start finding all sorts of time to create. Go on, try it. You’ll see. (More info about me and my home life and such, visit my About Page, here.)
- Can I use your images on my blog? Absolutely. As long as there is a link back to my blog to find the full tutorial, you can use a picture or two, sharing a certain project that I have made. But please don’t ever copy and paste one of my tutorials onto your blog. Yeah, that’s stealing…..and you’ll feel awful inside. ;)
- Can I use your tutorials to teach a class or use at a craft group? Yes, of course, and please do. But full credit needs to be given verbally and written on any papers or instructions given. You can include the link to the project or just the main home page (www.makeit-loveit.com)……either way works. Thanks!
- What are your “must-have” supplies? I wrote an entire post about it HERE. Go check it out.
- How do I leave a comment on one of your posts? Make sure you are at the Make It and Love It site (not reading from an email or google reader) and scroll down to the bottom of the post. You will see in smaller print, “Posted By Ashley”, then a time, and then the word “Comments” with a number by it. That number signifies how many people have left comments. Click on the word “Comments” and a new screen will pop up. On the right side, there is an empty white box where you can leave a comment, enter your info below it, and then publish your comment. Your comment will appear at the bottom of the list of comments. That’s it.
- What kind of camera do you use? I started out the blog with a Canon Rebel XSI. She was a beauty and does a ton. One day, I broke her and had to take her in to be serviced (summer of 2011). She was under warranty but the time to get her fixed took about 6 weeks (through that company that I bought her from. Boo.). To rent a camera for that long costs about the same as buying a new one, so that’s what I did. I had been drooling over the Canon 7D for a while and had been saving up for one anyway…….so I cashed it in. I know this 7D can do a ton……but I’m having fun learning. And looking up techniques online. (The help online is endless!)
If there are any more questions out there, let me know.
I’d be happy to answer anything…..but it may take a few days to hear from me.
Sometimes I’m having a crazy day, week, or month. :)
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