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About Needle Sharp

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Hi, I'm Mary! I have always been a crafty person. In my formative years, this manifested itself in knitting, embroidery, cross-stitching, plastic canvas needle-crafting (you know, making tissue box covers out of yarn), clay-crafting, and more obscurely, quilling. However, I never really sewed besides practicing the different stitches on my mother's sewing machine.

My mother, however, was a big time sewer (and knitter and needle-pointer and... you get the idea of where my genes come from). In the seventies, she made almost all her own clothes. And in the eighties, she made every Halloween costume my sister and I wore until we eventually grew out of trick or treating. 

Then in 2015, I was reading a blog that suggested fun things to do over the weekend. A dress caught my eye, this dress to be exact. I knew that in a couple of weeks, I was going to be visiting my parents for a long weekend, so I decided right then and there I was going to learn how to sew.

First and foremost, I wanted something new and interesting to try. And I figured it would be fun to have a new hobby. But, in reality, I had a more meaningful reason to learn to sew. In 2013, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and this was something the two of us could share before it was too late. She could pass down her knowledge of sewing, and I could have a pretty dress to wear afterwards. It seemed like a win-win. 

So, over two days in June, we bought supplies, cut fabric, and fought with a sewing machine from the sixties. I whined as I had to take out stitches over and over, and my mom assured me that a seam ripper was one of the essential tools of sewing. And in the end, I got a really cool dress!

What seemed like a possible one-off became sort of an obsession for me. I spent the next few months after that fateful June weekend looking at sewing patterns, reading sewing blogs, and learning everything I could about becoming a better sewer. And I did it in the absolute wrong order. I started out simply with a gathered drindl skirt, then I decided a tank top (which sort of fit), then another tank top that was so tight I couldn't wear it, then shorts (yes, fourth project of shorts! I'm an idiot sometimes.) I chose my projects based on what cool skill I could tackle next, not what matched my current ability. 

Every day, I feel like I'm learning and improving as a sewer, and I want to help people out there in the world the way my mom helped me. The sewing world can be a daunting place, especially when you're just starting out. That's why I decided to streamline everything: to take the headache out of getting all the supplies you need for a sewing project and put it in one place so you, the customer, can focus on the fun part: the making of your own clothes!