Hello! I’m Jennifer, and the person behind Sewing is Required. I am fortunate to come from a long line of clever folks who modeled the importance of pursuing their creative callings. I believe that everyone possesses a creative spirit and I hope this website will inspire yours!
While I am fond of anything I can make, sewing remains my constant passion. I learned how to sew as a teenager and have been working at it in some form or another ever since (You can read my complete sewing story here. When I first started sewing, I quickly realized that I didn’t know anyone else who sewed. This fact was puzzling since I knew people were out there buying fabric, machines, and notions, but where were they? Like me, I think most were sewing quietly alone, not confident enough to admit that their hands created the skirt, quilt, or shirt they were wearing. When I was fortunate enough to connect with other sewists, I found our conversations steadily moved away from the actual projects and more toward the personal nature of sewing. Since then I’ve been motivated by a desire not only to make but also to share. Sharing what we’ve made, interacting with other sewists, and ultimately celebrating the art of sewing is what I am passionate about.
I hope you will enjoy the growing collection of sewing related stories, original photographs, and travel adventures chronicled on this site and I look forward to connecting with you!
What i Use
Makers always want to know what other makers use, so here is my ever-growing list of equipment for my craft:
- Bernina Artista 630 sewing machine (I have other vintage machines, but this girl is my current workhorse)
- Viking 936 serger
- Nikon d810 camera
- Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens
- Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm micro f/2.8 lens
- Manfrotto tripod