Frequently asked questions


What kind of sewing machine do you use?

I have a Janome Memory Craft and a Brother 1034D serger. I love both of these machines. If you are looking for a beginner friendly, budget machine, I recommend the Brother cs6000i (affiliate link). I used one for about 10 years before upgrading to the Memory Craft.

How long have you been sewing?

I’ve been sewing for about 25 years. I started actively sewing my own clothes in high school and haven’t stopped since. Not coincidentally, it was also in high school when I learned how challenging it was to find clothing that fit my 5’11” frame. Sewing became my solution for that.

Do you do other crafts besides sewing?

Sewing is my first love but I love all things crafting. I especially love knitting for its portability and calming feeling. I also love gardening. Propagating and caring for my plants brings me a lot of joy.

Can I use one of my patterns for a class that I’m teaching?

Certainly. The only requirement is that each student purchases their own copy of the pattern. The best place for them to purchase is from my shop, that way if there are any pattern updates then we’ll be able to send the updates to them directly.

Will you ever sell printed patterns?

Maybe. I know that a lot of people prefer printed patterns and they can be more convenient for classroom scenarios but there are a few reasons I’m resistant to producing them. The biggest reason is that a printed pattern potentially creates more waste than a pdf pattern and I have a hard time justifying producing a lot of patterns because of the environmental impact of production, materials and shipping those physical goods. A printed pattern requires a booklet, all the pattern pieces and an envelope to be printed. A pdf pattern only requires the pattern pieces that you are using to be printed, and when printed at home, it can be printed on upcycled paper.

How do I print and assemble a pdf pattern?

I have a few tutorials all about that. Check out the video tutorial here and photo tutorials here and here.

Help! I can’t find my pdf pattern and my download link expired.

Send us an email at help@sewdiy.com along with your order number and we will do our best to get you a new link as soon as possible.

How much is shipping?

Shipping is calculated by the weight of the order. You will be able to preview the cost in your shopping cart and select the best shipping option for you. At this time we only offer USPS.

Do you accept returns?

At this time we are not able to accept returns. However, if your order arrived damaged or you are unhappy for any reason, please contact us.

Have more questions? Hit me up.