With a love a bold color and a unique style, this month’s OLFA Creator is an Air Force veteran who has grown her love of sewing into a full-blown business with her own line of accessories and patterns. Let’s learn more about Tabitha Sewer.
Tell us about your business. How did you get started? How has your business evolved since?
I purchased my first sewing machine in 2012 and love creating colorful, unique clothing since. After serving in the United States Air Force for over 10 years, earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (plus several business certificates!), I picked up sewing and started a blog. My blog has now evolved into designing and selling my own line of buttons, buckles, and sewing patterns.
Do you specialize in a specific look or technique?
I specialize in anything that involves using a lot of colors and prints. I love it all!
Where are you from? What is your community like?
I currently reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.
When did you learn to sew? Do you have advice for someone who hasn’t sewn before?
I learned to sew in 2012 from my mother.
What are some ways you’ve been able to use your sewing skills to enhance your local sewing community?
I’ve taught sewing classes to young kids in the summer. It was a fun experience.
You are an Air Force veteran! Tell us about your military experience. Are there skills you learned through the military that you’ve been able to incorporate into your business?
Yes, I am an Air Force vet. I was in the military for 10.5 years. The skills that I learned in the military that I transfer into my business are excellence in my work and high attention to detail. I take pride in the work and products that I put out. The Air Force has taught me to pay attention to every detail because the output is determined by just that. I have high expectations of myself because of my experience in the military. Because of this, I know what I am capable of, and I try to always put out my best work.
How do you store some of the supplies you use for sewing, such as tools, thread, patterns, or notions like buttons and trims?
I actually have a YouTube video that gives you a tour of how I store things. You should check it out!
What features do you think are important to have in a sewing machine if you are primarily going to be sewing garments?
I think that as long as your machine can sew a basic straight stitch, that’s the most important.
You have so many buttons on your website! What should people consider when using buttons on their garments?
Buttons are like jewelry for your clothes. They add an extra texture and dimension to your garment. When shopping for buttons, find the button that best fits your style, but amp it up a tiny bit. Be daring. Be bold. Most of all, have fun with it. Buttons aren’t permanent. Making clothes should be an adventure. Buttons are the cherry on top and make the adventure of sewing even better.
Besides sewing, what are some of the other crafts you’re interested in?
Punch needling, coloring, and I love planners and collecting stickers.
Fill in the blank: I change my sewing machine needle:
after the end of a long sewing project/ garment or when I notice the needle is dull.
What don’t people know about you?
People don’t know that……. When I graduated high school, I really wanted to go to school for interior design. Unfortunately, it was way too expensive, and I couldn’t afford it.
Besides OLFA, what are your go-to quilting tools?
I don’t quilt, but I love FriXion Marking Tools. They are my fave. They erase with heat. Super cool!
Give us a quick sewing tip.
Be patient with yourself. No matter how long someone has been sewing or how many followers they have, we all make mistakes when it comes to sewing. Show yourself grace. Take a break and come back to it.