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samantha sews

I'm Samantha (Sam), a mechanical engineer, seamstress, crafter, & entrepreneur. Enjoy perusing photos of my sewing and craft-related adventures. I hope my blog brings inspiration and happiness to your day!

This blog is no longer being updated. Visit me at SamanthaSews to see my latest projects!

My Products

maker signs from lasercut wood, available at samanthasnap on etsy

plush narwhal sewing kit: make a narwhal! available at fluffyland

wood camera necklaces, available at samanthasnap on etsy

Fluffyland Narwhal Sewing Pattern, Whale Sewing Pattern PDF

popular posts

Handmade Wool Alpaca Plush Tiny Handmade Plush Cactus
Annual Ladies' Board Rummage Sale orange sewing machine from germany
Marietta Big Chicken custom plush tiny narwhal graduation gift

Tutorials & Free Projects

Tiny Thread Spool Pushpins Tutorial X-Stitch Throw Pillow Tutorial
Starburst Wrapper Bracelet Tutorial Vintage Hassock Reupholstery DIY
Safety Eye Installation Tutorial for Plush a guide to sewing in your dorm room
Sewing Basket Essentials for Beginners a gift guide for the seamstress who has everything



sponsored: my favorite tools


What sewing machine do you use?
In August 2017, I finally bought a Juki HZL-F600 from Sewing Machines Plus on Amazon. It has been the most major life upgrade. From reading this site, you may have noticed: I sew a LOT. This machine lets me love sewing so much more. Everything goes smoothly. It has my favorite feature: it autocuts the threads with the press of a button or a tap of the heel. It might not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference. This machine was designed so thoughtfully, and things like the auto-needle threader and the automatic (no foot pedal!) bobbin winder are things I didn’t even know I needed. I couldn’t recommend this machine more, and I’m so glad I finally gave myself permission to buy it.
Before this machine, I used a Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 400 (from JoAnn) for over 10 years. My mom has always sewn on Vikings and we rarely had issues.

What sewing machine should I buy?
My biggest recommendation: don’t skimp. When you’re starting out, you want a machine that’s of passable quality. Learning to sew comes with its own challenges; don’t frustrate yourself by trying to use a super cheap model. Janome has some small machines that work very well- they even sell some at Target. Singer is known for their quality but they’ve faltered in recent years; lots of companies are switching over to plastic parts rather than metal on the inside, and that’s not going to last. Basically, the heavier the sewing machine, the better! If you have a family member with an extra machine in the basement, as long as you can get it running, it will probably be a workhorse.

What camera do you use?
I purchased my first digital SLR, a Canon EOS Rebel T1i, in July 2010. I still use it for product shots and interior photos, but I take most of my pictures on iPhone now. For film photography, I have semi-permanently borrowed my parents’ Canon AE-1 from the 80’s.

Can I use your pictures on my website?
All content on Fluffyland is copyright. You may not reproduce content or tutorials without my direct, written permission. Please contact me for permission before using any of my photos. Thank you.

What’s with the ads?
Websites are expensive. In order to pay for hosting this site, I use individually sponsored advertisements, affiliate links (if you use them, it’ll really help me out!), and Google AdSense ads.

Required disclaimer: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Will you review my new product on your blog?
Please email me and we can discuss details. Products must fall within the realm of this blog: sewing, crafts, photography, DIY, etc. I will give an honest, unbiased review – but if I really like your product, I may mention it in more than one post!

any more questions? please, let me know!

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