Who is Stitcher? That would be me – aka Paula Hedges. Mom to five, grandma to four, and wife of one. We have a small farm in Western Washington where we enjoy an unobstructed view of Mount Rainier. Learn more about me at Shopping One-of-a-Kind — Sewing with Stitcher.
Pursing My Passion
Retirement has allowed me to pursue my passion for sewing and quilting. I own a fleet of sewing machines, two sergers, one mid-arm, and one computerized longarm. My collection of fabric would make any quilter/seamstress proud. Miles of Superior thread, 100+ needles, straight pins, rulers, scissors, and other notions are awesome for doing the job right. A 4’x8′ cutting table, 2’x4′ ironing surface, and an 8’x8′ design wall make my sewing and quilting areas perfect. It is indeed my happy place to be!
There is something magical about cutting up fabric into little pieces. When sewing them together you create a fascinating design. After quilting and binding, those pieces of fabrics become an heirloom to be cherished and used.
This is one of my first quilts. It reminds me of how far I have come in perfecting my skills and fabric choices. There is always more to learn as techniques, tools, and patterns evolve. Each quilt I put on the longarm frame is an encouragement to keep learning. I want to be comfortable with computer programing patterns and writing instructions so others can make my creation. Quilters so many years ago would be amazed at all the modern-day conveniences quilters have at their disposal.
Sewing with Stitcher Evolved
In addition to being asked “Who is Stitcher?”, I’m often asked how Sewing with Stitcher evolved. Through charity sewing, my work became familiar with people who encouraged me to teach others how to sew. In 2014, the door to Sewing with Stitcher classroom opened to the public. It was an interesting first year and through community contacts requests for other services came about. I found myself doing custom alterations and even cleaning sewing machines brought to me.
At the end of my lease, I made the decision to close my physical school. Being adventurous, I took my “show” on the road, offering private or group classes in the student home or meeting venue. It was a hit that spilled into Girl Scout troops scheduling sewing sessions.
Then COVID changed my way of doing business. I’ve found being flexible in life is a necessary trait to staying positive.
Prior to COVID I had dabbled in selling online. Frankly, I was lacking the desire to do the SEO learning to market my items. I just wanted to spend time sewing and quilting. Life circumstances have changed, and I now have the time and willingness to learn what it takes to make an online business successful.
StitcherMade has a staff of one (that would be me!) who makes executive decisions and empties the trash, sometimes simultaneously! The number of positions within the company I fill could look, well, interesting on a resume.
“Purchasing, shipping, marketing, and design; customer service, accounting, and the production line; it’s no 9 to 5!” Set to music that could be the StitcherMade theme song!
StitcherMade is more than just a name on a label. I’m learning how to make sense of analytical reports, evaluate trends, marketing options, and online venues best for the items I sell. It is time consuming, but a necessary step for success.
Inspired by Judy
In 2014/15, I was selected to be a personal designer for Judy, a lovely elderly lady with ideas for eclectic garments. She inspired me with her criteria of “making a statement entering a room, as well as when leaving”. Added to that requirement was the challenge to make her clothes combining unlikely fabrics. Interestingly, I was to include vintage chenille as the one fabric in common in all Judy designs.
My favorite design for her was using denim and white vintage chenille cut from a bedspread as the base of a lovely, lined jacket. I added highlights of red embroidered roses, a red frog closure, and hand tatted lace from a vintage hankie. See what you think. Perhaps you will find yourself liking the uniqueness of my Inspired by Judy line and want to add a piece to your wardrobe.
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