Behind the Machine

So who is Amanda?

One of the things you’ll learn reading here, is that I typically take 5 minutes and MANY hand gestures to tell a 30-second story.  To say that I’m long-winded, talkative and opinionated is an understatement.  Here’s the condensed version.  😉

I’m a thirty-something (early thirties, mind you), former Midwestern farm-girl, now living in the Wild, Wild West. While on a study abroad to Nepal in ’99, I met the most incredible person. We celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary earlier this year and were blessed with a beautiful daughter in November 2006.

In my former life, I had a great job that allowed me to work from home. I worked in agriculture (you can take the girl off the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl), doing potato research — to put it simply it was the equivalent of a grad student position with a full time salary.  I was laid off last summer due to lack of research funding; although devastating at the time, we found it to be a blessing in disguise.  Shortly after being laid off I was diagnosed with a chiari malformation and had brain surgery on October 2nd, 2009.

Before surgery I struggled to sew.  If I sat down at my machine for any length of time (right before surgery that could equate to 5 minutes) I’d get a massive headache as soon as I stood up.  I loved to sew but getting so sick wasn’t worth the enjoyment it brought.  As soon as my neck was strong enough after surgery I pulled my machine out.  I rejoiced at being able to sit and complete projects without getting sick.  It gave me a new motivation to start projects.  Not only could I see my efforts come to fruition, it showed how successful my surgery had been.

Pretty soon the motivation took on a life of its own.  I bought a new machine as a treat to myself and I began to take to heart all of the times people had told me I should start sewing and selling my stuff.  The idea for Stitch To Stitch started to come together.

Bump in the Road

Wouldn’t it figure that the needle plate on my serger breaks a week before my launch?  Yeah, that seems to be the luck of the sewing world.  When you need everything to work efficiently and smoothly it gives you fits and fights you like a toddler not wanting to take a bath.

To add insult to injury, the repair tech at the local store is on vacation until next week.  Even more awesome!  Thankfully the wonderful sewing ladies helped me to determine it was just the needle plate causing me troubles.  Unfortunately though, they don’t have one in stock and it will take 10 days for them to get one in.

I came home though and immediately found myself searching the world wide web for the needle plate.  Fifteen minutes later I had the same part ordered for about 60% of the cost AND priority mail shipping.  My hope is that the package is here tomorrow or Friday, giving me the weekend to pound out some last minute items.

So in my down time I’ve been working on taking/editing photos, writing listings and organizing all of the notes I keep writing on random scraps of paper and tucking into my sketchbooks.  You can see the new photos on my flickr photostream.

As for the listings, I don’t plan on posting anything until late this weekend or early next week.  Official launch is June 1st but I think I’ll spread the listings out over a couple of days to get more exposure.

Tomorrow I want to get fabric cut for some new items as well.  That way I’ll be ready to sew as soon as the postal carrier brings me my serger parts!

Delayed Grand Opening

About 10 days ago I made the decision to push the Grand Opening back to June 1st.  I was sitting at the sewing machine one day fretting over how I was going to get it all done and ready.  I had dresses, skirts, shirts and pants to get sewn; I had pictures to take of all the items; I had listings to write and post on Etsy.  Add to that my day to day housework, laundry, tending to my daughter, trying to get my garden prepped and planted and the camper put back in order (i.e. curtains and cushion covers sewn).

When I looked at all of the pieces it just felt like too much.

I will be ready to go on the 1st.

A Call for Help

I know that some of you are chuckling, because you’re reading WAY more into that title than I want.


The purpose of this post is for some proof-reading help.  I’ve been working on building the pages of this blog today and I’m afraid that I’m too attached to notice mistakes.  So if you kindly oblige me and look through some of my new stuff (customer order policies, shop policies, about me, etc.) and make sure nothing is glaringly wrong I’d greatly appreciate it!  If you find something you don’t like either leave me a comment or shoot me an email at