5 November 2020: Saremy Duffy is a lovely sewist that shares her sewing skills via live stream and is a Sewover50 supporter.
Sewsewlive is where you’ll find Saremy.
Saremy talks about how living in a fire prone area affects her sewing choices. She sews regularly even though she wasn’t a fan of sewing at school. Her creativity is amazing and ongoing.
We discuss the November Sewover50 challenge to support small businesses with sponsorship from Linton Tweeds. Use ‘sewover50’ discount code for the month of November to receive at 15% discount on fabric purchases from the Linton Tweeds website.
WHAT’S A LIVE SEWING STREAM?
Quick Links: Sew Sew Newsletter (Free Patterns and schedule updates).
It’s probably no secret that Saremy likes to sew. But did you know she’s been sewing for 30 years and had a great career in the garment industry as designer and pattern maker?
Lately Saremy craves a social sewing experience beyond sharing her makes on social media and commenting. Saremy does not sew for the comments. She sews because she enjoys it, wants her garments to fit, and she especially wants to know who made her clothes.
In response to this craving and her own interests Saremy started a live sewing stream where sewists and aspiring sewists can watch while Saremy sews something. You can comment, ask questions, request projects or just sit and listen or watch Saremy in her sewing room.
She’s found it doesn’t matter what what she’s sewing since the steps to make any garment are useful in other sewists and viewers. Saremy chooses beginner friendly, intermediate, and advanced projects, items to fill wardrobe gaps, and items her viewers request as projects for the Live Stream.
Saremy knows her sewing style may not be for everyone. She doesn’t hold it precious. Saremy likes to get it done-‘mistakes’ and all! You’ll watch Saremy troubleshoot right at the sewing machine. As she likes to say, we’re not entering this in to the ‘Fair’ and our sewing teacher won’t see the insides either. ‘So just relax and try it out; get it done and try it on. All these acts are incredibly useful to your skill building and confidence as a maker.’
Saremy hears the frustration in many sewists voices and comments when they attempt their projects. But remember, we typically aren’t getting 15 tries at that garment. Expecting perfection on the first and only attempt is a lot to ask of ourselves. And in factories where they make our clothes they don’t sew the entire garment from start to finish- they sew one small step. Over and over again. Most production factory sewists don’t know how to sew a garment from start to finish. So what we’re trying to do is really difficult.
We probably didn’t make a grilled cheese perfectly the first time and most likely didn’t hold ourselves to that same level of perfection. We just ate it or tossed it out. Sewing is a bit expensive to just toss the garment and start over. So remember also that we don’t do this because it’s faster. We can take our time and try things gently. Sure, Saremy knows her style is pretty quick. But you’ll see how many ‘mistakes’ she makes. There are many ways to get to the same conclusion. And sometimes you just have to try a different path with fewer bumps in the road. And Saremy uses her mistakes as an opportunity to get to the same conclusion with different steps. And in time you’ll build your skills to find those different paths.
So. Will you join Saremy and her viewers sometime? They’d love you to join them. They know your passion for this and your trepidation. Saremy and her viewers know your heart and soul (and wallet) is invested in this. And more importantly, they know you can do it. I know you can do it too.
How does it work?
Once you subscribe to Saremy’s YouTube Channel and you select notifications ON (by clicking the little Bell) you’ll get a little notification when Saremy is live ( she sticks to a schedule so you can plan but sometimes Saremy does surprise stream). Then pop over and hang out and see what they’re up to. If you can’t make it, don’t worry! The entire live video will be uploaded. You can then watch, fast forward, pause and rewind.
So join our Saremy’s growing community!
*You can find Saremy here: Sew Sew Live on YouTube
*Saremy also has a little Facebook group called Sew Sew Sewists.
*Streaming LIVE on Thursdays at 11 am and Saturdays at 11 am Pacific. Pus Saremy usually cuts out what she’s making prior to Thursday’s stream. If you subscribe to Saremy’s YouTube channel, be sure to click the Bell to be notified when she’s live.
If you want to join the chat (and we all hope you do- it is a gentle, friendly group!) just be sure to have an account on YouTube -otherwise known as a Channel.
*You can check out past Streams, short How-To’s and complete Sew-Through’s on the same YouTube page.
*Check Sew Sew Live out on Instagram.