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July 24, 2019

But, what's a foot?

The foot of a sewing machine is one of the most important pieces of a sewing machine: it's what holds the fabric to the feed dog and actually allows you to sew. There are dozens of types of feet to buy and it can be a little overwhelming when looking...

July 19, 2019

I don't know how many times I went to Joann's and picked up the first set of universal needles I saw and yolo'ed my sewing. I assumed the numbers meant something but I couldn't be bothered to learn what they meant until I broke a few hundred needles. It's actually not...

July 17, 2019

Before you even begin to sew, you need thread. Entering a craft store, you'll notice a few brands and several different types within those said brands. Hopefully this list can offer you some insight into what each type is and what it's used for.

Types of Thread

For brand...

July 15, 2019

Having been sewing for sixteen years, I often get asked, "How do I start?" That, in itself, is a rather loaded question. Do I assume the questioner is familiar with the basics of the sewing machine? Do they know how to read patterns? Do they understand the difference b...

March 22, 2019

Living in Las Vegas, some of the most reoccurring questions I get are: how do you cosplay in that heat (you suffer for your art) and can you take photos on The Strip? Attending conventions take a lot of time, effort and money; so they often aren't the best place to get...

August 14, 2018

While my previous post spoke on why you may or may not have lost a costume contest, it holds one important assumption: the judges are qualified to judge. The entire premise of a craftsmanship contest is moot unless you have capable judges. Going into a contest, you tru...

August 8, 2018

While people have different motives to enter a costume contest/masquerade at a convention, one thing is for sure: it sucks to lose.

You may often wonder why you lost. You may be quick to blame others in your group. You might think the judges are biased or weren't skille...

July 30, 2018

I think there comes a point in every creative's life where you begin to wonder if turning your hobby into a career was the correct choice. Something that once gave you joy and expressed your creative freedom might now cause stress, anxiety, and may even limit your arti...

May 7, 2018

Even though I just finished up at my local con, LVLUP EXPO, I'm diving head first into prep for LouisiAnime this weekend! 

This will be my first time in Louisiana; so I'm excited to see the anime crowd there, as well as doing a little sightseeing! My schedule is a bit h...

March 23, 2018

As a high school student in 2003, I discovered cosplay through a Wikipedia page. Never would I have imagined that I'd still be making quirky costumes and dressing as a fictional character fifteen years later. A younger Steff wouldn't even be able to fathom that comics,...

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