My name is Heather, and I’ve been called Heather Feather since childhood. I’m a wife, mother, and a seamstress.

I started this blog years ago called Feathers Flights {a creative sewing blog} so I could write about all my creative flights. I’ve since changed the name to Heather Handmade to align with my desire to make everything with my hands.

How to Sew Pintucks + Simplicity 8551 //

how to sew pintucks + Simplicity 8551

I love to sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I’m also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

I live in Utah with my husband and three children. I studied clothing construction in college while working at a tailor shop.

Then I sewed a lot of clothes for myself and my first child, and I made a lot of mistakes. I wish I could have told myself these tips before I started sewing so much. I learned from my mistakes, and I’ve improved over the years.

I love sewing for myself, my kids, and occasionally my husband. Sewing gives me something different everyday that can’t be undone. I’m currently working on a minimalist and handmade wardrobe.

heather handmade sewing blog //

Bloggers and website may not repost my blog content without my permission. My tutorials, words, and photos belong to me and are my intellectual property. I’ve spent countless hours creating these projects. Please be respectful. HOWEVER, linking to my project is encouraged! Those who link to a project of mine can use one photo.

What sewing machine do you use?

My sewing machine is a Bernina-Aurora 430. It’s the machine I used during college and when they sold the used ones for a discount price, I snagged one for myself. I use this machine at least an hour a day if not more, and it has never given me any problems.

There are some quilting features on it that I don’t use, but I have loved this faithful machine. I’m pretty sure I can use this one my whole life and probably pass it down to my kids.

Do you have a serger, if yes, what kind?

My serger is a Brother 1034D*. It was a surprise from my husband, and it has been completely amazing. I really don’t know how I sewed without a serger. It’s user friendly, and it can do lots of different things.

What camera do you use?

I use a Nikon D3100*. I don’t know much about DSLR or photography, so I learn something new every time I use it.

Two things you can’t live without:

1. I always wear scissors on a ribbon around my neck. Many times I find the scissors hanging around my neck after I’ve been walking around a store or when I answer the door.

2. Tailor’s Chalk*. A lifesaver! This stuff shows up on everything and disappears with just a little bit of steam. I use it on virtually every project I do.