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Member in Focus: mnitts By AlexisW on 2/6/14 10:49 AM

Member Since: 2011

PR Name: mnitts

First Name: Manju 

Birthday: November 16th


How did you learn to sew?

“My mum used to sew when I was a young girl. I can remember watching her sew clothes for me and my sister and herself. But I was actually taught to use a sewing machine at school, when I was around 12 or 13. Over the years I have dabbled in dressmaking, with fairly disastrous consequences :-) I did go through a period of quiltmaking before I really got into dressmaking, which was around 2.5 years ago. I would say I am pretty much self taught. I think the internet is a wonderful learning resource, particularly for someone like me who can sometimes be frustrated by taught classes!”

What aspect of sewing do you find most challenging?

“I don't really enjoy hand sewing. And it shows! Hand stitching is something I really need to practice more. Especially as I would like to sew a Little French Jacket which I believe involves a considerable amount of hand sewing. I happen to think I am pretty nifty at inserting an invisible zip, and invisible zips are my preferred zipper closing. However, I am not so brilliant at lapped zips. I have yet to try a handpicked zip....zips plus hand stitching...yikes!”

Which sewing machine do you currently have? What do you like/dislike about it?

“I have a Janome MC 4900 QC sewing machine, which is now around 3.5 years old. I love it. Seriously, I don't think there is anything I would change about it. It sews perfectly, makes great buttonholes, sews on buttons, darns and copes with fairly thick fabrics admirably. 
I also have a Janome 8002D overlocker/serger which was my mother’s day present last year. Again, love it. I am very lucky. The only thing I would like in the future is a coverstitch machine.”

Which sewing book do you refer to most often?

“I admit I am someone who will turn to the internet first and foremost rather than a book. But Fit for Real People and Jackets for Real People are both great books which will help anyone struggling with fitting patterns to themselves.”

What are your sewing goals for this year?

“I would love to sew a tailored coat/jacket. I have seen some amazing tailoring happening on various blogs and right here on and I would love to conquer it this year. Oh and possibly a swimsuit. I have the pattern and the fabric. Just didn't do it last year. Other than that, I don't like to restrict myself...just keep making things that I enjoy making and wearing.”

What are you sewing right now?

“I am making an animal print wool challis blouse using Simplicity 2365. We are hoping to move house in the next few weeks and so I am trying to sew as much of my stash as possible.”

What’s your favorite pattern?

“Oh this is so hard! Really hard! Especially because I admit I am someone who likes the thrill/challenge of sewing a pattern once and moving on. I think I would have to say the Archer Shirt pattern. I have only sewn this once, fairly recently, but I loved the finished shirt and have worn it so many times already. I can see me making this over and over. Just need to find the time...”

What you love most about PatternReview?

“I feel almost like I have made friends with certain members...there are members of who don't have sewing blogs but sew the most amazing things and is a way for them to share these amazing makes as well as share their experience of using the pattern in question. I admit, there are certain members’ reviews that I eagerly look forward to reading. It's just a great forum to unite sewers worldwide.”

Any other hobbies?

“I like reading. Especially books with tragic endings! :-) I like going to the movies with my husband and travelling.”

Tell us a little more about you – profession, where you live, etc.

“I have a PhD. In a former life I worked in Drug Research and Development, and then registering medicines in Europe on the veterinary side. I have been a stay at home mum for the last 18 months. Sewing has largely kept me sane since my little girl started school 4 months ago. We are hoping to start building our own home this year, so that should keep me busy.”

Wonderful to hear from you, mnitts!

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Peg17 said... (2/19/14 5:36 PM) Reply
Found needed info on your blog, which I now follow. Thanks!
Peg17 said... (2/19/14 5:22 PM) Reply
Love the beautiful clothes you've sewn for yourself! It's inspiring to know you've learned so much in 2.5 years. If you know, could you tell me the pattern maker and number on the last photo? It's a brown dress with butterflies. Thanks!
Ashford said... (2/14/14 11:15 PM) Reply
You take excellent photos to show the clothes, the details, and the styles to flatter your body shape. I enjoyed reading your interview and hearing about your life.
StitchinTam said... (2/14/14 5:25 PM) Reply
I'm so inspired by your garments! I really love how you've paired your fabrics with your garment patterns, attractive and very flattering!
Simplistic said... (2/12/14 9:15 PM) Reply
Lovely interview! Good luck with the moving!
Leslie Bonner said... (2/11/14 5:56 PM) Reply
Wow, you have made some super clothing in such a short time. Best of luck with your new home (lots of sewing projects there).
caper81 said... (2/9/14 7:20 AM) Reply
Great interview! Nice getting to know a bit more about you & I look forward to more of your great project reviews!:)
ArtAttack said... (2/8/14 8:54 PM) Reply
I always enjoy your sense of style and appreciate your reviews. You have a keen sense of what works for you, and you work it! I love your input...thank you for your insight and expertise!
TJSEWS said... (2/7/14 10:53 PM) Reply
I love this interview and so very nice to meet you! I don't know how I haven't previously come across your reviews but now you are on my radar thanks to this interview. I love your style and all of the beautiful garments you have made. I checked out your blog and will be reading it often. Thank you for so generously sharing your time and talents!
MrsCharisma said... (2/7/14 9:38 AM) Reply
What a great interview! I also love everything you make. Good luck with the move!
Rhoda K said... (2/7/14 8:53 AM) Reply
Nice interview. I, too, always enjoy the Members in Focus interviews. You do a great job - keep up the good work! Good luck with your new home.
1SewSweet said... (2/7/14 8:33 AM) Reply
Great interview! I love the clothing you select to make for yourself, its' always stylish and on point!
annakeeton said... (2/7/14 6:27 AM) Reply
This is so nice to learn more about your sewing. I really like how your recently reviewed quilted jacket with corduroy collar turned out.
mnitts said... (2/7/14 5:58 AM) Reply
Thank you all for your very kind comments!
Jstarr4250 said... (2/6/14 10:13 PM) Reply
I always look forward to these Member in Focus articles and I particularly enjoyed this one, mnitts! I always look forward to your reviews and blog and love your style!
CurlyCrafter said... (2/6/14 9:58 PM) Reply
I really admire your style and your sewing skills so this is fun to learn more about you!
pleasantquilter said... (2/6/14 2:56 PM) Reply
A great interview. I love all the pictures and I am going to check out your blog.
Deepika said... (2/6/14 2:15 PM) Reply
Manju, great interview! We are machine sisters! I love my Janome 4900. Like you I am a janome girl.
atymonw said... (2/6/14 12:13 PM) Reply
Thanks for featuring one of my favorite bloggers! I love almost everything she makes:)
srtaylor said... (2/6/14 11:37 AM) Reply
Nice interview, I've visited your blog and feel inspired to take out those patterns that are sitting around my house. You have a wonderful sense of sewing skills and style.

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