What sewing machine to use

I often get asked what sewing machine I use to make samples. And it's my trusty domestic machine. Don't get me wrong I would an industrial machine and yes they do finish the garment in a more professional way however having moved around for the past years from country to country it's been my 'Brother' that has followed me. 

what sewing machine for lingerie designer

The Brother XL5500 is what I do most of my samples on (before Brother I had Janome). 

I'm a writer on my machine - I have penned marks where I need to pull the elastic too for the right tension. I write on where I need the dials to be for certain projects.



What I look for is being able to move the needle left or right so I can work out seam allowance quickly.  And the stitches I use most are number 2: zig zag to attach lace for elastic, number 3: straight stitch to construct the garment and number 6: 3-step to attach elastic. 

Sketchbook Sunday

All too often, an idea is presented to me from a company and I have to work from that, or I have an idea that I want to run with and build from there.


It's seldom often, where I have chance just to play around with shapes and sketches that lead to nowhere (or eventually somewhere). Which is why I'm attempting to bring back my sketchbook, dedicate some of my time where I just sketch ideas and shapes. 

If you would like some guidance of transforming your sketches to lingerie then the book "How to become a Lingerie Designer" is available.