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About Me

Seams to You! became a proper business in 1988, but its seeds were sown long before that date. It all started in 1977 with a western style shirt created for a friend, the first piece of clothing I was paid for. But perhaps the roots go back even farther than that.

    I have been sewing since I was six years old, because I grew up in Germany and at that time girls were educated in the needle arts throughout their entire school career. I have to admit that during those first few years it was not my favorite subject and I know that my teachers despaired when they saw my ill-formed and frequently incomplete efforts. But all this changed when I became a teenager and realized that I could create some pretty neat things for myself. Mini dresses, maxi skirts, hot pants-I made them all! And before I knew it, I had, at sixteen, become an apprentice in a ladies' garment factory.

    For three years I went to work every weekday from 6:50am until 5:00pm and during that time I learned a lot. I was trained in every aspect of clothing production, from cutting the fabric to final inspection. Perhaps the most useful thing I learned is that there are shortcuts and techniques used in professional sewing that really make a difference to how the finished product turns out

    I continued sewing after my apprenticeship, keeping myself in stylish clothing, until a husband and some time later a baby came along. He was only too happy to wear, and the baby unable to resist, my outpouring of sewn, embroidered, knitted and crocheted items. I had a lot more time back then.

    That's how it all began. A friend's admiration for our unique handcrafted clothing led to that first shirt sale, and things took off from there. By 1988 I was selling alteration services to friends and acquaintances, with the occasional custom made project thrown in. Making my business official was just one short step away and that is what I did.

    Over the years I have worked on countless projects. Some were really easy and others exceedingly difficult. I'm glad to say that I've enjoyed nearly all of them, and many have taught me more than I could have ever learned in a classroom.

    I invite you to take a look at In My Shop to see some of the pieces I've recently created, or just send an enquiry regarding a sewing project you have in mind.

    Thank you for stopping by today. And should you find yourself in Albuquerque, New Mexico, come and visit my studio at 1540 Juan Tabo NE. I look forward to meeting you in person!