Michelle

Sewing Machine Artistry

     

About Me

 

Michelle Umlauf

 

I love to do all types of sewing, creating and embellishing.  As a National Educator representing Sulky of America, I get to travel all across the country and share my passion with people just like you.  It is “sew” much fun AND, it doesn’t feel like work at all!  In fact, I also host the Sewing Online with Sulky (S.O.S) webinars and get to come to you, no matter where you are in the world!  

 

 

To watch some of the past webinar, click here.

 

 

When I meet new people, I am often asked what do you like to sew, and I tell them that I don’t have a favorite, because as a sewer, I make anything I want when the inspiration hits me.   I must admit, there are two things that top my list and that is free motion sewing and machine embroidery.  

 

Another question I am asked is if I was a home economics major and how long have I been sewing.  No, I did not major in home economics.  I have an A.A. as a Paralegal and a B.S. in Psychology.  Many people are surprised when I tell them that I was a tomboy growing up.  My mother could not get me to stay indoors and sit still long enough to teach me how to sew.   I don’t remember her wanting to teach me, but she said she did.  We’ll have to take her word for it, because Mommy is always right!  

 

The sewing bug hit me about ten years ago.  I know, I was a late bloomer.  I immediately fell in love with it and the people I met.  I knew that I could teach sewing and I want to make a difference.  It’s sew rewarding to see the big, bright smiles on a student’s face.  

 

I had some fantastic mentors along way.  Because of them, they instilled some values with me that I’ll share with you.  

 

  1. I want to share with people how easy it is to sew.  After all, if I can do it ANYONE can do it.  
  2. I want sewing to be convenient for everyone, especially the ones who are in school or at work during the day.  Why is it that all the cool classes are offered during the day, or at the end of the day. 
  3. Lastly, it doesn’t matter what brand machine you have, how old it is, or how inexpensive it was.  As long as it is in good working order it is perfect for where you are now.  

 

On a personal note, I also get asked about my pink hair.  I decided to go pink at the end of 2015.  It is the best thing I have ever done for my sewing career.  Why?  Because people remember me, know who I am when they see me and can’t forget about me.  It has even brought me some opportunities that I’m not ready to reveal yet because they are still in the works.  I receive so many compliments my hair, but the best ones are how people say they love the color and it makes them happy!  Then to see the smile on their face is priceless.  

 

 

I live in the mountains in the most western part of Maryland with my husband, our two German Shepherds, Heidi and Zero, and two rescue kitties, Chai Kitty and MagiKat!

 

 

Almost everyday, including the rainy and snowy days, I take the kids (that’s what I call the dogs) for a walk through open fields and woods.  It’s a great way to start my day or clear my head, get some exercise and spend some quality time with kids.  Almost every walk is an adventure.  There is always something beautiful to see or a wildlife sighting. 

 

I know what about the kitty cats…well, they are indoor kitties, but they have gazebos where they can spend time in a safe place outside and enjoy the birds and bugs!  Do you see the butterfly on the roof of her gazebo?

 

2016 came in crazy busy!  I'm glad things slowed down, but the year is going out the same way that it came in.  We received short notice that we will be moving towards the end of the year.  Our house is on the market and I had to consolidate my sewing room to just one room in the house.  So, if I become quiet, it's not because I forgot.  I'm either traveling for work and one pleasure trip or busy with this move.  I'm so happy that our new home is on top of a mountain!