My Soul Was Telling Me to Sew

In November 2008, I borrowed my parents sewing machine because I felt like I needed to sew. I wanted to learn, but I also had a deeper desire. Something within my soul was telling me to sew. Next thing I knew I was at home with 30 library books, staring at their sewing machine. And I am not even kidding. Thirty books. Most of them I didn’t even read because the teaching style wasn’t my style. My style?! I didn’t even know how to sew, how could I have a style?! But the books that did appeal to my style, ohhhhhh, those books did most of the teaching. Fast forward many YouTube tutorials, many practiced-on fat quarters, and many hours of crooked stitches. For Christmas 2008 my husband’s grandma gave me one of her sewing machines. I now had my own machine — there was no going back :) It was soon May 2009 and I was nearing 100 Etsy sales. Hello, meet Gussy. And meet my signature ruffle: Meet my blog, Gussy has a lot to say Meet me. In September I hit 200 Etsy sales. It is now January and I’m so close to 300. Yeow! I sew full-time. I also have another full-time job. I’m also a wife. I’m also living in a new state {Minnesota} that God literally showed to us in one weekend. Sewing has become so many outlets for me: creativity, friendship, communication, income. While those four areas are really important, they are listed in order of importance. I can not get enough of sewing. I can not get enough of the fabrics I buy, the ruffles I sew, and the love of sewing that has blossomed literally overnight for me. I love to learn and my Gussy products are a dream I never knew I had, yet are a dream come true all at the same time. I have a small inkling where this could go, but I’m hanging low and praying a lot!!! I’m in awe of this chapter of my life. I pray it stays a part of my life for many, many years. Sewing has become a much-needed creative outlet. It is a job that feels more like a hobby. The hours I sew fly by like minutes as the hum of my machine reminds me of the incredibly sweet friends I’ve met. To sum it up: Gussy is blessed. Written by Maggie Whitley of Gussy has a lot to say – and her post already told about her, but there is so much more… You can also find her at Twitter @maggiewhitley

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