Where the heck has Brian been???

I will spend my days playing dress up and giggling with little girls.
Usually I try to stay away from posting overly personal experiences here in public because I feel like it's not really what readers are coming here for.  That being said I feel like a little bit of an explanation is in order so here goes...



  • Time.  Last September I became a full partner in the sewing school I help run.  This transition widened my job description to not only sewing instructor but bookkeeper, fabric shopper, ebay order placer, floor mop supervisor, trainer, etc..  I'm busy these days and I often put in many hours a week that don't go on my paycheck.
  • Fame.  I don't think I ever wanted to be famous or "known".  Or if I did I didn't realize what exactly that would entail.  Like many artists who create or fall into a public persona it can be distracting at best and completely debilitating at worst.  The art becomes secondary and the artist catches the often unwanted spotlight.  Like a politician one starts to hesitate to be oneself in fear of upsetting one demographic or another.  This does not promote a free spirit.
  • Machines.  So...    after years of touting the joys of vintage machines and possibly looking down my nose at those who insisted on modern computerized machines....   I have changed.    While I still love vintage machines my go to units are all high end computerized numbers and I love sewing on them!  So my taste has changed and I feel a little embarrassed about it to be frank.  I didn't know how to break this news so I avoided it until it became awkward.

If this is going to work then this is how it's going to be:

  • The purpose of this blog is to provide an online resume for my sewing career.  The best way to show an international audience that I know my stuff is to post it online in this "portfolio".  My goal is to have a sewing show on PBS.  This will happen and this blog will be the backbone of my journey.
  • I always read all email and comments.  I can't make the time to get caught up in the fame though.  Blogging is a competitive sport and I'm just not interested.  I don't want advertising, I won't review your products, and I don't want to care how many followers I have (or don't have).  Everyone always talks about link backs, self promotion, guest bloggers, twitter, blah blah blah......   it kind of makes me feel crazy when all I care about it sewing.  SCREW IT ALL  I will be an information island and I don't care a lick if you friend me, + me, link me, or whatever...  Do it for you, not for me.  Ok that felt good!

So to summarize.  I'm surrounded by sewing all day everyday and I can't wait to share everything I've discovered in the past year with my readers.  Please remember that being in the public eye makes me anxious but I believe it's worth it in the long run.  I will do my best to do my best.

13 comments :: Where the heck has Brian been???

  1. I am so glad to see you posting again!!! I would so very much love to see you host a sewing show on PBS. I think that you would be wonderful.

  2. HI Brian, glad to see you back on your blog, I look forward to your posts. I would be thrilled to see you on PBS.

  3. Hi Brian! So glad to see you're back! I'm glad you've set goals and dreams - I'd love to see you with a sewing show. You're my go-to guy for techniques and machines. I've learned more from you than all the other bloggers combined.

    I love treadles, even if they are slower. I feel very tranquil when I sew on mine. I also like electronic machines. It's nice to have your pick when tackling a job or when you need inspiration.

  4. Hi Brian, I'm really pleased to see you back blogging, cos I really enjoyed the posts, videos etc that you had already done. I had subscribed to your blog in the hope that one day I would find something there from you.

    I'm really pleased to hear that you have found a job doing what you love too.

    I've lost count of the number of people that I have directed to your videos etc, especially the one about doing rolled hem.
    Kind regards
    Pauline

  5. Hi Brian!

    Good to see you back. I don't give a damn what you sew on. I look forward to reading about your endevours. When you get that tv show, please try to make it possible for your non-US-readers to view it some way or another. :-)

    /A

  6. Welcome back. Nice to see you not being seduced! Looking great!

  7. Yeah, people grow and that means we change and perhaps contradict something we've said in the past. (I know I have-- it probably explains why I've started & ended at least 5 blogs over the years!)

    I would love to know more about how you came to prefer computerized machines. I used to sew on a computerized machine, but it drove me crazy. Granted, that was 10 years ago, so maybe they've improved since then. I discovered vintage machines through your blog and now have a few of my own that I've refurbished. I feel like I am more in control when I'm working on a simple machine. (And that they are so darned cheap, LOL!) But maybe I'm missing out on some great advantage by not using a modern machine. I'd love to know more about it all!

  8. It's good to have you back. I really missed your blog.

  9. Good that you are blogging again. Your honesty and straight forward opinion is what I've always liked. PBS is not aired in my area, but looking forward to your updates and humour. I missed your blog. Well then, please do those sewing machine reviews, vintage or computerised, it is all very interesting to learn, especially from a person who don't hold back, like you.

  10. YAY!! SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK.:)

  11. YAY!! SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK.:)

  12. OOH! I am so excited for more sewing posts and even posts like this, "your thoughts and all." Glad to have you back! =D
    -Reyna

  13. Thank you for sharing your journey. I find it to be inspirational and good company as I embark on my path to great sewing!

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