My name is Anabelle Delgado, I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 20+ years. I studied Chemistry and started my career as a scientist, but after a few years I started to support the implementation of computer systems. In regulated industries there are many regulations needed when implementing these systems and I’ve been working with that for a long time.
I married my high school sweetheart 22 years ago and we enjoy to travel. We are busy driving our kids around to their activities – We have 4 kids: My oldest son is 20, he is studying music education in UMass Lowell and enjoys musical theater. My two girls are 17 and 15. The 15 years old is a Level 9 gymnast and the 15 years old enjoys track & field and lacrosse. My youngest son is 12 and he is also a level 9 gymnast. I’m very proud of all of them!
When I was a kid I was always drawing and designing dresses (I still keep these drawings). I took an embroidery class when I was 10, a basic sewing class when I was 12, and after I graduated college I took a fashion design course. Once I got married and had kids I didn’t have much time for sewing.
I got into sewing again because my son had to make a stuffed gorilla for school and he asked me to sew it. I took out an old singer machine that I had, he chose the materials at my local Joann’s Fabrics, downloaded a pattern that I found online, and my sewing hobby was reborn.
I bought a Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine at Amazon (an entry level – very good machine, I highly recommend it for beginners or if your kid wants to learn how to sew) and my first project was a knit shirt (yes… I started with knit fabrics). I had little experience sewing and it was my first experience sewing with knits. I read a few tutorials online and I was very proud of my shirt! I made it based on another shirt that I had and the fit was perfect.
Then I start reading Indie blogs and buying some of their patterns. I made probably 5 On Safari Skirts! Debby Cole (the original owner of Sew So Easy) teaches how to sew this skirt with flat felled seams and front zipper fly fastening.
I also sew her Tiered and Gathered Summer Skirt.
My second purchase was a Serger. The serger was a great acquisition to sew knits and for finishings.
I continued my learning process sewing Sewaholic Granville button down shirt, Grainline Studio Alder Dress and some others!
The first bag that I sew was the Conference Bag (also from Debby Cole) and I couldn’t stop making bags. In one of the Facebook I joined, they recommended zippers by the yard for bags. At the time, there were not that many options for zippers by the yard and that is how My Handmade Space shop was born.
My husband thought I was crazy when I started my Etsy shop with just one zipper color (black with silver coil). Now we have hundreds of options and he has become a key member to grow our business. One of our daughters and her friend work preparing the orders every day after school. We have turn our basement into a warehouse.
Craftsy (now Blueprint) has been my main source to learn pretty much anything sewing related. Most recently I started sewing lingerie.
I bought a Sailrite which is a heavy duty sewing machine to sew bags and a Bernina B530.
I have a sewing studio in my basement and enjoy sewing. In this blog I share free patterns and resources that I find online and I also share my projects.
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