About Us

Arlington Sew provides beginner-friendly machine reviews, product recommendations and helpful resources to make it easy to get started.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide helpful resources to sewing artists and aspiring makers that make things easy. Easy to get started. Easy to choose the right equipment and supplies. Easy to find “how to” articles. Easy to build advanced sewing skills.

So many of us have seen a beautiful dress, a handbag, curtains, a quilt (the examples are endless) and wondered if we too can make it. Well, you definitely can! All you need are the right tools and a little direction. We’ll help you find what you need to bring your visions to life.

When we first started learning to sew we were overwhelmed with the options. How do I know what sewing machine to use? What fabric to buy? What is interfacing? Do I really need it?

Now we share beginner-friendly sewing machine reviews, insights about classes and events, and information to help anyone interested in learning more about sewing, embroidery and quilting. Currently, we are focused on online and digital options to provide accesible resources that can be used and enjoyed even through pandemic-related social distancing.

Who We Are

Life is a canvas. Let’s sew on some sequins and embroider all over it.

We are fabric artists in San Diego, CA that want to share the love of sewing and grow the community. We see sewing, embroidery and quilting as self care, a way to de-stress, and of course, a creative outlet. Yes, sometimes you just need to hem a pair or jeans or shorten a curtain panel, but there truly are no limits when it comes to creativity with fabrics.

We like to say we are sewing through the madness! Currently, its COVID related social distancing. HOWEVER, it can be anything that makes you crave a little creative “me time” – early parenthood, being an empty nester for the first time, work stress…you get the idea. Sewing helps us preserve our sanity!

Our People

Jess

Jessa: Maker / Editor in Chief

Jessa is a fourth generation seamstress with a focus on sustainability. She’s got a soft spot for creative upcycling projects, refashioned dresses and customized fashion.

When her daughter asked for sewing lessons, Jessa dusted off her old Singer Confidence and started learning – all over again. Now she’s trying to stay one step ahead so she can learn AND teach.

Sally

Sally: Sewist / Writer

Sally is a self-taught sewist. When she sees something she likes, Sally tries to make it herself! This goes from home decor, to handbags to the most outrageous costumes for local events like Comic Con. She’s been sewing for almost two decades.

Sally is a graphic designer by day with a keen eye for design and putting together color pallets. When she is not designing and sewing, you can find her hiking a local trail.


Whether you are just starting out or are far down the path, we hope you find something here to help you on your sewing journey. Our goal is to offer something for everyone that wants to inspire or be inspired with sewing.

Thanks for stopping by, and of course, happy sewing!

Jessa and Sally