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CraftSanity Episode 118: Sue Hausmann Shares The Story Of How She Stitched Her Way Up The Corporate Ladder

Sue Hausmann says sewing is a life skill. And after you listen to her story you’ll understand what she means.

As a young mom, she sewed everything for her family from housewares to matching swim suits her family of six. She also sewed to earn extra money doing alterations out of her home. Years of practical sewing experience and a passion for the craft eventually lead Sue into the workforce where she excelled at hooking budding sewists on the craft.

Tune in to CraftSanity episode 118 to hear how this Midwestern seamstress used her sewing skills, Tupperware sales experience and supermom powers to canapult herself into the corporate world where she went on to become the Executive Vice President Consumer Motivation at Husqvarna Viking and the host of “America Sews” a show that aired on PBS in the U.S. until last year.

At age 67, Sue also knows a thing or two to say about reinventing oneself after corporate downsizing. Now she travels around with the country giving independent workshops and continues to inspire people with her passion for sewing.

I appreciate Sue’s vast sewing knowledge and the way she validates the fabric stash.

“Most people call their fabric “stashes” or “stash,” but I call it my collection because collections are supposed to be enjoyed,” she said. “And you don’t have to do anything with your collection. You don’t know stamp collectors who lick stamps and put them on envelopes. You don’t know spoon collectors who stir coffee with their spoons. Rarely do I find a pattern worthy of something in the collection. Usually, if I want to sew, I have to go buy new fabric.”

Aren’t you glad you’re not the only one?

If you’re local, you can meet Sue at her upcoming West Michigan workshop. Here are the details:

Sewing workshop with Sue Hausmann

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 21.Where: Comfort Inn Suites, 350 Dodge St. in Comstock Park
Cost: $40 including lunch
Buy a ticket: Advanced registration is required. Call 616-361-5484 or go to Smith-Owen Sewing & Quilting Center, 4051 Plainfield NE, in Grand Rapids to buy workshop tickets.

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Comment from Kari
Time: August 12, 2010, 6:58 pm

What an awesome surprise to hear this episode today. A perfect companion to my sewing projects. So fun and inspirational. Jennifer- I cannot wait to see you in Seattle on Saturday!! Hope all your co-flyers get on board with your project.

Comment from Jennifer
Time: August 13, 2010, 2:14 am

Thanks, Kari! See you Saturday!

Comment from Missy
Time: August 16, 2010, 3:31 pm

Jennifer,

Can you give some tips on free motion embroidery? I would like to try it out, but don’t know much about it. I enjoyed this interview very much and am inspired to try more sewing!

Comment from LINDA UK
Time: August 20, 2010, 10:33 am

I am a quilter, and like to sew anything of a general nature, I’m not talented nor brilliant, but enjoy my moments sewing, Sue was a really good choice and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole of your interview with her, I hadn’t previously heard of Sue or America Sews, now I have ordered myself one of her books ‘Sew Fast Faster’ and can’t wait to read some of her tips. Thanks again Jennifer for a really good podcast and Thank you Sue, I just wish I could be among the people going to one of her workshops.

Comment from T. Crockett
Time: August 24, 2010, 6:20 pm

Even if I hadn’t enjoyed the conversation immensely, that tip near the end about the tension thingamajigs and how not catching them results in a squirrel’s nest of thread was priceless.

Keep up the good work and introducing us to such interesting people.

Comment from jo 戎嶋
Time: August 29, 2010, 2:42 am

I have just got round to listening to this podcast and really enjoyed it, Sue had so many words of wisdom to share and how she described as raising her family as her first career was truly inspiring.

I have been listening to your podcasts for quite a while now but I think this is the first time I have left you a comment, sorry for being so slack and thank you for putting these together, it is great to hear what you and your guests have to say.

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