The art & science of sewing with Barbara Emodi, author of Crafting for Murder

Season #1

Learn all about Barbara Emodi, an incredible sewist who has made her own clothes since she was twelve.

Barbara has had a fascinating double life. While working as a journalist, public relations professional, political communicator, and radio commentator in her public life, she has also pursued her passion for sewing and teaching sewing classes in Canada, the US, and Australia in her private life.

As an experienced sewist, Barbara is particularly interested in solving construction puzzles and writing about the process. She has a long-running sewing blog and has published books about sewing, sharing her knowledge and expertise with others. Join us as we delve into Barbara's unique journey and learn more about the art and science of sewing.

[00:39] Introduction - Barbara recounts her upbringing, how she learned to sew, and how it has become an integral part of her life.

[08:00] From Zero to Sew - Advice for first-time garment makers

[09:31] Tools and Techniques – We discuss common problems experienced sewers may encounter while making garments and how these can be solved with tools and notions. Also, Barbara shares her preferred weights of thread for topstitching garments.

[12:43] Writing About Sewing - Barbara's transition from sewing as a hobby to writing instructional content about sewing, including the target audience for her instructional writings, the source of her sewing techniques, and tips.

[23:02] Barbara's Book – We cover Barbara's motivations for writing her book, Crafting for Murder: A Gasper's Cove Cozy Mystery.

[27:08] Passion and Inspiration - Barbara shares what draws her to sewing and the people who significantly impacted her journey.

Connect with Barbara:

  1. Website:
  2. Blog:
  3. YouTube:

Mentioned in the episode:

  1. Crafting for Murder: A Gasper's Cove Cozy Mystery (Volume 1):
  2. SEW ... The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge: Real-Life Lessons from a Serial Sewist:
  3. Stress-free Sewing Solutions: A NO-FAIL guide to Garments for the Modern Sewist:

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