WEll, Hello there fellow SEWISTS And mAkers!

why START a sewing podcast?

My name is Louise Sherry from Sydney, Australia. I started Australia Sews Podcast series to celebrate the Australian home sewing community and share stories from everyday sewers transforming their lives and their wardrobes.

I was curious about the Instagram photos we see. What went into making those clothes and what things did people discover along the way? I was also interested in everyday sewing chat such as what people were working on right now, what was in their stash and how their style had evolved.

I truly believe that everyone has a story to share, no matter if you’re new to sewing or have been doing it for years.

who am I?

Sewing is not my day job. I’ve spent the past 20 years as a communications professional. I’ve worked as a newspaper journalist and written for magazines, interviewing hundreds of people from all walks of life. I’ve also created websites, blogged about food, travel and career and taught myself about video editing and graphic design.

Although I’m a self-confessed introvert, COVID has definitely made it hard to connect with people. Many sewers don’t have sewing friends to meet up with in person. And if you do, I’m so glad that you've found your tribe. Sewing is a great hobby but it can be a lonely one. And if you are anything like me, your kids or your partner really aren’t interested in talking about patterns and fabric. 

So in December 2021, I decided to join Instagram for the sole purpose of meeting other home sewists. What I discovered very quickly was there are so many amazing people all around Australia - and the world - sewing up a storm in their living room or dining room or maybe they’ve turned a spare bedroom into a sewing space. I know I’d love to do that but I don’t think my two kids would be happy about sharing a room!