About us!

Hello!  I’m Linda – the Owner, Designer and Sewist behind the Shop called “Lányos Handmade” and the Sewing Blogger behind the blog, “Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!” and the sewing challenge #designindecember. Hello the from the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Thanks for stopping by!

When I’m not working, commuting to and from work, exercising or spending time with family and friends … I’m sewing!  I have the perfect set up for me in our cozy home … a sewing machine on a wheeled cabinet in front of a great forested view.  Sewing is my time, along with trying to read novels while jogging on my treadmill!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!

I remember sewing as far back as age 12, when I pieced together Barbie doll clothes (without a pattern) for my younger sister’s dolls.  I guess that could be called the “draping” technique? 😜

Come to think of it, the best Christmas present I ever received was home-made Barbie doll clothes (made with a real McCalls pattern by my older sister!). They were complete outfits plus matching accessories – Handbags, shoes, etc. – each outfit mounted on cardboard, just like store-bought!  They were Beautiful!!

My Aunt was a seamstress, trained back in Hungary, and my Mother always had the sewing machine out on the dining room table, mending an old garment or sewing a new one.

I have a few sewing machines … two toy Vintage Sewing Machines (a Necchi and a Singer) and six VSM’s:  Maria the Ford deLuxe (she still needs to be cleaned up), my yet unnamed White (needs a bit of work yet), Winnie the Singer 221 Featherweight, Amber the Singer 421G, Barbie the Singer 500 and Ilona the Singer 15-88 (She’s fine, although her treadle cabinet needs work yet!).  I also have a Janome 3160QDC, a Janome HD3000 (great for bag-making) and a Janome MyLock 334.  Check out my posts on all these machines, just do a search for “sewing machines” in the search box!

I just recently purchased the Janome HD3000 (I call her “Janie”) to help me out with my new bag sewing addiction. Yes, I enjoy all kinds of sewing, lately I’ve been drafting patterns and sewing up various styles and sizes of bags, totes and wallets with an emphasis on using vegan, sustainable, up-cycled and/or repurposed materials.

Check out my Shop, Lányos Handmade – new bags and sewing patterns are added often! I take custom orders!

Don’t forget … Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!! is the home of the DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER Challenge!  Join in on the fun!

Thank you very much for reading and commenting on my blog!

Happy Sewing!

Before you go, let me introduce you to my apprentices, Simon and Sophie!

These are my original photographs, content and creations, unless otherwise indicated.  If you use a photograph or any content from this blog or my shop, please link back and give proper credit.  All rights reserved.  

Also, unless otherwise stated, I am not affiliated with any other person or company and all opinions given are my own. I use on-line courses a lot. We live in a rural area and actually attending a sewing class is not easy for me. On-line courses are easy to access. I also use books, other blogs, and on-line reference material. I’ll let you know every time I source information from somewhere else, in case you want to look it up too. I don’t receive any compensation. I just want to spread the information and education I have found.

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31 thoughts on “About us!”

    1. Well it was pointless with pocket books, even if I propped them up on the treadmill console… And it was difficult with hardcover books too… No matter what I tried either the book or I would fly off the treadmill! Now I prop my e-reader on the console and I do a bit better. I just have to make the font HUGE so I can see it when I was jogging! Trying to read sure makes the time fly though!

  1. I know this has nothing to do with reading books, hardcover or paperbacks, on the treadmill, but I tried to hold puny little dumbbells while walking on the treadmill…almost killed myself. Moral of the story, don’t do anything on the treadmill but watch TV!

    1. Don’t even blink! My eyes were tired this last week so I tried closing them while walking on the treadmill, glad I was holding on because it could have been really, really bad!

  2. question. I was given a my home 334d and it did not come with a manual. I have been trying to get the rolled hem setting perfect and its not happening. Can you share the perfect rolled hem setting for this machine please?? TYIA!

    1. Hello! At the moment I’m sitting here rushing through my lunch before I have to go back to work, thinking isn’t there something interesting that I could be doing right now – so I read sewing blogs and I come across your question! I would be happy to help, but I usually only post on Friday night or Saturday morning, so it will have to wait until then, so sorry! But I will see if I can get some photos together, or something, for the weekend post! Thanks for reading/commenting!

  3. You are Nominated again!! Thanks for doing so. I truly appreciate your expertise here as I learn. ( How do I get the PIN on my site as a button…lol Help)

    1. Do you mean the PIN IT red and white button about your LIKE button? On my IPAD, which I am using now, it is in MENU, under Settings, and under Sharing. It is one of the enabled services. Then it has a bunch of questions about what you want to share with and how you want to share. I learned how to do it by Googling “how to get a PIN it button on my wordpress blog”. It’s amazing what you can learn about by googling it! Thank you for the kind words, by the way!

  4. Hi! I just found your lovely blog and had to read 1000 things….it’s been a long time, but I’ve done some of them….I was once a wiz with bound buttonholes. Don’t ask me why, just always loved them. Will be reading more of course, but wanted to greet you and let you know I’m now following!

  5. My mom has a Janome Mylock 334D Serger that has never been used and is still in the box. She’s trying to sell it and doesn’t know for how much and it will need to be oiled. I was wondering what you would recommend since it’s probably over 20 years old. I just hope that someone can be able to use it ….Thanks…..Glenn :>) Nanaimo, B.C., Canada

    1. A 334D is a step up from mine. Try checking out “Used Victoria” or “Used Nanaimo” to see what others are selling their machines for. I did just find one ad now on Used Victoria for a Janome MyLock 334D serger that said “…in excellent condition. Bought new at Sawyer Sewing centre and maybe used it 15 times. Paid over $700. Will include lots of spools of thread too. $325.” So that can give you an idea of the sale price. Put it on Used Nanaimo and see if you get any interest.

  6. Thanks for following my blog (and finding me on Instagram)! I can’t wait to check yours out. I laughed when I read about your Barbie school project. I once made a Ken doll into a mummy! Looking forward to “meeting” you through your posts. 🙂

  7. Just found your blog, and I really like it. I too started sewing as a kid (9) and like you I don’t have sewing buddies to talk shop with. My husband says sewing makes him sleepy lol. But I have been studying sewing and crafts for decades and totally addicted to textiles, techniques and up cycling. I just hate when something “looks up cycled”. I’m a huge fan of couture and quality and really try to give my items “polish”. I also live in a more rural area (Pennsylvania) and so classes are a hassle to find, plus YouTube provides and it’s free, yay! Anytime you want to talk shop shoot me a line. Can’t wait to read the rest of your blog.

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