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About manningthemachine

I'm Laura. Mama to four, and wife to one awesome guy. I'm ever so slightly sarcastic. Just a little bit. I like to quote movies, but since our house is managed by little people, most of those quotes come from kiddie shows. At least my husband generally gets the references. It makes me feel less awkward. I took sewing lessons starting at the age of 8, through the Kids Can Sew program. I took lessons for four or five years. Then I became a snotty teen and decided sewing was lame. I've repented of my ways, and enjoy sewing for my little ones. And sometimes other people. And almost never for myself. Oh hey. My blog name. "Manning The Machine." I think it's probably only funny if you know me in real life. And even then, maybe it is only funny to me. My last name is Manning. This is a blog about my sewing. Manning The (Sewing) Machine. Do you get it? Do you? No. That's fine. I think it's funny even if you don't.

Swoodson Says – Roly Poly Critters and Sew Desu Ne – Mewnicorn

Welcome to Day 4 of the Best Christmas Toy Sewing Patterns Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. This blog tour is based on the blog post Best Homemade Toys to Make for Christmas Presents, and is sponsored by Phat … Continue reading

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Seamingly Smitten Mommy & Me Ponchos

Welcome to Day 5 of the Seamingly Smitten Catherine Poncho Blog Tour hosted by Seams Sew Lo. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend with the previous days of this tour. Have you? Well, I’m here to break that lovely, … Continue reading

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Day Tripper Top – Shwin Designs

Dolmans! Everywhere I look there are dolmans. It’s not part of my regular tv show rotation, but I love this one Allison Janney wore on Mom. Actually, she rocks a lot of dolmans on that show. Not that I would … Continue reading

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Parisian Top – Go To Patterns

A little self-care sewing going on in my house this week; in the form of the Parisian Top by Andrea Pannell for Go To Patterns. I needed a break from the madness that is Halloween costume sewing. Seriously, guys, my … Continue reading

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Benylin and Sewing: A Cautionary Tale

This post originally appeared Crafting Con for the My Little Pony theme on July 10,2015 Hi, I’m Laura from Manning The Machine. Back again. Sick of me yet? You might remember me from Disney (Non-Princess), Doctor Who, and Harry Potter. … Continue reading

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Mandy K Designs – Knock off & Costume Hacks Blog Tour

I’ll admit that shortly after signing up for this blog tour, I was completely uninspired. Why did I pick The Princess Party Dress?! Why?? Our house already looks like the princess aisle of Toys R Us threw up all over … Continue reading

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EYMM Hoodie Blog Tour

BAM! I made a hoodie for myself. Check it out!! How awesome is it?? So freaking awesome, that’s how awesome. I found this fabric at a for charity sale that happens right around my birthday. Fabric is donated and priced … Continue reading

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CraftingCon July – My Little Pony

Hey! I’m guest posting over on CraftingCon today – they’ve got a shiny new website!This month’s theme is My Little Pony. You’ll have to head over there to see what I sewed up for this month.

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Sofilantjes Summer Surprise

Welcome! Bienvenue! On the 23rd Sofilantjes turned one year old! Bonne fête, Sofilantjes! Wow, look at all those exclamation marks – it’s my favourite punctuation. Where was I? Oh yes, it’s Day 3 of the Summer Surprise Annniversary Tour for … Continue reading

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Doctor…. Who?

This post originally appeared on Friends Stitched Together in January as part of CraftingCon’s Doctor Who month. Hey Everybody! I’m Laura, I blog over at Manning The Machine. I’m ridiculously excited to be a contestant as part of this month’s … Continue reading

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