MD Sewist Spotlight: Marco Murillo

Every other week, we’ll be profiling one of our customers to find out a little bit about their sewing life. This week the MD Sewist Spotlight is on Marco Murillo. Marco started in 2010, and before getting his studio set up was a frequent visitor to MD’s Open Sew.

Marco at work. Photo by Kurt Hettle.

How long have you been sewing?
I started sewing for fun in 1999 and professionally in 2010.

Tell us about a favorite recent sewing project.
I just made a vegetable tanned leather case for the iPhone4.  It’s part of the new Fall collection for The Good Flock. It took a few tries but I’m happy with how it came out.

What is your favorite sewing tip/tool?
I have a few:
  • I think the best sewing tool I’ve ever found is artist masking tape.  I usually sew by myself and it’s great for holding material and/or pattern making paper when you’re cutting etc. It’s like another set of hands and won’t ruin the material you adhere it to.
  • If things are going really badly.  walk away, have a coffee, maybe take a day off and come back to it when you’re not frustrated.
  • Dont rush.
  • I love my Chalkoner.
Where do you sew?
In my sewing studio.
Marco in his studio. Photo by Kurt Hettle.
What sewing project(s) do you plan to tackle next?
Oh, thats a difficult one.  I have a long list but I think the next project will a Canoe Pack in waxed canvas and leather.

3 Responses to “MD Sewist Spotlight: Marco Murillo”

  1. Erika Sews

    Nice little spotlight! Which BERNINA is he using that will sew through leather?

  2. lupine

    All BERNINA’s sew through leather Erika! Marco has a BERNINA Activa 240 I believe, but those big chunky stitches on the phone case were done by an industrial machine of some sort. The secret to leather sewing on a home machine is the right presser foot.

  3. Marco

    Yes I sew on the Activa 220 with the large Sew Steady acrylic sewing table (I love it) from MD. My Bernina can sew leather really well. It really comes to life when I’m sewing wool/leather in the same piece. The machine self-adjusts and makes consistent & beautiful stitches. Just make sure you use the right needle, foot and bobbin tension and you should be fine on most light weight leathers. When I have to sew heavy leather I use an industrial walking foot machine.

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