I’m Krystina, a Chicanx writer and lapsed journalist living with my husband in Dallas, Texas. I’ve been sewing on-and-off since I was 12 years old.
I started a blog and Instagram in 2019, while I was experiencing one of the toughest periods of my life.
Without a job, receiving rejection after rejection, and facing the constant fear that we’d lose our apartment, I felt demoralized. Sewing was something that gave me that sense of accomplishment: For completing a project, turning my style vision into reality, and creating something unique to me that made me feel good about myself.
Sewing and ongoing therapy really helped me get through those tough times, hence this blog’s name: Thread & Therapy.
Enough feels and woo-woo. I believe in cutting through the influencer BS and encouraging others to use their sewing as a means of self-expression. I’m a bit too honest. And I take my sweet time sewing. I hope you stick around and find this space a refreshing break.
A mini FAQ no one asked for
How long have you been sewing?
I first learned to sew in 7th grade, but I didn’t pick it up again until 2017 when I wanted to sew home decor items. I started garment sewing in 2019.
How did you learn to sew?
A combination of classes and research using books. I first learned in a class offered in middle school. As an adult, I took two garment sewing classes at a local business. I’ve picked up the rest through books.
What machines do you use?
I sew on a Babylock Lyric and a Babylock Vibrant. My first machine was a Babylock BL9, which has been repackaged to the Babylock Zest. If I didn’t need the trade-in value for my upgrade machine, I would’ve kept my BL9!
I’m not sponsored by Babylock. I trust my local dealer, which is Latinx-owned, exclusively sells Babylock machines, and also repairs all sewing machines.
Why don’t you post your measurements?
It reminds me too much of the days when I hung around pro-ana forums when I was deep in my eating disorder as a teenager.