Michael Portuesi is a mild-mannered software developer and author of this blog. His other hobbies include amateur astronomy, and it was the idea of producing a custom-made astronomical sketchpad that led him into the idea of sewing.
When a Brother sewing machine “magically appeared” for Christmas 2011, he took up sewing as a hobby and has been teaching himself ever since. His interests include cases, folios, home decorating, and men’s garment construction.
In 2017, Michael enrolled in the Fashion program at City College of San Francisco, and is nearing completion of certificates of accomplishment in Apparel Construction and Patternmaking.
When not working or sewing, Mike can probably be found looking through his telescope or riding a bicycle through the streets of San Francisco, where he lives with his partner and a herd of computers.
About the Name
The name of the blog, Line of Selvage, is a melding of 1) the “selvage”, or the strip of finish of the ends of the fabric as it comes off the bolt and 2) the “line of scrimmage”, a term for the point at which two teams meet on the field in a game of American football. For Mike sometimes, the art of sewing seems like a faceoff between himself on one side, and the fabric, sewing machine, patterns and notions on the other.