On June 27th I got to open this beautiful gift from my loving husband.
My loving husband who has heard me whine and beg and plead for a sewing machine for months. And lucky me, he took all my subtle hints and got me one.
The only problem is sewing scares me to death. Well not really, but close to it. It’s an art I knew very very little about. I never had an interest in sewing growing up and no one around me sewed either. My grandmother told me the first time she used a sewing machine in an elementary school classroom, the needle went through her finger. That was the end of her sewing machine days. My mom can certainly sew a mean button and patch up a few holes in our clothes but she was never in to sewing machines either. In my family we crochet. My grandmother crocheted and she taught my mom how to crochet and my mom taught me how to crochet. But I can’t exactly crochet napkins or curtains or pillow covers (well kind of but it takes forever) so I realized I had to grow up and face my fear.
As much as I’ve been wanting to make napkins, table cloths, table runners, pillow covers and curtains, I’ve been so hesitant to actually pull the sewing machine out of its box. So last week I decided I would take a class at Joann’s. I was excited. It was going to be a 3 hour class for beginners. I had a 50% off coupon so the cost would only be $17. The class was scheduled for Saturday August 17 and I waltz in the night before with a big smile on my face and say “I’d like to sign up for the beginning sewing class tomorrow!” only to hear “sorry it’s full”. Oops.
Since I had that time set aside on Saturday I decided I was still going to use my machine. So I bought some necessities: fabric, thread, cutting board, rotary cutter, ruler and pin cushion.
I took my time reading through the manual learning how to set up my machine and becoming familiar with all the components.
I wound the bobbin, threaded the top thread, picked up the bobbin thread…I was on a roll. Fortunately for me my co-worker and good friend Jane had given me a mini lesson on her antique machine the week before just to show me the very basics (I didn’t even know what a bobbin was). She also explained to me how I would make a napkin. So I took that information and ran with it. After I got my machine set up, I got my iron out, made my creases, placed my pins and completed my first project.
I may have written in the picture that it’s an “easy” first project but actually if you ask Dan it wasn’t so easy for me. There were several times where I wanted to take my machine and throw it across the room. The top thread kept breaking off and I could not figure out why. I was even determined that it was “the machine itself, I’m doing everything right!” Only to find out hours later after re reading the manual that there were several things I wasn’t doing right.