I was instantly ecstatic when I saw this was part of the syllabus for ENG 361 because I have been wanting a sewing machine for about a year but I was making myself wait until I graduated (I’ll be done at the end of the summer) before I could buy one as a celebration gift for getting my bachelor’s degree. However, my parents bought me one early for my birthday & I had mixed emotions.
First, I really wanted it because I have so many Pinterest ideas I can’t wait to make!
Second, I knew it would be a complete distraction from doing my homework
Third, sewing is more fun than homework for me so I would procrastinate finishing my assignments
Fourth, I’ve never tried sewing before (and being one of those type A personality people) I was going to have to set aside some serious time to get this thing figured out.
So seeing that an independent-learning project made my type A personality & the thought of learning sewing do a silly little happy dance in my head!
This is my new sewing machine! Isn’t it pretty?
So when my mom came up to my house for Christmas we did a crash course in how to thread a bobbin, how to straight stitch, and how to get things started. So I bought some material to practice on. I am going to start with a straight stitch around in a square to make a single-sided blanket. Simple, right? Yeah, maybe not for me.
This is what I’m staring at thinking, “Okay, now what? Oh geez, I’m in over my head already!” Ha!
So I set out to begin. I measured my green material to make a nice square (while fighting with the cat who thinks that I’m making him a nice, soft, new bed). I folded over the edges, pinned them, and headed over to my new Brother sewing machine.
Next I threaded my bobbin, got it in the bottom of the machine, and got my thread through all these little loop-holes & through the needle. It was a real miracle!
Remember: The foot must be down or it will just jumble up your thread & cause a huge mess. (I know this from half an hour of frustration!)
But look, tah-dah! After an hour & a half of getting things measured, started, and a little sewn I got 2 edges done!
The rest of time this week is invested in Pinteresting hacks of sewing. It’s not fair, my mom, mother-in-law & grandmas all made this look so easy. It’s not easy. But I have to say—I’m excited to learn!
Next week I’m also going to come up with goals for my sewing adventure. Sorry, I like goals & I can see myself getting frustrated so goals will keep me on track…I think.