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March 10, 2012

Social Saturday - Learning to Sew!

I took the leap last night and finally pulled my sewing machine out of the box! 

Its only been in there for, oh, 14 months. But who's counting! 

Its not much. Just a little Singer mending machine. But I'm not trying to make my family's wardrobe with it. Just do a little crafting! So hopefully it will be perfect for that. 

I practiced stitching on some scrap fabric. Don't I already have some mad skills? 
Yeah... I think this is going to take a lot of practice! 

My presser foot seems to only have one speed no matter how gentle I press it. 

But this stitching tells you another thing... I threaded the machine!
I figured that was half the battle. 

The machine came with a lot of thread and bobbins. And oddly most of the bobbins were already filled. 
I'm wondering at the quality of the thread though. I had the thread break several times while I was practice stitching. I think some of it may have to do with trying to figure the proper tension. 


I poured over my sewing Pinterest board looking through the tips I've been saving for new sewers. Its helped a lot with my understand of how the thing works!

I still have a lot of questions and hopefully I'll be able to find answers soon. 


And now that she's out, I think she needs a name...




10 comments :

  1. Wooohoooooo! Look at you!!! I'm so excited for you! Your machine is so cute!
    I'm terrible at naming things- though I'd pick something fun like Suzy or Emily or Annie. I think it needs a "cute" name. lol!!!

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  2. I just started a new series- Sewing 101. I'd love for you to join me: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/03/sewing-101-lesson-1-supplies-and-basic.html

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  3. Be careful! Sewing can be VERY addicting! The next thing you know you'll be hoarding fabric and spending days cutting squares and weeks chained to the sewing machine! :)

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  4. I took about that long to take my machine out of the box, and then I used it a bit. The loading of the thread and bobbins is always daunting. This past fall, when I knew I wouldn't have time to teach myself for a while, I put the machine away. While doing so the foot fell off. Spring break is coming, and I have to figure out how to put it back on...

    Eep.

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  5. Oh yeah!!! good luck! Sewing is sooooooo much fun!!! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  6. Congratulations on your first experience sewing Michele!! How exciting!! Its always scary taking that first plunge but you did it!! :)

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  7. I'm coming up on a year of my poor brand new sewing machine going unused. Good for you! I'm hoping to get started this month :)

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  8. How do you find the time? My Cricut Imagine has been used 2x since Christmas...I just got an ecraft...still in the box...I can probably beat 14 months! Ha!

    I think you should make your fancy creation a pot holder or frame is and call it crazy stitch art - it could catch on!

    I love my readers digest book of sewing as reference.

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  9. Hi there - I'm all for a new sewer in the world! Good luck with it. Here's a link for a great sewing school - based in Australia but I'm sure you'll have fun with it http://sewschool.com.au/
    Thanks for your boy month, I'm enjoying all your finds. Cheers, Sarah

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  10. Threading the machine IS half the battle! :) I LOVE Gutterman thread. Really, it's the best. It's the only kind I sew with if I can help it.

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