I know you all have been anxiously awaiting this day, and yes folks, it has finally happened...I have a sewing machine! My mother-in-law apparently has a cache of them in her barn and graciously dug one out for me. I picked it up on my trip home last weekend and today I set about trying to get to know the machine. Now, let me assure everyone, I am a complete novice when it comes to sewing. Yes, I did try once, 20 years ago, to sew, and if you have read my first blog entry you know how that turned out, but I retained nothing from that experience. Thank goodness for Google and it's powerful search engine, which sent me to numerous videos and tutorials. By watching a delightful British girl I learned how to thread a bobbin and my machine. I was set to go! I practiced on some fabric scraps and, although they were not straight, my seams did stay together. Success!! So, what was I going to do with this new found skill? I had pinned a link on Pinterest for a DYI skirt made from an old pair of jeans. My sweet daughter is very slender and tall so most of the pants she has are too short. I designated a pair of jeans that fit well around the waist for this craft. Here's the link to the tutorial. My try was...well, not the best. The tutorial is specifically a no-sew craft, using fabric glue instead of a sewing machine, but I went ahead and tried anyway. Basically, after a few injuries, I was able to complete the skirt, but no, it does not look great. Thankfully, Z is only 4, and although she considers herself quite stylish, maybe she wont notice my crooked seams. Perhaps denim wasn't the ideal medium for a first-time sewing project. Live and learn, right??
I will post a picture of the machine at another date, frankly, I'm too lazy to get up and go take one at the moment. ;-)
Happy crafting and as always, I welcome any suggestions, ideas or comments!