Growing up, my mom sewed. I'm not sure how much or how frequently, but I have many vivid memories of watching her thread the machine, press the foot pedal and watch as the needle sped up and down, up and down. When my parents moved to Texas a couple of years ago, I got my mom's old machine. That was two and a half years ago and it's sat collecting dust since then. Last week I finally took it in to get tuned up. The woman at the store obviously thought I should just spend the money on a newfangled computerized machine, but I held out. I wanted to use my mom's machine. So after two days' wait, I went and fetched my shiny old machine and some fabric.
I wasn't sure where to start so I picked a pillowcase and used Elizabeth's step-by-step tutorial. I hadn't sewn in so long. I'm pretty sure I hadn't since middle school home ec class. It took me a while to remember all the things like threading the bobbin and threading the machine. I wish I could say it was all smooth sailing, but it wasn't. I had a few issues, but overall, for a first attempt, I felt successful. I love how the pillow turned out, even though it's far from perfect. And now I'm excited for more projects!