Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sewing.




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!

8 comments:

Clair said...

Love the fabric pattern and the final project!

The first time I tried my mom's sewing machine, I broke it within 30 seconds. I've been sewing machine shy ever since then, but just bought an old clunker at the thrift store and am hoping to try it out...

colleen said...

so cool - and i think it looks pretty darn good.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

It looks great! My mom wasn't a big sewer growing up, but I'm determined to learn. I just got my first sewing machine for this birthday - so I'm excited to get started. Please post any other tutorials you used or websites you recommend, I need all the help I can get!

elizabeth said...

I'd love to get into sewing more one day. Love both fabrics you picked!

Jessica said...

I love it! I'd say you're a natural!

Jodi Ann said...

Adorable! I'm with you...I'd rather use my mom's shiny old sewing machine rather than a new computerized one. :) I LOVE that pillow!

Kristin W said...

Cute! I can't wait to see what comes out of the other fabric. So cool to use the "vintage" machine your mom used too!

jordy liz said...

i really need to learn to sew... i feel like the possibilities could be endless!

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