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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:33 AM
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by chezerbey last modified Nov 21, 2011

A few years ago, Kyle and I were back in Oklahoma for the holidays and somehow my mom and I got to talking about sewing. Although my mom is quite the seamstress, my experience with the craft is more or less limited to a couple of short-lived “I’m going to sew!” phases between the ages of 10-12 and a 2-week class [...]




 

 

A few years ago, Kyle and I were back in Oklahoma for the holidays and somehow my mom and I got to talking about sewing. Although my mom is quite the seamstress, my experience with the craft is more or less limited to a couple of short-lived “I’m going to sew!” phases between the ages of 10-12 and a 2-week class in 7th grade (the result of which was a hideous teddy bear pillow). Apparently I didn’t think sewing was a necessary skill and instead chose to focus my creative energy on making hairbows and puff-painting my Keds.

But anyway, I’ve always admired people who knew their way around a needle and thread and wanted to give it another chance.  Turns out, my step-dad had an older machine that he wasn’t going to use and well, one thing led to another and I soon found myself lugging this sweet hunk of steel back to Seattle:

Despite my initial eagerness, the sewing machine has sat, untouched, in our basement for nearly three years. But now that we have walls and outlets and furniture, I can finally wrap my brain around tackling this new skill. So a few weeks ago I lugged her back up from the basement and took a deep breath. I can do this.

I mean, I have an instruction manual and sewing helpers. (The ruffler pleater - maybe not.)

In one afternoon I was able to skim through the manual (which provided a good amount of humor and eye-rolling), identify all the knobs, switches and thingamabobs and hell, I even figured out how to wind the bobbin! More confident in my abilities (apparently I did remember a little from 1994), I busted out some scrap fabric and practiced a few runs of stitches.

And that was it. I don’t really have a specific sewing project in mind, but I do have some ideas. Although the machine seems to be in good shape, I should probably take it somewhere to have her checked out and oiled. Oh, and I suppose I should actually learn how to sew. Does anyone have recommendations on classes to take or books to read? (I’ve had a few friends recommend Stitches on Capitol Hill.) Or should I just visit my local Sears and ask to speak to their zigzag expert? Lifetime warranty and service on this thing, right?

At any rate, this opens up a new realm of DIY at chezerbey - pillows, curtains, tiny cat outfits. The possibilities are endless.


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