I am a beginner sewer. I bought my first sewing machine years ago from the trading post for $40. I dabbled with it blindly over the years but never had a lot of confidence. I had made things like napkins and table runners, but my stitches were never very nice to look at and the corners were always a mess.
8 weeks ago I walked in to my local Fabric shop while my daughter was at Ballet in search of some Xmas fabric to make, yep, more napkins. I found the most adorable white holly print and took it to the counter. The lady behind the counter was so lovely, ‘What are you making?” she asked. I told her, alas, it was only napkins. I didn’t have a lot of confidence or knowledge when it came to sewing, but I enjoyed it all the same. Generally my machine only ever came out at Christmas to make new table linens. ‘Why don’t you book in for some lessons?’ Hey now- that’s an idea! after finding out that they were not as scary expensive as I thought they would be (the expense lies in the fabrics and patterns I realised later!) I signed myself up! Mondays would be my sewing days!
It was during my first lesson I discovered that I really did have absolutely NO IDEA what I was doing. Things I learnt..
I was not threading my machine correctly. Who knew that the thread went through the little curvy wire bit near the needle? And that the bobbin thread should spin clockwise? Not me it turns out. Well I do now!
I had also been filling my bobbin wrong, I didn’t know I could fill the bobbin WITHOUT the machines needle running a hundred miles an hour too!
The other clever little thing I learnt was that my machine had a thread cutter!! Who knew!!
Well, I did say I was a beginner…. now do you believe me? Thankfully my new sewing teacher, Karen, didn’t even flinch with my very obvious lack of knowledge. Gosh she is marvelous!
So basically this blog is to give me a bit of a gauge on my progress with skills and knowledge. If you happen to know a thing or two about sewing feel free to drop me a few tips. I am sure along the road I will do many many things wrong. But that is the fun of learning. I will post pictures of thing I make at home and in my classes. And I hope to be able to look back and marvel at my progress.