March 31, 2009

Sew, Now What?

Since someone gave me the bug about tablescapes, I've decided that I want to try to make a few simple placemats and napkins and such. I could probably have faired ok with fabric glue and/or fusible tape, but thought I'd see if someone had a sewing machine collecting dust that I could give a new home to.

I emailed my local freecycle group and had an answer from a very nice woman within the hour. She had a vintage model Singer machine that she had purchased very cheaply at a yard sale several years ago and had never used it, so she was more than happy to gift it to me.

Now the fun begins. I don't know how to sew!

Ok, I did learn the VERY basics as a young lady, but that was 35 years ago or better. I do remember being terribly intimidated at learning how to thread the machine, so that's the first thing I googled when I got this machine home.

Fortunately for me, you can get instructions for just about anything on this earth with just a few keystrokes, so within minutes I had a pictorial walk-thru on how to thread this beast, as well as a full manual available for download should I decide to be really daring.

Since I have no thread or any other supplies, sewing notions are on my list to pick up in town tomorrow.

Sew ...

... my new windows are on the back burner.

... the bathroom sink that won't drain is no longer at the top of the list.

... patching, priming and painting my bedroom seem less of a priority.

... my land that needs 'scaping will just have to wait.

Sew what?


Diane said...

SEW!!!! The machine looks like it's in great condition! This is going to be such an adventure for you! I can't wait hear all about your journey!


Raggedy Girl said...

I have to type left handed but I wanted to stop by and see what you are doing.

from Roberta Anne
The Raggedy Girl

Samantha said...

I wish I could sew, but just never could do that well with it, hope you enjoy it, be sure and post what you make, would love to see !

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Just tell yourself that you're not going to learn any younger and jump right in with both feet☺ You can do it!

Like you, I learned the basics back 30+ years ago. I get really impatient and don't follow the rules, yet I've been able to crank out a couple of costumes--by finagling the directions to exclude zippers!

Start with something simple, like a slipcover (seriously, you can google a slipcover for throw pillows and they're easy!). I just wish I had a big enough house to keep my machine set up so I could work a little at a time.