Yesterday, a friend came over and helped me set up my sewing machine and then sew my very first project. It’s been in a box since I got it back in July. Finally, this weekend, it was released!
I had spoken to her about what my mom had given me, and what I wanted to do as an “easy” project. She suggested I get a few things – rotary cutter, cutting board and pinking shears – and a guideline for the amount of fabric I would need.
She came bearing gifts for the girls. So they were completely enchanted. Stu took them away so we could focus on the project. I had found this organizer wilfing a while ago and thought it would be a great thing. Something we needed for our kitchen chairs.
Anyway, I’m sure I was not the easiest student – so many questions! Why? But I had fun! She made me do everything, which was great! I had to thread the bobbin, the machine. She did help thread the actual needle, I just couldn’t get the stupid thread through. I think my machine has an automatic threader, but we didn’t use it. And after she left, I got the darn thing threaded all by my self!
She figured out how the yard of fabric I had bought needed to be cut then I could cut it to the measurements, folded and pined. Then, it was time to actually sew. So much prep work! I kept trying to raise and lower the foot from back of the machine, behind the foot, not on the curve above the foot. My mom’s machine had the arm there. It was weird, I haven’t sewn anything for at least 20 years. Well, more like 30 – since girl scouts – and that was on her machine. Crazy what gets stored in muscle memory and what doesn’t.
My first runs were slow, tentative, unsteady. I wasn’t sure what I was doing. I would forget to pull the pins, need to stop, grab them and start up again. My seams weren’t straight. I kept trying to direct the material, not guide it. But the machine is oh, so nice. It basically pulls the material along, you just need to gently guide… I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it and straighten out up soon enough.
The first bag took a long time to do. But we had cut the material for the second one at the same time, yay us! The second one went much, much faster. I was more confident with my abilities, understanding, and the machine.
The girls were happy to have something new, for them. They put coloring books, papers in their pockets, took them out, put them back in again. Yay me!
After my friend left, and the girls had an afternoon nap, I got brave and cut two patterns from the pre-printed sheet my mom gave me with the machine. A snow bird and a penguin. I got them sewn together, flipped. I forgot to reverse once or twice, so did a second pass (with bonus reverse!). Both have too small gaps, which made turning them right side out a bit difficult. Oh, well. I’ll get that down better eventually.
Today, during a nap, I stuffed both birds. But, instead of sewing the opening closed, I wrote this. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get them hand sewn. I’m sure they’ll be done before Thanksgiving, so the girls can have a new stuffy.
PS. The kitchen table is transformed. It’s awesome. We didn’t need to clear anything away tonight for dinner!
PPS. I have an “oops” I need to hand sew on the first bag. It has a safety pin on it right now. I’ll eventually get that fixed too.