Sewing From the Start
When I first began sewing it was very simple. Thread, needle and a knot. I was sewing by hand the only way I knew how. I knew one simple stitch and would sew felt to make whatever I felt like (LOL.) It started out as a few things for my boys, I made them some felt animal masks that they LOVED and had a ton of fun with. Then as I began to sew more, my husband surprised me with a sewing machine one day so that I could make things much quicker. YAY! And, I don’t believe I have sewn anything by hand since!
How I Learned on the Sewing Machine
I had taken a fashion type class in high school that required me to learn to sew. I loved it at the time but was now rusty and had to relearn how to thread and operate the machine. My machine came with a disk that explained how to thread it properly. From there I learned by messing around with it. Pushing buttons, changing settings. I am very much a hands on learner. Too impatient to be anything else! So after a few minutes of finagling, my husband spent the rest of the night tinkering with it not letting me have a turn! HA! It really was such a fun night and such a thoughtful surprise. For those who are wanting to sew but are intimidated, DON’T BE! Pull up youtube like everybody else who wants to learn anything and you will be impressing yourself in no time!
Is Sewing Difficult?
NO. It’s all just mental. It looks intimidating on the outside before you try your first piece. One thing I always tell myself if I really want to do something, is “if there are other people in the world doing this, I can do this.” I’m a pretty patient person but when it comes to learning and making things I just want to jump right in and do it! I have an almost stubborn “can do” attitude which bit me in the butt when I first started. I thought I could just cut out my own patterns, eyeballing sizes and it would be great! WAH WAH WAH, it was never great. I wasted hours of time. But what I have learned from the experience is that doing it right, going step by step through instructions makes the whole process 1000x easier. Sewing with a pattern is easy peasy! I prefer online patterns as I am not a fan of the tissue paper versions. So I download a pattern, which generally comes with easy to follow instructions and I sew and I am in love with the feeling of having made something.
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