Mar 9, 2010

To Sew or Not to Sew

I think it was about 7 years ago my mother-in-law bought me a sewing machine.  I remember at the time I was really wanting to sew things and be able to make my own purses or drapes.  I was pretty excited to get it but could never get it to work right for me.  I had a love/hate relationship with it.  I would get it working and then the next thing I know it was all jacked up.  Mostly it was the bobbin... it would go crazy and throw thread all over the bottom of the fabric. I brought my machine to a few sewing groups with my friends and they would tell me how awesome my machine was and how easy it was to use. Then I would get excited and use it again, and it went back to being crazy.

So the poor machine has been up in my closet for the last 2 and half years just collecting dust.  I gave away all my scrap fabric to a friend because I was convinced it would never work for me again.

Now I'm constantly looking for new knitting patterns and knitting blogs.  I've discovered these cool Knitting Needle Roll Ups. I have tons of needles already and I'm just storing them in a plastic zip lock bag... I looked first to see if I could buy these awesome roll ups and they run between $45 and $70!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  YIKES! I just don't have the money for that kind of awesomeness... sigh...

So I kept looking online at these roll ups and thought to look for a sewing pattern to see if it would be hard to make.  I found a simple pattern and sent it to my smarty sewing friends to see what they thought.  They have approved and they are going to help me make it at our next "What Ya Makin'" Group.  But, there is still the issue of the sewing machine... So I pulled it out this morning and tried to give it a spin.  What do you know, it works like a charm!  I'm not sure if I'm more annoyed or more happy about this.  I mean, its been sitting in my closet for 2 and half years staring at me... Maybe it needed that long of a time out to get its act together??? Maybe I've just claimed the crafty gift and now all crafty things will work in my favor??? Regardless, I've got a working sewing machine (for today), I've got a pattern to make, I've got friends to help and I found this cute fabric (I just need to buy it!! The craft store was over populated on Sunday and I barely got out alive!!!)

1 comment:

  1. It's going to be great! I still have those problems with my machine and I kinda know what I'm doing now (notice I said kinda). Sometimes the bobbin gets wound weird and just needs to be done again and sometimes if you start sewing too close to the edge of the fabric it will suck the fabric into the machine and get caught. I had that problem a lot with my first quilt. Then I learned and it happened less. I think it just takes time to get used to your machine. Once you get the basics down you will love it! :o)