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10/12/2008

Sew...A Needle Pulling Thread

Oops. I truly didn't mean to leave a HEY IT'S MY FREAKIN' BIRTHDAY! post up for so long. Oh well. Life is hectic. I feel like I'm always trying to catch up, all the while worrying about what looms ahead. It leads to not making a lot of progress and procrastination. Oy.

One of the many things occupying my time lately was learning how to use the inexpensive (less than $75), refurbished sewing machine I got a few months ago. I learned the basics--how to thread the machine, how to make simple things like a tote bag, hemming jeans. Damn if I can sew in a very straight line yet though. I think that will come with practice.

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I made a very basic, flimsy tote bag (unlined) out of this cute paw print fabric. I may be making a couple of sturdier bags with some fabric I've ordered from Japan for a couple of upcoming craft shows. It's a good thing I got this new skill because I think I've forgotten how to crochet.

When I was coming home from one of the classes, I got my sewing machine out of the car. I have a plastic carrying case for it. An older neighbor was out on the street and said, "Oh, did you just get back from camping?" I said, "No, I was at a sewing class. This is my machine." He said, "Hmm. I didn't know people still did that." Huh?

7 comments:

Aggie said...

Woo Hoo ... good for you. So, so, Sew!
I know what you mean about procrastination ... I'm a great fan of it myself. Lol!

Dianna said...

That is so cool you are learning this :) I bet in no time you will have no problem with straight lines...practice practice practice :)

Sizzle said...

He's a little...out of touch. ;-)

Sarah said...

That's so cool. I have NO idea how to work a sewing machine, but I hope to one day. Then I can make my kids wear embarassing outfits and homemade halloween costumes! Ha. k, not really, but I still want to learn.

girlzoot said...

I constantly see great fabric at stores and think to myself I would love to have that as a skirt, it is so horridly inappropriate. I imagine I would need to know more than a straight line though, huh?

madretz said...

Ok, you should put a tutorial on making a totebag because I am still stuck on potholders. I desperately wanna make totebags!

ambitious hamster said...

yay, a fellow tote bag sewer! sewing is fun. but i have no idea what i'm doing. my teacher (my mom) moved away and so i'm stuck on easy stuff till she moves back. i am scared of zippers. well, sewing them anyway.

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