02 May 2010

Step 1: Buy a machine, but not just any machine, a computerized one!
Step 2: Go to fabric store and buy some cheap-o fabric
Step 3: Figure out how to thread a needle. If you can't figure this out (and I almost gave up) then take the machine back and find another hobby.
Step 3: Sew a few stitches on some cheap-o fabric
Step 4: When you're bored of sewing stitches on cheap-o fabric, make something. I chose to make an envelope pillow cover. I still used cheap-o fabric as I was not necessarily intending on actually using this pillow cover, but figured it would give me focused practice time.

***I really like some of the cheap-o fabric and thought this could just be the new pillow we've been needing for our family room!***

Step 5: Cut off the sides and start again because the envelope overlap is too short and it flops open. Not to mention, the pillow is a tad too long (awkwardly so).
Step 6: Re-sew the sides of the pillow using a Serging Stitch (on my first day? Indeed, I went for it!)
Step 7: Realize that the second time making the pillow cover {did I mention it was a 15-20 minute pillow cover that has now taken me close to 2 hours} that I forgot to turn it inside-out? As I stand up from my new machine still proud of my first project regardless of its flaws (and there were many), I hear my husband begin to yell...
Step 8: Clean up dog piss that is rapidly endangering computer CPU with my new inside-out pillow cover.
Step 9: Order pizza and call it a night.


Ducky said...

I've been stuck at #3 for years. Congratulations on your first project, even if it was used to wipe a pug mess.

karolina said...

awesome. i've had so many 'gaaaahh!!' moments with sewing machines, usually due to snagged/tangled thread. i've also made some pretty strange-looking "proto-gnomes" in my day. keep at it, and start with making small-ish things that make you smile.

hannah m said...

(My reader has not been picking up your posts!)
I cannot wait to stitch and bitch together! And oooo, I am so excited about your computerized machine - fancy!!!!! Go AMY!

Jennie said...


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