JC was off Friday, which has completely thrown us off. We spent yesterday watching Fullmetal Alchemist while I either sewed or played Sims 3. Today we went on a really romantic date (lunch out, checking new video games and a spell in a bookstore before coming home and playing … a lot). We then realized we had a whole day still to come before either of us has to work.
I love to learn. I prefer lessons in both verbal and written with results on a customizable schedule. I get a bit of a high whenever I start a new craft or trade. Most of the time, that high wears off and leaves me with onerous expectations from a teacher who doesn’t realize I have one foot out the door. My goal has been to find something that combines creativity, practicality, service and possible money production that keeps the fun.
I didn’t expect to enjoy sewing. I started it for the practical reason of keeping the clothes we have usable and making new clothes at a lower rate than I’d pay in the store. I figured I’d have to grunt my way through the learning and it would just be part of my life duties. I had no idea I’d love it, be inspired with every breath and be able to draw on so many skills I have from previous learning experiences.
My brother, Tommi, got me my first sewing machine. I named her Darna, inspired by the sock darning plate she came with and my crafty friend, Lorna Carrie.
I immediately started hemming my husband’s work pants. This was an experience by itself. I had to learn to sew mostly straight lines, regardless of the stitch. My initial high took me through that part … and didn’t go away.
He needed them long enough to hit his shoes just right, heel length with no shoes on. 🙂
I learned not all thread is the same. I had to go to a little sewing store called KiwiQuilts in order to find thread that matched his khaki pants. It matches perfectly. I’m thinking of keeping a swatch book that has a swatch of fabric and some thread ends with the info on fabric/thread type, brand and color number or whatever as I discover favorites.
I made my own pincushion using on of my small canning jars, some cotton balls and leftover fabric from my favorite bra. It died, but I just couldn’t throw it out before finding a way to recycle the fun print on it. My next sewing notion project is definitely a machine cover, but haven’t decided on a design yet.
There are so many possibilities and applications that are both practical and fun, I’m amazed I didn’t check this out before. My husband’s certainly enjoying the possible money savings and future tailoring options as I level up. 🙂