lesson one

14 Mar

I’ve recently inherited a sewing machine, it’s about 30 years old.  It still seems to work ok and probably suits my skill level at the moment.  I’ve been wanting to sew for a long time, but horror images from high school textile class keep popping up in my mind, putting me off.  But it’s a goal for 2011.  Before jumping in head first, and potentially ruining the machine, I signed up for a basics course at Thread Den which was a brilliant idea as I learnt lots of little tips and tricks to get me on my way.  One of which was how to thread the machine, might seem easy for some but was a daunting task for a novice like myself! Once we’d learnt some basic stitches and some more complex seams, it was time to complete our project for the evening which was a small bag, kind of like a clutch.  I lost my way a couple of times but it was a great sense of achievement to actually make something that looked a) reasonably straight and b) like it wasn’t going to fall instantly to pieces.

So it was with much confidence that I sat down after the class and threaded my sewing machine for the first time.  All seemed to go ok until I started doing some practice sewing and this happened…

Not a great start!  Half an hour later, with the help of some scissors, tweezers and a chopstick and I was ready for take two!  I’m someone who likes to try and finish something straight away, rather than just practising, so I set myself the challenge of making a heat bag.  I figured this would be fairly straightforward considering I really only needed to sew four straight lines!

I’m pretty happy with the end result!  I used a printed cotton for the front, and a natural linen on the back.  There is also some interfacing to give it a bit of cushy-ness.  The only trouble was how to close the end once I had filled the bag.  I tried to tuck the edges in and sew quite close to the edge, which was difficult because of all the layers.  It’s not the neatest finish and is something I’ll have to do some reading on, but overall I think it looks quite good!

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