Sep 10, 2014

The REAL First Step

My mom texted me a few weeks back to let me know she bought me one. She'd found it at a yard sale, scored a great deal and snatched that sucker up as quickly as she could. She's a yard sale queen, by the way. It's amazing the stuff she brings home for next to nothing. I need to take some lessons from her!

So my mom and I found a time to meet up and there it was. It was in the back seat of her car just begging to have a home. She grabbed the box and handed her over to me. Just holding it felt wrong... like it didn't belong. But I wanted it. Oh, I didn't even realize how much I wanted it until it was mine! I happily took my new "toy" home and set it up in our office, admiring her and maybe taking a photo or two. That's what we bloggers do, after all. I moved her location a time or two until I was happy with the placement. The placement would mean everything, of course.

Soon she was settled in and I was ready. Okay- let's do this! Hmmm, I know! I'll start with Pinterest of course! I spent an embarrassing amount of time scouring the website for any and every little 'pin' that just might point me in the right direction. Pin, pin, pin, repin, save, like! It was all here! I was practically a genius with it already. A professional with this new toy that had come into my possession. This is so great!

Until Jared so innocently asked me one day, "So, are you ever going to actually USE that thing?"

"Of course I am!" I replied. "I'm so excited! I've always wanted to learn!"

But then I hesitated... "I bet it's going to be super hard. I'm going to be awful, aren't I?"

Then Jared, being the intelligent guy that he is, had a brilliant point:

"I think the first step would be taking it out of the box."
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Whew. That first step was harder than I thought. Now what? Anybody sew out there?? What's the "real" first step... because this girl could use some direction. ;)

38 comments:

  1. My MIL bought me a sewing machine a few years ago and I love it. Since I'm super short, I use mine to hem pants. I'd start with some fabric that you like and try to make a pillow. but the first thing you'll need to learn is how to wind a bobbin. :)

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  2. Ah! I've always wanted one. I used my moms when I was younger. I'm sure you can youtube pretty easy directions!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  3. Bahaha, you are too funny. I'd love to learn to sew, even to just sew a button back onto something! Haha ;)

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  4. love this!!! Brad bought me one a few years ago, I used it for a little to sew leggings for Breanna but now its upstairs in my back room collecting dust, I would love to start using it again. Its really relaxing for me, just start out w. some scrap fabrics, (you can get squares of it at Michaels/hobby lobby) so you can just learn how to function and just go from there!

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  5. Oh, I'm jealous. I had to get rid of my sewing machine when we moved. I believe the very first thing I sewed as soon as I got my machine in 2012 was a pair of pillows for the couch--practical, cheap, and foolproof. Something square is a good idea for a first project. But there's hope for everyone! I went from pillows to sewing dresses for myself within a year! :)

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  6. That's sooooooo coool! I'd say do something small for sure. Like Rachel said, a pillow or something like that. Can't wait to see what you make.

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  7. A sewing machine! Haha, yes. My mom is a sewing goddess. She made all of my clothes when I was younger. Aaaaaaaand I can't sew worth a FLIP. She's tried to teach me so many times. Sigh. Let me know when you get going and I'll come take some lessons from you! ;)

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  8. I've made a few pillow cases, a scarf, a skirt that doesn't fit, and hemmed a dress with a sewing machine! It was fun to do and not too hard but my lines definitely weren't straight! I think with some practice and youtube videos you could become a sewing queen! :)

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  9. I love this! It really isn't too hard once you get the hang of it! I would start by going through the manual and getting the needle and bobbin threaded. (I know, not very exciting.) When I first started, I used bright thread and then practiced sewing on plain, white computer paper! This helped me see how the machine moved and figure out how to sew in a straight line. The first thing I ever made was a pillow case - it's so easy, and there's not any crazy finishing that you have to do! Curtains are the same way! I can't wait to see what you make!

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  10. I have one but I don't use it as much as I use too. The user manual will teach you the basics of how to use the machine, then start with something simple like a pillow or even just sewing lines on different types of fabrics. Next you can transition to Kwik Sew patterns which are the easiest I've used if you're trying to make something a little more complicated.

    Stretchy fabrics are harder to sew and get right than non-stretchy fabrics, that's my biggest tip. ;)

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  11. How fun! My in-laws got me one two(!!) Christmases ago and I haven't taken it out of the box yet. It's a little intimidating!

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  12. I've been wanting a sewing machine lately too! However, I have the same issue as you, I have all these ideas but NO idea on how to sew. Ha!

    Mandie ~ http://badbrewpack.blogspot.com/

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  13. Yayya! You will love it! I would take a class at Jo Anns- they are incredibly helpful!! I love my machine, just wished I spent more time with it but I've made some great things!

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  14. I am the most noncrafty person. Ever. So I give you a 10, 2 thumbs up and a high five for just thinking of using one.

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  15. I tried once. then it sat in my closet. then I sold it. obviously, I wasn't determined. lol

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  16. Eeeee. I can't wait to see what you go - good or bad! I want to know how it goes.

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  17. I love to sew, although I am not that great. I started with pillow covers, and halloween costumes. It's hard to mess those up, and for the costume nobody will know if you mess up or not ;)

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    1. Pillow covers seems to be the way to go! And I like your logic with the costumes too- haha!

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  18. I want to learn how to sew. My mom made several dresses for high school homecomings and proms for me, and I need to pick her brain. I need to start with getting my own sewing machine - and taking it out of the box. Or maybe I should work on perfecting my ability to sew on a button without creating a knot of thread behind it. Or maybe I just need to get on Pinterest :) Good luck with your new toy!

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  19. I remember sewing in home ec, thinking I'd never sew again or have the itch to. Because I couldn't tell which was the front & back of my pants I made. Ha! But since I've been on Pinterest, I slowly want to learn. Now not make everything, but learn to do kids clothes or whatever, but that's awesome you have a machine. Can't wait to see your first project!

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  20. I have been wanting a sewing machine for so long, and I am right there with you... Whenever I DO finally get one, I'm going to have no idea how to use the thing haha. My aunt keeps telling me "it's easy, just look on Youtube!"

    Good luck!

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  21. I sewed a lot of quilts first, it's all straight lines :) Then my first and only "outfit" I made was bear costumes, definitely hard to see the mistakes, but it was a super good learning experience and I think when I get time making an actual outfit won't be too hard...depending on the pattern of course. Just be patient with pinning the pattern and cutting everything out, that part practically takes longer than the sewing part! But the sewing part is the fun part, seeing it all come together. You make me want to get my sewing machine out. I have a quilt I want to make, just don't have time to make it...

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  22. haha!! my mom got me one for Christmas 2 years ago. And I've used it some...not nearly as much as I would like. I don't have a permanent place to set it up and I'm always too lazy to get it out. But I always loved that my mom could sew me ANYthing (still does!!)- including my prom dress and all my bridesmaid dresses! And I would love to be able to do that too.

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  23. Be careful - before long you will have a fabric shopping addiction. I'm speaking from experience!

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  24. I can't advise you but I know you'll be addicted once you start - can't wait to see what you make first!

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  25. I'm totally worthless when it comes to crafty things like sewing, but I bet you'll rock. I can't even imagine where to begin with this hobby, but I'm excited to see what you make!

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  26. I can't sew to save my life! hahah I resort to hand stitching little things, if ever. hahah Loving the design updates! :)

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  27. I'm not an expert sewer by any means however it is fun if you get time to actually make things. I remember making things in school and trying it at home afterwards. Its kinda fun!

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  28. I second everybody that says make a pillow cover first. Straight lines, not expensive, easy to put together, and lots of tutorials out there. I started with a chevron quilt and matching pillow then made my husband a Carolina Panthers quilt. I'm currently making a tree skirt that will be quilted later on. When we get into our new house, I'll probably make throw pillows and curtains galore.

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  29. FUN! I want to learn to sew so bad - its on my 30X30 list. Now I just have to get myself a sewing machine!

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  30. Haha... Jared's comment would definitely be something that Mark would say to me as well if we got a sewing machine. But I too would be like you... scouring Pinterest for that first amazing project that I would be doing with my machine. I actually need to invest in a sewing machine OR just borrow one of the million that my mother-in-law has because I really want to make bean bags for our awesome cornhole set. Just haven't gotten that far yet....

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  31. I learned how to sew really well when I was about 8. I'm kicking myself now for not keeping up with that, I've forgotten it all! Good luck :)

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  32. As a first project with my new machine I resized one of my husband's shirts to fit me. It was pretty easy and it hasn't fallen apart yet so I guess I did a good job. Here's the link to the Pin I used: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/361695413795674146/

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  33. my MIL gifted me with a sewing machine a while ago and i have yet to use it. i'm so intimidated by it. so i totally get it! good luck with getting started – and post about it, and maybe you'll encourage me to get mine our of storage :)

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  34. lovely blog :)
    http://saltskinned.blogspot.com.au

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  35. If you figure out how to use that thing...let me know. I have had one in my closet for about a year....

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  36. OMIGOSH! This is so awesome! I want a sewing machine really bad!

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  37. I've had mine for 3 years and it's still in the box!! I can't get to the first step. I think I'm more intimidated than anything. Baby steps...

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