Tuesday, January 3, 2012


A year ago Christmas...which basically means Christmas 2010, my girls bought me this:

It has sat in the closet, patiently waiting for me to get up the courage to bring it out and attempt to try and use it.  Tonight was that night.

To some of you, this may seem like such a simple task, but considering the last sewing machine I used looked like this,

you might understand my trepidation.  (I am not kidding, this machine is identical to the one my Mom has and I would be using it now if I could ever get it away from my sister.  She's been making a black velvet opera cape for 3 years.)

Some of my caution was well deserved when it took me 30 minutes just to get the thread in that little tiny hole in the new plastic bobbin.  When did I loose my close up eye sight??  I was shocked at how hard it was.  I finally had to resort to using my needle threading tool.  You know, the one with the wire on the end that allows you to pull the thread through.

The rest of the set up went pretty well and I some how I managed to successfully sew a straight practice seam.

Wish me luck as a attempt my first project.  I will do my best to document all my ups and downs as I proceed.  And with me...that can get very interesting.

Did I ever tell you about the zipper I put in at the bottom of my skirt?  I was having such a hard time getting the zipper in and finally on the third try it was perfect.  Except when I held up the skirt and the zipper was at the wrong end.  That may have been the first time I ever swore.


  1. Sewing makes me swear. It really does. I wish you luck.
    Most of the things I sew turn out looking like a 4H project gone awry.
    I just got a Brother sewing machine so my daughters could learn, but it scares me.

  2. Lol! I can relate! I love your courage! At least you can get a zipper on...I can't even sew a button on by hand.... Lol!

    I don't have the talent or the Patience to sew... But I bet you will do something fantastic!

    I'll try to catch up as you go along.

  3. best of luck; i never had any luck sewing but would love to know how

  4. You should have pulled the machine out while I was there!! Good luck :) Runs in the family so I know your project will turn out great!

  5. Kim,

    That would have been a very good idea. Too bad I didn't think of it. Keep your fingers crossed.

  6. Project Runway here you come! Which character type will you? Make it work!!

  7. The first time you ever swore! I'm impressed!