14 September, 2010

Operation: Start Sewing

As of today, Operation: Start Sewing is a success!!!

My bestie, Melissa, has been trying to get me to sew for...well, quite a while. She even gave me my first sewing machine! For some reason, when I got it, it decided not to work. You may - or may not - remember my post from April about my epic fails in sewing. Anyway, while Melissa was visiting this summer, we took the sewing machine to a Singer store here on the island. Apparently, the timing was off {which totally made sense once the lady said it} and we were told that it would be about $140 to fix it. *sigh* You can buy a brand new [decent] machine for about that much.

After hearing the news, I asked Joe if I could get a new one. He said yes, but I seriously procrastinated just never went to get it. =P Since then Melissa has ever so gently reminded me about once a week that I need to get one. Well, this weekend we came up with a project for me: a baby quilt. =) She took a trip to Hobby Lobby and photographed a whole lot of fabric possibilities. We decided on 3 different ones, but Joe didn't approve. Back to the drawing board for the besties. In the meantime, I decided that it was time I actually bought a sewing machine. =)

I went to good 'ole WalMart today and picked up this bad boy:

=D And yes, that is my hubby's PC (patrol cap) hanging on the chair. 

I only stopped myself from immediately opening the box because I knew I'd want to document this historic moment for all of you. ;-) You're welcome. 

Out of the box and begging to be put to use!!
1 problem: How do I thread this thing?!

Luckily, Melissa was home and able to Skype with me through the entirely too long and complicated threading process. =) She has one similar to mine, which was REALLY helpful!! Once we got the bobbin wound, securely put in its place and threaded the needle, it was time for a little practice!!

Ok, so it's not a huge deal, but I was pretty excited that I was able to sew this little square of fabric together. Crooked stitches, selvage and all. =) It was just for practice. 

Doesn't it just look so pretty on my desk?!

Now, I know you guys read the words "baby quilt" and said, "what?" So, to answer your questions: No, I'm not pregnant. Yes, the quilt is for me. I will have babies at some point, so it's not like I won't use it. =)  It will be good practice and I think it will be quite nice to say that the first quilt I made was for my kids. And until I can start on that project (fabric needs to be ordered from Etsy =)), I'm going to make a cover for my sewing machine. 

I am really excited about this! I just hope that I will eventually be able to at least sew in a straight line. I've totally given up on being able to cut a straight line. Maybe there's still hope for sewing? 

P.S. Thank you, Melissa!!!! =D


The McGriff's said...

Now I am going to have to go read about your epic fail at sewing. I have had a few of those. I finally figured out my problem - all of the pieces that hold the bobbin in place are meant to be left alone! I tried making my daughters Halloween costume last year and ended up sewing most of it by hand. I did, however, make a cute 4th of July dress for her :-)

Good luck!! And I am glad you explained the baby quilt ;-)

The LT's Wifey said...

I love sewing... just an FYI sewing can explain my blog disappearance. I have been sewing up a storm!
I would seriously recommend a rotary cutting tool. Quilting will become so much easier! Straight lines are so much easier!
There are many sewing blogs out there and they offer a lot of advice.

Miranda said...

Yaaaay! I'm so glad you got one and you figured out how to use it! Maybe this will motivate me to finally get mine out of the box!?! I've been on a very crafty spree lately :-)

Canadianbloggergirl said...

Good luck, I'll live through you, cause I have a broken sewing machine in the basement, and well its still there after 18 years of it being broken...lol.

JG said...

Go you! Motivation is, like, 99% of the formula! :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Yay!! Good luck with the sewing! I've always wanted to learn.

Paula Kathlyn said...

Awesome! You are gonna love it. It can be quite addicting :)

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

Love it! I want to get one so bad!

Renee said...

I have always been intimidated at he thought of getting a sewing machine. I'm excited for you and look forward to seeing some of your projects!

Jenn said...

I hope that isn't true cause I want to take up sewing but for now it will have to wait. I have just eased into the world of scrapbooking and I think J would kill me if I said I wanted to start sewing as well!!! But you make really want! I can;t wait to see what you come up with

fancypants said...

Yay! I get excited when someone starts to sew! I have bee trying to do a little every day- which usually means I stay up too late! Hubby is gone- so I can do that, lol. Baby blankets are a great start (and they make great gifts). I have a sewing blog- but I am having issues getting pictures of my projects on it (plus it would help if I posted more often.)
Can't wait to see your projects!!

LindseyLove said...

I started sewing recently, too! I looooove it! It's so much fun. I need to get a little table for my machine, though. Yay!