In keeping with yesterday's post about a letter pillow and my subsequent buying of the pillow cover, I have a confession to make. I am afraid of my sewing machine.
About a year ago, my GramCrackers gave me, out of the goodness of her heart, a sewing machine. It needed to be cleaned and fixed, but it was in great shape otherwise. So I had it cleaned and fixed.
It has been in its box ever since.
I don't know why I am afraid, but I am. I have no idea what I am doing, but sewing is something I have always wanted to do. I've taken just a few lessons years ago... nothing to last me this long though.
Want another confession? When I have to sew something, my husband does it. He was in the military and learned just enough to get him through fixing small tears or being able to sew a button on.
I suck as a housewife.
My Crackers? She is a world class seamstress. She made my graduation dress after just a quick, "this is what I want" discussion from me. She also made my confirmation dress, decorative pillows for our bed when we were little, all the dresses in my dad's second wedding, and has hemmed so many pants for me that I can not even count. She is going to give me lessons, if only I would actually schedule them.
My mother in law? She sews too. One of the first things I think of is watching her piece together these elaborate curtains with tucks and folds and pleats and all kinds of tricky shit. Um, she has to be terribly disappointed in her son's choice of a wife for a multitude of reasons, not the least... I am a big sewing FAIL.
My friends? They sew too. Emily traded me sewing party bunting for my severely lacking graphic design skills. She really got the short end of the stick in that deal. Jen rocked my world and brought me the CUTEST ruffled camera strap that I love. Just because that is Jen and she is awesome. Bea sews up things like baby dresses and Monty's cute dog collar and all kinds of crafty stuff. Jaime sews anything you put in front of her, the cutest bags and dresses for her girls and all sorts of other things. She even has an Etsy store, she's that good.
So tell me how to start. How to take that first step because I don't even know what a fucking bobbin is or how it's used, but apparently it's pretty important. What should I do for a first project?