Stupid sewing tricks

For Christmas, my mom hooked me up with a Singer sewing machine. I asked for one because I am not paying gobs of money for throw pillows and window treatments and cushions. Problem is, I haven’t sewn in a LONG time, and they were Halloween costumes. Here’s a description of those costumes, along with a bonus #metoo moment that nobody even blinked about in 2003 but is awful to re-read now. The good/bad thing about sewing Halloween costumes is that they only need to stay together for 6 hours tops.

Based on recommendations from MetaFilter, I ordered this out of print book from Amazon (KIM PRIME!) to help me brush up on the basics that I forgot over the last fourteen years.

I bought some remnants from Jo-Ann Fabric, a good pair of fabric scissors, and some extra bobbins (that don’t work with my machine model). On Sunday, I went to the craft room and got down to brass tacks.

It took me 10 minutes to wind the bobbin. After that, I got down to brass tacks.

The first exercise was going through all of the stitches on the machine and changing stitch length and width (how zig-zaggy the needle goes) for each one. The result is kind of pretty!

The second exercise was to draw flowers on a piece of fabric and sew over top of the drawing. Flowers? Psht. I decided to create a work of art and embroider the term of endearment that WM and I use for each other.

(sic and with love)

If I get good at this I think my side hustle will be creating throw pillows with swear words appliqued to them.

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