Last week I gave you the beginner’s low-down on sewing machines and I’ve been struggling to decide what to give you next. There’s sooooo much out there and I’m trying to push through the noise and give you exactly what you need to know to get you sewing at your machine. I was originally going to go through hand sewing techniques, needles and thread but I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing and think the next thing to address would be the thing that we all want to get our hands on first. The substance of our sewing; FABRIC!!!
Let’s get the terminology done first. There are a few words that crop up in patterns all the time and some of the words are fairly similar, it’s easy to mix them up.
One of the main things I was intimidated by when I started sewing was the machine. How on earth do I use the thing? Where does the thread go? What the heck is a bobbin? What happens if I get all the threads tangled? ARGGHH! I mean I could go on and on with these questions. But, we beginners at stuff laugh in the face of intimidation; so take a deep breath and I’ll walk you through sewing machine basics so that you can get on and put that pedal to the floor (well not quite, it does go rather fast 😀 )
If you’re anything like me when it comes to learning something new, you feel like you need ALL of the tools and ALL of the knowledge before you actually get started, and let’s face it that is just not possible; especially as we learn so much, and better “on the job”.
So here’s a little bit about what I did – and did a little bit wrong – when I decided I wanted to learn to sew and how to only get the things you actually need and not spend a fortune on the fluff!
Hello there! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.
So here it is, my very first blog post. EVER! EEK! I feel like I’ve been preparing for this for ages, but I’m nowhere near ready and have just decided to take the plunge this afternoon and see where it goes.
This post is just to introduce myself and let you know how this started; I’d let you know what to expect and what’s coming but as I just decided to go ahead with this this afternoon, I’m rather unprepared. But. LIFE!
So I’m Sherelle, I’m 31 and a stay at home Mum to a completely crazy and exceedingly beautiful, soon to be threenager. In a previous life, I was an avid xbox gamer, I sang more, I rode a Pinarello and I was a full time fully qualified Dispensing Optician. Since becoming a Mum I’ve been trying to find “my thing” again. I knew that even though I was pretty good at it, I didn’t want to go back to Optics. I want to do something that means I can control my time and be with G. I tried gardening, Beachbody, got back in to knitting, and just didn’t feel 100% with any of them.
Early this year I received a handmade hoodie from a friend of my Mum’s who lives in the Isle of Man. At the time, I just marvelled at the beauty and how I wish I could make something like that and then carried on with life. One day I was stood doing the ironing looking at clothes that were too big for G, wishing I knew how to alter them to fit, when the lightbulb moment happened. I could change that; IF I LEARNED HOW TO SEW! And that’s how this idea began.
In my next blog post, I think I’ll try and tell you what I did next so that you can skip the stuff you don’t need and get to grips with what you do need.
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You may have a fresh start any moment you choose — Mary Pickford