Ladies and Gentleman! I am happy to announce that I have gotten over my fear of the sewing machine! I figured it was about time to get over my phobia of needles and presser foots and get down and dirty. I want to be able to make curtains, clothes, bed sheets, halloween costumes, yada yada yada.
I've had my mom's machine for a very long time now. It's a Singer Genie from the 60's, note the decorative flower pattern on the casing, . . groovy dude! I've been shown how to thread it a number of times, but for some reason, I always left it and then forgot how to do it.
I think I was kind of intimidated by the thought of sewing "properly". I never took the time to learn about patterns and fabric and whenever I thought about it, there was always a way to get around it. What was my breaking point? I guess I just got sick of looking for ideas online that re-quire the words "no sew". Plus, I HATE the smell of a glue gun.
So, a few weeks ago I began a basic sewing class. We've learned about fabrics, how to pick and follow a pattern, how to pin, and use our sewing machine. You know, the basics. I'm working on a dress, no buttons or zippers, nothing too fancy, but nevertheless, it's a start! Plus, I love that I'm learning on the same machine that my mom worked on.