While I don't have an actual project to share today, I do have another HUGE accomplishment. This was a major reason why I started this 30-Day Challenge - I learned how to use my sewing machine!! I took my class at Jo-Ann's yesterday, and actually learned the basics of sewing.
I was so nervous driving to the class - I have no clue why, but I had butterflies in my stomach. I kept telling myself - if you could do this in 7th Grade Home Ec - you can certainly do this now! When I arrived to the class, they gave me a supply list. I had some of the things with me, but needed to locate the basting fabric - what the heck is basting fabric, and how can I find said item?? Thankfully I noticed one of my classmates and she helped me get what I needed.
The line was incredibly long but I needed to purchase my items, so I ended up walking in about 6 minutes late to the class. The other students were already threading their machine, and I hadn't even located my outlet yet!! OK - deep breath - I was starting to sweat already.
I am telling you - I am a total beginner, and seriously had no clue what to do. Threading that sewing machine was like a maze - and why didn't my machine come with a bobbin? Do I need to go buy some??? I asked my fellow tablemates, Evelyn and Myat. They let me in on a little secret - my machine had a secret compartment!! Who knew???
There were needles, bobbins and a whole bunch of little prizes in there! Wow - I thought that stuff would have come in the box - I didn't know there was a secret stash!
OK - so now I have located my bobbin - but how in the heck to I thread this thing? I called over my wonderful instructor Othella (ok I yelled "HELP"!). Thankfully, she came over and showed me what to do - my brain was on overload! This process took me about 10 minutes, thank you Othella for being so patient with me!
Now it was time to try a straight stitch. I inserted my fabric in the machine and pressed the pedal - here goes nothing.... "HELP"!! My needle is stuck!!!
Here came Othella - back to help me...she fixed my mess and I started over. Dang it! I did it again...Help! My tablemates were cracking up at me - I was not cut out for this. Othella was busy, and I was left to figure it out for myself. It was at this point in the class that I decided that I was not meant to sew, and needed to pack up my stuff and admit defeat. Instead I decided to take a crack at it. Let me tell you - I was so proud when I actually found the problem and fixed it all by myself!!
It was at this point that I realized that the machine was not out to get me - I controlled IT! The rest of the class didn't go completely smoothly, but I got better and better the more I practiced. AND, I learned from my mistakes.
So, I learned how to use my machine, do a straight stitch, back stitch, and fancy stitch (I am still not up with all of the terminology). I met some really nice ladies, and ended up having a blast!! Thank you to Othella and to my tablemates, Evelyn and Myat for your help, for not letting me give up - and for the laughs!
|From left to right: Othella, Evelyn, Me, Myat|
Now I need to practice and start making stuff!! A lot of the other ladies were picking out patterns at the end of the class - I think I'll just try something easy - like a square pillowcase to start!!