I’ve admitted many, many times that I have a real fear of sewing machines – I mean, that’s an exaggeration, but those crazy strings! Coming from all angles! – and for my whole DIY life, I’ve avoided them. You’ve seen me swear up and down on hem tape (and I still do; Stitch Witchery rules my world), having made several pillows (including Jack’s puppy bed) using it, going so far as to hem every length of our curtains with it, too.
But you guys, I sewed my first pillow Tuesday night. Using a machine and real string and a zipper!
A handful of weeks ago, my friend Renee told me that if I was finally ready to learn to sew “for real” (this came after a disastrous attempt at hand-stitching mittens – not so good), she’d take the class with me. Having a buddy along for the ride makes everything better, so with her encouragement, I signed up for the Sewing 101 class at The Needle Shop, texted Renee to sign up right now!, and as of Tuesday, I can sew! I mean, kind of. Well, I made this pillow:
Of course I was the one girl in class with a very specific-lined pattern (I’ve had a serious crush on plaid lately – and this buffalo check is so very Kim and Scott), so the instructor helped me line things up.
And the zipper! This. This made me cheer out loud. (COL, anyone?)
As for the class itself, it was super fun, small and personal (there were only 4 of us!) and very informative – although I’m absolutely terrified that I’ve already forgotten everything I’ve learned. Okay, that’s not completely true, but there are about ten steps to just put the string on a bobbin, so who knows if I can replicate my actions again.
In my attempt at embracing this new skill, I have big plans to make a little something else this weekend. Big plans. (Well, big for me + a sewing machine, you know?) And just so you all don’t think I’ve completely abandoned my Stitch Witchery ways, I still have rolls left of that stuff. It’s good to have a safety net.
But please, don’t expect any sewing tutorials coming from me – not just yet. I am, however, super excited to dive in and learn, learn learn – so do any sewing wizards out there have any fun or favorite tutorials to share?