Saturday, August 02, 2008
My first sewing class.
Remember how I told you that I got a new Singer Confidence sewing machine for my birthday? Well, up until today, I haven't had the time to even open it up and turn it on. And to be honest, I was feeling a bit intimidated by it. I've never used a sewing machine before. All the sewing I do is by hand.
I purchased my sewing machine at JoAnn's and one of the selling points that persuaded me to buy it there instead of finding it somewhere cheaper is that JoAnn's offers two 2-hour sewing classes FREE if you purchase your machine through them. These sewing classes specifically teach you how to use all of the features of your machine.
I was a bit dismayed, after purchasing my sewing machine, to learn that the Saturday classes were full through November! The sales person who sold me my machine offered to put me on a waiting list and the first chance I had to get into a class, if there were cancelations, was this Saturday. As I watched her pencil in my name on the August calendar, I noticed that there were about 5 other people on the list ahead of me.
I dutifully called a couple of days ago to see if there had been any cancelations. There hadn't so I decided to take the matter into my own hands. This afternoon I packed up my sewing machine and showed up at JoAnn's 15 minutes before the class started. I was the first one there.
There were supposed to be four women in this class. Three showed up, one did not. Since no one else on the waiting list was as bold as I was, I got in the class! I was so excited!
Today I learned how to thread my needle, fill my bobbin and load it. I learned how to use several stitches. I even learned how to make button holes! With this machine it's quite easy, one step button holes, can you believe it? I learned several other things as well.
I didn't make anything, we practiced on squares of different kinds of fabric, but I certainly did have fun!
I exchanged names and phone numbers with two of the ladies in my class. They already know how to sew but needed to learn how to use the $500 Brother sewing machines that they had purchased. We're going to try to get together for a stitching night in the near future, after we complete our second class next Saturday afternoon.
I stopped after class and browsed through the patterns that JoAnn's offers. There are so many neat things out there to sew! I don't even know where to begin.
Any suggestions for a very simple sewing project for someone that's new to using a sewing machine?
I think I'm going to try out Barb's burp cloth tutorial. It looks like something I might be able to handle.
I also hope to find a simple 2-piece pajama pattern. I'd love to make myself some flannel pajamas for winter.
Oh the possibilities! Why didn't I buy a sewing machine sooner?