It has officially been 1 year since I have started to sew. My goal was to sew everyday for 1 year. I sewed ALMOST everyday. Summer was more like 3 days a week, but for the most part, I have been at the sewing machine in some shape or another, everyday.
I look back at some of my first projects and I realize just how far I have come. My applique’ pumpkin pillow!?!? I can’t believe I put that on display at the store! Quote from Kerry & Susan, “Wow, that is great, Andrea. Sooo proud of you.” I don’t believe anything they tell me! That pumpkin is AWFUL. Not at all centered. Just for fun, zoom in on the stitching. It actually hurts my eyes to look at it.
Over the past year I have learned:
- NOTHING is as easy as you think it will be.
- Running out of bobbin thread is uber annoying. (thank you Darren for getting me a machine with a bobbin sensor!)
- There is MATH in sewing. As you can see by my OFF CENTERED pumpkin, I am not good at math.
- PDF patterns appeal to my need for instant gratification, BUT in the long run, I will BUY a pattern. Tape and cutting is not worth it.
- Patience. You need it. I don’t have it. I am working on it.
- Changing the color of thread is annoying. If you see me walking around with a grey shirt and my topstitching is red….it’s not a fashion statement. I am lazy.
- Straight lines. It’s as if I am drunk everytime I sew (which I am NOT, in case you are wondering. Only SOMETIMES)!
- I am not a quilter, yet. It probably has something to do with straight lines.
- RST. This is sewing language for right sides together. I forget this sometimes.
- Rotary cutter. Best invention ever.
- Fabric. Its addictive. I buy it with no idea on what to make with it.
- I LOVE LOVE LOVE the creative outlet sewing gives me. I can get holed up in my sewing room and before I know it, 5 hours has gone by.
- I am blind. I didn’t realize I was blind until my needle threader was broken.
- Darren. He is a sewing know-it-all. Even if he is right, I do not want to hear it.
- Did I mention, MATH??
It’s been an adventure…and a life changing one. I do believe this will be a skill I will have into my future. I actually LOVE it. I am getting better and better with every mistake I make. I can’t wait to see where I end up…what my “niche” is. I will continue to blog about my experiences. I will commit to a blog a month. Every week was a bit difficult. Weeks go by way too fast!
I hope you have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy my sewing escapades.