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How’s it sewing?

April 18, 2012
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by thenestinggame

I thought of about 50 sewing puns for the subject line. Not certain I picked the best one, but alas…

So I started my sewing class at Whipstitch last week! It is really fun and sort of challenging. I’ve discovered my achilles heel—measuring. GAH. I’ve mentioned this before, but I am just not a precise person when it comes to this stuff. Also, I have always struggled with cutting in a straight line (first world, third grade problems), so add THAT on top of not being able to use a ruler and I fear for my future projects.


But, I have successfully made 3 napkins!

And, by the time you read this I may or may not be the owner/creator of a reversible tote bag featuring these cute Ikea fabrics. (Barbro on the left and Berta Ruda small check on the right.)

I am fairly certain that I am about to become a fabric hoarder. I mean, I already had a hard time going into Lewis and Sheron without bringing home swatches just for the heck of it. And now that I may have the delusional notion that I could actually DO something with the fabric, like make a wonky pillow or sew a hem for some clip-rod curtains… Well, I can see how this could get outta hand real fast.

After the tote bag comes a picnic placemat. (Ignore the gray thread, it’s for the tote bag). It just occurred to me that I probably should have bought enough fabric to make 2, since no one likes to picnic alone.

Now, my question for you, do you sew? Any tips for a true beginner? Any fave sewing blogs or books I should know about? How do I store all my thread spools and bobbins? Do tell. I’m sew curious.

Wocka wocka!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2012 9:05 am

    Nice Fozzie reference. Fabric is super cute!

    I can barely re-attach a button, but I do have a cool sewing “box.” My grandmother’s old so-called ‘train case,” which held her toiletries and such for travel. There is even some thread left in it from back when she was using it, oh, 20 years ago. Now that I think of it, I should probably replace that thread.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 19, 2012 11:34 am

      Does thread go bad? See? Things I don’t know…

  2. April 18, 2012 9:08 am

    I have been playing around with the idea of getting a sewing machine for a while now and if I don’t need to replace my printer I think I’m going to! What kind of machine do you have? I found this great Home Ec Online class that I want to sign up for:

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 19, 2012 11:36 am

      I have a Singer. I bought it off of Craigslist for $50—it was a brand-new machine, never been opened, but it was 15 years old. Other than user error, I haven’t had a problem with it! Other gals in my class have Brother and Janome machines that are all computerized. That online class looks great! Thanks for the link.

  3. April 18, 2012 10:01 am

    Have sewed forever, though not much in the past 10 years. Right now I’ve got several pillow projects ready to start when time permits. I’ve used an old fishing box since 1979, perfect for storing thread, sissors in the bottom section and all the bobbins, needles and other small stuff in the compartments on top. Small enough to store nicely in a closet and with its handle, easy to pull out. Love your fabrics. Don’t worry about becoming a fabric hoarder–you just never know when you need a piece of fabric that’s just perfect for a pillow, bulletin board, napkin, whatever. Besides, I think I still have patterns for stuff I ‘collected’ back in the 80’s! LOL

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    April 18, 2012 12:52 pm

    Had a humongous storage sewing box for years. Decided to replace it – big mistake.
    The one I have now is small, but holds enough thread and needles to reattach a button.
    Look at Michael’s (with coupon, or course), Jo-Ann Fabrics, etc.
    Love your fun fabrics!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 19, 2012 11:56 am

      You have your lovely seamstress to keep in business!

  5. Michelle permalink
    April 19, 2012 10:28 am

    Check out Ashley has some great tutorials, with great step by step pics and not too mention some really cute projects.
    Happy Sewing!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 19, 2012 11:56 am

      Thanks for the tip!

  6. Martha Hopkins permalink
    April 20, 2012 1:42 am

    Never underestimate the value of a good iron, and then use it at each step and on each seam. The results will look so much more professional. Don’t fill it with hard water, though. I’ve seen it leave mineral deposits on otherwise lovely fabric. Go ahead and buy some distilled water. It’s a small, but worthwhile, investment.

    I got spoiled when I took sewing in college, and we had fantastic irons and all sorts of dressmaker pillows for ironing over curves and sleeves and such. I thought they were overkill. Until I used them. Really fun addition to your sewing kit if you move into clothes.

    Good luck! Can’t wait to see more of your sewing projects.

  7. April 27, 2012 3:27 pm

    I took some sewing lessons about 8 years ago…and I was a sewing fool for a while. Then I made the mistake of putting the dang thing away and well…..if you don’t have a room dedicated to just that…..then you won’t sew. At least that is my observation.

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