Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sew Thinky Thursday

I came across a new link party on Mommy's Nap Time. Every Thursday a question will be posted that is meant to get you thinking about your sewing life. You can post your response and link at the linky party.. So today's question:

When did you start sewing? Tell us a bit about your sewing history. When did you realize you were really hooked?
I begun sewing fall of 2009.  Before that the only time I was at a sewing machine was in Home Ec classes over 20 years ago..  
My son was about 5 months, and I heard about etsy on an online forum I browsed.  I purchased a couple small fabric pouches from there and thought to myself I'd like to try my hand at making some.
So I made a trip to our local fabric store and used one of those mini sewing machines my husband hand picked up on sale at a hardwares store ages before.. (I had thought he was nutty to buy it in the first place).  It was something like this..
The little bugger was hard to control but I managed to crank out a little card holder from a tutorial on craftster.. It was basically 2 rectangle pieces of fabric sewin together and one end folded up and sewn to make a pocket.  
I was hooked straight away.. I borrowed my mom's machine, made visits to the fabric store to purchase some tools.. I remember thinking I don't need a cutting mat, I'll just use a piece of cardboard.. Luckily the cutting mats were on sale, so I bought one anyway.
This is one of my early card holders.. probably after a quite a few practice ones..
I begun making zippered pouches using tutorials I found online.  I managed to mess up my mom's machine when the needle hit the zipper stop - so I borrowed my mother in laws machine and was a bit more careful.. (no-one wants to break their mother in law's sewing machine!) . 
That Christmas my husband bought me my own machine.. A Kenmore, nothing fancy but has worked well  for the most part.
I slowly moved to slightly bigger and complicated bags.. I've done a few other things, cushion covers, fabric bookcases, winter hats, pj bottoms but bags are what I really enjoy doing. Some days I feel like trying some clothing (cute girl dresses for my niece) but haven't had the courage yet!
I still consider myself a beginner sewer.. just one that has made a lot of bags!



  1. Great story! I love that you started working on a teeny tiny machine! Those machines make me giggle.

    How old is your niece? there are some really adorable dress tutorials out there! I'm not one to talk though I don't care for sewing clothes since I never seem to get them to fit just right for me.

    Thanks for linking up! I hope you'll stop back next week!

  2. Thanks for sharing your story! I love bags too, but unfortunately I don't NEED but so many. I guess I could make them and give them away--I'm sure I could find many willing recipients!

  3. Oh my. I'm glad you decided to buy a cutting mat! ;) My first couple of quilts (including one king size quilt) were made using scissors. Let's just say I really love my cutting mat.


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