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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Adventures in Sewing: Why Learn Now?

Why do you want to learn to sew, NOW? I’ve been asked this question so many times in the past several weeks I’m beginning to wonder myself. The answer is simple, why not?

As my Auntie Mare was quick to point out, the last attempt to learn to sew did not go well at all. In my defense, I was only nine or ten at the time of my first mishap. My mother, who was no seamstress although she could embroider and was able to complete the basics satisfactorily, gave me a piece of fabric and a threaded needle with which to practice.

After meticulously working on my domestic masterpiece for some time, I went to show my mother who I anticipated would be so impressed and proud of her little Suzy Homemaker. Alas, the unveiling revealed…I had sewn the fabric to my dress!

Then there was the time in seventh grade home economics when the teacher asked me to bring her the white fabric on her desk. I came back with a white sheet. Hey, it was white and it was made from fabric.

Time will tell, all these years later, what adventures/mishaps this latest attempt will bring. I did purchase an inexpensive sewing machine, some fabric (that doesn’t belong on a bed), an adorable chambray sewing basket, and the basics that go inside. I guess the next step will be to dive into the instructional books for beginners, patterns, and blogs to learn how to use everything….

Note to self: Don’t wear a dress when sewing.


  1. Good Luck La! I admire your enthusiasm to learn! I learned to sew in the 7th grade..not because I wanted to but because I had to and ended up taking 5 years total all through junior and senior high school. I did it for easy credits but now I am so glad that I did! Now I am trying to learn how to knit....not as easy as sewing to me.~Hugs, Patti

  2. I can sew if forced to. It normally takes me a good 20 minutes to remember how to put thread on the bobbin and then how to put the bobbin back in the machine. Just think of what you can make if you get good at it - curtains, table runners, pillows, clothes.

  3. I detested Home economics at school, where we spent a whole school year making a gingham apron (very Doris Day). I think it's because the teacher was horrible and the projects dull.
    Little did I realise that it would become a passion in adulthood. You enjoy it all La xx

  4. I think it is great that you are learning something new. I don't sew. I have stories just like yours from junior high home ec...but I don't want to learn. I did however learn to knit a couple of years ago (sort of) just for the fun of it. You should never stop learning new things!

  5. If anyone can learn something now, it's you! I haven't seen you go for anything lately that you haven't accomplished!! I'm behind you 100%!!!!!

  6. You go girl! Our Mom is a tremendous sewer, she made dresses for my sister and I all the time when we were little. She even matched the plaid stripes together all around the item! Alas, my sister and I are not sewers. When Mom rattles off something about sewing it is like she is speaking a foreign language to me, my eyes rollback in my head, I get dizzy, and I see her lips moving but all I hear is blah, blah, blah. Then she asks me if she is right in her assumptions and calculations. What are you kidding me--I have no idea :) I would love to sew. For some reason I love fabric, I'll buy it and have it in beautiful stacks around my room, thats it beautiful stacks nothing more. So when I say "You go girl" I mean it. Good luck and good for you!!


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