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October 24th, 2006 at 04:14 pm

I've been trying to learn how to sew--again. I come from a long line of terrific sewing ladies. I have my great grandmother's machine sitting right here, though I've never tried to use it. My mother has a couple of her quilts. She also has a fabulous quilt by another great grandmother that won top honors in her state fair several years in a row. Grandmother sewed most all the clothes she wore. Mom made hers and mine, even a beautiful winter coat for me. She professionally reupholstered her furniture and made her curtains. Her cousin, a couple of years ahead of me, made her clothes, even her prom dresses. She sews professionally out of her home. My best friend in high school made her clothes. My friend when I moved here inherited a sewing machine and I showed her how to thread it. That's all I knew. She was well on the way to making quilts when she moved. My SIL makes her own curtains, pillows, and house stuff. I tried to learn--several times. Starting in junior high Home Ec., I could bake like crazy. But I was all thumbs sewing. Mom tried, but gave up cos I'd get so frustrated. I once bought a machine, but gave it away cos I was scared of it. Bought another one a few years ago. DD sewed on it. She taught me finally to not try so hard to be perfect. She just has fun. I took a quilting class with the friend who needed a warm body to fill the class. I never finished my project. But after seeing my DD have fun with sewing, I decided to try again. I started out ripping out everything cos it wasn't perfect. Then I decided to let it go. Enjoy it. So what if it isn't perfect. I can only learn by keeping on trying. I don't know how frugal it is now, but it sets me in a long line of frugal women who made their own stuff. Sew here I go.....

7 Responses to “Sew what....”

  1. moneycents Says:

    Good for you. Do it because you enjoy it. That is the best way, don't worry about being perfect! Good Luck!

  2. contrary1 Says:

    I would love to teach you to sew!!! I also came from a long line of crafty, frugal women (and men too) so learned to sew decades ago. Can't even remember learning, just seems like I've always known how!

    Went on to study the craft at college level, which was usually a joke. Then, put in a stint at the Singer store, teaching as well as hawking their machines. (honestly hate Singers!)

    Would be happy to attempt to answer sewing or machine questions via email if that would be of any assistance............Just remember, learning anything takes some time and practice. Pick simple, silly things to just get sewing, like pet beds or toys. The dogs & cats rarely complain about technique!

  3. fern Says:

    I remember taking home economics in school, which included cooking and sewing. (How quaint!)

    Today, sewing truly seems like one of those lost arts, like knitting and crocheting. Both my mother and grandmother sewed (and knitted), but it never really took with me.

  4. PRICEPLUS Says:

    Who wants a "perfect" anything? More important for you to enjoy and not put pressure on yourself. Robots make "perfect" sewn items. Sew and put love and joy into it! Also remember that you get better with practice. I can sew a hem on my pants, a button on a shirt, and a patch on anything. I'm not the greatest but I do it anyway! You can do it! GO FOR IT!!!!Smile

  5. divinemsn Says:

    As someone who started sewing agian after a very long hiatus I say start with a simple project and buy lots of muslim. Its cheap and you wont ruin some nice fabric. Check out craftster.org they have a great sewing forum.

  6. JanH Says:

    Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

  7. kashi Says:

    Have fun sewing! I've always wanted to learn, but don't have my mother's patience, either. I will conquer the sewing machine one day, though...

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