Learning to Sew Part III

I’ve been so excited since my sewing machine arrived that it’s been hard to sleep. Seriously. I’ve been that excited about learning to sew! My tutor was supposed to come on Friday to show me how to get started but there was a glitch so Learning to Sew Part III got pushed back

Learning to sew is a useful skill

The sewing machine has to be oiled before you use it. Unfortunately, the machine doesn’t come with the oil and there are no fabric stores or anything like that near here. Even our Walmart doesn’t carry it! But I discovered that, while our Walmart takes nearly a week to get the oil in the one in the next town could get it the same day! Woo hoo!

Of course by the time it actually arrived and Mr. Comfortable drove the almost 20 miles (one way) to get pick it up it was too late to start doing anything. I didn’t want to do it when I was over tired and likely to mess things up. Since I hadn’t slept at all Thursday night (I was really excited) trying to follow the written instructions for the sewing machine was about 3,000 brain cells more than I had at the time.

But today, with Mr. Comfortable’s help, I managed to oil the sewing machine! We discovered that they screw the face plate on as though they’re trying to keep hordes of Huns from getting inside. I ended up holding the sewing machine down while Mr. C worked on getting the screw out. Apparently it takes the screwdriver that comes with the machine and a lot of cussing.

Learning to Sew can be fun and frustrating!

The person who gave me my sewing machine mentioned that You Tube is a great source for instructional videos. I’m really grateful she did mention it because I forgot all about You Tube and that you can find everything on the internet! My tutor had plans for the afternoon and isn’t available until late next week. I wasn’t sure I could hold out!

Learning to sew can take a while

I went to You Tube and found a video for my machine that shows how to wind the bobbin and thread the machine. The instruction manual has the directions for this but it was apparently written by someone for whom English is not the first language and the pictures are meant for people with the vision of an eagle!

The You Tube video was perfect! I managed to wind a bobbin full of thread and thread the sewing machine! Unfortunately I was so excited about trying to do these things that I forgot to take pictures of the steps. I promise I will get some photos on the next bobbin!

Learning to sew means winding a bobbin

Since I’d successfully wound the bobbin and threaded the sewing machine I had to try a practice run! I pulled out a shirt that should have been tossed a couple of years ago and ran it through.

Learning to sew my first stitches

Obviously there are some issues with the stitches. I’m not sure if it was the material which is pretty stretchy, the threading, or something else. I don’t even care! The point is I oiled the sewing machine (with help), wound a bobbin and threaded the machine (all by myself!), and sewed a bit of fabric!

My first stitches while learning to sew aren't great

It’s not perfect and, at first, I was disappointed. I had this fleeting image of me doing a practice stitch then sewing a Scarlett O’Hara green dress from the curtains right after.

I thought my first attempt at sewing would result in this!

Photo courtesy MGM Studios

The reality is that I am barely at baby steps so far. And that’s fine. I’m learning to sew and learning takes time. And I’m still really excited!

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2 thoughts on “Learning to Sew Part III

  • January 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm
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    Oh good! I’m glad youtube helped you figure out the bobbin and everything. What a bummer that it needed oil!! :/
    You definitely want to start with “easy” fabrics. I had no idea until I started sewing, but there are some fabrics that are truly difficult to work with until you are a pretty accomplished seamstress (which I am certainly not!) Stretchy fabric is, I’ve found, quite finicky. I only use it when I have to. Flannel is your friend, though!! SO easy. See if you have an old pair of pajama pants that you could afford to cut up. You can practice lines of different stitches and turning, etc with it. And if you have a secondhand shop near you, you can find some really cheap flannel clothes that you can cut up and make into cloth napkins!! 😀

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    • January 10, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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      I started (too ambitiously I think) trying to sew a rip in my jeans. But it’s been a really good learning experience. And I’m going to rip out the patch and do it better. I keep dragging Mr. C out to see what I’ve done. Bless his heart. He says, “Good job!” Instead of, “Could you leave me alone…please!?”

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