Learning to Sew Part II

Way back last May I wrote that I really need to learn to sew. I’ve been really afraid of sewing for a long time and the reasons are listed in Learning to Sew. This isn’t a fear of not being able to learn. It’s a real fear of injury which I explain in the post from May. But now I have no excuses because of the incredible generosity of someone who sent me *drum roll please* a sewing machine!

My beautiful new sewing machine!

Today the mail lady knocked on the door and had a large box from Amazon. I knew we hadn’t ordered anything so I assumed it was a mistake but the mail lady put the box down and fled before I could even look at the label. Mr. Comfortable carried it to the kitchen table and he, too, thought it was a mistake. The label read “Elizabeth CC.” I had to explain that the CC was for Comfortable Coop.

And, as soon as I heard “Elizabeth CC” I knew who had sent the box. But I was still shocked that it was this gorgeous sewing machine! I mean…who does that? I’m not naming the person who sent this incredible gift because some people like to be anonymous and I don’t have permission. If I do get the go-ahead you can bet I’m going to trumpet her name to the mountains!

So…on to the sewing machine!

I unpacked the box and even managed to get to the little compartment where the needles, bobbins, etc are stored. I recognized the foot pedal immediately. I’m reading the manual and finding the various parts and functions of the machine. And most importantly, I realized I’m still a little afraid of my sewing machine.

Fortunately Pete came by to see my new baby (It was straight out of “Fiddler on the Roof”) and he mentioned that Andi’s aunt is great at sewing. Since Eileen is also one of the sweetest women on earth I decided to call her and ask her to show me how to use my sewing machine. I could probably do it just by following the manual but I tend to learn faster and retain more if I see how things are done.

Eileen is coming over Friday morning (today is Wednesday) to get me started. I’m so excited I can barely sit still! I keep going back to the table to gaze lovingly at this beautiful sewing machine. I even caught myself stroking it like a much-loved pet. I think the dogs are getting jealous!

Since I consider sewing to be a really necessary skill for anyone who wants to 1) Save money 2) Become self-sufficient and 3) Help family and friends save money, I’m determined to make this work! I consider sewing to be part of being frugal and also a homesteading skill.

Stay tuned. This may turn out to be a wild ride!

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6 thoughts on “Learning to Sew Part II

  • January 5, 2017 at 10:40 am
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    Woo-Hoo! Just keep telling yourself “I am the master!” “I am the Alpha!” Keep the speed slow and steady until you get more comfortable. And enjoy!!!!

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    • January 5, 2017 at 10:43 am
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      You realize, of course, that this means I’m going to call you several times a day for about 6 years, right? Remember high school?

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  • January 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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    Elizabeth, what an amazing gift! I just know you’re going to get the hang of using your sewing machine in no time. Believe in yourself. You’ve got this!

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    • January 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm
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      I was so surprised when the Amazon box came. But as soon as Mr. C read the label I knew who sent it. I just couldn’t believe it was a sewing machine! I’ve been reading the manual like it’s a Bible. But I still think I’ll wait for Eileen before I do more than pet the sewing machine. I don’t want to mess things up!

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  • January 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm
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    So exciting!! Your three ways sewing allows you to be frugal and self-sufficient are spot on! Simple things like cloth napkins, pillow cases, etc are a great way to save $$. Enjoy!

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    • January 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm
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      I already pulled out things that need to be mended. I was informed, on Christmas Day, that the jeans I was wearing were split up the bottom. I backed out of the kitchen and into the bedroom to change. Those jeans are first on my list of “fixes.” And I’ve really wanted some nice cloth napkins! They’ve got to be pretty easy to do, right?
      I got up in the middle of the night just to go stare at the sewing machine. I think I half-expected the whole thing to have been a dream!

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