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New Adventures

As much as I read, I also love to craft. I’ve been knitting for almost 15 years (still beginner level), but I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew. When I was in elementary and middle school, I would spend hours in class doodling away, designing different outfits on paper dolls that I would draw. My fashion career never really passed the paper stage.

Now, at 35, working a full time job in the library with a child in Kindergarten, I’ve finally decided to fulfill a dream of mine from childhood. I’ve signed up for beginner sewing classes at the local adult education school. Its an evening course once a week for 5 weeks. Each class is 3 hours long. Its a dedicated time devoted to learning the basic techniques of sewing with like-minded learners. Its an evening class, so I can just zip over there right after work.

It wasn’t until I signed up for this class that I realized how precious a dedicated 3 hour block of time once a week really is. Its something I never get to enjoy with life and responsibilities. It feels wonderful to treat myself to this luxury of time to learn this new skill.

We have 4 main projects that we’ll be working on for this course. A pin cushion, burp cloth, a travel pillow and a tote bag.

This one was a tricky one to do! It didn’t help that my old sewing machine wasn’t functioning well. Its been deemed beyond repair. I had to buy a new one. My first attempt was so mangled. This pin cushion is actually my 2nd attempt. I did a ladder stitch to seal it off, and that remains unseen for a reason. I did learn about seams, pressing, learning how to backpress on the sewing machine, threading the machine, winding a bobbing, and stuffing.

The 2nd project has been a burp cloth. This was seemed much easier to do than the pin cushion. Maybe I’m just getting more used to sewing?

For this one, I learned how to read a pattern, pin it to the fabric and cut out the fabric. I stitched the pieces together, smoothed it out, uncurled the edges and pressed it before finishing it off with the ladder stitch. I’m so proud of the ladder stitch on this project. Its practically invisible! All that’s left for this is the topstitching for a nifty little design.

Next week, we’re starting on the travel pillow. Hopefully I can start and finish it during class. I already have plans to sign up for the Sewing 102 course being offered in October. That course continues from what we learned in Sewing 101, and its centered on just one project, pajamas!