I’d like to have the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey playing right now,
but you’ll just have to imagine it in your head
I might be freaking out a little, still. My mom bought me my very first sewing machine for Christmas. It took me a while to pull it out, what with getting everyone settled in at home and getting into a routine again. But once I did…man, you can hardly pull me off that thing now. I have it set up on the kitchen table because A) we never use it anyway and B) I can sew and watch TV. Doesn’t get much better than that.
It’s pretty sweet. It came with all sorts of accessories and instructions on how to do pretty much anything, from quilting to monogramming to things I can’t even spell. And it’s got a computer with over 100 preprogrammed stitches, so I’ve barely even looked at my basic straight stitch (which is good, because decorative stitches seem much more forgiving.) Plus, I don’t have to control the speed with my foot, which I love. The foot pedal basically just gives it power, you control the speed up top on the unit.
This thing is like something out of Star Trek. Just my style.
After spending a few hours making random stitches on quarters from Walmart, I decided to go ahead and try a project. A machine cover. Cause you need one of those, right? Especially here where you can write your name on my dresser in just two days worth of dust. (Sorry for that mental image.)
So I found a pretty simple tutorial and went to town. Considering all I have at this point is one spool of thread and some fabric scissors, well, I think I did okay….
Yes, I know it doesn’t fit. I have this problem with eyeballing things like 1/2” – somehow I think my seam allowance was actually a full inch or wider on the side panels. But that’s easily adjusted next time. Structurally it turned out (almost) perfect. Meanwhile, I’m going to make some handles and just turn that into a bag. So it’s not a total loss.
And no, I’m not normally into the whole tattoo/skulls/pirates thing, but I loved the pink and black dots and that was the only other fabric Walmart had that went with them really well. Yes, Walmart. I didn’t want to spend $$$$ on a practice project. I’ll save the real nice fabric purchasing for later.
Anyway, that’s my new toy. Now if it was only self-threading…..
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