Friday, June 20, 2008

Sew good!

My first sewing class was a success! Our first task was making pillows, and while I've done this before as a child, it's been a LONG time. So after a brief lesson on how to load my bobbin, where the thread goes, how/why to use reverse, and all the different patterns that my machine can do we were ready to get started.

Most of the stuff is common sense, but I was grateful to be taught the "right" way to fold the fabric and mark it to be cut. Then it was off to the machine to sew away! Besides the fact that the thread kept coming out of my needle every 5 mins (I'm going to have to invest in glasses so I can see to thread that thing!), and I broke 4 (yes, four!!) needles, I think I did a pretty good job. I'm very perplexed as to why they needles kept breaking and it kind of makes me mad. I'm going to see if I can't locate a manual online today and find out what the deal is! (My machine is an older, refurbished machine so it did not come with a manual.)

Here is a photo of my masterpieces! Please keep in mind that I knew I would probably not use the pillows I made last night so I purchased the cheapest fabric I could find. Thank you $1 rack!

Two 14' pillows, and a little pin cushion

Next week we make tote bags! So are you impressed with my mad sewing skills so far? (oh, and any advice about breaking needles would be greatly appreciated)


Jenna said...

Love the pillows!! I am so impressed with you taking this sewing class. I would love to learn that skill!!! Can't wait to see the totes next week. :)

And thank you for the tag, I haven't forgotten about it! For some reason I cannot get myself on the blog this week! Will do it soon though for sure! Have a great weekend!

Randall said...

I'm very impressed - they look great!

Rae said...

Great job! I usually have thread issues as well though I must admit I've never broken a needle. Hmmmm. Sorry, I don't have any advice on that one! I would love to make a tote. Let us know if it's difficult!