Learning to Sew
When I was a child my mom made our clothing. She loved to sew and I can remember many nights that she would be up late putting the finishing touches on dresses that we would wear for special school events.
It has always been a goal of mine to learn to sew, not necessarily to make clothing but to make other keepsakes such as quilts and even aprons for not just cooking but also egg aprons for collecting eggs from our backyard chickens.
One of the first steps to learning to sew is picking out a sewing machine. There are so many on the market and the prices vary so much. Many have every bell and whistle imaginable while others are more basic. I think that starting with something simple would be best for myself because there would be less to learn especially being so new so sewing.
Deciding on your first project can also be something that takes time. I have seen some very basic machine style quilt patterns while browsing online and have started to save some to our Pinterest account. Obviously I do not want to get in too deep when first starting out and want to stay very basic as to not get discouraged.
There are so many places to gather supplies for sewing, but one of my favorites is getting scraps from family and friends from their projects. Quilting often takes a lot of small pieces and this is where another’s trash may just be the treasure you are looking for. Of course you can also head to your local craft supply store and have your material cut for you. This can become quite costly but you can have more matching pieces this way.
Other tools required for sewing include a good sharp pair of scissors that you would only use on fabric, a fabric ruler, needles and of course thread. These can all be found in the craft section at some big box stores or at sewing supply stores as well. Another great place to keep an eye out for sewing supplies are second hand stores and yard sales when people have too many supplies or are giving up their hobby.
Sewing does not have to be an expensive hobby and can actually be quite therapeutic when done on your own terms and in a way that you find fun. Be sure to keep an eye out on the blog for other sewing and craft inspired posts.