After years of wanting to learn how to sew and few months of REALLY wanting to learn how to sew I told myself to stop thinking about it and JUST DO IT! I found an amazing deal on Craigslist and bought my first machine (a Brother XL-5500) in October 2012.
After struggling with the bobbin for about an hour and figuring out how to thread the machine, I began sewing lines onto paper. I moved next to making a drawstring bag out of cheap white fabric…then I made this one:
I went a little crazy at the fabric store and bought a ton of fabric quarters. I made garbage totes to hang over car seats for all of my family for Christmas. (I will try to get a picture of those on here)
I took a little break from sewing over the holidays, I was in Illinois for 2 weeks, and then I struggled to find new inspiration and was not very confident in my skills yet. I began watching lots and lots of videos on YouTube and browsing through blogs. I checked out several books from the library and then watched more YouTube videos. I found a fun show called ‘The Great British Sewing Bee‘ you can find the full episodes on YouTube. Out of all of the videos that I watched, the ones that I found to be the most helpful, resourceful, detailed, & easiest to follow and learn from are the ones by The Crafty Gemini. Check out her blog and her YouTube channel
I’m going to end this post here, there’s a lot more I want to say about my beginning stages of sewing but I’m getting antsy to go press out some fabric that I am going to use to make a clutch purse….stay tuned!