Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Time for me?

Funny.

Every time I think I have time for me, something blows in.

But I'm not letting it take over this time. I signed myself up for some sewing classes that start next Monday - 6 Monday's in a row. It's been 30 years since I started sewing and I figured I needed a "refresher" course. Besides I need a new machine. My old Singer aka Satan's Spawn has finally bit the dust.

My Great Grandma sewed on the old foot pedal machine and my Nanny still has that thing. I learned on it!! Mom had a fancy new machine when I was growing up so I jumped on it, just messing around. In High School, Home Economics had a semester where we were taught sewing....

When I was pregnant, I made myself a maternity dress....Nanny said it looked like a TENT! Well, duh..so did I.

I've made dresses etc for Miss T. Pantaloons, crinolins and mice heads for Nutcracker. I even made myself a skirt and shirt for one Nutcracker performance a couple years back. Those "leg o mutton sleeves" are fun. (I won't say how many curse words I uttered using Satan's Spawn) I have a serger and that helped save my day sometimes.

These classes will also give me an opportunity to feel out some new machines and decide which one I want to buy. Yes, I'd love to go for the $1000 type with all the bells and whistles, but........

I'm ready to refresh my skills and possibly turn this craft into, who knows, a profitable art? There are so many new ideas and creations. I wouldn't mind making items for local events or charity for a raffle or the like. As it is, I help out with the dance costumes, adjusting straps and hems etc...I could do more.

I just want to be creative again!!

Sew-EZ is a quick & cute pattern; Simplicity isn't too bad either. Butterick too.

So Bloggerville gang, what pattern maker is your favorite?

Do you have a sewing machine tip for someone in the market?

9 comments:

garnett109 said...

I can sew by Hand!

LIZ said...

Im glad you are going to do something you enjoy doing...I keep telling myself the same thing but just have gotten around to it...I like to scrapbook but never have the time. But I dont know a thing about sewing...lol.

Have a great week...Liz

lisa jo said...

Rick can sew like a pro but i can not sew..my great grandma also used the black iron pedal machine...wish i still had it. I am so glad you are doing something for you. Love you, Beautiful

Traci said...

You are barking up the wrong tree. I can spin wool into yarn and then knit up that yarn but I really am not a fan of sewing!

Missie said...

I can't sew at all. Not by hand and surely not by a machine! LOL

Enjoy your day.

Robin said...

I have an old antique singer and it is just for decoration! If I needed something sewn I call a tailor. LOL

Rose said...

I love both those types of patterns. when my mom died I got both her machines and the tension is messed up on both! I need to get them fixed. I still vote with good old Singer!

Linda :) said...

Enjoy!!! Have fun!!!

Lisa said...

I really enjoy sewing when I take time to do it. I am looking forward to a calmer 2009 so I can do more of it. Hope you enjoy the sewing classes. Sewing tip... yes, do all the sewing on the seams around the sleeves before sewing up the arm and then sleeves become a snap.
Lisa