Over the past week and a half, I have found some really great treasures at the local thrift shops. Last Thursday I was driving home from the Downtown Arts Center and felt like I just needed to run into the House of Bargains, which is a few blocks down. I’m wandering around, and I see this cute table that looks like it might be a cabinet for something. I go over and open it up, and to my ecstatic surprise, a 1930’s Singer Sewing Machine is laying inside! I don’t know if I can stress enough how awesome this was to find sitting in the town I live, because these things are not super common and they are worth a couple hundred bucks. My mother in law has one, and it sews like a dream! This is the sewing machine I’ve wanted for a while now, and there it was just sitting there. I composed myself, and then very calmly asked what the price was. The lady said $40, and I said, “SOLD!” The only two things I need to replace are the needle plate and the bobbin case, which I’ve already found on ebay for so cheap. I cannot wait to clean this beauty up and start sewing with it! I also found an old Samsonite suitcase that day. The rest of the loot I picked up here and there over the past week at the local Goodwill.
Meet my vintage sewing machine, Gertrude. It’s not that great. But it is at least helping me get familiar with a sewing machine and it’s parts.
Guys… I’ve wanted to learn how sew since I was probably 4. It was something that for some reason always seemed so out of my reach. That is, until two years ago when I acquired a sewing machine from the late Lois Asay. Obviously, two years have gone by, and I haven’t learned how. My bad. I was just busy having a kid and figure out how to get him through his first year of life. You know, the usual. Anyways, I feel like it’s high time I learn how to do this, as I am a very weird, or shall I say UNIQUE shape, and want to make my own clothes. And what better kind of mother-in-law to have than a seamstress?
Kim has been sewing, both professionally and for pleasure, for probably a couple of decades. She made my wedding dress! Recently she spent a day teaching me how to do a simple hem (which turns out is really not that simple, and VERY tedious) and alterations on a pair of shorts. It seriously took a one thousand hours. But it was fun, and I felt mightily accomplished by the end of the day!
My goal by the end of this year is to have simple sewing techniques and knowledge down. By Summer of 2013, I want to be able to start using patterns to make dresses and shorts! I’ve picked up a bunch of sewing patterns over the past year from local thrift shops, and it’s crazy, cause even though these are REALLY OUTDATED patterns, they look just like what hangs on the racks of my favorite stores.
And I only had to pay 50 cents for them, suckaaazz.
I know that my blog posts are so spaced out, and I really apologize. We have been without a computer for several weeks now. We’ve had three computers die on us over the course of the summer, and it’s just been the dumbest thing. So I am reduced to blogging in my spare time at work.
Anyways, one day I will get to the real meat of the Break All My Bones series on here, but here is some more of that.
Fear is something that has always ruled my life, and just recently has God really been pulling that out of me by it’s bloody root. To help my mind accept that living in fear is not living at all, I ordered some vinyl lettering from my job and put it up on the bedroom wall right next to my bed. This stuff is big, bold, and and blunt. It’s the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning, and the last thing I see when I go to bed.
IT IS THE TRUTH. It is reality. And it is helping me immensely.
What keeps you from living life with joy, peace, passion and rest?