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bunch of sewing patterns over the past year from local thrift shops, and it’s crazy, cause even though these are REALLY OUTDATED patterns, they look just like what hangs on the racks of my favorite stores.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.