This week I jumped right into actually sewing. It was definitely more of a challenge than I expected it to be. I focused mostly on the simple stuff, learning the parts of my sewing machine and all of the terminology that goes with it, and then I moved on to practicing a very simple straight stitch.
I used the following video to get me started. It was extremely helpful, it laid out where everything is, how to thread my machine, and how to make a simple and useful item to practice my sewing with!
Major Mistakes and a Bump in the Road
For the first few minutes, everything was going so very well. And then I made a mistake that I repeated several times over the course of the day. I forgot to put down my presser foot! If you forget to put down the presser foot, it means that your stitches pile up and you get a thread jam.
One panicked FaceTime call later and I had everything back to the way it was supposed to be. I swore I wouldn’t make the mistake again.
So what happened about 3 more times over the course of the day? You guessed it, I continued to forget about the presser foot. It wasn’t all bad though, because through this mistake, I learned how to fix it. I gained a lot more than I would’ve if I had done everything correctly the first time.
The next little bump I ran into was not having an iron. I’m sure that there’s one hiding somewhere in my house but I could not find it! So I improvised a bit and used my hair straightener to press the folds and seams that I needed to. I have to say, it worked pretty well!
Lots of New Things in not a lot of Time
I did a lot of learning this week, and not just learning about how to sew. I also decided to tackle videomaking and editing. It’s a sort of rough around the edges, but here’s a little something documenting my sewing progress this week.
What Comes Next?
Next week, I tackle the slightly less simple project of creating a pillow case. I’m looking forward to making more mistakes and more progress.
To those of you who have jumped in to learning a new skill, what were or are some of the mistakes you have made? What were some of the problems or issues that you ran into that you really didn’t see coming or think of when you got started?
Until next time!