Sunday, September 18, 2011

me: learning to sew

When it comes to sewing I definitely have more enthusiasm than skill.  Aside from a Jr. High home economics class and some pointers from my mother around the same time, I am a completely self taught sewer.  Well, not quite SELF taught...more INTERNET taught.

You should have seen me trying to sew fringe on a pillow for the first time.  Picture trying to sew pillow seams and fringe together all at once while trying to stitch close to a fringe edge I couldn't see (probably with the wrong sewing foot as well).

After that experience I thought to myself, "There has to be an easier way to do this!"  A quick Google search had me shaking my head saying, "Why didn't I think of that?!?"

I still jump right in and try things with no idea of what I am doing, but most times I look for sewing tips on the Internet first.

Make It and Love It has some great sewing tips on her blog.  I'm going to try her tutorial for sewing buttons with a sewing machine soon because I really hate sewing buttons by hand.  I am also intrigued by the blind stitch tutorial.

Whipstitch fabrics has a great post about buying fabric online.  I still haven't taken the plunge into online fabric purchasing, but I feel like I know a whole lot more about fabrics after reading this post.

Cool People Sew is a great blog filled with lots of basic sewing information.  She has a great post about french seams and another one about covering cording.

I'm not quite ready to starting sewing my own clothes or anything, but I'm happily ticking off sewing techniques one at a time...


Anonymous said...

Someone emailed me this post and I had to come tell you that sounds exactly like me talking! LOL. Glad to know I am not alone. :)

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

Oh thank goodness, there is someone else out there who is learning to sew too....I feel like the last person on earth who can't whip up a slipcover. I see blogs where women are doing these amazing sewing projects, and meanwhile I'm celebrating because I put two pieces of fabric together and made a pillow. But I'm learning, and also use the internet to find out how to do things. I'm going to check out these sites you linked to- thanks! Happy sewing :)

Suzanne said...

There is so much to learn on the internet -- love the sites you mentioned!

beauty said...

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I've got to scramble to keep up with your prodigious output!

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