This Sunday, I applied all the research I did last week and bought myself a sewing machine. While at Walmart, I also bought replacement sewing needles, pins, a seam ripper and some fabric.
I brought it home, opened it up and. . . . spent several hours reading the instruction manuals.
A video tutorial by Brother really helped me put the machine together and get started.
My funny story- I knew enough about sewing machines to know that the machine has a foot pedal and that runs the machine. When I was researching machines to buy they kept advertising different feet that let you do different stitches. I just assumed they meant the machine comes with many foot pedal things and I wasn’t sure how that worked but they made different kinds of stitches. Turns out sewing machine feet are something completely different!
After I finished assembling the machine, watching the videos and
I started with a test piece- I used two small squares and had plans to sew them together. This little project took me over an hour.
Everytime I tried to sew it would bunch up the thread on the bottom and stop moving. So I would cut it out and try to re thread the bottom thread, watch another video and try again. After much trial and error I finally found a troubleshooting site that gave me the wisdom I needed. Turns out I threaded the top string incorrectly. Apparently, you can’t just go from 3 to 5, you actually have to find the number 4 and thread through there too. Who knew?!
Anyway, with the machine threaded properly sewing my little square turned out to be a breeze and I felt like I was ready to tackle something slightly harder. I hit up Pinterest looking for something I could make with a fat quarter of fabric. I came across this post by Diary of a Quilter and somehow convinced myself that creating a bag would be an easy and appropriate first project.
Luckily the picture tutorial was really straightforward and easy to follow. I still had to do some seam ripping and my sewing line isn’t extraordinary straight. Yet, by 1 AM I had completed this bag:
I am fairly happy with how it turned out and am really excited to keep trying projects. So if you need me I will be on Pinterest searching for beginner sewing projects!