Owning my First Sewing Machine

Brother LX-3125 My fabulous friend, Sue, is teaching me to sew. I took home economics in high school but at that time, girly stuff didn't interest me much. So I made a skirt which was the grade at the end of the class that mattered and somehow I muzzled my way through.

My mom sewed but I didn't learn from her. I knew how to do easy stuff like repair a whole or hand sew a button but that was it. After getting involved with crochet, I realized that there are times where a sewing machine can be handy like when I want to make a lining for a purse. There, of course, will be some hand stitching involved, but the machine can do a lot of the work. Plus, there's other things we plan to make this year for our church's annual Christmas bazaar in December. She and I put together a list of easy items that a beginner sewer like me can make:
  • Place mats
  • Hot plates
  • Table cloths
  • Table runners
  • Coasters
  • Pillowcase covers
Since our theme this year is home decor, these items fit right in. Last Wednesday was my first sewing class and I made my first place mats. This week, we will finish the stitching. In the meantime, I'm learning all about my machine. I picked it up a couple of months ago at a local thrift store. I know it was The Lord that prompted me to go there that day cause I wasn't thinking about shopping. The first thing I saw when I walked in was this machine. I believe it had just been donated and whoever owned it previously loved this little critter!

I could tell by how pristine the machine was kept. It came with all the parts I would need plus extra needles, bobbins, and threads. Last Christmas, Sue bought me a little sewing care kit that contained other items like pins, pin cushion, writing pencil, ruler, etc. We went to Joann's back in February I think and I got fabric scissors and hubby bought me a carrying case and a cutting matte.

This past weekend, I picked up a pair of rotary cutters and some loose fabric pieces to play with. I set it up in my studio and I learned how to thread the needle and bobbin and the reverse stitch. My next item up is a tabletop iron board! I'll take some pics of the finished place mats soon :) Of course, in case you're wondering, I do follow several sewing gurus on YouTube. Here's a couple:
Wish me luck!