And Then My Foot Fell Off

I’ve decided to learn how to sew.  I have a sewing machine that my mother-in-law gifted me back when we just had two kids.  She also gave me An Idiots Guide To Sewing, I didn’t take it personally.  Turns out that the book was a little advanced for me, I’m not sure what is below idiot level.  Anyway, these are the things I learned today about sewing.

1.  The sewing machine has a little cutting tool made onto, this truly surprised me, I had no idea it was there.

2.  Bobbins don’t always come already loaded with thread.

3.  We don’t have a pair of scissors sharp enough in our house to cut fabric.

4.  YouTube videos can be somewhat helpful when learning to thread the machine.

5.  YouTube doesn’t help too much when your little foot thingy falls off.

6.  Dear neighbors are the best help with thread tension problems, thanks Mary!

7.  As soon as your foot is back in place, your machine is threaded and your thread is feeding smoothly, your baby will wake up, someone will need a snack, and it will be time to cook supper.

8.  If I would have tried to learn this 20 years ago it would have been easier.

9.  When something says it’s an Easy Sewing Project, it assumes that you are familiar with cutting, pinning, and ahem,..sewing.

10.  The ladies at the fabric stores can totally pick out the people that have no idea what they are doing.
I’m going to keep plugging at this.  My goal is to be able to pass this life skill down to the kids, which means I have to learn how to do it myself first.  So, let’s here it!  Have you ever tried to learn something on your own for the purpose of teaching your kids?


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  1. I learned how to knit–one reason to help me with having more patience (and it did) and two, to hopefully teach my kids one day how to knit. I need to be teaching them more than “school” stuff, but you know yourself how much faster it is to cook alone! Anyway, hope you get the hang of sewing. I don’t have much time to sew more than mending (which hardly ever gets done :)) but maybe one day I’ll get to make things!! Keep trying (when you can catch a minute :))

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