I have a hard time cutting into fabric. Lacking much confidence in my sewing abilities, the fear of ruining perfectly good fabric often prevents me from starting a project. My mother keeps reminding me that I can use muslin to test-drive a project and I keep reminding her that that would mean sewing something twice.
One compromise is using real fabric that I don't love. As was the case with this heating pad cover. From a sewing standpoint, it turned out fine so I sort of wish I had used fabric I could get excited about. Oh well.
My mother suggested I make an apron as my first foray into the wonderful world of sewing. She had a basic apron pattern and was willing to part with some denim fabric. I asked her how long it would take her to make this apron and she estimated about twenty minutes. About four hours later and mentally exhausted I had produced this simple apron. Working with denim was nice in that using a dark thread on dark fabric was very forgiving for someone who was far from mastering the straight line.
For years I had been asking my mom for sewing lessons.Since I haven’t lived at home for over a decade we just never got around to it.When I knew the job I was working on was coming to and end this summer I thought carpe diem – let’s do it!So I went home for a week, she bought me my first machine and I received my first lessons.Here is my machine: a Singer Simple.I wanted an inexpensive, easy machine in case I succumbed to my usual habit of quitting things I’m not good at. When I saw the word ‘Simple’ I was sold.