A new hobby…

It all started three years ago when Dwyatt asked me to sew a button back onto a shirt for him.  Well, upon inspection, this shirt also had a tear in the sleeve that was about an inch long.  I knew it needed to be fixed, but I didn’t have a sewing machine, and I knew that my hand sewing skills would leave the shirt with a rather ugly scar.

More recently I have been wanting to tackle some household projects like recovering some of the pillows in our living room with new fabric.  Again… no sewing machine.  This was starting to become a problem…  So, for Christmas this year I told my Mom that the #1 thing I wanted was a sewing machine.

Happily, on Christmas morning I opened a huge and heavy box and found my very own sewing machine!  Now, I had told my Mom, “I just want something basic, something I can do simple little projects on.”  What I got was the Singer Superb 2010, an amazing little machine that can do over 200 different stitches and monogram letters!  WOW!  My Mom’s exact words, “…but the simple ones were borrring!”  Ok, it looks like I’m learning to sew!

While in Colorado we had a girls day and went out to buy all the little notions I needed like cutters, bobbins, needles, a measuring tape, pins, and a sewing basket.  We also got some basic patterns and fabric for me to learn on.  First I made a summer time table runner which was easy and fun!  (I’ll share more pics of that in the spring when I actually display it on the dining room table!)

Now, I’m working on making a skirt.  It’s a fairly straightforward pattern from Simplicity, but I’m learning a lot.  This afternoon I tackled the zipper install.  A little tricky, but I was successful in the end!  I’m hoping to finish it up tomorrow so I can wear it to church on Sunday and share a picture with you!  For now, here is some photos of my work in progress…

Oh, and Dwyatt’s shirt?  Fixing his button is next on my list…