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Saturday, September 14, 2013

It's officially official. My crafting craze is back!

So newsflash - I received my new Brother sewing machine the other day. I spent the entire day setting it up and trying to figure it out. I did, sort of..

Note: I do not have this many sewing machines. That would be absurd. The photo was tiny to begin with, so I tried to make it bigger, and this happened. I guess it's like pop art, huh?

Then I really did once I found these amazing youtube tutorials - basically a how to use a sewing machine series for newbies and visualites (aka visual learners- yes, I made that up). Here is one of like 5 in a series this youtube-er made, and they have been the most helpful! I never knew how intricately designed these machines were until I tried "following the directions" to thread the machine. These visuals helped tremendously.

Then I did something iffy. I tried to sew a thicker/soft fabric to that latch hook grid to make a pillow, and, well, it broke the needle. I only had the sewing machine for two days at that point, and I broke the needle. I thought I was in serious trouble, like I-can't-believe-I-already-broke-this-machine-after-only-ten-minutes trouble, until I found another tutorial from the same youtube-er (she has helped me more than you know) and figured out how to take the needle off. And then I lost the spare needle pack that came in the box (It's somewhere in this house! I think?). So I can't use my sewing machine at the moment, which is a bummer. Why do I always lose things?

So instead, I started sewing the pillow together by hand. Oh my, that went by so much faster - and was it simple! I can't wait to see the final product. And then I realized..... that I got the wrong size cushion for the pillow. I got a 12x12 cushion when I really needed a 14x16 cushion. So it's time to find something from my crafting tub (yes, I really do have a crafting tub... It's blue!) to fill in the rest of the space to make the pillow cushion-y (although it is decorative, because really, who would want to sleep on a latch hook pillow all night long? That yarn starts to itch!) At this point, I don't want to go back to Joann's to get the right size cushion, and I'm determined to find the replacement needles rather than buying more... I've already spent 5 trips getting basically one thing at a time, as I thought of it, to Joann's and Michael's to get supplies for this new endeavor of mine (hello internet coupons!).

But I'm happy. I'm really excited I finally have my own sewing machine, and for a really good deal on Amazon Prime at that. It brings back memories with my Omom when I was little, making my first latch hook pillow and sewing together dolls and such. Now, I want to make everything. Stuffed animals, blankets, clothes, you name it! I especially want to finally finish that t-shirt quilt with college and high school clothes that I've been "working on" for the past 2 years. Did I tell you I like to procrastinate?

More updates on this sewing life of mine to come soon!

Also, since my posting has been essentially non-existent lately, life still happens. Thus, I have a list of things to blog about (yay!) that will come... in time. School (and work) is out of control right now!

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