Quite a few years ago, well actually 3 decades, I just had my first little girl and like all new mothers, you want to make that special keepsake gift for them. One you’ll save in a box, cherish until it’s time to pass it along to them. One day I came up with an idea to sew her a flannel nightie. Sounds really simple right! First problem, I didn’t have a sewing machine and didn’t know how to sew. I found a used one at a sewing center and was floating on air. Off to the fabric store I went, found an “Easy Sew” pattern, just the cutest material and was ready to start cutting and stitching.
Since I had no experience with the operation of a sewing machine, I think it was a older White, I had to first learn how to operate it. It had the craziest threader and bobbin casing. That crunching sound it makes when something isn’t lined up right is not exciting to a newbie! Hours later I was finally ready to go. I actually discovered that I had a little talent, as long as the machine cooperated, and sewed the cutest nightgown. I even figured out how to put in sleeves. Miracle time! I was all ready to do the finishing touches when I realized I had put the interfacing in backwards! Details, details! I would have had to take most of it apart because of the pattern design. Being somewhat of a perfectionist in some areas, I felt defeated. I’m embarrassed to tell you that I threw it in a box and didn’t finish it! My sewing days were over. Secret time – I still have it in that box!
I didn’t totally give up sewing. A few years ago, I bought a new machine and started teaching myself how to make the usual beginners potholders, coasters and took a beginner’s quilting class which I loved. I started making tote bags for family and friends. A new opportunity for selling them in a retail Etsy store in Oregon has opened up, together with my crochet and knit products.
I’m so excited to be using my newly found talent and enjoy the challenge of new designs. One of the best parts of sewing is going to the fabric store and choosing from hundreds of bolts of material. If you have a dream to start a new craft or adventure, give it a try. I never would have thought that sewing would become another passion after that first disaster.