When I was younger, my sisters and I were involved in 4-H. I was always more interested in animals than in sewing, so while the younger three girls were inside learning how to sew with sewing machines, I was outside playing with the critters. My love of animals eventually landed me three advanced degrees in Animal Science and I do know how to knit, cross-stitch, embroider, and work plastic canvas. Unfortunately, I never did learn how to sew using a machine.
Three years ago, when I was expecting my first child, I decided I needed to become more domestic, so I bought a Singer sewing machine. I threaded the bobbin and hemmed a frayed edge on my husband’s bandana. That was it. The machine has been in the box ever since. In 2009, however, all that will change.
My 2009 New Year’s resolution is to learn how to sew with my sewing machine.
Resolution Goal #1: The first thing I need to do in order to learn how to sew with my sewing machine is to set aside an area where I can keep my sewing machine and supplies organized and accessible. I plan to buy a used desk at Goodwill or other used furniture store that I can refinish and rework to fit my needs. I will make certain that I have an extension cord to keep my machine plugged in and I will get a comfortable chair that will be reserved solely for the purpose of my sewing desk. I will make certain that there is enough light to work by at my station so as to not strain my eyes, which can cause frustration during the learning process.
Resolution Goal #2: I have two sewing books that I will read cover to cover before I begin to do anything with my new sewing machine. I want to make certain that I know all of the terminology before I go and spend money on fabric or patterns. If I feel that I have not gotten enough information from these two books, I will either find some books at the local library or find a “Sewing for Dummies” book on Amazon.
Resolution Goal #3: As part of keeping my 2009 New Year’s resolution, I will go to a local fabric store, most likely Hancock’s or JoAnn’s Fabrics, and buy a few yards of their clearance fabric in a few different designs. I will buy an inexpensive simple pattern for practice with my clearance fabric. I will make certain that I have a proper sharp fabric scissors and enough thread to use during my many practice attempts.
Resolution Goal #4: Once I have bought my fabric and my pattern, I will work through each step slowly, calling my mom after every step. I will likely even take pictures of my work and email it to her to see if I am on the right track. I never do anything halfway, so I want to make certain that I am not missing a step. My mother is a wonderful seamstress and I trust her to help me, even from a distance.
Resolution Goal #5: After getting the go ahead from my mother that I have successfully completed my simple pattern, I will move on to something more complex. I have a simple quilt pattern that I am dying to try and it will eventually be my first attempt at a quilted project of my own. However, I know that I have a tendency to rush forward with a new project and I want to make certain that I do it right the first time. Therefore, I will save the quilt project until I have successfully made two outfits for each of my darling daughters, perhaps something for the summer. I imagine that with everything else I have to do in my life, I won’t get through the first 4 goals until about summertime.
In order to feel like I have completed my 2009 New Year’s resolution, I will need to have successfully completed a Halloween costume for each of my daughter’s, as well as the simple quilt project I intend to give to friends for Christmas of 2009. If I get all of these things accomplished, then and only then, I will feel that I have reached my goal and completed my resolution.