Sunday, December 12, 2010

SOMETHING I LEARNED TODAY...


I am not a seamstress (emphasis on "Stress").My new mantra..in a calm voice.."I am not a seamstress", "I am not a seamstress" and breathe out.
A seamstress knows her machine. My sewing machine is a living beast with a mind of it's own. I did not grow up with a mother who sewed or lived near a grandmother who passed on that sacred wisdom. Therefore figuring out this machine that was gifted to me (perhaps my mother had enough of it herself, can cause even the calmest person (which I think I lean on that side) to throw an unruly fit. It is truly a labor of love for the art side of what I create but then when I get to the point of actually having to sew it altogether, it's facing the beast I dread the most. It starts out well to tease me. It knots up, it eats my thread, it growls and then just refuses to carry on. Throwing a fit seems to be the only way to get through to it. Today we had a pretty good go around and after hours of what would have taken someone with more knowledge much less time, I think I may have won this battle. I managed to complete my current project and I have walked away with a little more confidence that took pure strong will and patience for me to succeed. I found out by trial and error a few things about this darn machine that has kept me from completing some projects, not without some massive fit throwing, tears and a few choice words..(well maybe a lot of choice words). However, I am confident I can tame the beast, but as for my conquering the art of sewing to a degree of acceptance by any well bred seamstress, I doubt it. Straight lines and curvy art lines are for me! Following a pattern and attempting to make something that one might actually consider wearing, well..let's just say it would not be a pretty site. I have added to my Christmas list..Sewing for Dummies. If there is not a book out there like that, then there should be. If someone steps up to the plate, email me and I will be your first buyer!

4 comments:

  1. I'm sure there's a "Sewing for Dummies" book but you can find good sewing books at yard sales and the library. It sounds like you need a different machine -some sewing machines are evil and want to make people suffer, but some are kind and make people happy, look for a good machine!

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  2. I hear ya sistah! I keep my machine in the basement. I moved him from one house to the other, but I doubt he'll ever see the light of day again. In fact, if I move, I think I will 'forget' him :)
    XoX

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  3. OMG - it's not just me!!! lol
    You were gifted this machine? someone gave you the Beast.... what did you do so bad to them tht you were to be punished with this Beast?!
    I was gifted a beast and in the end moved and lost it along the way somehow. Oh the relief to be rid of it!
    I recently relented and got a machine for crafting - this time a brand new one, not a Beast and gosh the difference - it is so tame and friendly, which is less than I deserve for my total lack of sewing skills - it is very forgiving!

    Wishing you a happy Christmas and a new machine for 2011!!

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  4. Thanks girl, this is really sad, but the machine is new and a commercial grade at that.... I will figure it all out AFTER Christmas! Ha!

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