Sunday, June 6, 2010

a stitch in time

sewing day was a COMPLETE success.  we had such a blast!  please read about it {here}, great pics included.

some things i learned:
what the length & width stitches mean on my machine
what needles to use for different projects
that i have a thread cutter
how to read a pattern
confidence to cut material
what interfacing is
how to make a ruffle {self taught but first time i wasn't too scared to try}
how to make a pleat {ultra excited about this.  i love pleats}
how to shank a button
what tension is on my machine
why you would use different stitches at different times
that girl craft days are SUPER fun

things yet to master:
sewing curved lines {giant fail}
and...everything else

next projects:
drapes {simple giant rectangles}
skirts / dresses

it is such a blessing to have good girl friends, shared interests & wise people willing to teach us!  sewing our totes gave us a really cute & useful result but i think all the little steps along the way really served to teach us skills that we could use in tons of different projects.  so valuable.  double score & blasty blast.

anybody ready for round 3?


  1. Looks like you had an absolute BLAST Jen! What a blessing to have a fun day to get together with friends and learn a new skill! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your weekend - talk with you later, ~Kristin from Windy Poplars

  2. I want to be able to sew SO BAD! When I get those machines up & running (or buy a new one) you have to come up & fill me with your knowledge!

    I'm so glad that you all had a good time. I can't wait to hear about Ben's weekend :)

  3. This looks like so much fun, Jen! I have a sewing machine collecting dust right now. It sounds like I could learn a thing or two from you!

  4. Jen, Grandma always made curtains/drapes. Even the darling lined drapes in your nursery. a good resource not to miss out on. Mom

  5. Wow - you learned a lot! Sounds like such a fun weekend. I'm jealous that you have friends who like to sew. None of my friends are really very crafty, booo!

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