Facing the Fear

I am both mesmerized and terrified of my sewing machine, which has been touched only once in my eight years of ownership.   I’m mesmerized by it because I have always wanted to quilt, or throw together a cool throw pillow, or even just hem something.  I’m terrified of it because I’m convinced that I will run a needle straight through my finger (hey, I watch “Project Runway”, I know that it’s not unheard of). But now that I’m in my thirties, maybe it’s time to face the fear.  Since I’ve met one of my goals for 2012 (start a blog – check), I decided this week that I should get started on my second goal: learn how to sew.

My grandmother, mother, aunt – pretty much every older female in my life – knows how to sew, and does so beautifully.  Somehow life got the way of me ever learning how, but I’ve always wanted to.  When I was growing up, my mom would always sew my Halloween costume, and every Christmas I’d get a box full of gorgeous, hand-made Barbie clothes from my grandmother.  It’s such a timeless, homey, uber-domestic art that I want to be a part of.

So.  I delved into the bowels of the attic last week, and, after knocking over about fifty boxes of baby clothes, finally found the sewing machine.  It was a birthday gift from my mom eight years ago when I first expressed an interest in learning how to sew – and moved to Atlanta three months later without touching it.  Well, sewing machine, your time has come.  Unfortunately, it’s in a bit of a sad state:


Hopefully a quick wipe down will fix ‘er right up.


And with it I found my handy owner’s manual and an Idiot’s Guide to Sewing:



And a box full of dust-encrusted sewing accoutrement (I’m terrible about sealing boxes):



Goal for this week:  Clean Machine and Figure out how to Thread it and Learn Where the Bobbin Goes and what the Hell is a Bobbin Anyway.

Maybe next week I’ll tackle Not Sewing My Finger.


11 thoughts on “Facing the Fear

  1. You’ll get addicted to it!
    Take a look at my blog which I’ve written with basic step-by-step tutorials in mind (because they’re the kind I need!). I’m no expert, but I make some really pretty things (and they really are SO simple).

  2. as obsessed as I am with homesewing (academically) I can’t use a sewing machine either! wish I had one but no where to put it… can’t wait to see how you get on with your projects : )

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  4. As they say ‘just do it!’ You’ll be so glad you did – in just a couple of months I’ve progressed from threading a machine to making a bag – and trust me, I’m seriously useless at crafting of any description 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s rainy and dreary here, so I’m going to spend the kids’ naptime trying to figure out how to thread. 🙂 I’m excited to get started, though!

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