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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sew What?

Yesterday I spent almost the entire day learning how to operate my awesome new toy....

Scott got me my dream gift for Christmas,

A new sewing machine!

I didn't realize he'd been listening when I was going on about how I'd almost bought a new sewing machine at the fabric store, but then researched and found out that it was considered junk by people who really sew (you know, the one with Martha Stewart on the box?)
I called our local sewing store to find out if that was true, and of course it was.
She recommended one to me, a Janome Magnolia for me. I was so surprised on Christmas when he brought it out!


It came with a free class on how to operate it, and better yet- 5 yrs of maintenance and I can trade up for full value if I want to.
I had a great time yesterday learning about what not to do (no bad needles or Walmart thread!)
I knew how to sew so most of the basics we covered I had done already, but did learn how to blind hem and lots of tricks for my machine I'd never have figured out from the stupid technical manual.

Now I want to make this,

and this..

I can't wait to do some clothes recycling with those favorite T shirts!

Found some great sites with fun things to make...




(Not sewing related but fun anyway. They have free online classes on how to make some cool stuff!)

I'm so excited I already signed up for a quilting class!


Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I got my sewing machine a year ago and love it so much. I have made a few things but still can't wait to make more!!

Michelle Hart said...

I got a sewing machine for my birthday this year and have had so much fun learning how to sew and follow patterns. Ok, I take that back, I hate following patterns, but the finished garment is fun!

I found this blog in my quest to make a short sleeve shirt into a long sleeved one.


She gives excellant tutorials on repurposing clothes.

I also like


They have links to a whole bunch of sewing sites!

Visiting from SITS! have a great Monday!

panamamama said...

Thanks for the great sites and for visiting! I'm excited!

goosey said...

Hmmmm. I would love to try this....

Unknown Mami said...

I look forward to seeing all the goodies you make.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

So fun! I've always wanted to learn how to sew. Maybe one day. It's on my list! :) You'll have to post pictures of your finished products!

And for some reason, I can't post comments on your food blog but I wanted to say that I really like the way the cake turned out! It looks great. I'm afraid to attempt the topsy turvy cake...my cakes tend to lean as it it.:) And the tamales! They sound wonderful!

Anonymous said...

yea for sewing! i want to learn too! mary polly got a weensie one for christmas that we're using to make little ipod and phone covers, but i want to learn for reals!

panamamama said...

Thanks for letting me know about the comments on the food blog. I wonder if its the template I have on there? I am wanting to connect it to this one more but haven't gotten around to it. Thanks on the cake! It was a PAIN honestly. I'd do a smaller one if I do it again and make my own fondant. I hate that Wilton stuff, never seems fresh enough.
Alison- maybe we can get Em and MP together to sew some little things. Em is going to a sewing club on Sunday afternoons and learning a lot (crossstich, embroidery etc.)

Natalie | The Bobby Pin said...

Good job husband for listening!! Sounds like a fun gift - good luck! I love to sew but don't do it enough

Mommyof2girlz said...

Congrats on your new sewing machine! Have fun whipping up new creations, stopping in from SITS :)

Farmer's Daughter said...

I have a sewing machine but don't use it often... I used to sew all the time when I was a kid, I had the best dressed Barbies.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day! I really appreciated all the comment-love and now I'm here to spread some around!

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