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I am starting this blog to document my journey with sewing; the good, the bad, the ugly, and the finished product (hopefully not ugly!).

Reason to Sew

The one practical reason I want to learn to sew is so that I can hem my own dress pants.  I am 5’2” and no longer growing so I will always need to hem pants.  It is $10 a pop to have someone else do it so why not learn myself.  My mother-in-law has taught me how to do a blind hem but my current machine only has the stitch not the foot.

The other main reason I want to learn to sew is because I see all of the neat things that can be made.  I randomly look at blogs and see adorable fabric and kid items that I could make for my daughter, Lillian.

My interest piqued when I realized how messy feeding a baby was going to be.  My mother-in-law, Sue, made some towel bibs before Lillian was born and once Lillian started eating solids I realized how amazing they were.  I thought “I can make those.”  So I researched online and found a slightly different way of making the bibs than Sue did.  Unfortunately, I did not have a machine, so Sue brought me her mother’s old Kenmore.

Kenmore Sewing Machine

I did make towel bibs and struggled with using the machine.  It felt like I was always getting the thread tangled and the fabric was being pulled to the left.  I got so frustrated that I finished the bibs that I bought the supplies for and then put all of the sewing stuff away.

That is until I bought new dress pants.  I bought them at Kohl’s for less than $20 so why would I want to spend another $10 just to get them hemmed?  So out comes the Kenmore for some practice and some frustration.  I had my mind set that I could do this.  I could make it work without a blind hem foot.  I practiced and never got better.  Frustrated once again, I gave up on the blind hem and started researching new machines.