Saturday, January 10, 2009

I did it.

Okay. I finally decided. It took me a loooong time to think about it but I've FINALLY decided what my goal for 2009 will be. Are you ready for this? It's big...



I'M GOING TO LEARN HOW TO SEW!



There. I said it! I got a brand spankin new sewing machine for Christmas about 8 years ago because I wanted to learn how to sew. Ever since then, that new sewing machine has been following me from home to home...untouched, unused, unloved.

NOW is the time. I am finally feeling the promptings to DO THIS. There are SO many things I want to make that require a sewing talent and I have made excuses long enough. One of which being that I am too old to ever really learn ALL the secrets and tricks to sewing. Crap. That's what that is...crap. I'll never be too old and who's to say I won't pick it up super extremely fast?! ANother excuse I use it that I'm a perfectionist. I only want to do something if I can be the BEST at it. So if I can't be on project runway, then I don't wanna even try. Stupid. I'm ridiculous in my thinking and I'll just have to get over that. I have great sewers in my genes...actually AMAZING sewers in my genes. It's in my blood. "It's what I LIVE for." No not really. But seriously. It is. I want this. I can do it! All those who support me in this new venture say "Aye!" (is that the 'I' you say or is it the letter?)

ps...attention all you great sewers out there! don't make me call you out by name (marian, mutha, valinda, sandra, nana, momo, stephanie toland and yes, even YOU lindsay and amy and many more who keep their talents secret). I need all your support. If you have any advice on where I should start from LITERALLY square ONE (like i don't even know how to thread the sewing machine needle or fill the bobbin up or anything) then NOW is the time for you to raise your voice and give me suggestions!!!

19 comments:

The Willis Family said...

Okay, so, why didn't you mention my name in there? Dude, I have a sewing machine too....and guess what?!? A women that I use to work with lives right down the road, and she would have me over and give me sewing classes all the time...FOR FREE!!!! I bet if I called her, I could ask if she would be willing to teach you hands on, she would!!!!

Dude, you don't even know the connections that I have in this town!!!

Misty said...

Good for you!!!!!! Pj Pants are soooo easy!

Froggylady said...

You are just trying to be like me huh? My advice? Start with something you want to make with fabric you love. It'll make you focus and not use excuses like "I'm a beginner" to ignore certain details.

All I've done with my new machine is hem baby pants. Don't start there, it's no fun.

dena said...

Yeah!!!!! You can do it!!!!!

Aymee said...

Holy balls, lady...this is my EXACT same goal for 2009 to the day I die:) I was so excited when I read this post I got all gitty inside! I just got a new sewing machine for Christmas and I'm a little scared to use it. I have however made two aprons and some burp clothes for my cousin. I totally understand your feelings about being a perfectionist at it though. I think that's one thing I am scared/frustrated with! I was telling Trav, "I wish I lived in the Matrix, like Neo. And I could just get hooked up to this super computer and say learn to sew and within 30 seconds I could be a master seamstress." Wouldn't that be the life. (I would also secretly ask to be a better marathon runner...okay, sorry I'm digging into dreams that are irrelevant to anyone)....but that's my story...so I commend you for this new inspiring goal and wish you well in your sewing adventures:)

eRiCa said...

this is totally a goal of mine too! I mean I've sewn before but I want to be able to whip up something that I picture in my mind...obiviously this isn't going to happen in a day or whatever, but still...it's a goal of mine for 2009. Maybe I should get my own sewing machine first....hmmm...

Jess said...

Good for you! Sewing is on my list of things to learn, but like you...I only like to do something if I am going to be an expert in it! I really want drapes made and keep contemplating if I want to "try" or just have a seamstress do them so they will be PERFECT! Good luck and post your trials and successes along the way. Maybe it will encourage me!

Tara and family said...

Go with Willis family suggestion and use her connections. I have been sewing since I was little, but until I took some classes, it was like I could never climb over the wall into the world of real sewing where it actually LOOKS good. Take a few lessons. And start simple but cool. Go with what froggylady suggested too, but I do think you should do something beginner, just use cool fabric. Like a simple tote bag with really cool fabric, to use as a grocery bag, library bag, toys, etc. (AFTER you learn to thread the needle. for that, ask a friend for a lesson) If you try too complicated, you will get frustrated, no matter how cool the fabric. Keep it simple so you will like it and feel proud. I wish I could help! I'm not one for perfection, (except for Lindsay's diaper bag, that will be as perfect as I can possibly make it), I'm more of a free form sewing gal. When you feel like you want to be creative in a very uneven and artsy way, call me!
*and I forgive you for not putting my name on the list.

Valinda said...

YAY for YOU!!!!! I am seriously SO excited for you!!!! Call me if you run into problems, call me if the directions don't make sense, call me if you're ready to throw the whole thing out the window! I know I'm not the first person on the list TO call but still I'm here and I'm up "later" than everybody else, except Sandra, she a little crazy. :) Keep in mind I didn't know how to sew anything beyond ... anything 6 + years ago! What to start with? I like the other suggestions something that will keep you interested, pj pants are easy and can be fun. And this might sound really geeky and boring but READ the manual. Cover to cover. I'm behind you all the way!!!!!

The Toland's said...

oh, sweet of you to mention my name...i try very hard to be cool! Once you learn how to bob it, thread it...and push that pedal you will become addictive, that will then follow with addictions of coupon collecting to the local fabric stores, while on daily errands making a stop to by your fav. fabric store even if it means just looking (but you always come out with some new wonderful discoveries and ideas that you can sew), and developing a gawking problem at peoples cloths, purses, hats, etc (thinking to yourself, I am going to go home and make one of those tonight). Sew what inspires you...it also helps when you find a fabric that you totally fall in love with that will force you to make something!! Also don't be afraid to purchase a fun hip sewing book with wonderful ideas that you would love to create! Peace Out Home Slice!

SM said...

VERY cool! I know you will rock at it and I can't WAIT to see what you come up with!

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Carolina said...

OK...coming from the girl who has the bestest sewing talent in her genes and NO talent of her own or desire to have that talent...I FULLY SUPPORT YOU IN THIS ENDEAVOR! I heard from some pretty good sources..that its incredibly fulfilling :)

Good Luck Friend!!

Anonymous said...

Well would I be a good mutha if i did not comment. Baby, I am sorry for not really teaching you to sew. This entry into your blog makes me feel guilty. But I am beyond that now...whew! glad that is over. I loved sewing as a girl. My mom made me start with BArbie clothes and I loved it then. I loved picking the fabric and the patterns. I even did some free style but was not good at it. Don't let the perfection thing scare you away. I may have quit because of that. I remember my mom telling me to "rip it out" alot and maybe that discouraged me. Not her telling me that but me having to rip it out over and over. Even my friend, Debbie Sorensen, and I laugh about it still to this day how we had to "rip it out" when we would sew and mother would come to help us. I did, though, actually make some things that I liked and wore. I sewed so much when you girls were little and made lots of your things. I remember making Amy a pair of "jeans" out of some of my old jeans. I loved that. She was only about 2 though. Anyway, enough of me and on to you. I think you for sure should take advantage of Amber's connections and I think you need to find something fun and simple to make, and ohgosh!!! that Valinda could probably show you a thing or two. WOW!!! What a genius and good seamstress she is. Valinda, I have seen the costumes you've made. Don't forget Marian. She is another perfect seamstress. I know she is here and you are there but she is a wonderful resource. You are right, you have it in your blood, Moe Moe and Nana. So GREAT! I am proud of you. Ask me anything but I feel like things have changed since I was sewing and there might be better ways to do things than the way I used to do them 100 years ago. WAY TO GO!! It is about time, since we got you that machine many years ago. You sound excited and ready so I say.............what the prophet said.......JUST DO IT!!!

Love you
Mutha

Heidi said...

The possibilities are endless once you start sewing!! I can't wait to see all the pretty little things you will come up with!! Good luck!

Laura said...

go for it. i don't have enough patience. i made my kitchen drapes and then wanted to throw the thing through the window. save your mess-ups for white elephant '09.

Lindsay said...

leave it to mother to feel guilty about SOMETHING... mutha, you did your best.... now lay off it! you're a great mother!! as for ME being a good sewer... it's not actually that hard what IIII do so you could DEFINITELY do that and i'm sure you'll get better at it than me because that's what you do (remember your drawings before you stopped?) I'm glad you are doing this... then i can have you make things for me!!!