Yesterday I shared with you my adventure of getting my sewing machine out of the box and ready to sew. So last weekend I was ready to jump in an get going with Lesson 1 in the Learning to Sew Series – Sewing a Straight Line. I set my expectations low – let’s make sure the sewing machine and I were still playing nice. (Not unrealistic seeing how my first weekend went.) And woo hoo, all is right with the world!
So I read through the lesson and I practiced sewing straight lines over and over again. I had picked up some clearance fabric for this precise purpose. Everything was going smoothly! And then…
I finally get to the first project assignment (cute burp cloths made from cloth diapers) and I see this:
Important: Prewash the diaper first because they will shrink. Then iron them nice and flat again.
Needless to say, I had NOT read this far yet (even though this lesson had been out for weeks) and had NOT prewashed the cloth diapers. *sigh* So I spent the balance of weekend #2 washing the cloth diapers (and my fabrics – see below). And since I didn’t want to completely waste the day with my machine working properly, I just practiced a whole lot on some fabric swatches. Straight stitches, zig zag stitches (I read ahead to Lesson #2 and see we’ll be using that) and just about all the other stitches my machine has.
By the way, I took the opportunity to prewash ALL of the fabric I’ve bought so far (and spent a marathon session ironing it all). I’ve read a lot of recommendations for doing this to pre-shrink the fabric. I’m not sure I’m going to do this every time (I was reunited with my iron after many years of separation). I would definitely do it for projects that are likely to be washed (like clothes) but may skip that step for other projects. So, we’ll see how that goes.
So to recap…machine works, I can now thread it successfully, I know how to sew a straight line, fabrics are now washed and ready to go…
still haven’t finally completed Lesson #1’s project. Check back tomorrow to see how that went!