Learning to Sew: ZigZags and Pins

Now that I have my craft space organized, I’m so inspired to get to work making stuff! Over the weekend, I made progress on the Learn to Sew series and completed Lesson #2. The goal of the lesson was to learn to use a ZigZag stitch, and the practice item was a hooded towel. I don’t have a little one to model it for me, so this picture probably isn’t very impressive.

I apparently didn’t trim all the loose thread, so my cat (Cali) decided she needed to play.

I feel pretty good about using the zigzag stitch. And Amber was right, it’s not much different than working with a straight stitch. But I was able to secure 5 layers of towel with it and it feels really strong, so it did its job.

The REAL lesson I learned had nothing to do with the zigzag stitch at all.

Pay attention to the direction of your pins.

As I was pinning the hood to the “body”, I had all the pins nice and secure. But then I sat down to sew and they were all pointed TOWARD me. Which meant as I was sewing, I had to stop early and pull the pins out away from me. Ideally, the pins would have been placed with the point away from me so I could sew right up to the tip and slide the pin out. But now I know. :-)

I have all my pieces cut out for Lesson #3, so I hope to get that knocked out this week.

Learning to Sew: More Than Just a Straight Line

Over the past couple days, I’ve shared my experiences becoming friends with my sewing machine. I’ve learned how to thread the machine properly, and I practiced stitches while I got all my fabrics pre-washed. So it was finally time to complete my first actual project and tackle Lesson #1 in the Learn to Sew series. The goal of this first lesson was to sew a straight line. After just practicing, the project was to complete baby burp cloths using cloth diapers and some fabric. I have to say, I learned so much more in this first lesson than just sewing a straight line.

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Learning to Sew: Baby Steps

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…

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Learning to Sew: Crawling Before Walking

One of my goals for 2013 was to learn to sew. I received a great sewing machine for Christmas from my parents, and had my heart on starting out the new year with a bang! Amber at Crazy Little Projects was starting her Learn to Sew Series and I was mentally ready to jump right in! But then life got in the way and the year got off to a very busy start. And I didn’t even get to take my new sewing machine out of its box until a couple weeks ago. But I’m catching back up now. :-)

It’s been two weeks since my sewing machine was freed from its box, and I still haven’t completed the first actual sewing project. But I’ve realized there were quite a few baby steps that I needed to get through before I could walk sew, and wanted to catch you all up on what I’ve done.

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