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Struggles of a Sewing Beginner

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Last week, I was inspired by some Pinterest pins (Seriously, they make it look so easy!) and decided that I wanted to learn how to sew. My mom has been sewing outfits for my brother and me since we were wee toddlers, so she obviously was the first person I turned to to help me with my newfound creative interest. I get to spend some quality time with Mama Bear and learn something new at the same time – it’s a win, win!

Setting in the Pins

So this past Sunday, I made my way to my mom’s place. She even had a lesson plan ready to go! She showed me how to thread the sewing machine, what a serger is, and all of the components that I need to know about each machine. She then assigned a simple project to create a pouch for ice packs (Long story), and told me to sew up two sides. Easy, right?

I couldn’t be more wrong!

Here are some takeaways from my first sewing lesson.

  • I can’t sew a straight line to save my life.
  • The foot pedal is obviously only geared to two speeds: hypersonic turbo speed and snail’s crawl.
  • Sergers can save a bunch of time with their cool-ass options for seams and overlocks.
    • Follow up: Threading one is a nightmare if you have no clue what you’re doing.
  • I can spend my entire year’s salary on sewing tools. You can never have too many thread colors.

Despite worrying that I might sew my fingers in some nightmarish accident, I actually had a blast learning the basics, no matter how intimidating. It’s not easy, but even after I completed my horribly-made pouch, I could not have been prouder of myself. To all you sewing fanatics and fashion designers out there – props to you!

Can’t wait for Lesson Two with Mama Bear: Zippers and button holes.

Struggling to sew a straight line

I did it!