Last year I purchased an entry level sewing machine hoping to get back into sewing. When I mean “get back into sewing” I really mean learn from scratch again! The last thing I sewed was a cookie-shaped pillow in my high school home-ec class (Are there home economics classes anymore? Does that date me?)
This month I enrolled in an “Introduction to Modern Sewing” class at a sassy little shop called The French Seam. Over four weeks, you create three projects — a pillow case, an apron and a tote bag — and along the way you learn several techniques that build upon each other to ultimately equip you with the basic knowledge needed to dust off your machine and get sewing! What have I learned so far?
- Threading. I learned to how to thread my bobbin and sewing machine.
- Measure Twice. Cut Once! I feel like this was the hardest part so far! I mean I love math, I love numbers, but precision is key!
- Pining my fabric to prep for sewing! No sewing experience is complete without getting pricked by a pin one time (or two. or three). Pining the fabric is a must so that the fabric you have painstakingly chosen, measured and cut lines up perfectly once you get to the sewing machine.
- Pressing versus Ironing. To press a piece of fabric means to lift and lower, unlike the back and forth motion used for ironing. I’ve learned how to set a seam, which means melding thread with fabric to create a flat seam. You wouldn’t want your finished product to look all wanky janky.
- Good posture at the sewing machine. Sit up! It’s not cute looking like Quasimodo at the sewing machine. The machine does all of the work! It’s your job to gently guide the fabric through and pay attention to the seam allowance, dearie.
We are using projects from the book School of Sewing, a wonderful guide featuring super clear step-by-step instructions and encouragement along the way. If you live in the area, I encourage you to take the Introduction to Modern Sewing Class! So far, this class is my jam! Next week I finish my apron and then I start prepping my tote bag! Stay tuned friends.