I’m one of those crafters who loves everything to do with threads and fibres and fabrics but is actually pretty rubbish when it comes to making things using a sewing machine. For a whole multitude of reasons I haven’t had much experience using one, I’ve always felt pretty nervous about using one and it’s become a bit of a vicious circle.
I’m blessed though to have at hand a hugely experienced seamstress in my mom. She made her own wedding dress and her bridesmaid dresses and has made some lovely things for me over the years. I used to love sitting and watching the Great British Sewing Bee with her, she’d be very patient as I paused it to ask yet another basic question, desperate to learn and understand more.
I decided I was going to stop being so nervous about sewing and just get on with it. The more experience I get sewing the more comfortable with it and skilled I will become. I made a bag last year with plenty of assistance and guidance, and then did nothing more. I kept pinning things to my sewing board on Pinterest and then on Friday decided it was time to choose something and make it.
This was the end result. It was listed as a coin purse, apparently inspired by a Japanese design, but I wanted it as part of my cross stitching set up. Rather than pile up scrappy ends of threads once they’ve been cut, and to reduce the amount of time I spend searching for my embroidery scissors (seriously, I put them down and lose them multiple times every time I stitch) I can now use this as both a scissors holder and a temporary ends bin.
I could write paragraphs on everything that isn’t quite right about it. There are mistakes I made, things I didn’t do very well, and there was a minor disaster when the iron stuck briefly to the lining fabric and distorted the end shape. I’m not going to get any more hung on the negatives though, instead I’m going to focus on the positives:
- I felt far more confident approaching this and dealing with any problems
- I used iron on interfacing for the first time (so easy, but it was yet another thing I’d never tried and so felt a little daunted by)
- Sewing the side seams was a great opportunity to practice slip stitching, by the fourth I’d virtually mastered making the stitches invisible
- My machine sewing was so much better than it’s been before, much more even and controlled
- I didn’t have the right sort of snap fastener so I substituted velcro which brought it’s own sewing challenges which I conquered.
I’ve ordered a kit for fixing snap fasteners and am planning on making more of these plus some other small projects that will allow me to carry on increasing both my confidence and my skill level. I’ve got much bigger ideas for things I want to make but I’m going to go steadily and sensibly first.