Have you been wanting to learn how to sew? How many excuses have you come up with not to? Have you said to your self sewing machines are too expensive and too complicated?
I am a self taught sewer! No lessons, just me, a machine and a sewing machine instruction booklet! That's it! My first machine was a bit like this one here, i call him Kenny.
A good name for a Kenmore machine dontcha you think? If i remember correctly Kenny cost me all of $50.00 and it's really all you need if you're a budding sewer.
This little Kenmore is super simple to learn.
Easy to thread, easy to use and pretty tough too! I've abused this little machine. No, i mean i have REALLY abused this little machine, and the worst thing that happened was a bent needle.
Now i have had larger machines, at one point i even had an industrial machine. That was great but way too much. My larger standard machine was broken by the movers and when i needed a new one i bought Kenny. I really thought this lil' blue machine would just get me sewing again, and I'd need to upgrade soon. Well it's been four years and i haven't upgraded yet.
So how did i get started? I used a lot of scrap material and sewed a lot of straight lines.
When i got brave enough, i started making pillows. Their is nothing easier than sewing a pillow and they make great gifts!! Small curtains and valances are easier then you think too!! I suppose i could have bought a book or something. Their is probably a ton of them out there. Instead i just plugged along, I'm really good at copying. I experimented with baby blankets, button holes, zippers and on to baby clothes. I'm not good at the clothing thing so that was short lived. Eventually i made an entire bedding set for Flickerwhips crib, quilt, bumpers, and two bed skirts, a scalloped and a ruffled, layered one over the other.
Now no more excuses, go out and find yourself a Kenny and get to work...You'll be glad you did!
Sewing is just like anything else you never know until you try!