My answer : only one short year.
I'm still SO inexperienced. In fact, I don't even have the vocabulary to explain most of the projects I take on or ask an educated question in the sewing store.
However, I have enjoyed learning this skill tremendously and I've seen it benefit our budget in more ways than one, just hemming and mending alone have more than paid for my sewing machine. Baby gifts, children's clothes, & home decor (pillow cases, bed skirts) are some of the funner(word?) projects I have accomplished.
I tell you all this to say : be encouraged. If you want to learn to sew and didn't grow up standing over your grandmother's shoulder at her sewing machine, its quite possible! I am the prime example. I'm not super skilled and my projects still have a lot of imperfections, but 9 times out of 10 I'm please with my creations!
a few tips...
- Make sure you start at a time in your life when you have some extra time on your hands. I started when Stephen Small was taking two good naps a day and sleeping through the night.
- Be willing to mess up. The first 3 or 4 things I made were laughable, one being a Christmas stocking for Kathy, our former dog.
- Don't let the machine intimidate you. There is a learning curve, but once you get over it trouble shooting your machine becomes second nature. You can always take it to a local sewing store and have them take a look if its out of sorts.
- Have a buddy, someone to learn with or someone that has more experience. This makes it fun and you can share sewing patterns and techniques.
Apparently just now!
Showing you my new bed skirt was the real reason I sat down at this ole blog.
I think it may be my all time favorite. I made it for our master bedroom. My goal was for it to be neutral, elegant, and sort of rustic all at the same time. To my delight, I think the finished project has these characteristics.
I basically started with a bed sheet, cut to the size of our box springs.
I then cut and measured the actual skirt fabric to size on three sides, pinned little 4 inch pleats, and stitched it all up!
*If you have one sided fabric, you will want to place, pin, and sew fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN.
My fabric was the same on both sides. Also, if you want to hem it, then I think its best to do it BEFORE you sew it to the sheet.
This is what it looks like when you flip it to the pretty side.
The finished product in its proper place.
I love it.
I sleep better at night knowing its there.