Monday, October 18, 2010

Sewing Machine Review and My Greatest Crafting Achievement To Date

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to review another product from CSN Stores.  This time I decided to review a sewing machine.  I have wanted to learn to sew for a long time.  I feel like not knowing how to sew is really holding me back in my crafting and making stuff (you know, the title of this blog).  So I sorted all the sewing machines available on CSN by price and bought one of the cheapest ones which was this Brother Free-Arm Sewing Machine with 10 Stitches.

So far I am loving this machine.  You should know, I don't actually really know anything about sewing so I don't have anything to compare it to.  I was able to thread the bobbin and the needle and actually get started sewing in about 45 minutes.  I think that was pretty good because I'm not the best at following directions (hence why I like cooking better than baking-less important that you follow recipes exactly in cooking).  The instructions have pictures and are pretty easy to follow.

In comparison to every other machine, this machine was cheap.  I was not expecting anything amazing, just a basic beginner sewing machine.  I think this machine is going to work for me and help me achieve my dream of one day being able to sew my own apron.  I have actually signed up for a month long sewing class.  We'll see how that goes.  Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase.

Since I didn't really know anything about sewing, I decided to just jump in head first.  I bought this pattern I found online (it said it was a good bag for beginners).  It took me most of last week, but I finally finished my bag.  There were a few mishaps but overall I was extremely proud of myself (just don't look at the straps or top too closely).  It even has pockets.  Hopefully my sewing class will give me some tips on how to do things better and what some of these sewing words mean (I had to google a bunch while making this bag).

In other, unrelated news, the dining room table is back to craftland.
Who knows how to sew?
Who wants to know how to sew?


Jenni said...

Very impressed! My mom is ashamed of me probably that her daughter can't sew...maybe after you take your lessons you can teach me.

Amanda @ It's Blogworthy said...

I want to learn how to sew in the worst way. I watch project runway and every time I'm all, "I could do that, maybe I'll start making my own clothes" and realize that I don't have the skills to do that. Cant' wait to see more of your sewing!

sara said...

Very impressive!

My mom is a mad sewer...made her own wedding dress, all of her clothes and most of ours when we were little. That skill has clearly (and sadly) skipped a generation :)

Hutch said...

Well done! I don't know how to sew, other than stitching a badge onto something, which I learned in girl scouts :)

I'm very impressed!

Mo Young said...

Wow! Sewing is such a clutch skill for a crafter. Congrats on your new machine and new purse. I am quite impressed. You'll totally be able to make B his 2 year anni gift (ie, the theme is cloth).

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

That's so cool! I don't know how to sew but I wish I did!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Okay, from the perspective of someone who has taken a sewing class and knows how difficult it is to get the hang of, I must say that I am immensely impressed by your bag. You are quite the talented seamstress!! It's beautiful and looks flawless. I have no doubt you will be sewing an apron, and loads of other goodies, in NO time. :)

In fact, you make it look so easy, I kind of want to take another sewing class now and see if I could get the hang of it again. Hehe.

Shana said...

I'm so impressed. The bag came out great. I want to learn how to sew and J bought me a sewing machine for Chrismas two years ago and I still haven't used it. I have to get on that. You are going to be my inspiration.