With a baby on the way and only 11 more weeks until she is due to arrive, I figured it would be a great time to start picking up a fun hobby or two before life gets real… baby real.
Last week I took my first sewing class, and oh boy was it an adventure. I’ve always had a slight interest in the idea of sewing, but I never took the interest “seriously” until about a year ago when I ran across an inexpensive sewing machine at the Ikea near our home in Switzerland. On a whim, I bought it.
|My Ikea Sewing Machine|
The sewing machine sat in our home relatively untouched for months (I did attempt to sew a patch onto Husband’s work pants) until we moved to Dubai, where it sat some more (about a year). It wasn’t until I found a class through a little craft & sewing shop near the Burj Khalifa that I decided I better make some use out of my impulse buy.
I arrived at my class a few minutes late thanks to the notoriously bad rush hour traffic in Dubai and my horrendous parallel parking skills. Frazzled, I began to set up my little machine and all of my class materials. The class had already started and the three other women were busy learning how to thread a bobbin on their high-tech Brother sewing machines. I started to add my thread to the bobbin on my little Ikea machine, and surprisingly it was much easier than I thought it would be.
In the first class, we learned how the sewing machine works and how to do basic stitches. We learned how to make a French seam, which looks pretty clean and tidy, and we learned how to sew different shapes. Two and a half hours whizzed by so quickly! I couldn’t wait for the next session.
|My French Seam and Some Other Fabrics|
During the second session this week, we learned how to gather fabric, serge seams, and sew basic rolled hems. I discovered that I really enjoyed making button holes. I hadn’t thought that I would like sewing as much as I did, and even though my little Ikea sewing machine didn’t have all of the bells and whistles as the Brother sewing machines, it proved to be a trusty little companion. Another two and a half hours flew by, and now I cannot wait for the third and final session.
|Stitch Samples from Class|
|Gathering Fabric, Sewing Gathered Fabric, Rolled Hem Seams|
Next week, we’ll be putting all of the skills together that we’ve learned in order to make a zippered bag. I cannot wait to see how my final project turns out, and I’ve already started to look at the other sewing classes available through Craftland. I can’t wait to make so many things with my Ikea sewing machine!
|Craftland Workshop Inspiration Board|
|Craftland Project Samples|
|Craftland Quilting and Applique Samples|
Check back next week to see my final project!
Are you an avid sewing enthusiast, or a beginner just like me? Share your stories below!
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