11 August 2008

The sewing machine.

In the last couple of months, I have made lists of things that I want to learn to do. I think this is in an attempt to keep myself busy. I work better and I write better when I have things to occupy my time.

Academic Reading. Academic Writing. Reading for fun. Writing for fun. Cooking. Baking.

If I had the room to build things, I would. Or if I could design furniture, or a house, I would.

I want to spend less time thinking about the dreams I've been having lately. I know that my mind is trying to wrap itself around some things that I thought I'd dealt with already. These reminders keep emerging. But things should finalize themselves in about a month and a half. They have to.

This Saturday, my parents delivered a sewing machine (attached to a desk). I expressed an interest in learning how to sew and my aunt informed my mother that I could have and old one she didn't want anymore. My mom dragged my dad to pick up the machine. (He's a great sport).

My apartment is small, and another piece of furniture wasn't exactly what I was looking for (I was going to go and buy one of those inexpensive sewing machines at Target), but I acquiesced and took the machine.

I've used it once, and now the feed at the bottom of the machine doesn't seem to want to work for me. The machine started having troubles last night. So tonight, I'll take out some time and see if I can fix it. I've decided that I'm going to learn how to make bags, aprons, wallets and a dress or two.

On Sunday, I went to a fabric store in Capitol Hill and bought some super cool fabric to make a bag. I'll publish some photos of the machine once I get it underway and working once again.

I have a longer something to write on why I could never live in Capitol Hill. Or really? Why I couldn't live in Capitol Hill right now.


Jean said...

Come up and use mine in the meantime... It's perty and needs attention.

Jenni said...

Oh! I love to sew...I make baby blankets...I want to start making bags and ipod cases as well out of old curtains and other "vintage" fabrics.

I also have 10 yards of fabric sitting right next to me for my new bedroom curtains and throw pillows I plan on making.

Have fun with it!

cuff said...

I learned to sew in 7th grade in the mandatory home economics course...I don't do much of it, but it did come in handy when I made roman blinds for our house. I have my grandmother's old Singer, a beautiful sleek jet black mid-century model.

I've never tried anything harder than hemming pants and making blinds, but who knows...

Anonymous said...

I failed 7th grade Home Economics and haven't touched a machine since.

I need a pair of pants hemmed, if you are looking for practice!