Sunday, December 12, 2010
SOMETHING I LEARNED TODAY...
I am not a seamstress (emphasis on "Stress").My new mantra..in a calm voice.."I am not a seamstress", "I am not a seamstress" and breathe out.
A seamstress knows her machine. My sewing machine is a living beast with a mind of it's own. I did not grow up with a mother who sewed or lived near a grandmother who passed on that sacred wisdom. Therefore figuring out this machine that was gifted to me (perhaps my mother had enough of it herself, can cause even the calmest person (which I think I lean on that side) to throw an unruly fit. It is truly a labor of love for the art side of what I create but then when I get to the point of actually having to sew it altogether, it's facing the beast I dread the most. It starts out well to tease me. It knots up, it eats my thread, it growls and then just refuses to carry on. Throwing a fit seems to be the only way to get through to it. Today we had a pretty good go around and after hours of what would have taken someone with more knowledge much less time, I think I may have won this battle. I managed to complete my current project and I have walked away with a little more confidence that took pure strong will and patience for me to succeed. I found out by trial and error a few things about this darn machine that has kept me from completing some projects, not without some massive fit throwing, tears and a few choice words..(well maybe a lot of choice words). However, I am confident I can tame the beast, but as for my conquering the art of sewing to a degree of acceptance by any well bred seamstress, I doubt it. Straight lines and curvy art lines are for me! Following a pattern and attempting to make something that one might actually consider wearing, well..let's just say it would not be a pretty site. I have added to my Christmas list..Sewing for Dummies. If there is not a book out there like that, then there should be. If someone steps up to the plate, email me and I will be your first buyer!