Welcome to Thread It Thursday!
Today I wanted to do something a little different than my usual reveal of my latest sewing project. I wanted to share a bit of my story on how I got into sewing in the first place.
Let me start off by introducing myself. I am Timeka the mother to two wonderful daughter’s Taylor & Taryn. We are the 3 musketeer’s. Their father and I ended our relationship many years ago, as a result I have been raising our girls as a single parent. I have contemplated writing this many times. I often think about how much to share and not share. I am such a private person……but a part of me wants to open up and share a bit more. So now that I’ve gotten that out of the way I can exhale and smile once again.
For years and years, I used to say that I wanted to learn to sew but never really had the time. Then one day my girls said…..”hey mom do you think that we can take a sewing, class?” So in September of 2010 I enrolled them in their first class at Joann Fabric’s. We were all excited the first project was a pillowcase. They enjoyed picking out the fabric’s and supplies they needed. The teacher of the class was so nice and the class ended up with a total of 4 girls.
As the class was about to begin and I headed out, I saw that the teacher was looking a little flustered with trying to give direction to all 4 at once. So, I briefly interrupted and offered to assist her in any way I could. Now my only prior sewing experience had been 1 semester in high school. Which was a loooonnnngggg time ago…lol….and the only thing I remember about sewing class….is that I made a pillow….lol.
The class ended up going really well and I was able to assist far more than I thought I would. Each of the girl’s completed a really cute pillowcase. I didn’t realize it at the time…..but this day would be my first step back into sewing.
A few weeks later the girls had another class this time they made a cute little bag’s out of bandana’s and this time….the teacher asked me…..do you want to help out again. Of course I agreed….it was a good thing I did because the instructor accidentally burned her hand on the iron. Fortunately, I happened to have some aloe vera gel in my purse and the instructor was able to finish the class. For all those who wonder why women carry so many thing’s in their purses……here’s a great example……someone may be in need of the 1 million and 1 items we carry inside…..lol.
Here is the completed project from that class.
My daughter’s were really enjoying the classes. They liked going home and putting to use the things they were making. So I enrolled them in the next level class. Making pajama pants. They were really excited.
The day of the class we were out of town visiting my brother and his family. Fortunately, he is just a few hours away, so we would be back in time for the class. I got a phone call as we were heading back home saying that the class was canceled. There were not enough kids enrolled in the class for it to be held. The next class would be a month away so, I decided to see if I could make the pants myself.
I did a little research and found a sewing machine that met my checklist. I ended up going with Brother’s Project Runway edition machine. It was affordable and said to be a great beginner machine. Before I could start on the pants I had to get acclimated with this machine. Thankfully that part came pretty easy.
Now I needed to understand the pattern. This part would be harder than I thought. I was totally confused when it came to understanding the pattern….so I got online and found a great blog, that gave great step by step guidance on how to make pajama pants. It took me 2 days but the girls had pajama pants. They were excited…..I was excited. It was great, they were a little on the long side but they fit and I made them. From there…..there has been no looking back. I am learning and sewing every chance I get and I love it. I may not love those moments of frustration, when I mess up or I am trying to understand something new but in the end pushing through and finishing each project is exciting every single time, just like it was the 1st time!
Sewing has been such a great outlet for my creativity and I truly enjoy it. I love that blogging has given me a place to share my love of sewing and be inspired by so many other’s. This blog is also a great way for me to track my progress and let my creativity flow.
I would love to know…..how did you get into sewing?
Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share a bit of my story with you, I greatly appreciate it!
Until Next Time,