The past week I’ve done a couple of those sewing projects that make a big impact but are really just thrifty no-brainers.
First, surely, surely, surely, I’m not the only woman that’s gotten on Pinterest a few times and decided I was done with any scarf that was not infinite. For almost two years now, I’ve been trying to tie and tuck this scarf in just right so it would look like an infinity scarf, (even though it’s not), but I finally got around to stitching the ends together.
Then there’s my coat.
I love my coat. It’s soft and green and made of down. *sigh* You can imagine how sad I was when the incident happened:
Early March. Suburban neighborhood. Left sleeve. Victim of assault by a thorny rose bush.
The worst part wasn’t the tear, which is pretty small. It was the trail of white feathers that followed me for weeks. In the house, in the car, up my nose. One day, we were getting cell phones set up. It took a while to set up a new account. The associate eventually had to ask for help from her manager. I tried to keep a poker face when he snatched a feather from mid air and said, “Where did all these feathers come from?!”
“I don’t know!” she replied “But, I’ve been seeing them all morning!”
I love my coat, but rather than send it to the big Cleveland winter in the sky, I thought it best to amputate.
My coat died a little bit, but was reincarnated as this fabulous vest! Complete with new decorative stitching on the chest! I was so thrilled not only by how great my new puffer vest turned out, but also how I managed to take the PERFECT selfie to show it off. Seriously. I never look this radiant in real life.
I guess the moral of the story is, learn how to use your sewing machine. At least a few basics. Then don’t be afraid to try your skills on your stuff. Sewing can be an expensive hobby for some, but if you’re scrappy, you can really save cash by putting some of the stuff you already own in stitch rehab.
And if you don’t have a machine, I recommend starting with a cheap Brother from Walmart. (This is the one I’ve been using for the past three years!) It’s modern and intuitive and it works right out of the box. Some folks like to use a vintage machine, or whatever their grandmother hands down to them. Hang on to that machine, and get it set up later, but after seeing (and experiencing) some of the frustration that can come if your old machine wasn’t serviced and adjusted just right, (which, consequently, can cost as much as my Walmart machine) I just don’t think it’s best to learn on. Don’t get me wrong, I want one of those big heavy metal machines, myself, some day, for heavy duty projects–but I sew fairly often, and on a pretty wide variety of projects, and my little Brother has never let me down. I even got the matching serger for my birthday. I LOVE them both.
So, go sew. Sew, go, so… Sew.
P.S. Today’s blog post title comes from this adorable children’s book. Everything I needed to know about budget sewing techniques came from Joseph. 😉
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