Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sew then this happened

Over the summer I expressed an interest in getting a sewing machine, and my most awesome mother-in-law said, "I have an extra machine you can have." She and her stepmom had bought the same machine back in the '80s, and she later inherited it when her stepmom died. It's a very lightly used Husqvarna Viking 190, and my mother-in-law had it serviced before she handed it over.
I hadn't touched a sewing machine since eighth-grade home ec, so I signed up for Sewing 101 at a local craft store and made a couple of pillow cases. Not too hard!

The first thing I made on my own was a zipper pouch. I found a free Craftsy class by Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew.
My mother-in-law got the pouch for Christmas.

Then I made a drawstring bag to hold my knitting (yeah, I learned the brioche stitch from another Craftsy class, "Explorations in Brioche Knitting.")
So handy! I made some more, also for Christmas gifts.
And some more zipper pouches.
Jackson thinks they're not very interesting ("No treats in there? Yawn!"), but I think they're pretty neat. I gave them away, too. I need to make some for myself!

There's just not enough time to do all the projects I have in mind (sewing! knitting! sewing! knitting!) but I keep plugging away and once in a while I manage to finish something.

What are you working on these days?


  1. I have things I want to sew, but like you, have not sewed in forever. So maybe, like you, I should take a class. If my zippers looked like your zippers, I would be ecstatic. Otherwise, I have four (4!) sweaters in various stages; two (2!) hats, one near the beginning, one near the end; a pair of socks; and a pile of cowls in need of buttons. And a Kidsilk Haze wrap. Actually, two. And I am taking a class in spinning yarn. So much fiber, so little time.

  2. It looks like you do good work. I am a quilter and I like to sew for my granddaughters.

  3. Thanks, Peggy! Your quilts are gorgeous.