I just took up a new hobby. Sewing. I always said that sewing skips a generation, because why do you need to learn to sew, if your Mom can do it for you? Well, my Mom has left us to go to a much better place, so I must learn in order to give my daughter the gift that my Mom gave to me. And, I have to say….I LOVE it. I kind of took it up on whim. I saw all the cute kids clothes on Etsy that were pretty pricey and watched my good friend Wendy sew some pretty amazing stuff for her kids. So, I borrowed Wendy’s very fancy sewing machine to sew some cute little turkeys onto t-shirts for me, my husband (he asked for one!) and myself. And, I kinda liked it.
So, when we were heading into a restaurant for dinner about a week later, I popped into Sew Much More next door to take a look around. I came home with a brochure and pricing. I stayed up until 1am doing research. And, the next day I went back to look around at a few more machines. I settled on the BabyLock Grace, which is a relatively basic computerized sewing machine. It had a couple of features that I decided I had to have: speed control, some fun built-in stitches (there are 40), a one-step button hole (5 options), a needle-threader, and a drop-in bobbin. It’s crazy easy to use and got amazing reviews. And, it came with free one-on-one lessons for as long as I own it and 2-years of complimentary maintenance. SOLD. Since then I’ve been doing relatively easy projects. My first project was a Christmas table runner. Now, our dining room table is 8′ long. And, I was terrified of piecing the material together – that seemed too hard. So, I bought 4 yards of a sassy “Feliz Navidad” fabric that I knew my husband would love and sewed an 11′ tube. I even got brave enough to top stitch on it. And, of course my bobbin ran out in the midst of it all, but I finished it and claimed victory! I’m sure I’ll look back on it years from now and laugh at how wavy my stitches are, but, for now, I think it’s awesome…..