Sunday, November 8, 2009

No Sew, no go

I found a great easy pattern of play pants for Jameson made out of Kevin's old t-shirts. I cut out the pattern. I pinned the pattern. And I cannot for the life of me get the dang thread through the machine for me to begin sewing. OK, that is not entirely true. I got the thread THROUGH the machine, but something is obviously not right because every time I test it on my sample piece of fabric it gets all tangled, then the thread coming from the bobbin won't move. I have to take the whole thing apart and begin again. Ugh! I am too new to sewing to even have any clue as to where to start to fix this issue (and I am sure it is a simple one). Alison tried to help via text message, but it may as well be in a foreign language. I know that as soon as I can figure out the problem it will take 2.5 minutes to sew the pants. It is times like these when I need my crafty friends living close by, you know who you are! Let me just say that one of my oldest friends, Jenn got me through 7th grade Home Ec. when we were sewing wind sox, my schwiegerschwester (aka sis-in-law) Erika rocks the sewing machine, as does my Mom-in-law. Where are you girls?

I wish I were innately crafty, I am not. While its something I aspire to be, it always seems to allude me. I love knitting...the knit stitch over and over. My efforts to learn other stitches so I can possibly make something more exciting than a scarf have failed greatly. I want to learn how to sew, but I am being foiled by the machine. How hard do you think these pants would be to sew by hand? Hee hee. The one scrapbook I have attempted looks so sad I can't bear to look at it. I cannot cut a straight line, and I always make those jaggy cuts on top of it. I can't even color well, granted I can stay in the lines but I push the crayon too hard and it just doesn't look pretty. My mom was the best "colorer." When I was growing up, I loved watching her color.
My first (and only) scarf

Until I feel ready to take on the sewing machine again, I will take comfort in the fact that I made a really good pot roast today. I can cook, following a recipe is much simpler than following the sewing pattern directions or even the sewing machine directions. Now I will go eat a bowl of ice cream and catch up on Gossip Girl to drown out my sewing sorrows.


Jennifer said...

I wish I was there for you! What kind of sewing machine do you have?

Alison said...

there are times that it is simpler to buy new play pants ;) (or wait for Grandma, Auntie...)

Aimee said...

Jenn- if you were here (which would be awesome) it would be me visiting you with one of my "knit-stitch" baby blankets in hand for that darling newborn baby girl.

Al- Yeah, this seems to be one of those "need-to-see-it-to-learn-how-to-fix-it" moments. I may take a 2nd look tomorrow, and try to re-thread the bobbin, without a Jameson climbing all over me.

Sarah said...

Aimee, I can completely sympathize! You are not alone. I want to be able to sew, I used to be able to at least thread a machine and even sewed a couple of things once, but now I can't do either. Good luck!!

I probably would have ended my day by going out and buying a set of pants, then proceeded to eat the big bowl of ice cream and watch TV. We think alike! :)