My First Sewing Machine Experience
Well, I figured since Steve so thoughtfully gave me a sewing/embroidery machine for Christmas this past year I might as well put it to some use. So last night I taught myself how to use it. I had never used a sewing machine before, and the only time I had ever seen one used was on TV or in pictures. So I had alot to learn. For my first project, I decided to make some pillows for the furniture we are getting for our screened in porch (a love seat and 2 chairs). Here is how I began.
I cut out 2 pieces of fabric 13×13. 2 of the pillows I was going to use for this project are 12×12 and I wanted to leave a little room for the seam.
Next, I hand stitched the 2 pieces of fabric together at one end so that the correct sides of the fabric were facing each other. The wide loose stitch is called “basting” and it’s used for when you just want to hold fabric together temporarily. Once you’ve machine stitched, you can remove the basting stitches.
This is what the fabric looks like when I opened it up.
Then I pressed the seam open. This is where the zipper is going to be.
For the record…the fabric is cream and blue, not green. My camera just decided that it wanted to pick out the slight green hue in the fabric and make that color the dominant one.
Next I basted a zipper onto the open seam.
Then I used the machine to sew the zipper firmly in place.
Now I’m not sure why I stopped taking pictures at this point. Maybe I was distracted by Lazarus’s arm clawing at me from under the door, or maybe I was just so focused on my work that I just simply forgot. Either way, this is how I finished. Once the zipper was securely in place, I pinned the rest of the fabric edges together and machine stitched all the way around the pillow case. Then I turned the fabric right side out and inserted my pillow.
Tada!!!!! The first thing I ever made with a sewing machine. I was really proud of myself!
I repeated that process 3 more times, with 2 of the pillows being 12×12, and the other two 14×14. Now I’ll have some nice home-made pillows to accessorize our covered patio! Next I’ll be making some white linen curtains for the same space. Stay tuned!!!!