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« on: March 02, 2012 04:28:51 PM »

This didn't seem to fit anywhere but here. I shall not lie; I'm pretty impressed with myself! Both my Grandmother and Mom were sewers, as well as crocheters and wood workers. I taught myself to knit 5 or 6 years ago, and decided a month or two ago that I needed a sewing machine. I only ever sewed anything once, a pillow for Home Ec. Around 15 years ago lol. But I was confident that it wouldn't be that hard. I must have the crafting gene, because it turns out I taught myself this, too! I bought a Brother XR7700 on eBay, refurbished for about $120.

It had this weird picture frame that is basically a little door you open to see all the stitches you can do (70, I think? I've only used a couple of them so far). It had this weird picture of a puppy that didn't come out, but I found out that it was the perfect size of an index card, so I grabbed a small piece of fabric, sewed it on, and stuck it in there. I'm not counting that as a project lol. Before I bought it, I saw this link on Pinterest for a really cute pincushion. Piecing? For a beginner? As a first project? I figured I'd just go slow. It was weird sewing in a circle and it's not perfect, but I love it.

Then I found this link on Pinterest also. I held out, thinking maybe the sewing machine would come with a plastic dust cover and I could wait and do a few more small projects before attempting something bigger, but no dice. It didn't even come with a BOX. It did come with lots of extra feet and pretty much everything else, and it was packaged really well, but it was kind of packed in thick padding in the shipping box inside a plastic bag. So I had to make a dust cover so it wouldn't get dusty and make the inside parts clunky, right?

Just LOOK AT THAT even stitching. So impressed with myself, not gonna lie. I followed her entire tutorial except at the end where she was talking about putting it together with right sides facing. But then I got lost and didn't know what she was talking about. So I pinned the bottom, pressed it with an iron and sewed all the way around. Came out really well, don't you think?

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2012 05:01:22 PM »

What a great job!  I am so impressed that these are your first projects.  Wonderful!
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2012 06:09:42 PM »


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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012 07:32:53 PM »

WOW - you're an awesome sewist already!  Nice job on your first projects.  Your fabric selections are beautiful too - nice stitches!!  Welcome to the sewing world - I'll bet you create some great projects in addition to these!!   Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2012 12:51:41 AM »

Nice! Love the pincushion! Happy sewing Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012 02:26:08 PM »

Great job! I just started sewing, too and I cannot resist starting a fabric stash already. I LOVE the fabric you used for your machine cover. The seams on both projects look great!
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012 08:36:13 PM »

These look awesome for your first sewing projects! Keep up the good work!
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2012 09:00:20 AM »

This is fabulous!  Congratulations on your first successes!  Another good source to find tutorials is here, of course, and YouTube.  Happy sewing!

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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2012 12:20:17 PM »

Great work! My lines are still ridiculously crooked!

« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2012 10:13:04 AM »

Good job!  I wish you years and years of sewing successes!  It is addictive, right?

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