My Sewing Phobia

Learning to sew has been on my wish list for a long time. See, I can just picture myself sitting at the sewing machine, whipping out curtains, cute dresses, and clothes for the baby.

But the poor sewing machine I bought – last fall! – still sits in its box, hiding in the closet.

The beginner class I signed up for got canceled. Then I bought the above book with all kinds of good intentions about tackling one new project each week. That was about 2 months ago.

What is my problem? What is it about this little machine that scares me so much? My mental block certainly feels irrational. So I’ve decided to do take a deep breath and do what does not come easily to me.

Ask for help.

I’ve offered to cook brunch/lunch/dinner – anything! – for a friend. The only caveat is that she must come over and help me get the darn thing out of the box! I can’t seem to face it by myself.

You have no idea how ecstatic I would be to make a napkin. And that is, in fact, going to be my first project. No one will ever be allowed to use it.

Do you sew? Any advice for a newbie?

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  1. says

    HA! I bought a sewing machine last fall too and while I did take it out of the box, I haven’t used it yet. I don’t have a sewing phobia so much as a severe lack of time. And I hate it because I have all these wonderful project ideas, I just need to learn how to use my sewing machine so I can do them! Well, keep us updated on your progress–maybe if you manage to learn, it will motivate me! :)

  2. says

    lol I too have been avoiding my sewing machine which I asked for and received on Christmas. I finally got off my butt and registered for my sewing lesson. Can’t wait to get started!

  3. Amy says

    Nothing w sleeve or legs to start….make a pillow cover, a skirt….make one for your daughter, smaller clothes are easier to work around. Look for patterns for a “pillow case” dress, so cute for little girls, inexpensive, so if you cut a little too much off, no biggie….you really can’t mess up at sewing, it is the cutting…measure twice, cut once :) I’m sure you’ve employed this method crafting. There is a great blog for sewing , she has 6 kids, 5 girls and makes lots of little girl things….she is a pro, but always has connections for other sites too….good luck, wish I lived closer, I’d help you get started.

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