Monday, August 9, 2010

It begins!

It finally arrived last Friday morning! I've been exploring my inner craft for the last few months, mostly through mod-podge, and I have at last decided to cast off all my fear and plunge into the sewing. It was the longest week of my life waiting for my new machine to come. I got the Brother cs6000i. I chose that machine because it seemed to be an economical option that still had some great features for a beginner. It comes with several great frustration-savers with the automatic needle threader and not making me have to pull up the bottom thread (can you tell that I don't know sewing jargon yet?). The instruction manual was a bit daunting (14 pages to show me how to thread the thing), but it only took about 10 minutes to wind the bobbin and get it threaded for the first time. I'm sure that going forward that will end up being super quick, but I'm a cautious perfectionist, so I'd rather try and take an extra minute or two to make sure I do it right the first time.

As the the newest sewing machine owner at craftlaboration, I'm several months behind in my skills, but hopefully I'll catch up quickly! I've been pouring my additional funds into some cheapie fabric pieces and some starting notions this weekend, so I'm all ready to start rocking! I've got quite a few great starter ideas from several of my favorite blogs, so over the next few weeks I'll be focusing on some pictures and tutorials from those. If you have some easy/great/modern ideas for beginning sewing, please link them up here. If you're starting yourself please check back and hopefully we can share and learn from each other!

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