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I am Spartan, or Learning to be Suzy Homemaker

Posted on: August 12, 2010

As part of my 30 before 30 I made a goal to sew a dress this year. Funny thing is, I can’t sew. Technically speaking I can. I’ve sewn buttons on shirts, sewn together holes in pockets. And once I made a hotsling with great assistance {read: I sat and watched while my friend made it for me}. But I can’t actually sew. I’ve never owned a sewing machine and the last time I made something on my own I was 12. Sewing my own dress is sounding more and more brilliant.

Earlier this year my friend Rachel gave me her old Singer. Tuesday morning I took the plunge and fired the bad mama up.

Oh, you thought when I said old I meant old as in from the last decade. Or even from the last 4 decades.  No, no my friends, this machine is a classic. And while it isn’t fancy, I actually quite love it.

It took me a while to figure out how to properly thread it. And after nearly an hour of doing what I thought seemed right, I had to call Rachel to come show me how it is really done:

I did a few practice runs to try it out. And you know what I learned? I can’t sew a straight line. Awesome.

But, I won’t let a little thing like straight lines hold me back. I’m pressing on! I’m taking the Windhamettes on an adventure to Hobby Lobby later today to buy pins and then I’m going to start on my first home ec project: sewing an apron. Rock on.

Visit Alicia at Alicia’s Homemaking for more Try New Adventures.

7 Responses to "I am Spartan, or Learning to be Suzy Homemaker"

I wish I was at your house to learn with you! I took sewing classes in 4-H back in the day and even entered my sewn outfits into contests and everything.
And the last time I tried to sew with my mom’s sewing machine? I forgot to put the foot down when I started stitching and yeah…that doesn’t work so well.
And threading the machine? I couldn’t manage that one, either!
I looooove your old sewing machine. It just tickles the “I-love-all-things-old-fashioned” button that I have.
Can’t wait to see this dress!
Thanks for linking up, Sarah. Made me smile.

What fun it would be to learn {and re-learn} together! I was on the phone with my mom for 15+ minutes just to figure out how to cut my fabric. Haha.

Kudos go out to you, Sarah!! I have very little patience for anything that involves my fingers and needles because I am all thumbs! Crafts and that sort of anything unfortunately cause a lot of frustration for me.

However, you are inspiring me to start a list-not sure whether to try a bucket list or 70 before 70! LOL

I also have an old machine that was my MIL’s and Steve actually got it to work one day when I wasn’t around….not that I could have helped! I am humbled to admit he has even been known to sew on his own buttons!

PS I like the picture with your modern laundry center in the background of your “antique” sewing machine!

Dexter’s mom gave us her old sewing machine that she got as a high school graduation gift. We’ve spent a few hours with it and can’t sew for more than a few inches without the thread getting knotted up.

I look forward to hearing more about your learning process–so I can start mine!

I’m seriously cracking up!!! You are hilarious!

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