All the Difference

If you are going to pursue anything, it’s in your best interest to have a support group backing you up. Whether its family, friends, a colleague, or even a teacher or boss, sometimes, having the right people behind you is what you need. Even if its just to give you the little shove you need to pursue an interest.

So far, the people that make up my support team have made all the difference. I’ve found that when I mention to other people my age (high schoolers) that I sew, they seem to think its a dumb hobby or that its odd. They seem to label sewing as an “old fashioned” thing or too foreign and outdated to do here. But upon sharing that fact with family and friends I have found that they think its great that I want to pursue sewing, maybe not as a career but as a on the side thing or a hobby. They are the people who make up my support group, even though they may not know it. They encourage me to continue to sew more than anyone else has.

My Aunt, who I learned the basics from, has provided me with needles, thread and a little fabric to practice on over the years. Now she is helping me make my first quilt. My Grandma has given me words of encouragement and praise, as well as a few hoops. My mom has given me ideas as well as provided the funds over the years. She also got me my first sewing machine for Christmas and more supplies than I could have dreamed of for my birthday. My best friend Abby, she has no interest in sewing, but she always listens to me talk about it, which is more than I could ask for from her. These people have encouraged me with their words and little gifts over the last half year as I’ve been learning to embroider and sew. They have pushed me to further myself because of my want to show them what I was able to do and make with what they have given me.

These are the type of people that should make up a support group. They should push you to better yourself, while saying not to over exert yourself. They should be there to help you correct your mistakes and help you with what they can, though it might not seem like much. When you think of these people you should be joyful and feel encouraged by them to work at it a bit longer when your thinking about giving up. You don’t have to tell them they are a part of your support group. No one else has to know, but they’ll know it when they see your face light up at their small gift or advice.

I’m glad I have the right people in my support group. I’m glad they have been here for me. Telling me not to stop attempting to learn that difficult stitch. Telling me to try new technique. Telling me to be what I want to be and do what I want to do. Sometimes, having the right people in your support group can make all the difference. No one needs someone who constantly puts down what you’re trying to do. Those aren’t the people you support group needs. I’m not saying a little constructive criticism isn’t necessary, because it is, just no one likes a Negative Nancy. 

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My Pin Mat

If there’s one thing I hate while I’m sewing its a pin cushion. They’re difficult to keep up with for me. The round cushions want to roll away and the others are just as bad. Not to mention if you accidentally push your needle in too far it’s difficult to recover from the cushion.

So I made my own from a little bit of old jeans. One that won’t roll away or get in the way. I simply sewed together two rectangle, nothing between them. Yep, just a flat pin cushion… well, more of a pin mat. Whenever I want to sew or embroider by hand while sitting on the couch I can simply lay it on the arm rest or my leg and it stays. It never rolls away and it quick to push pins and needles into.

All you need is a small piece of material and five minutes, if even that long! No more difficulties of the round pin cushion. The pins do work better on my pin mat when they’re organized a bit and not just slid onto it. Otherwise you can expect to get stuck a bit.

Please excuse the uneven cut on mine. It was one of those “lets check out how this sewing machine sews” experiments, No use in wasting it after using all that thread, so the pin mat was born. Let me know if anyone shares my hatred for pin cushions, it would be horrible if I was the only one!

All The Possibilities!

After receiving a sewing machine for Christmas just a few days ago, I am motivated to learn how to sew perfectly on it by the end of 2015. A good thing too, since I’m doing my senior project on making a quilt next year. (A senior project is a horrible, long project that everyone in high school in my county are required to do before we can graduate. So why not get something useful out of it?) I began to learn the basics from my aunt at around the age of maybe ten. So I know how to do a basic stitch by hand and keep my stitching even. I had even made a few small throw pillows, although they were nothing elaborate, just a few small squares sewn together.

In the late months of 2014 I’ve devoted much of my spare time (which I have plenty of) to learning to hand embroider. I am proud to say it comes easily to me and I find it relaxing, and love that accomplished feeling from learning a new stitch. Now seventeen I find it interesting and slightly funny that of all the people in my class if I placed a needle and thread in their hand they would not know where to begin! Not that I was much better when I first started.

It seems that sewing has become a lost skill in today’s world. Unless your planning on pursuing a fashion design career most don’t give sewing a second thought. But sewing is a form of art. One in which you can not just create, but USE everything you make. Not to mention that when I’ve successfully sewn something together I feel a sense of pride for seeing it through.

Today I finished a pillow case. My first pillowcase, actually. And although the blocks may not all lot up exactly I have to say I did well for my first try at it on a machine I’m not familiar with. After sewing together the wrong blocks, sewing two blocks completely together on all sides(oops, got too caught up in sewing on my new machine!) and having bring out the seam ripper several times it did come together, piece by piece. The featured image is my complete pillow case.

By the end of 2015 I hope to have successfully:

  • Finished my senior project quilt
  • Sewn my first skirt
  • Learn to sew in a zipper and elastic
  • Made my own wallet
  • Sewn a cover for my sewing machine
  • Made a doll outfit (good practice for making clothes, just in a more manageable size)
  • Made a coffee cup sleeve
  • Mastered embroider
  • Learned the ins and outs of my sewing machine

Here’s to the new year and getting things done!