Remember when I told you my friend brought over one of her sewing machines and tons of fabric? That was way back just before Christmas. I did sort through all the fabric not long after that, and put it in new, smaller bins (8 of ‘em!) so I could store it a bit better. But I haven’t sewn anything. Not out of a lack of desire but mostly due to intimidation.
I haven’t sewn on a machine since I had my own, back when my son was a baby and I made all the crib bedding for him. But I don’t have that machine anymore and I haven’t sewn by machine since. (I made all my daughters blankets by hand.) And I recognized one thing about me: I really hate trying to do stuff without the how-to manual.
I’ve always been that way – I have to read the instruction manual first. If it doesn’t have a manual, I probably won’t try it. Men and babies being the exception. I already had the manual for those. I have no problem taking stuff apart to see what’s wrong, and I can put it back together just fine, but without the manual, even a pictorial manual printed in another language, I’m lost.
And my friend had lost the one that came with the machine she brought me. So it’s been sitting there collecting dust – well, I do dust it but you know what I mean – for all these months now. Due to the lack of a manual. Because I have no idea how this machine works or how to thread it or anything – it’s several years newer than the one I used to have. But, success! I finally found a place online that has the manual! Not even the manufacturer had it anymore but I found a place that did, and it arrived today. Woo! I’ve been pressing and cutting fabric for a few days now, getting ready to put some simple quilts together for the kids.
If all goes well, you just might be getting something quilty for Christmas!
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