That's right y'all...I finally put my Kenmore sewing machine to use! And when it was all said and done, I was smiling like a kid on Christmas! I won't give a "how-to" because I know I wasn't
all that at all technically savvy with my machine, but I'll show you a few milestones along the way! First stop, Joann's; where I bought 3 yards of fabric thinking it would only make two pillow covers when it will probably make at least five!
Definitely made me feel better about making them rather than paying $20-30 per pillow (or pillow cover if you check my favorite places to shop like West Elm or Etsy). While I was there, I picked up some thread, bobbins, and pillow inserts--duh! Time to try this bad boy out!
My first task: to thread my bobbin. I'm not gonna lie, I had to Google it. And then, I had to YouTube it. That's right, I had to learn to thread my bobbin from a YouTube video. Why oh WHY did I not pay more attention in Home Ec? The point is, I got it threaded and here is my glorious achievement:
Next on the list, thread the needle. This was surprisingly easy since my machine had the task completely numbered with diagrams. Whew! That was a lifesaver. However, I still felt the need to take a picture of accomplishment #2:
Now that my machine is loaded and ready to use, I feel comfortable going ahead and cutting my fabric (after I washed and dried it to preshrink it!). I used this amazing tutorial to come up with my measurements! And yes, that's a tape measure next to me. And I'm cutting my fabric with kitchen shears. I have no fancy-schmancy equipment for sewing since this is my first stab at it. So, I use what I've got because that's how I roll! I usually try to wait about a month to see if my new interest will be an ongoing interest before I invest in anything other than the necessities. It saves me lots of moo-la from not buying stuff for hobbies that barely make it out of the gate!
After I cut my fabric, I followed those handy-dandy instructions on the tutorial and sewed my first seam. That's right...I sewed a straight line!
It only got better from there and I ended up with a pillow cover. Yep, I sure did. And I don't know that my smile could have gotten any bigger. The mister thought I had had a few too many when I came into the living room, holding my pillow like a prized possession. But I've never been so proud! And here was my mess to show how hard I'd worked:
Notice it was daylight when I started and the sun is now completely gone at the finish line! Needless to say, my stresses and couple of hours worth of work to make a pillow using a "How to Sew a 5-Minute Pillow Cover" paid off and I'm hoping to cut the next pillow project down to 30 minutes.
That's a good lookin' pillow, if I do say so myself. Now that I'm confident in my new-found sewing abilities, I'm off to buy more fabric and can't wait to show y'all my baby-step sewing accomplishments!