I love dresses and I would love to learn how to sew to make my own dream dress. 😀
One Sunday afternoon, Sugarplum and I went to a hardware store to browse on some stuffs that he can bring to their new office. As for me, I just love wandering in between the shelves of the keys, locks, posts and some weird looking hooks. I also love the part where some bathroom fragrances are displayed. They really do smell good. As I wander around and thought I lost my boyfriend, I found him with a salesman engaged in a certain product. The salesman was explaining some discount, seven-stitch capability, even can sew pants– oh, they’re talking over a sewing machine.
After some talk and me awkwardly smiling like a kid who won a lollipop, it was decided that I really need
want this sewing machine. Take a peek on what’s inside this magical box.
Well, it took me around three weeks before opening it up and starting to use the machine because my glasses needs to be upgraded to a higher-grade lenses. The count is now at 350 and 325, with .5 astigmatism. I hope it starts to relax and try not to jump some more. After the glasses replacement, I sorted my sewing kit and checked some blog/tutorial about how to use the machine and how to create simple patterns out of it. I was also inspired of what this great blogger have been doing since 2010– Refashionista is really really really a cool fashion blogger who will really change the way you think about fashion.
I decided to “fix” some of my dress that I don’t really wear nowadays. Blame it to the jump from Extra Small to Medium. I’ve been to Extra Small, I can’t believe that either so bear with me please. Here’s some of the things that I did on the first day of “fixing” it.
I was a bit disappointed to see my straight stitch going to the ditch because I certainly failed to make a “straight” line. And it looks like an apron to me. Not a pencil or an office skirt. *cries*
Then, another Sunday came. I have a really really supportive boyfriend when it comes to my plans of wrecking havoc within myself and my make-believe talents, that he joined me in search of a “nice” fabric as a practice material for me. I also bought some elastics and some cute buttons.
I decided to “refix” the skirt and try to save it. I fixed the skirt by just removing the not so good tie and replacing it with the white elastic. Hooray! It looks like a bit formal than before, right? I hope so.
By the way, I learned a lot during my “refixing” phase. Here’s a not so long list on the things to know/remember before/during sewing.
- Buy some spare, especially the major parts like the needle. I broke my needle during the sewing process because of a tangled thread that I didn’t quite see.
- Be extra careful before starting the machine. Check the tangles. And check if you are sewing both sides. *teary-eyed* I almost jump out of the window when I realized I sew the other end of the elastic with the one I’m working on. It took me around 10
hoursminutes to rip the stitches. T_T
- It is important to learn how to change needles and how to thread your bobbin. See #1 and #2.
- The foot press is really really important. I would start to study on how those press works and if I can timing it and I need a new table for my machine. The foot press is important because it gives your hands the needed freedom for them to make your stitch straight enough without having to worry on how to stop your machine when you’re almost at the edge. It’s important. Really.
- Practice. Practice.
Well, that’s probably all. I hope you learned something from my not so good experience and maybe you can share some technique and some guidelines for me to improve my not so good skills as of the moment. I really really need some pieces of advice. Tata. I’m sorry about the “really really” part, it’s my way of emphasizing. I’ll improve it. I promise. 😀 Good day!