Monday, May 6, 2013

Confessions of a Beginner

Hello! How was everyone's weekend? Mine was alright.

Today is my husbands birthday so I thought it would be nice to make him his favorite dessert, rice pudding. Well, it wasn't very pudding like, it was more like rice pudding  flavored milk. I followed the recipe too.

Any who, I made another bag today. I love corduroy anything, so I had to snatch up this fabric when I saw it. I never imagined myself being a purple person, but I've been drawn to purple lately. This bag would be great for fall.  See? Do I have a funny story for you about this bag. 

Everything was going fine until I cut the thread and moved on to the next side. Well, it wasn't working. The fabric was jamming and wasn't feeding through, the thread was jamming, then the needle wasn't catching the bobbin thread  - everything was going crazy.  I spend an hour rethreading, and doing whatever I knew, as a beginner, to  try to fix it.  I finally gave up and convinced my poor husband that the machine was broken. He knows just about as much as I do about sewing but he decided to look at it. He too was convinced the machine was broken and told me to buy a new one.  I put the machine away and moped around for a bit because I couldn't finish my purse.

Tonight after dinner I decided to look at it again because it didn't make sense that it wasn't working. Granted, this sewing machine is 15-20 years old but sewing machines are supposed to last...Well, I played around with it for a bit more and was ready to throw in the towel. Trying one last time,  I put my newly threaded bobbin (10th time!) in and noticed the bobbin case had somehow knocked out so I snapped it back in. When I looked up when I was finished putting that back into place, I saw my problem…..I was trying to sew in a back stitch. Duh!

Anyone else have any funny beginner stories? I can't be the only one *smile*


  1. Through failure comes success. I used to sew all the time. Even made my husband a suit - well, to be honest I made the pants and part of the jacket and gave up. I had never in my whole sewing life seen so many tiny pieces for that jacket.

  2. Hmmm, maybe that's been my problem all this time? :) I have major issues with my sewing machine! Love the way this bag turned out. You're right, that fabric is perfect for fall!


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