Beginning Your Sewing Adventure

Rachel and I have been the sewers in this family ever since she was little. My younger daughter also sewed in her younger years and throughout her 4-H years.  Although I always felt their sewing skills would serve them well, Rachel picked up sewing again during her college years and younger sis did not get back into sewing until after college, grad school and a couple of years of life. She has recently begun sewing again and luckily lives near her older sister who can help her through the bumps along the way.

Before Christmas this year my son asked if I would help him choose a sewing machine for his wife who was inspired to begin sewing. Of course I was excited to be able research machines AND spend his money. She would be a beginning sewer, so we needed just the basics. It turns out basic machines are way more complicated thanthey were when I was buying my first ” basic ” machine.

So this is the story of how I introduced her to her new machine. She unpacked the box and laid out all the pieces.

machine bagmachine pieces

We determined what she would need as a beginner since we only had this afternoon to get the basics under her belt. On this afternoon she brought a couple of items that needed repair and this was her main goal. She also was looking forward to making curtains or valances for her naked windows. I have found in talking to novice sewers, this is a common goal. Something straight, simple and not too complicated. So this afternoon our goal was to learn how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine and sew a straight line. Experimenting with some decorative stitches would be a bonus.

machine stitches

This afternoon was a success as we got the mending done and sewed a muslin for her valance.

It turns out this machine is perfect for a beginner as it has many prompts and sends you a signal with an error message if you try to thread it incorrectly or do something out of order.


My daughter-in-law seems happy with the machine and is picking up basic skills quite nicely. She did quite a nice job repairing the Tigger towel and has a good muslin model for her first valance project.

tigger 1

We had a great afternoon. I had forgotten how much fun it is to be able to introduce a person to a craft that I truly love. Have you ever been able to teach a friend or family member a skill that you have enjoyed for a long time?

Happy Sewing,


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  • Cindy January 20, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I bet that was a lot of fun introducing your daughter-in-law to sewing! Over the summer, I was able to help a friend of a friend sew a cheerleader outfit for her daughter. She is the assistant cheer coach at one of the middle schools here and wanted her 4 year old daughter to have an outfit just like the cheerleaders. I really enjoyed the experience!

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 22, 2013, 7:42 pm

      That sounds like fun! We di d have a great time too. I was a sewing leader back when the girls were in 4-H. It kind of makes me want to do classes again.

  • Pam January 20, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Machines have come a long way, since I began sewing many moons ago. I was super excited that my first sewing machine had a zig zag stitch!!! I recently helped my adult daughter begin to sew on my mother-in-law’s machine and we both enjoyed the experience, very much. She’s picking up skills quickly. I felt guilty that I hadn’t taught her as a child/teenager, but my daughter felt it was better doing it at this stage in her life.

    • onceuponasewingmachine January 22, 2013, 7:47 pm

      I remember those days! We did so much with a straight sticth and a zig zag. Some days were a challenge teaching my daughters to sew in grade school and middle school. They are certainly more willing to take direction now and even ask my opinion. We are enjoying the process much more as adults, that’s for sure!

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