Sewing · Sewing Studio

Happy Birthday to my Mom…I bought myself a present…

Today my mom would have turned 71…..but to us she’ll forever be 67…..

until we meet again…

Picture of my mom at her 65th birthday party in 2015

I would love to tell a moving story of how I bought a new sewing machine in her honor, but that just wouldn’t be true. You see, yesterday, yet another one of my sewing machines broke. This happens more often than I’d like to admit.

I have accumulated quite the assortment of sewing machine carcasses in my studio.

You see, when my mom passed away in 2017, I was given the majority of her sewing machines. She had quite a few.

Here’s the thing with machines: they wear out, and they break.

Here’s the thing with cheap machines: they can be AMAZING, until a small part breaks or needs repairs….then they they cost more to fix then they do to replace. My highly probable guess is that’s what my mom did when one of her machines broke down….she replaced it instead of getting it repaired. I’m sure she thought she’d fix them all one day….but, alas, I inherited the whole lot.

I did get a couple of them repaired….in fact the one that just pooped out on me yesterday was one I had fixed about a year ago. And now, I’m just over it.

I use my machines a lot. Not everyday…but I’d say 5 out of 7. I used to be shy about telling people what kind of sewing machine I had because I thought it wasn’t “good enough” You might be surprised when I share my longest lastly machine….

You know the one you can but at every big box store?

Yep, that’s the one!

This was the machine I used for many years, loved, and recommended it to every beginner sewist that asked.

Well, it worked great until it didn’t.

I have been fixing the sewing machines I’ve had for years, and I think I’ve finally had enough.

When the last of my working sewing machines broke yesterday, I did something very uncharacteristic of me. I went online, looked at a few reviews and purchased a new machine in a matter of minutes….and one day delivery means it arrives TODAY.

It was a decision made in a moment of anger and frustration, and I really surprised myself with the swiftness of all of it. Emotions, man. They are a crazy roller coaster.

Think I have some unresolved grief and baggage that I have attached to a few sewing machines I have hanging out in my basement? …….no? Oh good, me either.

Welp, I hope this purchase works out well for me in the long run.

I’m calling it my new “back up” machine, and I think I am finally ready to shop around and choose a new machine that is much more reliable and worth being repaired. “They don’t make ’em like they used to” is what everyone EVERYWHERE tells me. So, if I want a sturdy machine, I know I’m going to have to pay for it.

Here’s what’s on my WishList:

What are you sewing on these days? Any recommendations for me?

Crafts & DIY · Sewing Studio

It’s Fabric….it’s Wallpaper….it’s Art.

During the week one challenge, when I cleaned and organized my sewing space studio….it amazed me at how much my cutting table was lacking.

About five years ago or so my husband and I constructed this beast…

I had a vision of the height I wanted for a cutting table so that it would be comfortable as I stood…(I know there are lots of options out there. IKEA and all that. trust me I’ve seen all the Pinterest photos, blogs and suggestions from others sewists.

Here’s the thing.

I’m cheap.

Most of all of the furniture in my sewing studio is either clearance items, thrifted pieces or hand me downs.

So we went to the ReStore and found a an old bathroom vanity… And this creation came to life. My husband took it apart and added a little bit of height, shelves, a particleboard top, and casters so that it rolls. This thing is HEAVY!

Like I said, this was five or six years ago now, and since my sewing studio has been a complete and utter mess I’ve been able to ignore the fact that it’s ugly as sin. Well, no longer.

When I swivel my sewing chair around I saw this blank ugly piece of….of….Furniture. 🙂

So the past couple weeks I went to work on making it something I’d like to look at.

and what makes me happier than colorful beautiful fabric?

Not much

I sectioned it off and went to work Mod-Podging in pieces of my favorite stash to make it an art piece.

I still have room and things to add to the collage… But it is complete at least for now

Sewing Studio

Week 1 Sewing Challenge: Organizing My Space

Hello NEW YEAR!

In 2020 I challenged myself to the Daily Temperature Quilt….and I am so proud that I did it. I hand stitched 2 hexies for every day of the year and made it into a quilt.

(I promise…..I will post the update for December 2020 very soon)

BUT It’s 2021 NOW!

I was talking to a good friend about goals and resoultions…..and I was explaining to her that I don’t make them. I feel like I’ve “failed” one to many times.

HOWEVER, I DO sign up for challenges (or start challenges for myself) in my sewing business.

So, here we are.

I joined a 52 week Sewing Challenge for 2021.

After last year’s challenge, I figured this one would be pretty easy!

WEEK 1: ORGANIZING YOUR SPACE

One of our daughters LOVES the rainbow. She sorts everything into Rainbow order…..and I get it. It sure makes everything more cheerful!

I don’t think I’ve seen this much of my sewing desk since 2014…

I also began organizing my PDF printed pattern pieces. I have to say “began” since I have two piles to sort yet….but this is a great start. They are all folded into Manilla folders, labeled on the outside with the pattern name, and stored in my Upcycled Bathroom vanity that I’ve been using the last 6 years…..again, it hasn’t been this clean…..since 2014

This picture also shows my “Ready for Upcycling” cabinet on the left. The top doors close off the adult shirts & fabric panels, the bottom bins are children’s sizes, sorted by size.

ahhhhh….THE FABRIC.

Knit in rolls on the left…..Woven wrapped around comic cardboards on the right

The other side of the cutting table….and more pattern storage

(note all the scissors….I believe I found 12 pair when cleaning this space)

It’s just so pretty all cleaned up and spiffy!

and one more step back…..

So, I would say:

WEEK 1: Organize your Space….CHALLENGE ACCEPTED…..

CHALLENGE CRUSHED!

I still have a long ways to go.

I haven’t shown the full studio, because I have scrap fabric coming OUT OF MY EARS! I save everything! It’s a blessing and a curse….so hopefully I will get a lot of that used up in the month of January. 🙂 But, apart from that, this is a HUGE LEAP in the right direction for me. I’m not a “clean” and “organized” person by nature….so I will TOOT all the HORNS and be proud of myself this week.

HAPPY 2021, my friends!