Last spring, my job, family and house kept me so busy I didn't even have time to think about learning to use my machine. Then summer came and the kids were home and we left on vacation for over a month. Finally, the kids started school, I quit my job, and so I've had more time. Between the re-model and the sick baby, it's taken me a couple months, but I finally took a class to learn my sewing machine. My prior sewing experience came back, a little, and so it's not like learning about the machine was TOTALLY brand new.
That was last week. I bought a few things, but had to leave in a hurry to get the kids. I intended to go back the next day, but I was dealing with kitchen guys and I did some tutoring. So, I still need to go back and buy the simple pattern the teacher suggested as well as a few additional supplies. I'm really looking forward to it!
I bought this book from amazon and it seems to be a really good introduction to supplies and all things sewing. I hope to take a class sometime when I have time, but plan to practice on my own in the mean time.
Some people might think sewing is a skill for old ladies and 1950's homemakers, but learning more skills means having more power as a woman. The more a girl can do for herself, the better off she is. And, it saves some $$ in the long run - especially in the clothing/fabric repair department. And, maybe I can make some of those cute (but very simple looking) boutique dresses for my girls for less than the crazy $50 pricetag! First things first, though, I need a little practice!