Thursday, October 12, 2006

New Projects!

OK! I got the cover off! Now what??!!

When Chris’ grandmother passed away, Cherie very generously gave me her sewing machine. At the time, we were living in a tiny apartment in Seattle and didn’t have room for it. So, like lots of other non-necessary items, it was temporarily stored at my parent’s house. We picked it up last weekend and brought it down with us to Santa Ana.
Now I’m in a bit of a fix. You see, I grew up learning to sew on a machine like the one pictured below:

My mom still sews on this machine and has produced some incredible pieces, including most of my Halloween costumes. It’s one of those old fashioned kinds that requires that you “throw” the wheel and then pedal like mad to keep the thing going. So, the idea of having an electric machine that requires no furious pumping seems, well, rather traitorous.

I’m also feeling a little bit inadequate. My sewing skills are rudimentary (at best) and this machine can do dozens of things I’ve never even heard of. My mom was using it to do some fancy stitches; I’ll be very grateful if I can just get it to go in a straight line.

I’ve decided that (once I learn how to get it running) I’m going to start on some very simple curtains. We have these absolutely appalling blue shades in the bedroom that make me want to puke every time I walk in there. However, window “treatments”, as they are now called, are hugely expensive. I was thinking that I’d pop down to the fabric store and zip together some curtains (I’ve made them before so it seems like a fairly safe first project). I'll keep you updated on my progress....

Ugh. Are these ugly or what?!!


  1. Good luck with the curtains. I made little ones for my classroom once, but that has been the extent of my sewing experience. I prefer for Pottery Barn to do my curtains. ;) Can't wait to see your final results...maybe in the future you can be my one stop shopping spot for curtains!

  2. Frank made two different curtains and they both worked out well. Our sewing machince is just as old or older then your mom's!

  3. I love Pottery Barn curtains; they are the best. I'm not really in love with their prices though. I'd buy them in a second if we owned our house but since we don't I'm not really eager to spend a fortune on stuff that might not work in another house. I'll keep you updated on my progress! :)