For Christmas of 2009 I asked for and received a Singer Traditional from my husband. I bought myself a couple of books and some fabric and got down to it. I was never the type to get into a hobby slowly. I believe in immersion. When I started scrapbooking I nearly bought out the local Michaels stocking up on paper and embellishments. When I started playing with mod-podge I swear I had more glass and wood covered in thin paper than I knew what to do with. Sewing was no different.
When I began sewing I didn't look for easy patterns, nor did I read a book or take a class. I sat down with a pattern I liked and tried. The first few had straight edges that weren't so straight, pieces that didn't quite match up. I made mistakes like making shirts out of upholstery fabric and didn't line dresses that were made of lightweight quilting cottons. I'm still making mistakes, especially when trying to hem difficult fabrics and making sure sleeves line up perfectly with the shoulders but I'm learning. Each pattern has different things to teach and I think of those patterns as a replacement for an educational book or a class.
I'm hoping to show that it's not that hard to sew! I see so many people post about how they wish they could learn and how daunting it seems. I'm in no means an expert but I'm incredibly proud of what I produce, it's always enjoyable and sometimes maddening. I'll tell you about my mishaps as well as my triumphs and hopefully we can have a good laugh together!