With relish and delight I've been merrily researching and finding out about all things sewing. If knitting has taught me one thing, it's be prepared. I dived in when I learned to knit and prefered to work things out on the needles, ripping out if things went awry. This isn't so easy with sewing and I want the end results to be more useful and loved than some of my early knitting attempts.
I looked through the helpful comments you all left on my sewing machine post. SUPER helpful, thank you! I found the manual online and looked at that for a while. I went a bit cross eyed though as I'm a person that needs to feel the thing I'm learning and work through it both kinaesthetically and visually.
Next I pulled out some sewing books I already have on the shelves. The pattern making one looked waaaaaaay beyond me yet but just look at the cuteness?!?!
There was some real inspiration amongst those pages and I started finding sewing blogs all over the place that just made me drool. I wanted to get going so I added lots of blogs to my blog reader and poured over the early pages of these books, making an initial shopping list of things like seam rippers and thread.
Then I did a lot of pinning on Pinterest. I mean a lot. I have 3 boards: one for me, one for the Tot and one for miscellany like tutorials and things for the home. I may have fallen in love with beginners projects like these (all images click through).
By now, I'm pretty excited and can't wait to start. My next task is going through all my wardrobes (and possibly everyone else's) and pulling out unwanted tops, shirts, tees, sheets and pillowcases. Why? These are materials I can practice on, possibly upcycle and make mistakes on without costing me a small fortune. I can learn how different stitches and fabrics work before I commit to cutting beloved fabric I picked out at the store. When I'm ready to start on real material and patterns, I won't have blown my hobby budget all at once in my excitement.
I've also booked a sewing class that will teach me how to make a simple cushion and things like seam allowances, threading the machine etc.
Wish me luck!