Friday, March 2, 2012

thirty day thread: day one

Ok, so day one of my thirty-day thread project started at about 8:00 pm after my little munchkin was tucked in his bed, the kitchen was squeaky clean, and the toys had been corralled into the appropriate bins.  My goals of the night were: 

1. learn how to operate my sewing machine and 
2. hem a pair of pants

Here is the machine I am working with:

For starters, I youtube searched how to use a sewing machine and chose this video.  So that, coupled with the handy dandy owner's manual, got me up and running.  The hardest part for me was figuring out the bobbin and needle threading.  I probably still don't have it down pat.  

Next step: search youtube to figure out how to hem pants.  The result: this video.  Again, very helpful.  I would never have guessed you had to turn pants inside out to hem them.  Thanks youtube.  

The first pant leg (and not to mention my first sewing machine thingy I have ever done!) went ... ok.  The seam was crooked.  When I used the backwards feature to finish, the thread tangled itself somehow (user error, possibly?), and I had to turn buttons and knobs to release the pants.  But it was my first try and the pant leg was hemmed.  

The second pant leg unfortunately looks worse than the first.  I think I started sewing the extra thread in the back of the machine into my current project resulting in some pretty ugly knotty stitching.  The machine wouldn't go anymore and once I figured out that basically four threads were bring tangled together, the last part of the hemming went well and was much prettier.  

Here are my pants:

I know, I know.  You have hereby been granted permission to smirk a little and say something like "bless her heart."  These navy khakis are most certainly not home to the best hemming job in the history of sewing, but I am actually really happy that the bottoms of these pants will no longer be traps for every crushed cheerio, smushed cheese cube, or goopy jelly mess on my kitchen floor.  

To be completely honest, I am not discouraged at all.  This experience has left me really excited to try my hand at more sewing projects.  Hooray for me. :) 


  1. You can do it! You will very excited as you see what you can create. Its a whole new world.