Another post I’ve been meaning to share since last Christmas is the very exciting time I got my very first sewing machine!
Ajay and a few of the family members sneakily clubbed together to get me this beautiful Janome DC3050 machine, and I couldn’t have felt more like a spoilt kid if I tried! I had been eyeing up this rather large gift under the tree with my name on it for some time and couldn’t wait to see what was inside, little did I know it would be this!
I had been lusting after a machine of my own since Tilly’s workshop and was dropping all sorts of hints about how “loooooooovely this one is” and how “there’s loooooads of settings on this one”, and it would seem that my hints/nagging actually paid off! Apparently adulthood really is better than childhood!
So the model he chose in the end was the Janome DC3050 and it’s more than ideal for a beginner. There’s a whole heap of settings, bells and whistles that allow you to apply fancy finishes to projects, and I really love how smoothly it runs. I was able to thread it in no time (remembering my skills from Tilly’s workshop!) and was soon churning through fat quarters, using different stitches and threads. Even Darwin had a go…!
As if that wasn’t enough, my lovely other half also went to the length of finding some gorgeous reference and project books, and a pair of utterly stunning, gold seamstress scissors to accompany them too! I was thoroughly, thoroughly spoilt!
The books I was given included:
- Cath Kidston Sewing Book
- Colette Sewing Handbook
- Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts
- Dressmaking – The Complete Step-By-Step Guide
I’m still yet to find my feet with sewing projects and so far took a flick through each and felt very overwhelmed! I did start a little project which was included with the Cath Kidston book, but quickly realised I needed cotton to match which wasn’t included and got stuck trying to insert a zip! Gah!
I also need to invest in some larger quantities of fabric to make bigger projects and just chuck myself in there. In the meantime I am happy to be able to mend clothes quickly and even use the machine to add papercraft embellishments, so it’s still getting use!
I’m really looking forward to making projects in time for Christmas this year too, a great way to be able to give back to those who so kindly made my crafting wishes come true!
If anyone has any tips on where to get good fabrics and such, please do get in touch via the comments below.