Friday, August 31, 2012

What I Want Friday - The Road to Sew


As I had mentioned in last week's What I Want Friday - Burlap! post, I am highly interested in learning to sew.  There are a ton of DIY projects that I want to start, but because I can't sew, these projects have to sit on the back-burner for a little while so that I can learn to master this craft.  The back-burner is no good.  Can't stand the back-burner.  It's time to get moving.

On a recent visit to my mom's new house, we investigated the vintage sewing machine left by the previous owner in her basement.  This thing is awesome!  A Sears Kenmore; it sits in its own convertible desk with convenient storage drawers filled to the brim with all of the necessary attachments and accessories one might need.  Not that I know what any of them are for, but mom said it is all good stuff. 

The foot pedal is so cool!
Now that mom and I had something to work with, it was on to the research portion of the project. We found the model number on the machine and after searching relentlessly online, we were able to determine that the model was manufactured most likely in the late 1970's.  Why find out the year?  Well, mainly because we're curious, and also because in the event the sewing machine needs repair or replacement parts down the road, we'll be equipped with the right information.  For more information on vintage Sears Kenmore part numbers, head over to this site.  Super informative and very helpful.  Further research proved that many of the replacement parts are also available on Ebay.  Good to know!

There is so much more to learn on my Road to Sew and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be sharing my experiences with all of you here on Happy Now.  In the meantime, what are your experiences with sewing?  To all you seasoned pro's, How did you learn?  Did you learn using a new machine or your grandma's model?  What's your favorite project?

I am thinking I want my first project to be a pillow.  I read a ton of blogs with DIY Pillow projects and nearly all of them involve sewing.  And considering that most designer throw pillows retail for around $35-$65, being able to quickly sew my own pillow, using my own fabric, and for a fraction of the cost, well, that makes me very Happy.   And after that, who knows?  Burlap chair covers?  Shabby (and chic!) slipcover for the couch?  New lamp shade?  The possibilities, as I always like to say, are endless. 

Step by step instructions!

   Happy Friday ya'll!

1 comment:

Rose Mandarino said...

Looking forward to getting the machine up and running-perhaps some dining room chair covers are in order. Can't wait till we start!!