Lessons from Sewing

Omigosh, is it really Friday again? Getting back into habits is HARD. So bear with me everyone. Here is a post I wrote a month ago as I was still attempting to get back into my blogging routine. Sewing, hurray!

I’m not a very patient person. I like to get things done quickly and efficiently, and if I can’t, why bother?

Until I met sewing.

After exhausting all my other creative endeavors over the past 10 months, I circled back around to sewing. I’ve always had a like/despise relationship with sewing, as in sometimes it was cool and necessary for doing things like sewing masks, but most of the time it made me want to drop my sewing machine out the window.

Until quarantine, I never really knew how to use my machine properly. I threaded it following the arrows on the machine, but when it the thread kept breaking for some unknown reason, I threw my hands up in frustration and decided sewing was officially not for me, even if it meant I couldn’t make masks. Fine, I’ll just buy them!

Weeks of quarantine passed, and with boredom quickly setting in, I actually sat down for 10 minutes and watched a Youtube video on how to properly thread my machine. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started, right?

Anywho, I learned I was making one simple error; apparently the presser foot needs to be UP while threading. Apparently this obvious fact is so obvious that it doesn’t need to be shared. Omg.

After overcoming that simple yet elusive hurdle, I went down the rabbit hole from there, and I now know how to sew zippers, apply interfacing, and add grommets. All I can say is, I am so ready for the Ren Faire when covid is over.

Sewing can be tricky, which prevented me from exploring it further in the past.

With sewing you need a toolbox, only it’s not evident which tools are best for the job. There’s lots of equipment for very specific purposes, and every fabric handles differently.

But the most important tool is PATIENCE! Sewing really requires slowing down, researching, and enjoying the journey.

At the end you might have something bespoke and beautiful, which is really why we all want to try learning sewing, isn’t it?

Back to the Surface

Hi everyone, life was a lot for a hot second (about 5 months). I was dealing with some real life stuff (who hasn’t been right?) which led me to do some more introspection and a lot of journaling. I felt like I couldn’t give my best to my blogging while also doing so much personal writing.

I dove to the bottom of the metaphorical pool to understand myself and the world around me better. I’m excited to come back to the surface to share my insights in future posts.

While I’m trying to get back into the habit of blogging, I’ll keep this post short so I can give myself a pat on the back for hitting ‘publish’. Below are some of my illustrations from the past few months.

Hang in there!

-Deidre