Last year for Christmas, my husband gave me a new Brother sewing machine. I had put it on my Christmas list of things I wanted although, I have never sewn on a machine a day in my life. But, I am enthralled with the beauty of quilts and wanted to see if perhaps, just perhaps, I could learn how to quilt.
I don’t know if life was too busy for me this past year or if perhaps I, unconsciously, was afraid I wouldn’t be able to learn how to quilt — whatever the reason, I did not touch or look at the machine until this past summer when I took it out of its box, signed up for a beginner’s sewing class at JoAnn’s Craft and learned how to thread the machine.
I have to say that I was a little disappointed with JoAnn’s. It was a 3 hour or so class and my expectations (why are they so high?) were that I would learn a LOT of basics. With only two of us in the class, I felt cheated – there should have been more taught. But — that’s water under the bridge.
At a recently made “workstation,” I started practicing how to sew straight lines and different stitches. Not bad, I told myself. (Below is a “newbies” workstation. You’ll notice my laptop is close by as I have been reading tons of online tutorials.)
I decided to start my first project — sewing a hem on a pair of new pants. How hard can this be? I asked myself.
I measured the length of the hem I wanted, put it under the sewing needle and started to sew. A sense of accomplishment welled within me. (Yes, it doesn’t take much to make me feel that way.)
After sewing one hem, I removed the pants from under the machine and stepped back to admire my handiwork. Uh … let’s check it out.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! My loud and boisterous laught could be heard throughout the house. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I found this quite comical and continued laughing out loud feeling God and the angels nearby. For, as you can see, I sewed the hem on the wrong side.
After 15 minutes of uncontrollable laughter (I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard), I found the “seam ripper” and removed the thread from the hem and re-sewed it. Now — it was finished and, although not perfect, it was great for a beginner.
Because of the focused concentration I have when sewing, I had time time to reflect on this situation. Hey! Why didn’t You (God) have an angel tap me on the shoulder and warn me of this mistake before I made it? I just had to ask Him that.
And God, being who He is, replied – “You will never make this mistake again because of how you learned it. Plus, I had so much fun watching you laugh.”
Oh — that God! He’s always making sure I learn the way that’s best for me.
I wonder what my next project — a lap quilt — has in store for me.