A Stitch in Time


About 4 or 5 years ago, I don’t remember how many, I decided I must have a new sewing machine. I was tired of the 1970′s hand-me-down machine my mother gave me when I graduated college. It served its purpose way back when it was actually cheaper to make your own clothes than to buy them. But I was tired of the tension never being right, no matter how many times I adjusted it. I was tired of the bobbin winder only working intermittently. And I was tired of the strong odor of sewing machine oil that got on everything the needle touched. So I convinced myself and my husband that I needed a new sewing machine. Why, if I had a new machine, I’d use it all the time.

“All the time” turned out to be once or twice a year. I made some tee shirt bags. Last year I made Dennis’ Halloween costume when he decided he wanted to be his Runescape character. Other than that, it was used to sew on some scout patches, and mend a few seams.

I’m not one for making major life changing New Year’s Resolutions. If it’s that important, you can resolve to make the change at any time of the year. But I do like to make minor resolutions. And for 2010, I’ve decided that I will use my sewing machine at least once a month. My hope is that by using it more, I’ll use it more. I have a few ideas of what to make, and will schedule them based on what’s going on in a particular month. My stepson is getting married in January, so it will be one of the quick and easy projects that month. So far, the list includes:
-make cloth napkins out of old tablecloths
-sew patches on Dennis’ Camp Fire USA uniform
-a tote bag
-a smock apron
-re-cover a side chair
-make sleep pants for Dennis (he’s picky and has trouble finding comfortable ones)

One of the first two will be the January project. Recovering the chair is a stretch, because the only thing I’ll use the machine for is the welting, but I say it counts. There are so many ideas on the web, so I’ll be looking for some. And I plan to keep myself accountable by posting about each project here.

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2 Responses to A Stitch in Time

  1. Mom #1 says:

    I love the idea of sewing something once a month. I hope you stick with it, and I can’t wait to hear of your sewing adventures. I’m also down with the mini-resolutions! ;-)

  2. Tracy says:

    Yay, good luck! I got very good results with the Jane Market Bag Pattern, available here:


    You can see photos on my flickr page. If the mismatched fabric look doesn’t appeal to you, you could always do it all in one color.