When I was at school I hated sewing machines. It seemed to me that they broke every time I tried to use one and so I figured that they all had it in for me. It got so bad that after a year or two, I started hand stitching everything we had to make for Textiles class which involved a lot more work and me stitching for hours at home to finish in time.
So when I started seriously considering getting a sewing machine I was a little thrown. Hadn’t I sworn never to use one of those horrendous machines again? Hadn’t I vowed that there was nothing I wanted so badly that I couldn’t hand sew it? And yet, towards the end of last year I found myself not only wanting one, but looking them up and trying to work out how I could obtain one. When my parents offered to get me one for my birthday I only hesitated a little before saying yes.
It is not quite my birthday yet but as my parents were visiting this week, they brought it along with them and now I have my very own sewing machine sitting at the dining table (I’m working on making the space to put it on my desk). I have to admit that I am still a little intimidated by it but when my mum showed me how to use it, the stitches came out so straight and perfect that I couldn’t not fall in love with it. I can’t wait to find an easy project to get me started as I figured I should probably start out small – I don’t want to trip myself up trying to run before I can walk (aka create clothes before I know how to simply stitch).
Are there any items that you thought you’d never ever want under any circumstances and yet find yourself loving now?