Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In the beginning....

Everyone has their own story to tell and all stories have 3 things: a beginning, a middle, and an end. This blog is my story and this posting is my beginning. So how do you begin a story? With an introduction, of course. This blog is meant to be my therapy. Since I'm an addict, I thought it would be great to document what I'm addicted to in order to work out my issues. What am I addicted to? 

Hello, my name is Denise.....and I'm an addict. Okay, so it's not the greatest introduction. I'll work on it. The real reason I started this blog is to show people how to sew. There are a lot of videos out there for sewing that teach you how to do one technique or another. But you have to scramble around to find them all. It's my hope to bring all of them here in one place so you don't get those frustrations of searching high and low. 

I've been sewing for about 40 years. Oh jeez! Just realized how old I am. Shouldn't have written that! I know a lot, and I don't know a lot. Sewing is like any other profession out there (yes, I said profession), it can change with the times and with technology. Within technology, I think of the art of changing things to make them better, or more efficient. New people come up with ways of doing things all the time. New math (what's wrong with the old math?), New medical procedures (can it get rid of my weight quicker? Not yet!), and New minds that come up with more efficient ways. 

Let me give you an example: Recently I was sewing something that required the use of pins to hold the pieces of material together and to sew in a U shape. Normally you would have your pieces together and sew inside the U in this direction:

Now, imagine a bunch of pins sticking out and you have a disaster waiting to happen. My first attempt resulted in a bloodied piece because I kept getting stuck by those pins! Needless to say, I needed to come up with a different way of doing things. I have an older machine that doesn't allow for moving the material other than flattening it down like a pancake. So I decided to do just that! Instead of going inside the U, I went outside and flattened it! 

The end results were an easier and more efficient way of sewing that ultimately left no bloodied fingers! I'm hoping you'll STICK around with me and join the journey. Maybe we can teach each other some new tricks!

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