First, let’s just start off by saying I will post one entry for every 10 or so Jenny makes. She is so inspirational and committed to these things. Me, I sort of fly by the seat of my pants, which often leads to a non-committal attitude around things that are optional and not required. Poor Jenny ….
However, this whimsical nature of mine does have its advantages. Take sewing, for example. I literally learned how to straight stitch on a Singer Featherweight from my Mother-in-law (henceforth referred to as Mom Jodie) two years ago. She travelled across the country (from Oregon to Delaware!) to visit us and along came a video camera bag from 1985, which had the darling Featherweight 221 snugly contained for my sewing pleasure.
Oh Mom Jodie didn’t push … she showed me how to thread the needle and wind a bobbin. She showed me how to straight stitch and how to backstitch. I learned how to top stitch and make a basic baby burp cloth. This was my repertoire for two years … flannel baby burp cloths. Don’t get me wrong, they were AWESOME – and friends and family adored them. But alas, I grew bored of the burp cloths and away went the Featherweight and all of Mom Jodie’s hopes and dreams of having a daughter who would sew along with it.
Then a strange thing happened. We moved. We got a new house in January and with it came a renewed interest in sewing. I wanted to sew something for the house … something simple … like a shade for the bathroom! A roller shade … it was a perfect idea.
Straight stitches, very little room for error.
And it was beautiful.
And the spark was reignited . . . ~Jaime