Saturday, May 9, 2009

Itching to sew

I've been neglecting my sewing machine lately. I have all these beautiful fabrics staring at me, all these patterns and books screaming my name, and nothing. I've just been doing other things. One, of course, is knitting. I feel more confident in my knitting than sewing skills. Sewing, although I have more years of exposure and experience with it, is still rather unnerving. I think it's because I feel as if my skills should such that I can proceed without much direction, or without completely following a pattern to a T. With knitting, I find improvisation less intimidating, and so I feel more in control of the process.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately, and I want to try and focus more on sewing. I don't want to sacrifice knitting, though! I just want to dedicate a little time regularly to sewing, so that I can gain confidence and improve my skills. There are so many sewing projects I'd like to make, and so many fabrics I've acquired that I want to use! So, I hope to focus on sewing a bit this weekend. Maybe I'll come up with a fun Project Spectrum related concept. I have one to share that I made during the first phase of PS, but my photos of it aren't all that impressive. I'm still hoping that the recipient will oblige me with some better photos before I post it (nudges in Jill's direction).

3 comments:

  1. I'm with you--I've been watching so many people sew up all these really cute things and it's making me itch for a sewing machine...even though I've never actually used one before. *sigh* I'll have to live vicariously through you. :)

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  2. I hear you loud and clear: I'd describe my relationship with sewing the same way. I think I get frustrated because it seems sewing takes up a bit more room than knitting (what with the machine and all; although my yarn stash is no slouch) and I don't have a dedicated space for my spread of sew-y stuff right now. It stays in boxes. :(

    I have the same feeling about not being as confident about improvisation with a needle and thread, but you're right - practice makes perfect (or at least improved)! A weekend of sewing sounds so nice.

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  3. I know what you mean about being more intimidated by sewing. For me I think it's because with knitting, I can always frog and reuse the yarn, but with sewing, once the fabric is cut, it's cut.

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