First, a bit of history: I had an old, black, cast iron Singer that I inherited. It did one straight stitch--and did it splendidly...until I was finishing up the 5th of the 6 Christmas stockings I was making last year. And it was a couple of weeks before Christmas. And it died. Kaput. May it rest in peace.
So, my wonderful husband heard about a sewing machine sale and sent me off to get a new one. WOW... the newer machines can do so many things!!! I got a Janome mid-price model and have used it so much ever since. I never knew what I was missing! My husband may regret that purchase because since then I've spent a lot of time sewing...and not as much time cleaning house :).
I've definitely become a better seamstress this year and am glad I've taken the time to practice and make some smaller projects. It's very rewarding to gain expertise in a skill and hobby you enjoy.
So, without further ado, the list of projects (links to pictures are being updated as I get the pictures up...):
- 5 toddler purses (blue, pink, and a group of three)
- 2 tiered "twirly" skirts for my daughter (short and long)
- 1 queen-sized bed quilt
- 2 basic reversible totes
- Mom's Sunday School tote
- 1 passport neck pouch
- 3 window valances
- 2 tea cozies and matching finger grips
- 3 drawstring bags for preschool girls
- 6 women's aprons
- 1 men's apron
- 1 "mom bag" for Erin
- 1 tablerunner