Monday, October 15, 2012

Learning Something New

      Hi!  Welcome to Tot Sew Shop.  This is my first official blog post.  I hope to be able to keep you posted on my latest projects, ideas and thoughts.  
      I have always loved crafting.  One of the things I had not yet conquered in the crafting/arts world was sewing.  As a young girl I remember my mom taking sewing classes while I was in ballet class.  She made a few things for my younger sister and I.  I always thought it would be cool to learn how to sew but it never did happen.  My mom's machine quit working and life continued.  Fast forward 20 something years and I got married and had my son.  When my son Lucas turned one back in March, I decided I wanted to make him a birthday outfit.  My mother in law is an avid sewer and I always admired her skill.  I asked her to make Lucas a birthday shirt with a "1" and his name.  Being the messy eater that he was, I knew Lucas would most likely need a second outfit as back up.  This is where I challenged myself.  I was going to teach myself to sew.  I borrowed my friend's Singer sewing machine and online I went.  I was totally clueless.  What is a bobbin?  You have to thread a machine?  What does that mean?  Well thanks to Google and the numerous blogs and videos out there I was able to learn the basics.  I made him a tie applique shirt with our Cat in the Hat theme fabric and I even ventured into making him a bib and a diaper cover.  I was pleased with how it turned out!


      So after this I begged my hubby for a sewing machine.  Thanks to him and my in-laws I was gifted my very first sewing machine.  I did all the research and chose the machine I thought to be the best and a good deal.  I am the proud owner of a Brother LB 6800 PRW.  As I began to develop my sewing skills, I dared myself to get a Serger/Overlock Machine to compliment my sewing machine.  I taught myself how to use it and also got some tips from my mother in law.  This would give my items a more professional look and added durability.  Being a stay at home mom on a very tight budget, I thought it would be a great idea to sew Children's items and open up my own little shop.  I then took an official sewing class at my local Joann's Fabrics and now months later I have made and sold a few items to moms in my local area.  I am so excited to share my passion with you.  Please stay tuned for more updates and visit Tot Sew Shop's Facebook Page and "like" us!

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