August 22, 2012 by Leah
I bought a sewing machine two weeks ago. I was at my in-laws’ house, drooling over their IKEA catalog and I noticed a sewing machine. I had been considering the idea of a sewing machine for a while, and thanks to some encouragement from my mother-in-law, I decided that $70 was not too much of an investment in case I decided I hated sewing or never used the thing.
My mom taught me to sew on my Grandma’s old Singer (complete with its own table). I made a miniature version of a Tlingit button blanket on it when I was nine or ten. I tried turning a Renaissance costume into a Phantom of the Opera dress when I was 13 – that didn’t work out so well. And I made myself a Greek goddess costume as a junior in high school, during which project I broke needles on two sewing machines (one that was generously offered by another grandma during the frantic days leading up to Halloween). That is the sum total of all my sewing experience, and the button blanket was by far my best work. After that, I convinced myself I hated sewing and was awful at it.
So, here I am, fifteen years later, finding sewing to be a relaxing and rewarding hobby. This could just be the honeymoon period, but I think I really like it. It’s the kind of hobby that works well when you have a baby around, because there are so many parts to each project (e.g. cutting, ironing, pinning, sewing). Got five minutes? You can probably measure and cut that piece of fabric, or iron and pin a seam, and feel a nice little thrill of accomplishment before the baby wakes up.
Anyhoo, as we were on the subject of window treatments, I decided to make curtains for the big window in our front door. I roughly followed this tutorial and managed to get them from the fabric store to the window in under a day. My fabric was $11 and change (including tax) for a yard and a quarter, because I’m not adept at paying attention to prices when shopping for fabric yet. Plus, I love the print.
I decided on two panels so we can peek out between them, which is much classier than peeking out from one side.