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Beginner sewer hooked on Pillowcase Projects!!

ARFARF2010's picture

These forums are my new home away from home. I love to read the sewing advice and see pics of all the different and exciting projects.  I just started sewing and got my Brother sewing machine during the first week of May, and picked up the basic pillowcase pattern at a sewing machine / notions store.  I was a bit nervous at first, but after I set up my machine; I  purchased my material for the pillowcases and finished the two pillowcases in about an hour.  That scenario seemed like such a long time ago because now I'm a pillowcase sewing fiend and I love it! I have since sewn 3 pairs of pillowcases and one little decorative pillow.  I am much more confident at the machine and absolutely love working with different color combos (solids mixed with prints).  My advice to anyone thinking about starting this new adventure: Just start! Do not put any pressure on yourself, but enjoy every sewing moment.  Lastly, try to sew as frequently and consistently as your schedule allows.  It has become a  special time for me every week and I look forward to my next pillowcase project. 

Josefly's picture

Pillowcase Projects (post #32966, reply #1 of 3)

It's so nice to see someone get excited about sewing!  Welcome to our world!  I'm glad you're having fun with the pillowcases - looks like you're having fun picking fabrics and color combinations, too.  It's just the beginning....  

Joan

ARFARF2010's picture

Pillowcase Projects (post #32966, reply #2 of 3)

Hi Joan:

Indeed I find that for that time period, I am doing something that relaxes me (wish I knew this secret eons ago!) and it's my "me" time.  I am not under pressure from work, kids are usually asleep or having their personal time, hubby (auto upholsterer) is usually downstairs sewing or relaxing, and I am in my world having a good time bounding with my machine! (lol).  I am becoming a "regular" at the fabric store and always find such delicious prints and of course lots of COLORS!! I love color and creating my own mix of color and prints. Looking forward to my next project, but in the interim I have lots more pillowcases to conquer!

Thank you Joan for the encouragement ..

Josefly's picture

Pillowcase Projects (post #32966, reply #3 of 3)

You're very welcome.  You've expressed so well what it is that so many of us get from sewing.  I find that music - piano or guitar, though I play neither very well - provides the same kind of relaxing, "out of the world" experience for me, and I suspect that doing any kind of art work is the same thing - time passes amazingly fast, creative juices are running, and the pleasure of the process is immense.  Sew on!

(You're making me want to throw my guests out so I can pull out all my sewing stuff!)

Joan