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New Skills

January 31st, 2018

I’ve always enjoyed sewing, in fact when I was in Jr High & High School I made a lot of my own clothing. For the past 20 years or so, I’ve mostly made quilts, curtains, bags, and other household items. I’d love to get back into sewing clothing more and have collected a few patterns to try. Last fall, I got a new coverstitch machine and I have been watching a Crafsty class to learn how to use it.

So far, I’m really loving this little machine. It’s easy to thread and actually really easy to use. I just got a chainstitch foot for it, so next up I’m learning how to set it up for chainstitching.


So far, It’s much easier to thread & use than the serger (which isn’t that difficult really). My old faithful sewing machine is at the repair shop, getting what will hopefully be a tuneup to get it running again. There’s not much winter left, so I’d better spend some serious time in my sewing room before the garden thaws and the outside work begins.

What hobbies do you cultivate in winter?

2 Comments to “New Skills”
  1. Joan Ray on January 31, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Mostly knitting… I love to make pottery, but haven’t been making any for the past few years since I don’t have a way to fire it. Occasionally I’ll take a pottery class, and that is really fun!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on January 31, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Susy, my Winter time is spent reading, writing, catching up on blogs, and dreaming of Spring.

    I’m testing out some open packages of seed for viability. There’s some mammoth sunflowers that I really hope are still good. I can remember trying to grow them about three years ago before fences were complete and I think the groundhog (Nebraska Phillis) ate them. I know she is a girl because she had two little baby hogs that were cute as a button but met their demise crossing the road. So I know there are at least two ground hogs in the area and they are vegetarians and love garden buffets.

    Have a great sewing day. You have so many talents and interests.

    Nebraska Dave

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