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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.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.