I'm learning to use the sewing machine now that I have some space to have one in my craft room.
I'll be practicing by making pillow covers. Of course I started with a not so easy one, that I probably need to fix soon, but we like how it came out. I used the reverse applique technique explained here:
To come up with this:
What I didn't do right:
zig zag stitch. I used a straight stitch and since the blue fabric is burlap like, it's fraying to the point where we went past the numbers. I fixed the "1" already, but will probably need to revisit the sewing machine to tighten up the rest. I tried the zig zag stitch - but being new to the sewing machine I didn't realized you need to change the foot. I almost killed it! And thinking about it now, I probably could have lost an eye if the needle broke. I'll pay closer attention going forward.
What I did right:
I'm really happy with how I did the back. I over lapped it so I can take the cover off. Which will help when I correct the problem above. And now that I've practice one one - I have a pretty good idea going forward how to size the cover based on the pillow size I bought.
Does everyone have a good first time sewing mistake? Please share, I hope I'm not the only one!