Jun 15, 2004

Today was the day that I busted out the ol' sewing machine to see if I could in fact sew a straight line. I borrowed the machine from Julie last week and today was the perfect day to try it out. The Singer Touch & Sew Special Zig-Zag Sewing Machine Model 638 is what I am using. Sew...I used some of Travis' old jeans and a shirt of mine. I thougth both of those fabrics would work perfectly for the job at hand. I undid the metal clasps on the side of the machine's cover and plugged it into the wall. I sat down and examined the machine. I felt pretty comfortable so I put my foot on the pedal and watched as I sewed a semi-straight but mostly wavy line across my fabric. Not bad for the first time. I continued on until my bobbin came undone. I pulled out my handy Singer manual to figure out how to rethread it. I finally figured it out with a little help from Julie and the manual.

I was sewing away when Kristine showed up for our Pilates workout. She immediately says, "TARA, what are you doing? This isn't right, and this needs to be like this and this needs to be here!" I asked her how she knew all of that and she said, "It's because I was the Future Homemaker of America President back in High School." It's not something she brags about but come on- that's quite the title! So she gave me a quick tutorial on how the machine works and how to line everything up!

I called my mom and told her about my new hobby. She asked me, "So what are you sewing on?" I immediately think surface and say, "the kitchen table" she says "no silly, what fabric are you practicing on!" lol

Anyway here are some of the projects I'm considering sewing: Curtains for the kitchen, living room and bedroom. A few pillows and a quilt (for Travis). I'm hoping I can at least do the curtains this summer and then maybe I can invest in my own machine and complete the rest.

Tomorrow I have a Kindergarten Writing Workshop I have to attend and then I'm heading to Austin to visit Stephanie, Travis and Maxie. I have a dentist appointment Thursday morning at 7:50 and then rest of the day will be spent on the streets of Austin. I can't wait to go....but I also can't wait to get back to see "My Travis!"