Thursday, August 12, 2010

And sew it goes....and other musings on life.

Well I enrolled myself in an online sewing class so I could get motivated to use my sewing machine and have a little inspiration on sewing projects. The class began this week and already I was nervous....before the class even started.....I had read some of the comments pertaining to the first project, cloth napkins, and it sounded like people were having a hard time of it already.

On just the first project!

"What if I'm no good?" I thought.

"What did I get myself into?"

Well I attempted the ever daunting cloth napkins last night and after being confused about how to first, measure and cut fabric and then how to make a 1/4 inch hem and then how to even use my sewing machine, I was stressed from the start. I attempted all the above and ended with a zig zag stitch on one side of my hem and a jumbled, knotty mess on the other side. That's not what the directions called for, mind you. I was upset, stressed out and didn't know the first thing about how to fix the machine problem.

I went to bed, talked it over with a client with sewing knowledge in the morning...returned to my project and after rethreading the machine....following the directions step by step, I successfully hemmed one end of the cloth napkin. The machine zigged when I needed it to zig and zagged when I needed it to zag. It was amazing.

So patience won in the end, not frustration, not giving up, simple patience that is hard, but important to practice.

Here is a picture of my ever familiar work station and then the finished product: 4 beautiful cloth napkins!

This experience can be easily applied to life and to exercising in are a couple rules to break it down for you.

1. Start slow.
2. Take baby steps.
3. You might not be great at first, but you'll get better.
4. Be patient.
5. Let yourself make mistakes.

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