So while I had the machine out and threaded, I figured I'd use up some more of the fabulous Amy Butler fabric with a couple of other smaller projects.
I wanted to try my hand at welting so I did a quick camera strap for my new camera. Stupidly I just winged it and I ended up not doing the right thing with the ends of the welting so it looks a bit rough on the reverse side. Even so, I'm happy with how it turned out. Certainly better than that hideous NIKON NIKON screaming up at me.
If you are smarter than me, follow these great tutorials that have been posted by other bloggers about how to do it properly.
Design Sponge / Cluck Cluck Sew / Made by Petchy
Trying to work on another technique, I got smart and used a ready made pattern to make a little box pincushion from Heather Bailey. Um, I needed some spatial reasoning assistance figuring out how to make the box at first but it all came together in the end. And now I have a pin cushion.
Threes a charm, thats all I did with the machine thus far. Since I'm not at all ready to make anything wearable just yet, I have my mind thinking up a possible cat bed and throw pillows I can actually use on my sofa. I still don't understand how to hand sew anything or do anything but a straight stitch so I should probably try to figure that out before I do much else. I haven't found any patterns that jump out at me though so we'll see how it goes.
Any sewing patterns or projects you'd recommend for a true novice like me?