As I mentioned a few posts back, I purchased a sewing machine for my birthday present this year. I have been wanting to learn how to machine sew for a few years, but like other crafty pursuits, I had been letting the old excuse "I have two little ones, I don't have time to learn how to sew" get in the way.
Not any longer! I purchased a Janome Youstyle 100 on the recommendation of my local sewing machine dealer, and I LOVE IT. So far I have made all of the typical beginner crafts, like crayon rolls, bibs, and stuffies. Today I made an oven mitt! You can get the tutorial here.
I have much to learn still, and I need a few tools that will help me out (a cutting mat and a roller cutter), but I am making great progress. I really fell in love with the blue material I used for this mitt--unfortunately it was a remnant, so I won't be able to make another one!
Next up I want to do some quilted hotpads, and then I am going to start working on some vintage pillowcase dresses. My Dad gave me several turn of the century pillowcases just for this project, and I am very interested to see how my creations will look on our little Ella. Stay tuned!