Learning How to Sew (week three)

It was extremely difficult for me to dedicate time to my major project this week.  My work had me traveling for a few days, I had a day full of parent-teacher-student conferences in addition to a wedding that consumed my entire weekend.  As a result, my sewing machine was left idle the entire week.  Not to be deterred, I thought new skills could still be learned by bringing with me, on the road, the sewing kit my mother gifted me when I left for University in 2003 and see what I could learn in my hotel room.

I decided to start by  exploring the contents of my old sewing kit:

Next I found a YouTube video that explained how to accomplish various hand stitching techniques.  I picked a few to try, here are my results:

Through this small experience in the time I had, I learned a few things.

  • Hand stitching is difficult!
  • Keeping even spacing by hand makes you appreciate a sewing machine.
  • Making tight stiches requires much precision and patience.
  • Thread can even be tangled when hand stitching!
  • The thimble is a fantastic tool that saves your fingers.

Despite the little time I had this week, I tried to maximize the situation I had.  I’m pretty happy with the new hand stitching techniques I have learned.  I’ve gained comfort in knowing that in a pinch, I can always use the old needle and thread.  It felt good manipulating the fabric and the needle with my hands as opposed to a machine.  Feeling the tension in the thread with my hands and feeling the resistance of the needle pulling through the fabric made me more fully appreciate the wonder of modern sewing machines.  It has also allowed me to better understand the mechanics of stitching and the situations in which each type of stitch has its advantages and its disadvantages.

Does anyone know what this thing is and what its purpose is?IMG_5588

 

2 thoughts on “Learning How to Sew (week three)

  1. Hey Daniel, thanks for the update on your project! Sometimes life gets busy and you can’t always accomplish as much as you’d like. But you made the most of the time you had and explored something new. I enjoyed the three new hand stitches you worked on. Seems tricky! Keep up the great work.

  2. I’ve really enjoyed reading your about your sewing adventure, Daniel. It feels like a throwback to my time in Grade 8 Home Economics! i also can empathize with the difficulty in finding time to keep working on our skill, especially during busy weeks.

    I believe the tool at the end you were wondering about is a tracing wheel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracing_wheel). I only know that because my mother used to make us homemade Halloween costumes from patterns and I vaguely recall her using that. Why it was in a hand sewing kit (assuming that’s where you found it) is a mystery to me, though.

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