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?