I spent much of my Saturday confronting my sewing fears in an effort to construct some faux roman shades for my basement. I was hoping for a fresh start with sewing, as the last time I used it, I ended up putting it away and going the no-sew route. (A jamming machine and bent needles will do that to you!)
Remember my no sew, all-faux roman shades? Yeah, those were calling my name at one point during this process.
This fresh start didn’t start out so fresh. We’re talking Groundhog Day. I swear, the World of Sewing is like a foreign land to me. Complete with its own language and everything. Bobbins, bias and selvage edges. Say what?
Even the sewing machine has its own hieroglyphics. See them? Right along the top.
But I refused to give in and accept defeat. I googled my way through it and adjusted my thread tension and my stitch length (see, I’m picking up the language – like Rosetta Stone for sewing), and was rewarded.
A small reward, but a big victory. I’ll share my method (when I figure out what it is).
Yes, that’s one faux roman shade. But it’s lined. I’m still tweaking my technique and how I am going to work the remaining windows, and I think it will get easier as I go along. Actually, I might even be able to rig this faux roman shade into two faux roman shades. It’s actually much longer than it looks. More to come…
So, are you completely intimidated by sewing, or are you a sewing whiz? Any tips for rookies like me?