A few weeks ago, I bought a lovely used Bernina Artista 230, the Patchwork Edition, for our daughter-in-law Lyn.
Lyn visited us for a whole week, so during that time, and while having two young children underfoot, I managed to show her the great features of her sewing machine, and get in a little sewing time.
After suggesting she make the wildly-popular 1 Hour Basket pattern, free through Craftsy, and her agreement with that idea, she began with fabric shopping.
|LJ helping Mommy fabric shop in Nana's stash|
Later, after several visits to my stash cabinet, Lyn said that was the part of sewing she enjoyed the most! Yep. A real sew-ist in the making!
During nap time for 18 month-old LJ, and quiet time for five year-old Austin, we set up at the kitchen table (LJ napped in my sewing room) for one-on-one lessons, starting with rotary cutting.
Lyn caught on quickly.
She was a little anxious about using the sewing machine, admitting that the last time she sewed she was ten years old. Mmm, 24 years ago.
Lyn took it slowly at first, but toward the end of making her first basket, she had the machine humming along.
A first for me was using Bosal In R Form, a foam stabilizer. In April while at Missouri Star Quilt Company, I had purchased a package. The product comes as a single-sided or double-sided fusible. I had the latter, so to adhere fabric to one side only we used my appliqué pressing sheet. It's a great product and I need to buy more now!
|Lyn and her first 1 hour basket|
I'm glad I had the In R Form because Lyn enjoyed making the basket so much that during another nap time/quiet time, she made another! She followed the directions by herself and made basket number two with Lizzy House Mini Pearl Bracelets (outside) and a fat quarter of Serengeti Cloud 9 organic fabric (inside).
Lyn says she's interested in making a tote, so perhaps that will be her next sewing machine adventure. But for now, she'll have to wait. They left our house to spend three days at Disney World before flying home to Austin. Sadly, the machine will remain with me until we drive there for a visit.
Still, I'm more than pleased by her interest in sewing, and that she's obviously a natural at it. With at least one sewist-quilter-friend at home, between us, she doesn't stand a chance of failing. Linda