part ONE. And part TWO. And part THREE. And Four.
The end of the last post in this series left me just on the verge of completely my first year in small business. I had begun to add hand sewn items and sewed a few cards but in general, I was all paper products with a few other random crafts thrown in.
For years I owned a really crappy Singer sewing machine. It was "new" but all plastic and a complete piece of junk. Once I finally decided I wanted to sew, around March or so of 2008, my crappy machine just frustrated me. At the time, I thought it was ME but really, it was the machine. I never stood a chance. I tried and tried but it never worked for me. And then...
I remember very clearly Doug coming over to me at the dining room table (the craft room of all crafters, right?), seeing me frustrated and asked "Do you really want to sew?"... "well yes"..."then let's go get you a real machine". And within days we were at the Viking Sewing Center. For some reason, known only to God, my darling husband simultaneously believed in me and saw something in me that I didn't know was there. And then paid approximately $300 on a new Viking sewing machine. A big deal for a family living on one income. And considering that I still had no intention of "sewing for a living".
And it was amazing. The machine ran like butter. So smooth and effortless. I had a couple of project books a friend had sent me and in those books were a pattern for these bears. A good machine really makes a difference! And this was my first ever sewn bear that appeared in my shop:
More next time!