Well, Now I’ve Gone and Done It


I came home yesterday with this.  Boy, am I in trouble.  Not with Chris, but with me.

I have, for the most part, managed to maintain an “I don’t sew” attitude, mostly because this prevents me from taking on even more projects than I already have lined up for myself.  It also keeps me out of fabric stores and off of sewing blogs.

But it’s just that, people keep coming up with ways to make clothes from J Crew, and Anthropology, and I just can’t afford stores like that.  And they keep making cute little items for their kids or themselves out of their husbands old shirts.  And they make statements like, 10 minute sewing project, even beginners can do this, you simply need a basic running stitch, etc, which have made me think that if only I possessed a sewing machine, than I would be able to make something like they have made.


I have known all along that if I was going to invest in a sewing machine, even a basic one, than I would have to commit to learning about it, how to use it, and trying to make it worth the investment.  But then I saw this baby at the thrift store a month ago and took a second look.

And when I saw it was still around yesterday, I thought about it again.  At $29.99, if it worked, than that would be a decent price.  But it wasn’t $29.99, it was 75% off $29.99.  So for $7.50, I brought it home.


I don’t think I’m quite ready to dive in just yet.  I’m still just getting used to it being around.  I did, however, call my mom who is coming to visit in a few weeks and inform her that I’d bought a sewing machine, and she might have to show me how to use it.  She agreed.

So does anyone own a “Brother” brand sewing machine that they’re happy with?  I would love any encouragement that you have to throw out there.  I saw a picture of someone who had sewn through their finger the other day, and I’m currently trying to edge it out of my mind with images of pretty dresses, pillows, curtains and baby quilts.






9 thoughts on “Well, Now I’ve Gone and Done It

  1. Yay! I am so excited that you got a sewing machine! I still only know how to do a basic stitch. It is a serious learning, trial & error process for me but I love it! You will too, I'm sure of it! What a great skill to have, comes in handy for so many things!

    What a deal you got on that machine! Awesome. No way you can pass that deal up! : )

    Have fun!

  2. Very exciting! I have the sewing machine that belonged to my great-grandma and can hardly wait to start using it. My great-grandma on the other side of the family sewed through her finger once too…whoops!

  3. I *just* got a brand new sewing machine for my birthday! It looks like it might just be a newer version of yours (oh, and hubby probably paid 10x as much for it. lol thanks for that!)

    I'm loving it so far! I think my one complaint, and I don' tknow if yours will do this, is that the petal doesn't seem to have a slow start… it's like you gotta push down enough to get it going and then you can back off so you can go slow.

    I just finished my first BAG! I'll have the pics up tonight, I hope you come and check 'em out!

    Have fun!

  4. I have a brother and LOVE LOVE LOVED it! It is awesome! And I mean no disrespect to anyone who has done so but I think it would be awfully hard to sew through your finger, something must have been distracting the people who have done so awfully bad. In fact I don't think it would be possible with my machine at all.

    So….you will be fine! Have fun!

  5. Oooh Yea! What a deal you got! The sewing machine I use was my Great Aunts. I think it may be considered an antique. The original papers are still with it and she wrote the date she purchased it on them… 1977. Wowza. Have fun sewing! ☺

  6. Hey Erin,

    My name is Larissa and my blog is Just Another Day in Paradise.

    I love this blog and lemon tree creations.

    I am in the works of putting together an awesome month long blog event and would love to "chat" with you about it.

    Tried finding an email contact for you and lemon tree creations, but I couldn't find it, which probably just means I am blind.

    Here is my email



    Thanks a ton,

    oh and congrats on the machine! Yay!

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