I got a sewing machine!

I went and bought an entry-level Brother (LS-2160) and have been playing around with it the whole afternoon. I didn’t really want to go with anything too fancy because I knew I’m not really the type to sew things from patterns, I just want to do some alterations and maybe small projects. I’m really excited to try some upcycling now that I have an actual machine and can finish projects without practically killing my fingers.

So far I’ve finished sewing in a zipper for a hoodie that’s been in my WIP pile for so looong (because sewing zippers in by hand are a pain in the patootie). I may even sew the hood soon and finish it.

And here’s my first sewing project:

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Yeah, I’m not the kind of person to make pillowcases and aprons, so I decided on a zipper tetrahedron pouch as my first project. Tutorial can be found over here. It was actually easy except for the curved parts, where I had to do a bit of handsewing to get it to work I’m not planning on lining it, though. Also, I should’ve put the tab at the middle of the top, but I didn’t want to rip it out and re-sew it. Even with all the mistakes, I’m still pretty proud of it.

I’ve also got two old shorts that I could no longer fit in at the tummy area, so I let out some darts at the waist so I could wear them now that. (Also patched one of them because it had a bunch of holes in the back). Those two were done by hand, I did them last week.

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I’ve also got a few shirts that I’m planning to make more fitted. So many possible projects now that I have my Brother!

Wanting a sewing machine…

I’ve been doing some alterations to a some clothes. So far it’s been two shorts and a shirt. Just revamping some old clothes so they’ll actually fit (I haven’t worn the shorts in years). The thing is, I only sew by hand. And it takes me forever to make something. And I really, really want to refashion some more old clothes. The way I see it, I don’t even wear them now. If the refashion doesn’t come out well. Not a problem since the shirts I’m thinking of refashioning haven’t been worn except for sleeping in ages.

Now I’m thinking of getting a sewing machine and actually learning to sew on it. I’ve seen some Brothers sewing machines in Trinoma in the Php 8k-15k price range. And I’m really tempted to get one of the less expensive machines.

Anyway, will be posting more about my finished sewing (by hand for now) projects soon.

Just a night out

I was at Eastwood last Wed for our sort of regular coffee night with one of my elementary friends. (Yes, we’ve known each other for about 15 years, minimal contact in high school, reconnected in the late uni years).

I couldn’t resist buying a navy blue A6-sized Paperthinks notebook because they were half off at Scribe (and I’m trying to keep away from Scribe because I just might buy more in a variety of colors and I really should stop buying notebooks randomly).

We had dinner at a burger shop and I got my first ever compliment from a stranger! (That did not sound as great as written down as it did in my head). Especially when you consider it was a Caucasian man older than my father who noticed my shirt. But it was really nice. He said ‘I like your Doctor Who shirt’ to me just as we were sitting down at the table. I was wearing the awesome geeky shirt I got from Eiseldora in the shirt swap.

We spent hours over coffee and chatting after dinner. It was a pretty awesome night.

Notebook Love

Yes, I admit it, I love notebooks. Not as much as the people who have 40+ blank notebooks hanging around, but I love having notebooks and the act of writing in them. I wish I still had the very first journal I kept (I think I was 9), but a flood three years ago meant I was only able to salvage 2 of my earlier journals (and even those had been water damaged) and none of my loose papers with stories and sketchbooks.

I rarely buy my own notebooks, though. Working in the print media, my father always gets notebooks and planners during Christmas, and I just take my pick from them every year. This also means I have a lot of different kinds of notebooks with various company names on them (I learn to ignore those labels and choose the notebooks with less obtrusive ones).

Notebooks I’m currently using

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