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 workĀ 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!

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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.