I had a desire planted in my heart several weeks ago that I would like to make baby quilts for Moms in need. I was there once long ago so it feels a good fit. I’m ill and can’t work anymore, so sewing seems like a good way to give back. I sewed for my baby until I had to go back to work as a single Mom, many long years ago. I’m not totally alien to sewing, but it has been a long time.
I’ve spent weeks researching sewing machines and I have it down to 2 brands and 3 machines, but when I did all this research I found that what I wanted to do, quilting and some clothes sewing, would probably cost me more like $1000 than $500 to get a machine that will be out of the shop rather than in it all the time. I wanted to do embroidery too, but that’s another whole new ball game.
Add to that the cost of start up supplies, classes and/or books to learn what I’m doing, the cost of projects and the sum is getting daunting. Then I go out to look for a good iron because my old one is just that … old, scratched, and spitting. What do I find but people talking about irons I’ve never heard of that cost hundreds of dollars and you just wouldn’t consider ironing with anything less. Then I find out that my old rickity metal frame ironing board, even with a new cover, is a basic piece of trash. I should be making a big thick cover with natural fibers, and yada yada yada.
Years ago I had a Mary Proctor and hated it because it was so heavy so I sold it at a garage sale for $2. Fan the poor ladies who just passed out. I now know I sold a hidden treasure for nothing. Story of my life. That’s why I have so much junk. I’m afraid to get rid of anything and later find out later it wasn’t junk. Of course, I can’t afford to pay an appraiser to come and tell me if I have junk, and the lady from the antigue store would rob me blind if she had a chance.
All I want to do is make something pretty for a Mom who needs something pretty and practical for her baby. I’m a perfectionist and wouldn’t give something that looks “home-made” (ie, trashy sewing), but can’t I do this for less than a few thousands dollars?
I’ve been at this researching for weeks with nothing accomplished. I’m getting so scared of the money issue (I’m on disability with a fixed income) that I don’t know what to do!
I found dealers that will take payments on a good machine so that part I can swing, but any help on a good, but reasonably priced iron and ironing board would be helpful.
I am lost in the sea of the internet not knowing what to buy for start up materials as well. I have a beginners guide to quilting, and a ton of sewing instruction on the web for free, but what I need is a list of basic sewing supplies I need to get started. The quilting guide book has a list of quilting start-up supplies. Some things like pins and a decent (not some $1000 German steel) cloth cutting scissors, and basic thread.
Thread! That’s another whole area I got lost in the other night. There are so many kinds of thread I don’t know where to start. I just want some good basic sewing thread and supplies. I don’t want a degree in sewing, I just want to sew and learn and get better with time. I don’t expect to be perfect the first time out of the box.