While this is a mundane and simple task for many, it was a small victory for me. My mother has always been a wonderful seamstress. She made most of my clothes as a small child and a few things as I got older. I'll never forget her staying up late the night before 4th grade picture day to sew my vest that I HAD to wear for my picture. (If you didn't have a vest, you weren't cool.) Thanks, Mom!
My mother has been on hospice care for over a year now. She can't get out of the house very much, so I like to think of special things we can do together at her house. It is hard to think about, but every time I'm with her I want it to be a special memory.
One of the things she has tried to do with me before is to teach me to sew on her sewing machine. As a pre-teen/early teen I didn't see the importance of this. Why learn to sew? We can BUY clothes at the store!
Now that I understand that it's more about the shared experience and the passing down of a skill, I want to learn from my mommy while I still can.
Recently, I lost enough weight to buy a new size in jeans!!! They were WAY TOO LONG though!
Here was the perfect opportunity to spend some time learning from my mom.
I had found a pin on Pinterest that was a tutorial for hemming jeans and keeping the original hem. Bazinga!
Mom hadn't used her sewing machine in a VERY long time, so we spent most of the afternoon remember how everything goes and getting it threaded. We should have taken video - it was hilarious!
Once we got everything done it was pretty simple. Mom was behind me coaching and I was sewing!
|Nice clean line!|
|A lot had to come off! I'm only 5'2".|
|I think it looks pretty good for a newbie!|
Her directions were thorough and easy to follow. I should have paid closer attention to where I was cutting when I cut the excess off. I cut right through the stitching. I'm pretty sure I can just go back over it and it will be fine - oopsies!
I'm thrilled to have jeans at the correct length, but I'm even more thrilled that I learned how to sew from my Mommy.
I won't forget that day.
I want to keep sewing and learning so I can tell people when they ask, "My Mom taught me to sew."