After years of putting this off, I FINALLY pulled the trigger on getting a sewing machine. I’ve been sewing for more than 20 years, having learned it in junior high. Through the years when I lived with my parents I always used my mom’s machine. After I moved out and got my own place, a sewing machine wasn’t the first thing on my mind, but it has become increasingly frustrating to put off any sewing projects to whenever I visit my parents city to gain access to mom’s machine again.
I do believe that a modern man should be able to sew. It’s a valuable skill that has saved me considerable amounts of money over the years – just think about all the time you want to make an adjustment to a pair of pants or some garment. Frequent visits to your tailor can get expensive, so why not learn the basics of sewing yourself? It’s not hard. Internet is chalk full of DIY guides on how to put up pants and how to operate the sewing machine. And don’t think that machines are expensive! You could easily buy a used one in good condition for a very cheap price. Getting a machine is an investment that will add to your life skills and save you money better spent bigger projects! Just think of the world of possibilities that lie open to creating stuff when you learned the basic skills!
I originally opted for a Singer heavy duty 4423. I made the purchase from symaskinsexperten.se, but the model was out of stock and they actually sent me a better machine for the same price of the one I ordered! Great service. So instead I collected a package with The Singer heavy duty 4432. It has a slew of great features like a sturdy internal aluminum frame, extra high speed and 60% more power than an entry-level machine, automatic needle threading, automatic buttonhole program, and over 30 kinds of stitches. Not that lots of stitches are important – I only use 2-3 different kinds that cover 99% of all basic sewing needs. I checked out some reviews of the machine and it has got a lot of satisfied customers. “I went through a pair of denim jeans like butter” ha ha. I even saw a youtube clip of a 4432 plowing through thick leather! That might come in handy if I need to make any adjustments when putting together my cowboy outfit.
Something I’ve always wanted to do is to learn how to sew by pattern to create clothes from scratch. That’s like the next level up from basic sewing. I do have a few ideas on what to begin with and projects to try. The first pattern I’m going to test is to make a Spanish bullfighter costume, which I intend to use in upcoming dance shows.