Married 11 years. I have not committed myself to anything longer than my marriage except for 1 thing: sewing. True, my sewing relationship is a complicated one. It is an on again, off again, situation. I have the the innate desire to be committed but it isn’t a do or die thing, so almost always, it dies. It dies until one of its embers revives itself again to me and brings itself to a small spark that I notice enough to revisit – and most times will die off in the wind – but this time, I think it’s been rekindled.
I started sewing when I was in high school. I discovered an old sewing machine and some fabric in the garage of my aunt (we were renting her house) and she didn’t care if I used it or not. She had already moved to Seattle after my uncle retired after decades in the Navy. But it wasn’t until years later, still in that same house, that I started tinkering with the machines and the fabric much more. I made things and they were alright but I was finally able to make decent wearable things after taking an Apparel Construction class at San Diego Mesa College. This was the catalyst. This was the official beginning. It was the year 2000 and I was 19 years old.
Fast forward to 16 years later, with 2 kids and 1 more on the way, I am in another sewing class. The difference this time is that I am taking it with my son (2nd child), age 6. I asked him if he would want to sew with me and he was ecstatic. Every Thursday, we attend class together and go over new basics of sewing and create a small project in the hour-long class period. He is very hands-on and loves to create. We also bought him his very own sewing machine but we haven’t opened it yet. My sewing machine, almost a decade old, still works like new and so user friendly. It’s a bit of a cheater with its automatic needle threader and one-button thread cutter, that we are sticking with it for our sewing class and those rare moments I can work on something at home.
I knew I missed sewing but I really didn’t realize just how much until going through this sewing class offered through my homeschooling co-op. I have been taking a bit of video of what we have been working on in our classes and put them online. You can see (5 short videos) here from my YouTube Channel Jennylou Raya:
The session we are currently in are done with the end of 2015 and new sessions will be offered in the spring. I may join the next ones in the spring as the instructor mentioned that it would be covering patterns. I would love to up my skills in sewing from commercial patterns.
So here we are, my son and I, trekking into sewing because he wanted to learn. He was the main reason I stopped completely years ago – oh, the irony. He was that kid that marveled at needles and my stash of fabrics nonstop. Nothing was ever safe from him and that is why I stopped and put everything away and out of sight. My makeshift idea of a sewing room that would rival any man cave and DIY blogs http://sewclueless.blogspot.com later left to display “taking a break from sewing” image and http://sewclueless.wordpress.com untouched since 2010.
I think it is time we return to sewing, so we are back, and I’m feeling great about it.
My next steps are to carve out time in my busy schedule to sew, build a community of local sewing enthusiasts, and further my knowledge to create pieces I am proud to wear. If you are local to San Diego, come meet a couple dozen locals who have connected on my Sew San Diego FB page (I put up way back in January 2010) and say hello. We are planning sewing events and get-togethers for 2016. We’d love to sew meet you.
<3 Jennylou (aka Sewclueless)