To be clear, I am a rookie seamstress. I have not been behind a sewing machine since I was a teenager. I took a class in sewing when I was in school and I enjoyed making my own cloths; but, when I left home I never used a sewing machine again.
About four years ago, I bought a sewing machine with an idea to earn a side income making custom curtains, pillows, and whatever. Guess what – the sewing machine never came out of the box.
Greg and I un-boxed the machine recently, so I could make the curtains and seat cushions for the bus. I was very nervous getting back on this horse! I’m not going to bore you with the details of all my mistakes and re-do’s; but, I will say my sewing skills improved very quickly.
I have completed the cushion covers and the curtains in the main room are nearly finished. The curtains for the sleeping compartment will be sewn in a few days.
A few sewing notes (experienced seamstresses please don’t laugh at me):
• After cutting the pieces I sprayed the fabric with 303 Fabric Guard…amazing solution! Sunbrella endorses it; it not only waterproof’s the material but it protect it from sunlight (fading), dirt, and any spillage. You can use it on cloths, carpet, upholstery, etc…
• Straight pins became my best friend. I wish I had known that from the beginning, I would have saved a lot of time, aggravation, trial, and errors
• I used Velcro to fasten everything down instead of zippers. I basically folded the material as I would when wrapping a gift box and tacked it down with Velcro.
• Every mistake turned out to be a stroke of luck. Mistakes forced me to rethink the design and approach which resulted in a better method and design