It's funny how there can be an addiction within an addiction. I have always been reluctant to try my hand at sewing for some reason but seeing so many DIY projects especially from the guys I usually hang with I figured I should give it a shot.
I received a machine from HF member quiet (thanks man!) and it worked for a short time but then broke. After bringing it to a local shop I decided rather than spending $120 or more to have my machine repaired I'd spend $200.00 on used machine that's already been serviced and comes with a 5 year warranty. It's a basic machine but I did not want to spend more at this point and often times the older, simpler machines are more reliable and durable because of their more robust construction. I mentioned to the guy at the store that we call them thread injectors and he got a chuckle out of that. He had never heard that term before and he's been in the business for over 30 years.
After playing with some scraps to get the feel of seams and hems I decided to make a stuff sac since it is the gateway DIY project. I cannibalized an old tent stuff sac for the materials. My first one turned out well. I made a second mini stuff sac with the left over material. After completing that one I decided to modify a JRB sac that had a velcro and strap closure into a draw string closure.
The next day after wearing one on my fleece jackets for some unseasonably cold weather I looked down at my rolled up sleeve and decided after years of having to roll up my sleeves because they are always too long for my short arms, that I would go and hem them. Well, one jacket turned into four fleece jacket. They all now have the appropriate length sleeves.
Next, I repaired a tear on a jacket and a ripped seam on one of my wife's sweaters. My wife had me sew a pillow case out of a T shirt she did not want to throw away but was not going to wear anymore.
Yesterday I sewed up some tree straps and tonight I just finished my first DIY hammock. Now I'm mulling over what to do next. I'm going to keep practicing and maybe take a few lessons offered at the store where I bought my machine.
One thing that is really great is the satisfaction that come with completing a project no matter how small. There is also a confidence now that I don't have to worry as much about minor gear or clothing repair. I used to take my pants to be hemmed but not anymore.
Thanks for letting me blab on and on.