Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Sunday Post: Dabbling in DIY


Recently, I've really been enjoying reading DIY posts on blogs; I think it's so amazing how some people are so creative and thrifty they can make something out of a few scraps of fabric. I've never really tried anything DIY out before (apart from making a Christmas decoration in year 8 textiles which I can't really count!) so when Hobbycraft asked me if I wanted to try out one of their sewing machines I was absolutely thrilled!

I'm over the moon with the design of the machine; it's just so pretty - not at all like the bulky old things I always imagine sewing machines to be thanks to school textiles! Now I'll admit I was absolutely clueless when I first looked at the machine but luckily Karl's mum knows a little bit about sewing so was more than happy to help me get started. I am absolutely no good with fiddly things (I get frustrated so easily!) so I had to leave it up to her to thread the machine up. The machine came with a set of very clear instructions and also a handy little piece of "test driving fabric" which taught you how to go round corners, do different types of stitches and the like. This was essential for me and I'll admit I'm still getting used to the sewing. As I'm a complete beginner it's bound to take me a while to get used to it and I definitely need to get more comfortable with the machine before I'm let loose on any clothes or fabrics!

The machine is so easy to use - it's really clear and has a little light above the needle which is really handy. My first DIY project is going to be to take in a pair of trousers; not the most adventurous thing I know but I want to start off small. I haven't been confident enough to actually sew on any of my clothes yet but I have definitely been getting better when using the sewing driving test fabric; stay tuned to my twitter to see my first DIY project!

I'd definitely recommend the machine whether you're an experienced seamstress or a completely newbie like me. It's smooth, easy to use and easy to get used to if you're not too confident with the machine. I'd love to make my own little clutch bag one day; it's something I've seen a lot of bloggers and instagrammers doing and they're so unique! I'd love to hear what you think of the Janome 3300 or if you have any links to thrifty DIY posts leave them below!

You can check out Hobbycraft's range of sewing machines here.

Amy x
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