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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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  1. Yay! Love a bit of DIY as well


  2. I started sewing in the second half of next year... it's got to be one of the most fun things to do! I actually blogged about the first skirt I made after a few weeks of having my sewing machine this week (http://www.thisparticularblog.com/2015/01/they-call-me-mellow-yellow.html - if you'd like to see), it's really not as hard as you think it's going to be! Good luck x

  3. I love the idea but I really wouldn't know where to start either! Can't wait to see what you create :)


  4. You'll soon get used to it and be making all sorts! I love sewing and use it as a de-stress! Good luck with your first project x

  5. good luck making your first pieces! I've tried to make clothes in the past by hand in my punk phase but was rubbish at it. I really think more of us should be making our own clothes!


  6. This machine looks so pretty, much better then the ones we use at uni. The fact you've done a blog post about a sewing machine is so exciting aha :) x

  7. I have almost the sewing machine, and it really is gorgeous

  8. diy is always great. my mother always lets me borrow her sewing machine. yours looks gorgeous!

    Hannie at // Chapters Like This //

  9. What a gorgeous sewing machine! Due to a lack of space I always seem to stick to sewing by hand, but I really want to pick one of these up.

    Beka. xo

  10. Oh, your sewing machine is so cute! I just use my mom's old one ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

  11. I haven't used a sewing machine since secondary school and they do scare me a bit! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

  12. Id love to get into sewing. I even own a sewing machine. However, it was a gift of a friend of my mum who bought herself a new one and i have no clue how to work with it. Apparently the tension on the string is also wrong and would need to be fixed (not quite sure what that even means). I always see so many lovely DIYs. Need to ask my mum some time if she can take a look at the machine ;). Downside of living in another country. Harder to get mums help.


  13. Here i was thinking that sewing was dying out!

  14. Haha I used to love textiles! I can't wait till Summer when I can do more projects and crafts! :)

  15. Nice! I have not the patience for that haha


  16. Oh that is SO pretty I have been looking for a sewing machine for ages, I really loved doing textiles and have been wanting to do some DIY for ages so I am glad I saw this xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  17. I took my sewing machine to uni with me but haven't found the time to make anything yet (or anywhere to get reasonably priced fabric), but ahh I'm really excite to see what you create, and for the holidays when I'll have a little more free time. Hopefully!

    little miss fii || Fii x

  18. I have the same machine and I completely agree it's so easy to use! Can't wait to see what you make!

  19. I've never much been a fan of Janome machines, but I've heard that this one is really good.

  20. I love DIY but I'm completely useless! Enjoy it! :)

    Charlotte - styleaked


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