Last summer I made a decision to invest in my first sewing machine. Based on both advice and finances I settled on the Toyota SP100 series Model SPB15 which I purchased in Argos.
Initially my purchase was based on the fact that I had two young daughters and I wanted them to learn how to use a machine without fear or trepidation. I need not have worried. They took to it like a pair of ducklings. The only issue was me!! I had no clue how to teach them so I decided I myself needed to do a course.
With a bit of online research, I decided on an evening course at Ashton School, Blackrock, Cork. The classes are of a 2 hour duration and are a mixed class, with mainly beginners, but everyone is welcome. Deirdre, the tutor, is really lovely, with great patience.
After a few lessons I felt comfortable enough to bring my own machine but it is not a requirement. The textiles room is very well equipped with both Singer & Husqvarna machines.
What I did discover though was my needle plate had no gauge for seam allowances. It didn’t prove an issue though, as I went onto the Toyota website and purchased the plate, spare bobbins and a sturdy bag to carry my machine ( a necessity in the Irish winter for those wet Monday!!)
The first term I chose a shift dress with a pattern from New Look as pictured above. It proved challenging at times but I successfully completed it and wore it on Christmas day 🙂
I completed my first sewing term happy in the knowledge that I could sew. I ENJOYED IT!! What’s more I could now teach my own 2 little ladies how to do more than sew a straight seam!!
Til next time