It all started when the sister downloaded a free teddy sewing template from the net and started to sew it for her baby. I was bored and thought i’ll make one as well just for the fun of it and well the rest is sewing history.
Oh, i’m no sewing goddess to start with, i had my fair share of disasters and when we had to make a tissue case for econ’s class during secondary school i almost cried in despair because i was hopeless and hated it so much. I went to the class with a piece of blank fabric and tried to imitate what my friends did but mostly i pretended to sew, just mindlessly poking the needle here and there without a purpose.
When the teacher wasn’t watching i just stared at the stupid piece of fabric praying for the class to end. I think that’s what most of my classmates did too because when it was time to hand up each of our tissue cases, everyone had their masterpieces done by the tailors or their super moms – mom did mine. I suspected the teacher knew as much but didn’t say a word. I got an A by the way *smugness.
I don’t recall doing any sewing since then besides a few buttons i fixed on my working shirts.
But who knew sewing could be so therapeutic this time. At first it was misery because i have a patience level of a big fat zero. I was very gungho and couldn’t be bothered reading through the instructions properly hence i had to restitch everything a few times. God i almost tear off my hair when the thread gets tangled each time when i’m about to end the stitching which means i have to snip off the stitches and start all over again! Agony!
End result? A teddy that looks like a teddy but with atrociously patchy thread work. But the satisfaction of having created something was worth every minute of it.
Having moved on to a second project, i am less rushed and more meticulous when it comes to sewing, i learnt that if i sew slowly the thread tangle less. I learned to be careful when cutting out the fabrics and to plan off hand the usage of fabrics to prevent waste – fabrics are expensive alright.
Ps:// Did you know you have to snip the curved sides of the fabric to prevent it from pulling and being to snug? I had no idea.
Once i get the hang of it, sewing is absolutely de-stressing because it needs all the concentration and attention that it takes my mind off all the clutter in my life.
But this new hobby is utterly expensive too. Sewing materials and tools are not easily available here. And what is available is rather pricey especially quality print. Can you believe that 1/2 yard of designer fabrics cost a hefty RM22 in Malaysia?
There’s no haberdashery at my place so we went all the way to Petaling Street to look for one plus to check out the many fabric stores there. Urgh… the fabrics in KL are just so bland, even the colors spells boring, the reason why my pocket now has a big hole because i ordered a few designer fabric i’m so excited for it to arrive next week.
Anyways, i almost passed by this particular sewing materials shop without even noticing it if not for the outdated banner advertising their tailoring services. Like the banner, Syarikat Fa is amazingly old fashion occupying a vintage shop lot at Jalan Tan Cheng Lock (it is the same row as Shin Kee Beef Noodle Specialist). I’ve never seen so many sewing supplies for ages. The old sewing supplies that my mom has including the brands are available here. Brilliant!
I bought a few sewing tools and a few pieces of felt fabrics which i later found out is much, much cheaper at Daiso fml. Daiso is not my new favorite hang out.
Here are the few sewing projects i’ve done in leisure. Aren’t they cute max especially the turtle pin cushion? Am thinking of selling some of the stuff i’m going to make in the future just to subsidize my new if short sewing madness else my place is going to be flooded like an animal farm.
Do you think anyone is going to buy LOL?