Not long ago, my mother-in-law gave me a sewing machine. Until last night the machine sat patiently in its box in our dining room. I unpacked it last night because today I had my very first sewing class at the Creative Sewing Center and now I can sew. I have to go back to learn button holes and a bunch of other fancy stuff, but after just one class I made this tote bag from the first Stitch 'n Bitch book all by myself in my dining room with no help from a teacher. It only took about an hour and a half which is probably painfully slow, but I am a beginner.
I bought this fabric when I was a new knitter with the intention of making the needle roll (also in S 'n B) using my $30 piece of junk toy sewing machine from Target. Needless to say, this never happened and I think I actually ended up throwing said sewing machine in the garbage when I left Richmond. It was totally useless. My new Brother XR 7700 is a different story. It wasn't the fanciest machine in the class, but for my purposes, I think it will be perfect.
I didn't photograph the inside of the bag because it's unlined. I can't quite figure out how to do that and the pattern in Stitch 'n Bitch doesn't cover that, but I'm sure it's not hard. It's also not quite so shiny or lumpy in real life. I put a bunch of yarn in there to make it hang better (what better use is there for a sewing machine than to make knitting accessories?). I'm going to try to control myself for now, but I think that I might get really into fabric and books about sewing in the near future.