In September I hit a wall. My career had become quite challenging and I sometimes felt like all my mental energy was spent by the time I got home in the evening. My work was satisfying, stimulating, and fast paced. Unfortunately, most of my projects were long-game systems with payoffs that took months to achieve. I desperately wanted to put work into something purely creative and see the positive results with near immediacy.
I'm a crafter but for some reason my normal projects weren't getting me out of my funk. I felt stuck. Stuck and stagnant. Stuck, stagnant, and hungry for something creatively satisfying. Beyond that, the challenges of my husband's career meant I was spending countless hours alone. I needed something to revive my creative spark.
Maybe it was Pinterest, maybe it was the never-ending Project Runway episodes on repeat I was absorbing, but I decided to start sewing.
Earlier in the summer, my husband purchased a vintage mint green Singer sewing machine for me.
I pulled it out and quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing. I'm not even sure I had all the right parts. I immediately put the vintage machine away and tried to sign up for a class at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics. However, they were booked solid for weeks! I decided to just dive in on my own and started my sewing education on the internet.
After reading reviews and visiting stores I decided to purchase the Brother XR9500PRW Limited Edition Project Runway Sewing Machine.
I did not buy this machine for the Project Runway branding. I chose this machine because it had glowing reviews and I felt a computerized machine was the "new" path in sewing. That being said, don't let the branding full you because this is a powerful machine! I ordered mine from Amazon and I was sewing seams within the hour.
Five months later and I find myself donating my yarn stash and making room for a fabric stash. The vintage sewing machine is still in the house but I think it's heading for Craigslist. California living allows little room for sentimental living. This hobby is so satisfying!