I let the machine sit in the box for months before finally asking my friend to help me get it set up. I hadn't used a machine since home ec in 8th grade and even that experience was a bit light. We only made one pillow; mine was square because I was told it's easier to sew in a straight line than in a circle. A chicken from the get-go apparently.
Anyway, my friend kindly gave me a nice refresher on how to set up and use the machine. We made a trip to Joann's for some other items and I finally picked up the material for my first project. Pillows, of course! Yep, they will be square (still a chicken)! But then once I bought the materials, they sat on the floor in the room for a while.
Cut ahead to a few weeks ago when my husband decided he was going to start homebrewing beer. Well, he kicked off his beer brewing on Black Friday while I was out shopping. After he was done with that, it went into the basement to ferment. Unfortunately, he realized that the basement is a bit cold and the fermentation wasn't going as quickly as he'd like. Enter his crazy idea to make a thermally insulated blanket for his carboy (beer fermenter). This resulted in a trip to Walmart to pick up black fabric (fleece) and a mylar thermal blanket.
And that was my first sewing project with my sewing machine. I sewed the mylar reflective thermal blanket to the fleece and then sewed them together to create a fitted carboy blanket. Not a glamorous first project, but he was so excited! (And it works... bonus!)
|At the top, you can see it in the fermentation setup.|
At the bottom, you can see the bottom flipped out to show the thermal insulation.