I have no pictures to show and only words to describe, but the excitement of my first ever sewing meet-up must be documented. Over the past year I’ve connected with various Swedish sewers on Facebook. There are groups for all of Sweden as well as local groups. On Saturday a meet-up finally coincided with a clear schedule so I could go.
These sewing meet-ups are for sewing. We were nine women (and one child, more on that later) each equipped with at least one machine and a number of projects to work on. We sewed, traced, cut fabric, snacked, talked, showed each other machines, shared tips and tricks. It was so inspirational to be able to dedicate an entire day (I was there from ten to four) to sewing, without interruptions (the kids were left at home) alongside other women with the same interest. I had brought a few projects, I had no idea how long it would take to sew when I had no distractions, in the end I finished one, a long velour sweatshirt.
I realised that I wasn’t quite prepared for taking my sewing on the road. Taking the machine with me is quite easy as all the bobbins and presser feet are stored in it, but then. There’s so much you need; measuring tape, thread, notions, needles, scissors, pattern instructions, interfacing and of course fabric (I’m sure I forgot something). So for future meet-ups, yes there will be more I will need to prepare. The others brought big sewing cases, since most of my stuff is integrated in the room I need a way to bring things in an organised manner. Enter the sewing!
I’m thinking of having one big bag (bought or home-made) in which I will have several different cases and smaller bags to store everything. My plan is to work from smaller things and up. I think if I keep on bag for this purpose and always store the smaller things in it I’ll know what to bring. My first projects will include a case for my scissors (I want to bring three; fabric, paper and thread snipper), a drawstring bag for threads, some case for holding machine needles and something for my measuring tools. I want to use fabrics from my stash and will make up my patterns as I go along. One thing’s for sure, it will beat the method I used last week where I just threw everything in a big paper bag. Amateur!
All in all, it was fun to sew with other people, even though most of them were into children’s sewing. Perhaps next time it’ll be people who sew adult clothing, who knows? All I know is that next time my tools will hopefully travel better.