The principal girls of the USA

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Pattern: Knitting needle/crochet hook roll-up case (5006) by Butterick
Fabric: Cotton print from Hancock Fabrics
Machine: Singer Featherweight 221-I

Carol got me started.

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She helped me see that my sixty-year-old sewing machine wasn’t a mysterious, malevolent, impenetrable device.

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We figured out the bobbin. I threaded it. Then I threaded it again.

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She got me part way. Most importantly, she gave me the confidence to bring it home.

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I made a needle and hook roll for Cady Gray. I sewed it together on my machine.

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Sometimes I sewed it wrong. Then I ripped it out and did it again.

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There were layers. Many layers. There was basting. I used my iron more often that I did all of last year combined.

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I changed bobbins. White thread for the seams, red for the contrast stitching. That means I threaded the machine several times. All by myself.

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It’s far from perfect. But with every stitch, I learned — about my machine, about the pattern, about the fabric.

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A simple pattern, with no fancy stuff. The basics. With the basics, though, I think I can tackle the next thing — whatever that may be.

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Now Cady Gray has a place to keep her very own needles and hooks (yes, she’s started crochet). And I have the beginnings of a new skill. Thanks for the machine, Mom. Thanks for the tutoring, Carol. Thanks for a new world of possibility, sewing.

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2 Comments on “The principal girls of the USA”


  1. Woo hoo! It’s gorgeous! I’m so glad you took this step into the next part of your crafting life. It was a joy to take it with you!


  2. […] year. Every time I sew, I have the voice of The Sensible Seamstress in my head, my dear friend who taught me the basics. A new craft is a new ability. And a new ability is growth. That’s the most important […]


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