I've sewn before. Not on a regular basis or anything, but a little here and there. A few months ago, I finally bought my own sewing machine. I have several sewing projects that I would like to take on. So my first project that I started was making liners for Ella's cloth diapers. I cut my fabric, got the machine out and started to sew - and then I quickly jammed the machine. Ugh! I couldn't get the thread out, so my sister came over and helped me with it. She determined that I needed to change my tension and maybe my needle for the fabric that I was using. So the machine sat, untouched, for a couple of months. Then, this weekend, my mother-in-law stayed with us. While she was here, I had her give me a few pointers on the machine. She worked on the tension and showed me what I was doing wrong and how to fix it in the future. She gave me some tips on laying out my patterns and general sewing hints. This weekend, I made some bean bags for Arin and a hat for Ella and I started on making a curtain for Arin's room, but my mother-in-law actually ended up doing more than half of that project. She also mended a couple of pairs of Andy's work pants.
Arin was very interested in what we were doing. So I let her take her first lesson in sewing - putting the pins in the pin cushion. This was my first step as a kid too. My mom did a lot of sewing when I was little and I used to love to play with the pin cushion. Arin seemed to have as much fun as I remember having.