Learn how to use a sewing machine

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Vanessa Riley's Goal

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I want to be able to make costumes. I think it stems from when I used to work at the Texas Renaissance Festival and I had to pay people to make my costumes. I always admired people who could take a pattern of lines and flimsy paper and turn it into something real, something beautiful.

My problem is that I let the machine scare me. I got one for Christmas this year, and it's been sitting in my dining room, intimidating me ever since. I bought an apron pattern. I bought fabric. I even bought nice accessories to encourage me to sew, but I still haven't even cut the fabric yet.

I think this is one of those tasks that I am going to need a teacher or a mentor to help me with. I need some encouragement, or at least someone to model for me.

My timeline is that I will at least learn the basics this summer. The apron will be done by my birthday. In fact, since I have fabric for TWO aprons, the goal will be that one apron will be done for Bollato's birthday in August.

There. It's in writing. So shall it be. (ETA: I made an apron - it's the apron in the picture! I still don't know what I'm doing most of the time!)

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