The best way to learn to use your specific sewing machine is to READ THE MANUAL. If you fall into the male stereotype of one whom doesn’t ask for directions, and won’t read the instructions… get over it.
So, I’m a guy, and a bit ago, I bought a sewing machine.
No one in my family of origin sews, nor does my wife, and I went to an all male high school with no home ec courses, so I was starting from scratch. I went to the bookstores, the fabric stores, the craft stores, and the library, and was blown away by the available literature, or, by how useless it was to me. It seemed that nothing had been published in the last ten years, and everything was:
1) Designed for women and their unique body shapes, and 2) Covered with flowers.
I'm a postmodern guy: I recognize the social construction of gender roles, and the institutionalized injustices that pre-determine one's lifestyle based on gender identity, social background, economic status, and education.
So, last night- when my wife was out of town- shhh..don't tell [not because I'm ashamed, but because she'll get mad at me for spending money]- I bought a sewing machine. It's a middle-of-the-road Singer, which I hope I won't outgrow in a few months, but doesn't include robots and German accents and stuff. Continue Reading