Thank you thank you thank you Beth! Beth gave me her old sewing machine and I got it up and running this weekend. I went to JoAnn Fabrics on Friday morning to get my startup tools; I got everything I needed plus 7 patterns for only $30! Thank goodness for sales (50% off everything, 99 cent patterns) and a 20% off coupon. My first project - napkins! I've been wanting cloth napkins for a while; who wants to keep buying napkins every month? I found a nice tan fabric (Mom, what kind was it again?) that doesn't wrinkle, doesn't have a front or back side, and is great for everyday napkins. I ended up getting 6 napkins out of a yard (three 18" and three 15"). The first few lines ended up a little wiggly (haha) but sewing definitely came back to me quickly. Guess it's like riding a bike. I'm really excited about all the different projects I can do now.

One of the first will be more napkins, and hopefully a table runner. I found this deep red/maroon fabric on clearance at JoAnn fabrics for $2/yard, and it also doesn't wrinkle or have a front/back. This will be our first holiday table linens, and Brian even likes the colors and fabrics!
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  • You’re welcome! I’m so glad that the machine is working for you. Did you spend a lot of time oiling and cleaning?

    And way to go on making cloth napkins – we’ve had ours for about a year now and you really do end up saving a lot of money by not buying paper napkins!

  • We only had to do a tiny bit of oiling and cleaning. The hardest part was remembering how to thread it! I think it’s only jammed once so far, which isn’t bad at all. If you find the manual, let me know! And did it come with any extra free or needles?

  • Oops, meant feet, not free.

  • I don’t think I have any more of the needles for that machine, but I do think I have some feet. Somewhere. I will look for the manual and the feet tonight – I’m putting a reminder on my phone right now!

  • Thanks!

  • S

    I believe the material you used for the napkins is a rayon/cotton blend. Now you have me itching to sew again. Maybe I’ll get some curtains made finally.