Let's Sew Part 1 - Getting to know your Machine


Good Afternoon!
I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world. As you would have seen in a previous post, I am Nanny and have joined the team at TOMG and will be bringing you Let's Sew . I have 6 beautiful grand children who very quickly learned to “Just ask Nanny” and they prompted me to start my page, nannycraft4u where I get to share my love of all things crafty.

Today I thought we could start our series of Let's Sew chats  J

Getting To Know Your Machine

The first thing you need as a beginner is to understand your machine – have you given her a name yet?

I have two – ‘Betsy’ and ‘Flo’ – and we have a loving, supportive relationship!
Like any relationship, your relationship with your machine will get stronger if you make an effort to ‘know’ her so you need to get out your manual (I know – you don’t like reading and you want to get sewing and the kids won’t let you and it’s Wednesday and it’s cold and ….), get a cuppa and read about her!!!!  (You have to trust Nanny on this one!!)

Speaking of a cuppa – I made this for you today!  It’s a mugmat and everyone needs one of these – do you have one?  Don’t worry if you don’t because I will be showing you how to make one as soon as we get underway with our sewing.


So here’s the deal – you have a study of the manual – don’t worry there won’t be a test - and next time, we will take a look at Betsy and learn how to make her go!
In the meantime, make sure you give your machine a name…….please share your names with me and tell me if there is anything in particular you would like me to include so I can put it on the list. (I don’t want to be chatting to myself!!!)


Until next time
Margie J
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19 comments:

  1. Great post Margie! My girl is called Delilah :) you won't believe me but I have read all three manuals for all three of my machines :) looking forward to your next post :)

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    1. Thanks Gemma and Delilah and of course I believe you!!!

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  2. Hi Nanny! Thanks for sharing...and for all the good stuff you are going to share.

    You know...I have a name for my car (Thea), a name for my computer (The Beasty), the vacuum cleaner even has a name (Rover)but I have never thought of naming my sewing machine. I do love that machine a lot & she does deserve a name, so I think I will name her Mavis, in memory of my nana.

    Looking forward to all the good stuff Nanny!

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    1. Hello Shell and welcome! I love Mavis and that she is named for your Nana!!

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  3. I don't have a name for anything I own! Maybe I don't like to get attached to machines?? I will try and think of some names for my sewing machines though!

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    1. Thanks Melissa - happy thinking!!

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  4. No name for anything here, well nothing I will repeat out loud, especially to Nanny! Would love to see some posts on overlockers as well. We are in a hate-hate relationship at the moment!

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  5. Hello Nanny! Thank you for taking the time to share you knowledge with us. My machine is only 1 month old and already I love her so very much. I have been reading through the manual and there is so much to learn, especially since my old sewing machine is 20 years old and the biggest feature on her is zigzag! I look forward to your next post and hopefully I'll have a name for my machine by then :)

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    1. Hello! You are most welcome as is your new baby!!

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  6. Hi Nanny, My machine is only 2 days old and I have called her Daisy Cate..lol...I spent all day yesterday reading her book. Love her already and your blog to.

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    1. Hi! 2 days - how exciting!! I hope we will have fun together!

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  7. Hi Nanny, Can you please come to my house and sit with me whilst we do this lol

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    1. Hi Cath! I would say yes I can but Poppy mightn't be too happy lol - be brave! :)

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  9. Would love to name my sewing machine, overlocker, embroidery machine and even my dress mannequin but I'm not very original with names, for example when I was 5 I had a bear named Bear and a rabbit named.... Bet you can guess lol

    Look forward to following this blog :)
    Can't think of any suggestions, but I'm sure there is something I'd like to (or should) learn the right way.

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    1. Katherine you made me laugh! How about Mac, Lock, Em and Manny? :)

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  10. I never thought of naming my machines. I have 2 sewing machines that I like very much. We work well together. My machines are good to me. I should call one Lovey and the other Dovey. I honestly have no idea what their names should be.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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    1. Nancy, Lovey and Dovey sounds peachy! :)

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