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BEDN - Yes Moments and a Sewing Machine Giveaway

When I got my first sewing machine for my 30th birthday I was completely out of my comfort zone. The last time I had used a machine was as a teenager customising my old jeans and turning them into skirts (it was the late 90's OK). So it was a massive learning curve. But I started reading sewing blogs and buying up all the fabrics and I started pushing myself. 
I think some of my greatest 'Yes moments' of late have been sewing related (but some of my most sweary moments have been through sewing too).
I am sure Jim thinks I am absolutely crazy when I cheer about achievements - lined, zipper, handbags that take every single bit of my concentration, tops that I can actually wear and working zip enclosures. But they are all little 'Yes moments' that make me so so happy. 


And so to help you with some yes moments (and maybe a few sweary ones too) I have a wonderful giveaway for all you wannabe sew-ers out there. Hobbycraft have kindly offered a Janome Sew Mini 140M sewing machine to one lucky winner. It looks like the perfect starter machine for anyone who is wanting to start sewing, much like the machine that I started on a few years ago. And the best part is you should have it by Christmas for any of those last minute gifts you might want to whip up. 

All you have to do is let me know what your finest 'Yes moment', whilst crafting or not, has been in the comments below, and pop your details through Rafflecopter. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

T's & C's
  1. This competition is only open to people in the UK. Sorry international friends.
  2. The prize is the Janome Sew Mini 140M sewing machine and is not swappable.
  3. You must leave a comment and enter your details through Rafflecopter to be in with a chance of winning.
  4. Extra entries are available through Rafflecopter, but are not compulsory.
I wasn't paid for this post, but Hobbycraft did supply the sewing machine as a giveaway prize. 

63 comments

  1. Mine is very simply - I actually sewed something! It was such a "yes moment" that I wrote a whole blog post about it.
    http://splodzblogz.co.uk/2013/04/26/my-home-made-cushion-cover-and-fenland-textile-studio/

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    1. My first 'yes I sewed something' moment on my blog were cushions too! random.

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  2. A rather festive YES moment for me was when I knitted my first little stocking for the table last Christmas. It took me about 5 hours to do and in the time I had made 5 my mother in law had made the other 12 for the table. They went down a storm and I was uber chuffed with them! xx

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    1. wow. you knitted stockings. That's amazing.

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  3. knitting a sock is a yes moment for me :) x

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    1. I am in awe of all knitters!

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  4. My yes moment was crafting/sewing a small heart shaped cushion for my partner on valentines day - when it actually came together and didn't look half bad I almost cried with happiness (and from painful bloody fingers from the needles!)

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    1. ooooh, hand sewing always leads to many needle pricks!

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  5. Making a fabric tote bag with a "Good Luck" mini-paper note hidden in the bottom seam just before I moved my WHOLE life to the UK with no friends, no money but the promise of a low-paid yet very interesting job. Fast forward two years and I am so happy I did it :) The bag officially earned its status of good luck charm! Jesse x

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    1. That is officially the coolest yes moment making! And such a brave move!

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  6. Mine was making an elf costume for my son at primary school. I'd never sewed anything other than a hem and button, got clothes to cut up for material from a jumble sale and hand sewed it little by little. It had me in tears of frustration but I did it. Ok it was probably the worst one there but it was such a yes moment to see him in it and know that I'd done it. :o)

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    1. Awwww. I bet he looked super cute too.

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  7. Making my daughter a rag doll, it took me hours but she was so pleased with it.

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    1. And i bet her loving it was better than anything else!

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  8. Mine was making a dress with the help of my mum; just a simple shift but in a gorgeous green silky fabric - I wore and wore it and wore it! I havent't topped it since ;-)

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    1. That sounds lovely. I really want to master actual dress making. Fingers crossed - one day!

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  9. Learning to knit socks. Couldn't crack it for ages but it finally clicked one day.

    Hele

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    1. I don't think knitting and I will ever 'click!' congrats.

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  10. lynsey buchanan11/27/2013

    making my first Halloween costume for my daughter she helped

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    1. ooooh, what did you make her into?

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  11. I recently altered a friends curtains, it felt good to dust off my sewing skills and do a favour for a friend.

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    1. I think curtains will be something I'll be mastering for the new house! Got any tips?

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  12. Learning how to take up the kids school trousers

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  13. looking at a new sewing pattern without feeling overwhelmed!!

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    1. One day I might be there - not yet though! I am not very good at following instructions.

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  14. when i made a poodle costume for my daughters first school christmas play

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  15. Anonymous11/27/2013

    Lining my curtains
    sarahehiggins@hotmail.co.uk

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  16. Completing a cross stitch and turning it in to a cushion and enjoying it!

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    1. Cross stitching is something I really want to try

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  17. Carving my first detailed pumpkin
    karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  18. My yes moment was making a Sindy sleeping bag

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    1. Oh. Sindy. I used to love Sindy!

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  19. Mine was to do with actually learning how to use a sewing machine again. 15 years ago I got a GCSE in Textiles but up til last year couldn't for the life of me remember how to use it! :-) x

    So my yes moment was a couple of things:
    1. Suddenly realising that the machine would only go as fast as my foot made it - and if I took my foot off, It would stop!
    2. Suddenly understanding that a pattern is just paper - and with any old bit of paper, I could make pretty much anything in the world!

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    1. These are ace 'yes moments' - and i love the foot pedal realisation ;)

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  20. My yes moment was when I managed to sew a hanging heart at my friend's craft themed hen party for her to use as one of her wedding decorations. I would love to be able to sew better so this was a big achievement for me.

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    1. That is the cutest thing to do at a hen do!

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  21. Yes moment... hmmm. Okay I have two. First, finding what I love doing and launching TMM as a small business. Secondly, realising no matter how many pennies I (don't) have to spend this Christmas, by being able to spend it with four generations of my family this makes me very lucky. x

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    1. Well TMM is a great achievement! And 4 generations of a family - wowzers.

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  22. My yes moment was actually understanding crochet and making a crochet star after weeks of trying to understand what seemed like a whole new language! :)

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    1. All things wool baffle me. Congrats on understanding it!

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  23. Ooh lovely giveaway! I had a 'yes' moment when I made a blind for the bathroom with my very old sewing machine. Xx

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    1. I have new bathroom blind plans in my head -i just have to learn to sew sail cloth now!

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  24. When I made my first ever cushion complete with a zip!!

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    1. zips confused me for the longest time - big 'yes moment!'

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  25. My proudest 'yes' moment was selling something I made to someone in New York. I would love to be able to see the creation, made at my own dining room table, on a wall in the Big Apple!

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    1. Amazing - that is so cool. You'll have to take a trip to see it now ;)

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  26. My 'yes' moment is....when I learnt how to sing PROPERLY through my nose (for high range) and through my diaphragm (for low range) this year!

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    1. And you sing amazingly too!

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  27. Starting to sew my zig zag quilt

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    1. I really fancied a zig zag quilt but the maths got me!

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  28. My first yes, was when i finished my first crocheted blanket after two weeks. I was so proud x

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    1. 2 weeks! thats some crazy fast learning!

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  29. When I learned to do a french seam. Thank you

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    1. French seams - aren't they really complicated? wow!

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  30. The day I learned to use the tension on my sewing machine! It was an amazing day!

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    1. Oh tension - yes! that is a yes moment!

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  31. The first time I did cabling (knitting).

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    1. Knitting baffles me. If I ever master it it'll be a huge YES moment!

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  32. I don't think I've properly used a sewing machine since I was a teenager and doing fabric technology at school. I used to love it! But as I never had a sewing machine at home it kind of fell by the wayside. I'd love to get into sewing again.

    My yes moment with crafting was making ALL of my Christmas cards a few years ago. Each one had a unique design, they were collages, papercuts, washi tape, glitter, the works! I spent hours and hours on them and whilst I'm not the most naturally gifted crafter I got so much satisfaction from sending out such personal cards. That's a total yes moment for me.

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    1. Oooooh, they sounds lovely, and time consuming. Amazing work.

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  33. My crafty 'yes' moment would have to be the first ever hand stitched fabric heart I made. I need a sewing machine to practice tons of ideas & inspirations I've saved on pinterest :)

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    1. Oh, Pinterest. My Pinterest board is full of all sorts of things I just have to make.

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