Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rowenta First Class

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared September to be "National Sewing Month" in recognition to the importance of home sewing to the United States. What a perfect time to hone your skills, jump start your projects and check out some new tools.

My sewing happens all over the place! My DH made me a wonderful new sewing room in our house - complete with a real cutting table, a laminate floor and a fresh coat of paint! I sew with friends at American Sewing Guild Neighborhood Group and Chapter meetings. And, I sew on the boat that my husband sailed into my life aboard! He turned over one of the state rooms to me so I could sew throughout the week since we split our time between the house and the boat.

Rather than drag supplies around with me, there are a few things that I need in to have in duplicate, like shears, pin cushions, etc. There are other things that are just too bulky for the boat, even with dedicated space. I use a gravity feed steam iron at home - just not practical for the boat. The Rowenta First Class travel iron is perfect!

Rowenta First Class Travel Iron
I bought mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but they are sold everywhere. For less than $40 (closer to $30 with one of those BB&B coupons), it has a reasonably-sized water tank, shoots a fair amount of steam and operates on 120 or 240 v. It even comes with a storage pouch that easily holds the iron and the cord.

For sewing on the go, it's perfect! And since sewing on the go must happen if I'm to keep my sewing going, it's perfect for me!

Get Going ... Watching!  There are an amazing number of sources to find sewing related videos. Threads Magazine has their "Teach Yourself to Sew" series which covers a broad range of topics. Simplicity's website does, too. Both are free. There are tons of sewing videos on YouTube, offered by individuals, professionals and manufacturers. You'll find amazing skills and a wealth of information shared so generously - testimony to something Ronald Reagan seemed to know. Spend a minute watching or making your own! I didn't have these resources when I was learning, so I'm going to make sure to set aside some time this month to do a little catching up!

1 comment:

  1. Welcome to the blogging world. How lucky you are to sew on a boat - a state room no less! Can't wait to see some of your projects.