My sewing machine. It is an integral part of The Ruffled Stitch. Without it I wouldn’t be able to sew each day. But it is so much more than just a necessary part to my craft room. It symbolizes hard work, failed sewing projects, victories, the success of a dream, but most of all the support and encouragement of the person I need the most, my husband.
Rewind 2 years ago. I was learning how to sew. I started taking a few things up to a local farmers market to sell. I was also making some projects for around the house. I had a cheap sewing machine I bought used from someone who got it at an auction. It was starting to skip stitches so someone pointed me in the direction of a local store who carried Bernina machines. Loren and I headed over to look at the machines, and to see if we could fix my current machine. The lady didn’t really think she could fix my machine, so we just browsed around the store. She showed me a few machines that were set up and had me sew on them. Wow, I wasn’t expecting the difference in the machine I had vs. the machines I was testing out! I also wasn’t expecting the price tag! My they were pricey. As much as I loved the machine I wasn’t ready to fork out the big bucks for it. That is until my husband looked at me and said buy it. I am thinking are you crazy?? All I have right now is a dream of being a handmade business owner. I will never get the use out of this to justify the price! But he was persistent. He told me he wanted me to get it.
So as we were driving home with this new shiny machine riding in the backseat I looked over at him, still a little in shock and asked why? He said “I believe you will do great things with it. If not for a handmade business, for everyday around the house.” He believed in me. He saw my dreams, he saw that sewing was something dear to my heart. He knew it would be a huge blessing to me. He believed in me more than I believed in myself. To have that kind of support from him, really instilled confidence in my soul.
I now use my machine close to everyday even in the slower times of the handmade business. During the busy times the machine barely gets turned off. It was so worth it. Sewing on this machine vs my old machine is as different as night and day. This machine has seen The Ruffled Stitch take off, it has seen goals being met, it has seen nervous breakdowns during the holiday season, it has seen hours of fixing projects, but most of all with each switch of the power button it reminds me that I have someone who is willing to support me and push me toward my goals. To encourage me to keep going when I want to give up. To tell me it is alright when I make mistakes. To share in the joys of reached goals. And most of all to believe in me when I don’t believe in myself. It reminds me of the sweet words my husband tells me “I am proud of you.” It reminds me that I am right where I am supposed to be.