BEDN – Yes Moments and a Sewing Machine Giveaway

November 27, 2013 63 Comments

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. 


  • Zoe November 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Mine is very simply – I actually sewed something! It was such a "yes moment" that I wrote a whole blog post about it.

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

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

  • Steff November 27, 2013 at 10:11 am

    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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      wow. you knitted stockings. That's amazing.

  • Unknown November 27, 2013 at 11:09 am

    knitting a sock is a yes moment for me 🙂 x

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      I am in awe of all knitters!

  • Unknown November 27, 2013 at 11:32 am

    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!)

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      ooooh, hand sewing always leads to many needle pricks!

  • Jesse Lili November 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

    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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

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

  • Debbie B November 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    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)

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Aw I bet he looked super cute too.

  • Jayne November 27, 2013 at 1:30 pm

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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

  • Louise November 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    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 😉

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:16 pm

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

  • milkpetal November 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

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


    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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

  • lynsey buchanan November 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    making my first Halloween costume for my daughter she helped

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      ooooh, what did you make her into?

  • Nelly Elliott November 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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

  • frances hopkins November 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Learning how to take up the kids school trousers

  • katie skeoch November 27, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    looking at a new sewing pattern without feeling overwhelmed!!

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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

  • sandy lynn ralph November 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      A poodle. Amazing!

  • Anonymous November 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Lining my curtains

  • jo November 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Cross stitching is something I really want to try

  • twannywun November 27, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Carving my first detailed pumpkin
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  • Claire Toplis November 27, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    My yes moment was making a Sindy sleeping bag

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Oh. Sindy. I used to love Sindy!

  • duck in a dress November 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    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!

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      These are ace 'yes moments' – and i love the foot pedal realisation 😉

  • A Wee Bit of Cake November 28, 2013 at 7:24 am

    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.

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

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

  • Unknown November 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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

  • carryoncreating November 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      All things wool baffle me. Congrats on understanding it!

  • Primrose Pretty November 28, 2013 at 9:54 pm

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

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

  • lauren November 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      zips confused me for the longest time – big 'yes moment!'

  • Anna November 29, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    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!

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Amazing – that is so cool. You'll have to take a trip to see it now 😉

  • Unknown November 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    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!

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      And you sing amazingly too!

  • Em @ snowingindoors November 29, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Starting to sew my zig zag quilt

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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

  • Kirstie December 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      2 weeks! thats some crazy fast learning!

  • Lean December 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    When I learned to do a french seam. Thank you

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      French seams – aren't they really complicated? wow!

  • Emilie Proctor December 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Oh tension – yes! that is a yes moment!

  • Erica Price December 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

    The first time I did cabling (knitting).

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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

  • Elizabeth @ Rosalilium December 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    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.

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm

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

  • Anonymous December 3, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    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 🙂

    • Emma December 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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

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