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我已过世的大舅是做枕头被褥生意的。 记得小时候，已过世的婆婆及妈妈常会帮忙缝制枕头袋。当枕头袋缝制好，我则帮忙将它反回正面。我想，那是我第一次接触缝纫的时候。对婆婆及妈妈踏着那很旧黑色的Singer缝衣机缝制枕头袋的画面仍印象深刻。现在的缝衣机都是电动的， 我想已很难再见到这种画面了。
当我跟妈妈说，我要学缝纫时，她很惊讶。 我想是因为这么多年来，我都没有兴趣，不知我怎么突然要学。其实，原因是我很吝啬，不太舍得花钱买飘亮的衣服。总是觉得怎么这么少布料的东西要这么贵。也很挑剔，如，我要的设计，没有我要得颜色等等。所以，学一学，想看我做得出什么来。 我要做的设计如右图那深蓝色3/4长度的裤子。学习过程中最开心的是，看着那剪出来一片片的布料开始“成形”。
Ed察觉到，与绘画相比，我比较喜欢缝纫。 因为，当我从缝纫班回来时， 我会很兴奋地说个不停，也爱拿出我的”杰作”给他看，再自己左看右看地欣赏, 或拿它晃来晃去。我现在也会常常去裁缝店逛。这使我想起中小学美术课时，我特别爱做手工品，分数也会高过绘画。或许是吧！
懒得分析或比较， 总之喜欢就好了! It is ‘sew’ fun ! 🙂
I started to learn sewing recently. I really like this new hobby. The course I take is a five weeks course. In this course, I learn how to use sewing machine, hand sewing, and simple cutting etc. The aim of this course is to sew a pant or skirt from commercial patterns. Next week is already the last week of the course.
My uncle who already passed away used to own a factory that made pillows and mattresses. I still can remember my grandmother and mother used the very old, black manual Singer to help to sew pillow cases for him. I was little then and would help to flip the pillow cases inside out for them. I am still able to vividly recollect the scene of them stepping on the old machine, concentrating on sewing. Most sewing machines if not all nowaday are electric, I don’t think I could ever see such scene again.
When I told my mother that I wanted to learn sewing. She was very surprised. I guess is because I never show any interest all these years, what made me suddenly have the desire to learn. Frankly, I think one of the reasons is I am quite stingy on spending money for clothing. I always think that most clothing are overcharged. Sometimes, I am very picky, for example, I may like a design but they don’t have the colour I like. So, I think it will be interesting to see what I can make in and after this course. What I am making now is as shown in the picture, the dark blue 3/4 length pant. The most exciting thing in sewing is when you see the pieces of fabric come together.
Ed observed that I like sewing more than painting because I tend be more excited when I come back from sewing classes. I would talk non-stop, show him what I made, putting them on and walk around with the unfinished pieces. Now, I enjoy shopping in fabric and sewing shops too. This comment reminded me of my art classes in my primary and secondary school. I used to have better marks in handicraft than drawing or painting. I guess he is right.
Whatever it is, I am lazy to analyze or compare, I just love sewing ! It is ‘sew’ fun ! 🙂