Sewing Again For The First Time

Jenny T's Sewing Machine

Complete transparency… it has been years since I’ve touched my sewing machine. You might think… how can someone who manages a sewing blog not actually be sewing!

So, before you judge me… let me give you a quick summary of my life over the past few years… and then I believe you’ll understand. used to be a VERY active blog in conjunction with a site that I since sold called

I actively created new sewing videos almost daily… just look at my YouTube channel to see how huge it had gotten. I created new video based tutorials… and this was my life!

So, what happened? What made me put away my machine and stop updating the blog… and just almost walk away?

Life. I let life dictate my business and I got pushed off my path.

Over 9 years ago, I lost my oldest daughter, Kelley, to cancer. She was 9.

Shortly after I sold

After a lot of pressure to go to work full-time, I packed away my sewing and got a full-time job as a UX Designer. The job took away from my sewing and I just didn’t feel like I had energy for both.

4 years ago, I separated from my now ex-husband. This was a huge distraction and I just lost interest in blogging. I got on an internet marketing kick for a while, because I’m great at it! The success of this blog is a true testimonial to that… but my heart wasn’t in it.

It wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I woke up. And I was like… what have I been doing for the past few years?

Heres’ the truth. I LOVE sewing. I LOVE to decorate. I LOVE color and fabric. I LOVE teaching, sharing and writing. And I LOVE you! Seriously. I love my readers. I love my audience. This is the most fun I’ve ever had in running a business.

Your support means everything to me.

So, I’m back… again. For real this time.

This weekend I pulled my sewing machine out of the closet. I pulled out my dusty bins of supplies. Took inventory of what I have and what I need. And got familiar with my sewing machine again.

Oh my goodness! I think I forgot how to use my machine! I had to refer to my manual to identify all the feet that I have. And I have a LOT. I still don’t recognize a couple. haha!

It really is like learning to sew again for the first time!

I ordered a bundle of fat quarters to sew along with you in the sewing challenge. I can’t wait!! I still need a large cutting mat and some new fabric shears.

I found my sewing spot… it’s on my ping-pong table in the rec-room. Yep! I don’t live in a McMansion anymore, so no exclusive sewing room for me. But the ping-pong table was Joe’s idea… and it’s genius! Who’s Joe? My boyfriend and my biggest supporter. He’s awesome and loves to chat blogging and ideas with me.

I’ve also decided to create this category called Jenny’s Journal and share with you all of my personal sewing adventures that are outside of the daily blog posts and tutorials.

So, for now… I’m going to find some scrap fabric and get to know my machine again. I can’t wait! First project… hemming my white linen pants and Joe’s Tae Kwon Do kick pants. Yes, I’ll post how I did this in another post.

For now… happy sewing!!

Jenny T.


11 Comments on Sewing Again For The First Time

  1. Nancy
    August 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm (3 years ago)

    You are amazing!!! I remember when your mother-in-law was going to purchase Roman Shades for your home and they were way too expensive. Instead you learned to make them yourself. That was years ago and I still have the plans from you. WILL make them one of these days.

    So sorry to hear about your daughter. I don’t think a parent ever gets over that kind of a loss. The end of a marriage is very hard too. You are one strong woman!!!!!

    Am very glad that you are back on line!!!!! Want to try a quilt too before I go to meet my Maker! (67 and going strong!)Can’t wait to get more emails from you. Love them all!

    Thanks for coming back!

    • Jen Thoden
      August 3, 2015 at 3:25 pm (3 years ago)

      You are incredibly sweet for following me this long! Thank you, Nancy for your kind words. I’m back!! haha

  2. Kathleen S
    August 3, 2015 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

    You certainly have my support!!!!! I understand what it’s like for things to get in the way. You did what you had to do and was capable of at the time. You are just beginning to pull yourself together and get back to what you love and that’s not at ALL easy to do! Just remember, it’s OK. Good luck and Godspeed.

    • Jen Thoden
      August 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Kathleen!!

  3. Peggy McClain
    August 3, 2015 at 8:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Jenny, I can’t believe what you’ve been through!! I just had the divorce, and it laid me low for 6 years! I, too, wondered where you went, but I can certainly understand now!! Just don’t overdo it; give yourself a break and take it slowly so you don’t end up overwhelmed! Much love to you!

    • Jen Thoden
      August 4, 2015 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Peggy! Love to you, as well!

  4. Toni
    August 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m so glad you’re back. I completely understand. 13 years ago we lost our oldest son (then 18) in a car accident and then 11 months ago I lost my husband to colon cancer (after 3 1/2 years of caring for him). I was the opposite–I’ve done very little other than work and sew–it’s my therapy. I’m coming out into the light now and life is so good. God is so good. I’ve watched a zillion of your videos, so even though you haven’t been here, you actually have helped me get through this just as if you had been. Never discount your contributions and the difference you make. We all just have different seasons to get through in life. Much love!


    • Jen Thoden
      August 4, 2015 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Toni. I appreciate you sharing and I’m very sorry for your loss. It touches me deeply to know that I’ve been there for you all these years.

  5. Leanne
    August 4, 2015 at 1:12 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Jenny, I first found you many years ago when I was looking for a way to make Roman Blinds. They never happened but I loved watching your videos. Life took over but I always remembered you. When my hands no longer let me knit or crochet,I thought sewing might be a way to be creative. I went searching and was excited to find your website. I have joined your Monthly Challenge(Lanzie),and now my daughter Emily has as well. We are in the process of cutting our pieces and can’t wait to get sewing on our quilts even though we are beginners. I was so very sad to hear of your loss but am glad that you have found happiness again.
    Thankyou so much Jenny for sharing your time and expertise,all the way to us in Australia.

    • Jen Thoden
      August 4, 2015 at 9:08 am (3 years ago)

      Wow! Thank you, Leanne. Your note means the world to me. I can’t wait to start cutting up my fabric for the quilt challenge too!!

  6. Pat
    August 10, 2015 at 4:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing, looking forward to sewing your projects .


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