The word ‘hem’ popped out in BOLD when I read it. Hem=to form a border, to enclose and confine, to strengthen and surround.
God is hemming me in. He forms a border around me to enclose me. Surrounding me from behind and before. Strengthening me with His hand that He lays upon me. One word, ‘hem’ can be significant when we medicate on it. He is like a Master Seamstress knowing every move to make to complete a beautiful garment. Hem me in God.
After the quiet reflection, my mind usually jumps to some memory of the related word. Today, it leapt to sewing. And of course, a story…….
Sewing is a hobby I love. I like creating quilts, pillowcases, aprons, purses, just to name a few projects.
At a young age, I was taught to sew by my mom. As a Freshman in high school, I learned more in Home Economics class. I know I’m dating myself with the class name of Home Economics. Now, it is called Life Skills in most public schools. Back in my day, I believe it was a required class for all girls. In the class, we would be learning the basics of sewing with smaller projects. Then finish with the big project, a basic A-line skirt with an elastic waistband. The finale was the day we all wore the completed project to school.
I was excited to sew. It would be a breeze. My mom already had taught me or so I thought. Being the ‘know it all’ kind of person, I was going to master this project with flying colors. If I had to wear the skirt, it was going to be amazing!
The guidelines were to select a ‘basic’ pattern, a cotton material, and elastic for the waistband. I preferred a more form fitting western-cut type of skirt. The waistband was fitted with belt loops. In the back, there was a yoke seam to give it the western look. Along with a zipper front closure. The pattern label was titled ‘advanced’. Of course, this was not recommended for a ‘first-time’ project.
I was not going to be talked out of it by my teacher or mother. I was bound and determined to complete the project. In addition, I was going to sew the awesome western-cut vest that was showcased on the front of the pattern. I loved it! I was going to look incredible!
To make the ‘advanced’ project, I selected a beautiful dark maroon corduroy fabric. Okay, please take time for a ‘laughing’ break! For all of you who sew, I know you’re laughing! For those of you that don’t sew, corduroy is very challenging to sew. It tends to move around. It’s kind of slippery.
Just a week into the project, I knew I was over my head! Yet, I would never admit it. Saying to myself, “I will finish. I cannot give up.” Many additional hours of work had to be done to keep up to the other classmates. My pattern was complex with many details, while the simple A-line pattern took very little time.
With the patience of my mom and teacher, I succeeded at the project. Completing both the skirt and the vest as scheduled. They turned out very nice.
In all those many years since this ‘advanced’ sewing project. I have stayed far, far away from any ‘advanced’ sewing projects!
Moral of this story…. leave clothes making to the Master Seamstress’.