I went to the library and checked out just about all the books they had on sewing (it's a small library). One is Reader's Digest Step-by-Step Sewing Course. I figured I could work my way through this book and learn a thing or two. First project- mini curtain! Actually the first project is a curtain, but I don't really need another curtain, so I made it mini so that I could at least learn the techniques. It went fairly well, though the hems seem quite thick/big to me. That could just be because I didn't scale them down to match the smaller size of the curtain. So look at me! I measured, cut, and even pinned! I might turn into a decent seamstress after all!
On a side note, seamstress is a much better word than sewer, don't you think? Sewer just makes me think of septic tanks, not needles and thread.