Last week, I wrote about the easy-to-do mat I made for my new sewing machine. The day after my success (?) with that project, I tackled a dust cover for my machine. I used an easy tutorial from My Decoupaged Life (http://www.mydecoupagedlife.com/2012/08/easy-sewing-machine-cover-tutorial.html). (Are you noticing how often I’m using the word “easy”? Don’t believe it!)
In the end, it turned out acceptable though homely, and I had a few significant lessons along the way. CRAP ALERT: Avoid these crapsmanship mistakes!
- Measure your fabric ahead of time to make sure you have enough. I had to piece two smaller pieces together.
- Don’t do a beginner’s project using stripes. They’ll never come out straight.
- Make sure you understand the tutorial. I blindly followed (or thought I was following) the instructions for sewing the ties into my seams, but all my seams ended up inside my piece, with only a little tag on the outside. Duh! I cut off the small pieces and cursed by stupidity.
- Use crapsmanship as a last resort. I was unwilling to rip out the seams and re-do the ties. So I sewed the ribbons on the piece directly, leaving stitches that stick out like a sore thumb. But you really can’t see them much because they’re on the inside of the cover; I hope I’m the only one that notices the crapsmanship.
Now my sewing machine has a happy-but-not-professionally-or-prettily-made home to keep it free of dust. Sure beats dusting!
(Hi, Mrs. Andrews! It was good to see you Sunday.😃)