While Li’l Miss and her parents were on their way to her 4-year-old birthday party, Dan the Man and I were back at her house installing this cute reading nook. I got the inspiration from the tutorial linked at the end of this post, though I did my own measurements and sewing techniques. All the sewing crapsmanship is hidden behind the books and dowels. Read the rest of this entry
I got out my sewing machine today to work on a Christmas gift for my oldest granddaughter Kaye. I’m most definitely a sewing novice, despite my mom’s and my high school home ec teacher’s efforts. I have limited tolerance for the precision of sewing, but I figured I could handle the two or three straight seams this project required. Even going to buy fabric gave me some feelings of ineptness ( ineptitude?), but I powered through the nervousness and bought two yards of pretty paisley fabric with shades of brown and blue on a field of white. Read the rest of this entry
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.😃)
I bought a new beginners sewing machine a few months ago. I haven’t really sewed since college, and sewing isn’t a good craft for this crapswoman. It requires too much precision for my style and generally frustrates me beyond measure. But having arms and legs the length of most eight year olds, I have often regretted not having a machine to easily shorten hems. And when I saw this Singer machine on Amazon for less than $60, I pulled the trigger. When it arrived, I unpacked it, set it up on the desk in the grandkids’ bedroom, and let it sit gathering dust until yesterday.
I learned how to fill a bobbin and thread the machine. (It amazed me how much I remembered from so long ago.) I organized my notions drawer and experimented with the different stitches available. Fortunately and unfortunately, the machine doesn’t slide much. That’s a good thing if you want it to stay in one place; it’s a bad thing if it’s hard to move when you want it to slide a few inches. So the first order of business was to make a mat that the machine could sit on.
With one fat quarter (a new term for me), I ironed, folded in half, stitched two sides, turned the material, pressed seams, and then zigzagged around the whole piece for a decorative edge. Though it was a project for a newbie and probably the easiest job in the history of sewing, I’m ridiculously pleased with how it turned out!