Monday, November 06, 2006
A borrowed machine
I don't have my own sewing machine with me right now, so I am borrowing one of my sister's... this is it! She has had this machine for years and years and through many moves... and it still sews like a charm. I had to go get some bobbins for it as she couldn't find 'nary a one, plus some new needles... but she did have it serviced some time ago so it was nice and clean and all ready to go. It is kind-ov fun to sew on as it "chugs". Yes, it chugs right along with the belt whirling away and emiting a faint aroma of sewing machine oil. She is happy to do a straight stitch or a zig zag, but please don't ask her to sew through bulky layers - she won't do it - or for a 1/4" seam as part of the fabric will go right into the feed dog. Doesn't really matter anyway - I am not really doing anything quilty right now - other than sewing together all those quilt backs I got from Marden's - which I use a slightly larger seam for.
It is a great machine for basic sewing - I finally finished Little Boy's butterfly fleece robe - needed to as the house tends to be a bit chilly in the mornings now. Plus, I have a few small Christmas presents lined up that I will be making on this machine (in conjunction with my serger!). I made my 9 year old fashion diva niece a Halloween costume with this machine... out of dalmation minke. She wanted a skirt with long black fringe and a matching poncho (also with fringe). I lined the collar with black fleece and then made a black fleece headband which we attached dalmation ears too. I hear she looked great, but I only saw her in each individual piece as we tried things on. HOWEVER, minke is a bit of a PAIN to sew. 1/2 way through the costume I went to Canada (that big trip) and brought my serger back down. Well, the serger made short work of the rest of that minke, phew! and the costume was done for Halloween.
And, speaking of Halloween, here is my own Little Pumpkin... It was a great costume because the night of the hay ride it was very COLD and his orange winter jacket fit right under there. Luckily, the weather took a turn for the better for trick-or-treating so he just wore a light-weight jacket underneath. I know, I know - a bit late, but we've been soooo very busy, busy around here. More later...