I have not blogged for three weeks now as I have had lots on my plate to deal with - a sick husband again, a new car (note my priorities here - my DH was number 1), the business quarterly tax obligations, working out what to do about bad debts and starting the chase, finally getting around to calling an Arborist for a quote (he is due next week to do the job - that will be noisy day - and, there is always someone worse off than you, his young wife has cancer), selling the old car, and finally, my beloved old sewing machine has decided to stop working. More later.
So, I have not had the time, energy or inclination to take blog photos. But I have managed, over the course of the last three months, make some garments that have not yet been blogged. They will be blogged over the next few weeks, so that by Christmas, I am up to date with my blog.
Garment 1, Cynthia Rowley Dress :
Garment 2. Elastic waist skirt with pockets and pleats :
Garment 3, Sew Simple Skirt:
Garment 4, Sew Simple Blouse (same pattern as shown above)
Garment 5. Elastic waist voile skirt (forgot to take a picture of the pattern )
Garment 6: Full, pleated pants
And it was on these pants that disaster struck. I was going to make the waistband buttonhole on my big old Bernina machine. I set the stitch length lever to the right position down near 0 which is what you do with this machine for buttonholes to get a close stitch on the buttonhole. Then I realised that it had jammed. Totally. The screw is normally what I call finger loose - you just twist with your fingers, it's not tight when manipulated. It just does not move. DH came and tried and he agreed, jammed solid. So something has happened to the mechanism inside, I would think. It looks as though it can all be opened up, so I have booked the mechanic who sadly can't come until next Friday. In the meantime, it sews merrily in one spot, so the rest of the machine must work!
In the meantime, I can use my domestic machine, so I am not totally stuck. It's just that I prefer these robust industrial machines. This is not as fast as an industrial straight sewer, but fast enough and has the power to do things that domestic machines struggle with.
In the meantime, I will sew garments that I know I can handle easily on a domestic machine. And, it will be fun exploring what it does - I haven't really used it except for the odd, naughty knit, and for automatic buttonholes on shirts and dresses when I want matching, easy to do buttonholes. Because I don't use it much, I have to keep reading the instruction manual every time I do want to use it, but I should soon know how to do this and everything else too, never to forget.
And, talking of exploring new machines - my new "car" was given to me by my husband to mark my August birthday. I guess, as I helped sort out the practice when we were in dire straits, I sort of helped to earn what was needed for this! That's what I tell myself, anyway, to sort of offset the "Who, Me, get this? sort of feeling. I'm sure you sewers understand this sort of feeling well! He told me then, but it took us some time to organise:
A Landrover Discovery Sport. It is really quite a different experience driving these modern vehicles. I get a little anxious still about what it is sometimes doing, but I am gradually getting used to it's habit of beeping when I am manouvering close to objects (it gets excited very early) and know that I have at least a metre to spare. I still am coming to terms with the autostart function - the engine turns off at lights if you are there for a while - then kicks back in when you put your foot on the accelerator. I don't trust this function yet, so tend to turn it off! It's a responsive vehicle as well, so that takes a bit of getting used to after my old truck! But much better to drive. I was apprehensive when I picked it up because I had no idea of the feel, but it was just so easy to get used to, so I think I will enjoy this very much soon enough.
Then I had to sell the old car, which was a bit of a stress, but we did better than we would with a trade in. All this car stuff took time and energy which normally goes into blogging, so I am afraid I had to postpone blogging for a while.
But I will be back next week with one of the featured garments. Not sure which one yet :).
In the meantime, I am going to check your blogs, then read the instruction manual for my domestic machine and work out what to make next.