Saturday, March 29, 2008

A new repair man

When I first started REALLY sewing, I met and started using a long-time local repair shop for my many machine woes. The man that owned and ran it was Mr. Henderson. He taught me SO much. He would even help me diagnose and fix problems with my machines over the phone. A couple of years ago, we lost Mr Henderson to cancer. I miss my friend.

When my sewing machine started acting up the first time after he passed away, I bought a new one rather than trying to keep it going without him. A couple of weeks ago, my lovely daughter decided to make something for her by herself with my serger. Jammed it all up, broke needles, and messed up the timing. It IS something I can fix, but it takes me a long time, and can be quite frustrating. Thankfully my good friend had given me her old serger (Brother 1034D - same as the one I had) when she got a new one. So I pulled it out, dusted it off, and started sewing again.

Somehow the timing got off on that one the other day as I was trying to finish up 3 outfits for a boys' swap at sewingmamas. The left needle starting skipping all over the place. Grr... So I spent the better part of Thurs trying to get the timing right on both machines. And no luck. Did the same on Friday. Friday afternoon, I broke down, got the phone book out, and looked up another local repair shop.

I've made a new friend. I brought my serger to him around 12:30 ( he greeted me with "Are you my new love?" in response to me telling him I loved him over the phone when he told me he should have it done within 24 hrs). I left my beloved, dirty, never oiled serger with him thinking I'd have it back Monday, because surely he wouldn't get it done that day, and he was only open 4 hours on Sat. And he even gave me the staple looking thingy for my treadle singer's belt. But want to know what REALLY made him my new friend??

He called me a little after 5. When I saw the number on the caller ID, I was SURE something was seriously wrong with my "baby" and it needed parts. Nope. She was done. She was clean, and oiled, and working perfectly. Since I was getting ready to go scrapbooking with a friend (who happends to live around the corner from the repair shop) I had her pick it up for me. It was so pretty and clean, and I could smell the fresh oil. Nothing like clean sewing machine lust, huh?

So today I get to sew again! Here's a little peek at the fabrics I'm using for clothes for ME!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

The promised pictures

Ok, so it's just of some sewing I did (as referenced yesterday of the shirt that was almost done).

I REALLY love this shirt. I normally don't even look at big3/4 patterns, but picked this up after someone on sewingmamas did a "sew and show" (SNS) with it. It went together pretty easily, and I was shocked that it fit right out of the envelope. I didn't need to make any modifications other than shortening the sleeves. It's butterick 5185 if you want to go snag it for yourself!

My coverhemmer was giving me fits though. This is what parts of the inside look like. Thankfully it's just for me, and I did get it figured out by the time I got to the sleeves. Which was another mistake. I had cut them out of a scrap, and didn't notice the grain/stretch was the wrong direction. They're full enough though that they're not too tight.

I love the way it fits my 4mo postpartum body. Nice and flowy at the bottom, with the twist placed perfectly to hide the little belly I still have. But fitted at the top so I don't feel frumpy. And I don't look like I'm ready to go teach school, but not trying to look like a 15 year old either. Which seems very hard to do these days as I've spent countless hours trying to shop for clothes for me!

If I didn't have objections to having a closet full of all the same shirt, this would be it. I WILL make at least 2 more though, one in a print, and the other with 3/4 length sleeves. I think I'll try to add about an inch to the length too.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Colors and more colors

Lots and lots of eggs, all kinds of colors. Mostly obnoxious. We did an egg hunt after church this afternoon. I must do a better job of hiding than my sister does. We usually go to my Dad's for Easter, and he stuffs the eggs with money, and my sister hides them since she gets there before us. Needless to say, my kids weren't quite as happy with jelly beans instead of quarters! And they took a rather long time to find them all. I snapped some pics of them hunting and finding, hopefully a few came out good. I'm too tired to pull them off the camera, crop, edit, etc right now. Stayed up too late on the sugar rush from eating all the extra jelly beans! I also need to learn how to add them here, so maybe later (or even tomorrow).

And for other kinds of color. Fabric color (again, no pics yet!!) I needed to get interfacing from JoAnns last night, and wanted some linen for some wide legged pants for me. I was wanting a grayish color, but ended up with some very expensive brown. Potting soil brown, in fact. Though it doesn't look like potting soil to me, more like crayola brown. But I love it (and Eric picked it out!!), and I found 2 really nice wovens to make blouses with. Clothes for me, HERE I COME!! Can you tell I'm more than a little excited? I'll be using the newest issue of Ottobre for the pants, and a butterick pattern for one of the shirts. Not sure about the other yet. I also picked up this knit butterick pattern. It's actually almost done, but I have some seam ripping to do that I'm putting off until tomorrow. I'm making view D, but with short sleeves.


Saturday, March 22, 2008


You would think that starting a blog, that I would have something to say. That would make sense at least. But how do you write about nothing? No subject? So, here I am, rambling about nothing. Which may actually occur more often than not.

I never thought I would have such a hard time finding a name to describe what I was going to blog about either. With the help of a friend, and lots of clicks on's thesaurus, here we are. Random - because who knows what will strike me as blog worthy. Knack - just because the word looks interesting to me. I had tried to use ramble in it, because I do tend to ramble on. But it just didn't seem to fit. Didn't roll off my tongue. And you know that's important.

I'm out of nothing to talk about. I hope anyone who reads this will enjoy listening to me talk to myself. Blogging is such a nice way for the crazy to look normal.