You know you’ve got the #sewing bug when a stack of neglected mending suddenly looks like an opportunity to practice blind hems and buttons.
Well, at least I got that out of the way.
I showed Connor the sewing machine this morning, and he immediately suggested I make a new pillowcase for his Little Pillow, since he somehow lost one of his pillowcases. (In his bedroom. I have no idea.)
I learned a few important things, some of which I already knew:
Ironing is worth it. Necessary, even. It made things go a lot smoother than they might otherwise have gone.
Measure twice, cut once. Actually, make sure to WRITE THE MEASUREMENTS DOWN. Because that’s how I ended up with a short pillowcase: I measured the dimensions, then (supposedly) committed them to memory. What would have worked better would have been to just get one of his other pillowcases and use it as a template.
Also, with cutting: a rotary cutter is most definitely in my future.
Have a full bobbin before starting the work, especially if you do some experimentation and practice runs before starting the real thing, like I did:
I ran out of bobbin thread partway through my decorative zig-zag hem, and was confused about how to recover from that. What I ended up doing was starting my sewing from the other end of the fabric after I wound a new bobbin.
Which brings me to my next lesson: always check and recheck all the settings before sewing! While winding the bobbin, I had to twist the stitch length dial to get it out of the way, and I totally forgot to set it back before I started sewing again. D’oh!
So, yeah, basically, this was my chance to mess up, and I did that splendidly. Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’m free to make some different mistakes next time!
Successfully refamiliarized myself with my late MIL’s sewing machine tonight, after not having touched it for ten years. Ready to ease into some basic projects… like pillowcases.
Rap isn’t my favorite genre, but @thisisheadlines dropped a CD on me today downtown. This is good shit, with some positive and legit rhymes.
In an age of smartphones and selfie sticks, I’m doing my best to raise a budding young photographer.
One brisk morning last November, Connor and I went out to photograph in our yard — he with his little blue camera, and me with my long-neglected ActionSampler.
I love seeing his perspective on me…
…versus my perspective on him.
I’m a little behind on my Bloom Day post this month, so without further ado, here’s what was in bloom as of four days ago:
Fitbit and Sleep Cycle both agree: I got to bed at a decent time, then laid awake for two hours before zonking out hard.
I didn’t wake up either exceptionally exhausted or refreshed, but laying awake for two hours was irritating.
Shot up five pounds this week from oral steroids. Managed to drop it by today’s #weightwatchers weigh-in, so I’m only up 0.2 from last week.
This morning’s music for heads-down coding: the eponymous album (aka the Moon Album) by @ClutchOfficial. Earbuds in. Here we go.
Even with a few substitutions that turned Chicken Parmesan Balls into Turkey Pizza Balls, this was AMAZEBALLS. @altonbrown #everydaycook