Dec 6, 2010
My machine, my friend!
Remember when I said I would have at least a year before having to sew heavy stuff again? Yeah...
Thanks to a combination of hubby being promoted and someone stealing a set of his cammies, here we are again, forcing my machine to sew through about 3 layers of canvas like material, patches + uniform = thick! (BTW, I hope whoever stole his $200 set of cammies stabbed themselves trying to get his name patches off of them!) This time however, I paid attention to the needle size, thread size, and went slowly. First I used that iron on sewing stuff to fuse the patches on so I wouldn't have to stab myself trying to pin those thick layers, then I had a nice conversation with my machine, stopped often to tell her what a nice job she was doing for me... and it worked!
Since I had the machine out, when I finished the uniforms I finally got around to the reusable gift bags that were to be my first "real project" (uniforms don't count, they are no fun at all!)
I have NO TIME for this in my schedule, but putting it off doesn't work, either. I slapped them together quickly, only using an iron and the machine, no pins or measuring, LOL! If you were to turn them inside out you'd laugh at the construction but from the outside they look okay for their purpose - it's not as if anyone will be wearing them :) All that is left is to thread drawstrings through the tops, hopefully I'll do that while watching tv tonight.
I was able to get all these done, and match gifts to the right size bag, but what's scary is how many are EMPTY in this pic... all those empty bags are waiting for knitted items that I need to knit in the next 2 weeks?! It's my own fault, I decided I would do nothing but handmade gifts this year, and didn't give myself enough credit to start learning socks earlier. As of October 1st, I was still saying it would be years before I would try them :) I will start much earlier next year, like January 1st!
But I do thrive on challenges, and it's something I enjoy - so I'll leave you now as I have a LOT of work to do!
Stay tuned for a very "interesting" project with more buffalo plaid I hope to have done later in the week - it has to do with homecoming!