However, I did not have to dig to acquire this pretty little baby.
My wonderful, thoughtful friend Jackie stumbled upon it
-and of course -
she thought of moi.
Calling from her cell, she gets about half way through:
"around 3 feet tall with a bunch of drawers - "
"should I send a picture?"
"NO, Buy it! Buy it Now!"
Long story short
It's a light vintage-y shade of green, and has 10 narrow drawers.
Most of the drawers have labels like elastic, bobbins, bias tape, etc. I have no idea how long the labels have been stuck there, so this weekend I'll try to soak them off and hopefully leave the paint underneath intact.
...cross your fingers...
It will go in my studio, but not sure exactly where just yet.
I already have a greatorganizing/storagesystem for most of my sewing paraphernalia, and lo' and behold, most of it involves small or narrow drawers.
What can I say? I have a thing for drawers and cubbies!
I'm thinking this baby came into my life to hold my dies.
Something definitely paper crafting related
...since I have seemingly grown out of my scrappin' armoire.
I am very aware that
I am lucky to have a friend who knows me well and has my style pegged.
I feel even luckier that her style differs from mine,
Okay. So after my, ahem, fitting issues... I needed to buy another copy of McCall's 5800.
Hancock's has their McCall's on sale for .99 - and that's a big deal 'cause patterns rarely go on sale for 99 cents anymore, a buck ninety-nine, sure. But a dollar? Yeah Baby!
I admit it.
I sought comfort the the pages of the pattern catalogs, and then later, in the drawers themselves.
I came away a much happier girl, head full of ideas, heart full of bliss and a bag full of promises, eyes sparkling with the hope of a better fit...
Or maybe that was the glare of the fluorescent lighting... anyhoo...
Among the choices I made tonight,
M5717 - a trench coat - with *gasp* CUP sizing! Yay me!
It actually goes up to a D cup, but from watching the others in my group I've noticed these patterns require much less altering to fit a D+ cup than an average pattern.
Honestly, I probably wont touch this until next fall, but I don't care. I want it now.
And you understand, that's why I love you!
I had to get a jean pattern as well. I have enviously been watching the Selfish Seamstressbrag blog about her amazing jeans and I oh-so-badly want a custom pair for myself! I asked Tamara a.k.a. my Fitting Goddess if we could tackle jeans eventually and she said yes - so now I'm prepared!
Lots of dreaming, planning, sketching and sewing coming my way with some new additions to my fabric stash.
A box of wonderful flannel goodness arrived at my door this weekend! It is quilting quality, soft, smooth and begging to become some awesome lounge-wear for little people!
On a recent trip to a quilt shop Kadence picked out her own fabrics. I must say she has excellent taste - I love everything she chose!
This is Flora & Fauna, Patty Young's new collection for Michael Miller - she loved every print in the Lime colorway. She got some of the hummingbird print and the dandelion, she wants me to make it up in a tiered skirt.
(I think next trip I'll grab some of the stone border print to make myself a skirt!)
She also got some Timber, by Windham fabrics. I love this print, and the colors are some of my favorites.
This is begging to be made up soon, I'm sure she has a plan for it as well - but I'm kicking around an idea or two of my own. glad I got enough for us to share!
If the tension on your serger is giving you headaches, it may be time to floss!
After my last post about my pain in the butt serger I did manage to get my little stitch finger glued back on and working properly - but I was still fighting with the tension on the left needle. Ugh!
After screwing with the dial for a million hours and going through a million yards of fabric just to "test" the settings, I had a total "duh!" moment. ...maybe there's thread, dust, or something caught up in there and irritating it.
(kinda like when you get a raspberry seed stuck between your back teeth, right?)
Sooo, I ran some dental floss back and forth through the tension disks,
(hey, it works on raspberry seeds...)
Voila! No more Tension Headaches!!
Seriously - check out these before and after pics and you'll see why we were constantly battling:
So, for now we are getting along. But I won't hold my breath...
A dress nearly done, new projects cut and ready to sew. A new design to plan out for a friend.
Why did it have to go bad like that? Why?
I take excellent care of my serger - I do. I clean it, oil it, change it's needles.
When others scoff at it's El Cheapo price tag & quality I always rush to it's defense. I stood by, when light bulbs repeatedly fell out for no reason. I handled it with grace when my stitch finger broke - over, and over, and over... I've replaced brand new needles repeatedly to fix unexplained skipped stitches, and even played with dials for hours to get the tension just right.
I ask, is this any way to repay my adoration?
I should have known from day one that this would be an unhealthy relationship. There were signs from the very beginning. This model has a history of giving ladies trouble, breaking stitch fingers all over the country. Less than a year into it, mine broke as well... I refused to give up, and gave it another chance. Then another, and another... Then I started to notice other things as well. It refused to hold onto a light bulb, and I began serging in the dark. Tension built as we couldn't agree on settings, first the loopers, then the needles - it didn't matter what I tried - it was always playing games with me.
Why did I put up with it all these years?
I know this serger like the back of my hand, I could thread it with my eyes closed. And I guess I've just grown submissive, this serger is my first - and only - could I ever be with another? What if I did leave, would I end up with another machine just like it?
Enough is Enough.
My stitch finger has broken for the last time. Yesterday I super-glued it together - again - and the next time it pulls this crap on me I'm out the door and finding a new machine. One who appreciates all I do for it, and respects me enough to serge in return. Oh sure, I'll keep this one around for a rolled or narrow hem every now and then, but as for all 4 threads - this is it's last chance.