Category Archives: Sewing

Blargh and Double Blargh

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Well, I missed a day and got all morose about it – this is why I’ve not posted recently. My other half asked why I didn’t schedule posts for when things are busy.  Talk about a total facepalm moment. ;p

Betty still isn’t finished.  Sigh.  The DH swears it’ll be done this week.  We’ll see.

I’m mostly trying to stay up on just mom and work stuff right now.  I have plans, but we’ll see how they pan out.

As I move towards creative effort, I consider eventually supplementing my income.  I have a beloved friend who is once again stepping into the breach and trying to make it as an artist – I find her so inspiring.  She’s brilliant, though, so I’ve no doubt it’ll all get sorted.

Anyway, I came across this post at ink and spindle I thought was well worth sharing:  “The Formula – or ‘how to price your wares correctly'”

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Whoops!

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Had a bit too much fabric fun at the thrift store, and then also at Wal-Mart, which is weird, because the latter doesn’t carry fabric, really, beyond jelly rolls and the like.  (I’m not very fond of Wally World but I needed a better storage solution for the fabric I found at my local thrift store.)

One thing I did get that I’m really glad I got – I got a Singer 239 Fashion Mate  a really nice price, hurrah!  It’s a tiny bit older than Betty and the table needs a lot of TLC, but I don’t think it’s going to be a lot of work.  We’re probably going to get it going for my youngest son who’s got a strong interest in learning to sew.  I’m all for that! Good life skill, at the very least.  Hmm – I’ll try to get pics up at some point, but I’m just worn out this afternoon. ;P  Although, that’d probably be just for my benefit at this point, haha, as I imagine noone’s really dropping in here right now.

Other things I found beyond just fabric:

  • A new fold up bag for my purse – I have a thing for what in the US is referred to as calico (?).
  • A pretty little table runner? Just a guess on this one – feels like quilting fabric.  Sweet, though.  I look forward to figuring out how to use it.
  • A lovely embroidered tablecloth – feels like linen.  Very soft.  One small spot I’m hoping to remove, ’cause I’d love to send it to my mom!
  • What I’m guessing is a newer piece of Pyrex – a pretty little mixing bowl.
  • A cool little melamine rice bowl. A bit worn but still neat, especially for about a quarter.
  • Some lovely fabric that reminds me of Guatemala.  No idea where it really hails from, though, but in any case, for $2, I thought it well worth bringing home.
  • An early 50s children’s Robin Hood story book – my youngest will be super stoked.
  • And Zeitoun by Dave Eggers – a really great book about amazing New Orlinean Mr. Zeitoun after Katrina.  I highly recommend it. I was able to pick up a hard copy that I’m quite happy to have.

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There’s more, but fabric will be tomorrow.

 

 

 

Getting Ready

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Betty is still under repair, but hopefully this week. Parts have been going back into her and she looks a lot better.  I look forward to having a functional sewing machine, however. 😛

I picked up a couple of interesting books at Goodwill the other day:

How to Design Your Own Clothes and Make Your Own Patterns by Claudia Ein seems it’ll be an awesome reference.  It’s a bit older but it seems to me it’s filled with solid principles.  The other text is Sew Smart with Wovens, Knits, and Ultrasuede Fabric by Judy Lawrence and Clotilde.  The illustrated techniques within teach broader skills (like French seams) and I think it will come in handy.

I’m anxious to get sewing again, but at the same time, I’m a bit worried I’m going to be terrible at it.  It’s been a very long time.  So I’m breathing deep and letting myself start over.  While I wait for my machine I’m reading and gathering resources (fabrics, threads, etc.).

Lovely Surprise

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I’ve been going through a box of patterns I got in a job lot off of eBay – checking for completeness, sorting out what I’m going to sell or give away and so on.    I was looking at this pattern

– when I realized I was feeling a pattern envelope that was way too thick for the pattern pieces that were included.

Nothing odd about the pattern pieces:

Huh. What’s this?

The surprise inside:

This is really pretty fabric (in my opinion), tucked away along time ago by a woman I’ll never get to meet.  I’m sad it wasn’t her granddaughter or niece or the like that found this.  What a little treasure.  I’ll keep this with the pattern at least until I come up with the perfect way to use it.

A few more pictures of the fabric are below.  The pics aren’t the best as they were taken inside at night, but I especially think the non-flash photo allows you to see the translucence of the pattern.  I wish I knew what the fabric was….

Squirm…

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… so my other half is behind me, taking Betty the rest of the way apart.  With a repair manual next to him.  I’m sweating bullets, but he swears it’s a good thing.  Sigh.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!!

(BTW – he busts Betty, I’ve informed him he’s buying me a brand new equivalent.  Ahem.)

Rehabbing Betty

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Betty doesn't feel well....

Betty doesn't feel well....

Well, she was “Betsy,” but my eldest has a clarinet already named Betsy and has informed me that it’s weird to have more than one inanimate object with the same name, so “Betty” it is. 😉  Sorry about the blurry shot, still getting the hang of my new DSLR.

This is a Singer Stylist 466k made in 1969.  It belonged to my paternal grandmother and is one of the only things I have that was hers.  I’ve wanted to get the machine up and running for a long time, and I’m finally getting to do it!  I had no idea when I started how much I’d learn and how many parts I’d need. D:

Dead gear.

Mostly it was a matter of not taking all the accessories with me when I left my grandparents house.  Still, this is a 40 plus year old machine that sat for quite a while, so a deep lube and service was in order.  I also found a bit of damage like what you see (or almost see) in the above photo – the black gear in the center of the photograph sat still so long that it crumbled into the white gear’s teeth upon startup.  Needless to say, I’ve parts on the way.

This has been weirdly anxious for me.  It’s hard to wait so long and then be delayed by damage.  I really look forward to sewing on my grandmother’s machine!