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.).
…I have plans for more robust posts as the month progresses, but it’s a busy Friday and I’ve yet to go to work….so here’s a short post to keep going with NaBloPoMo.
A little tidbit – as I’ve geared up to return to sewing I’ve been starting to build a presence for myself at a fairly new site – basically a Ravelry for sewers – called My Sewing Circle. It’s still developing but it looks to be pretty useful if development continues. You might check it out! ^_-
Oh, and just for fun – how ’bout some music:
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….
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:
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!