I have been working on a new project. Lately my sewing skills have been brought into action again. There was a time when I spent many hours at a sewing machine. But it has come up more and more recently. A few weeks ago the youngest friend asked me if I would help her make a cape. Then the next thing I knew I was asked to make a pillow sham for a body pillow for a customer of the local arts & crafts store the wild child works for. At first I was reluctant because my machine is not in the best of shape, and using it for something someone would pay me for didn’t sit well with me. So I called the woman and told her just that. She told me that was not a problem as her husband had bought her a machine years ago that she had never used and I was welcome to use it. So the wild child and I went over to her house to check it out. She was just the sweetest lady, and we ended up spending almost two hours visiting her! So I said yes, and left with the machine, material, and the plain white one she wanted the new one to match.
Now keep in mind, I have done very little sewing over the last 12 years or so. When we moved from Wyoming in 2000 my wonderful Babylock machine bit the dust. My mother picked me up an off brand machine for $69.00 just so I could make the kids their Halloween costumes that year. I have used it for making curtains, mending, and a few little things like a bag for the youngest and my daughter-in-law, and an outfit for my nieces first birthday. But it just hasn’t held up.
Well, on with the project. No pattern, just the other sham as a guide. I can do this, yes I can, yes I can . . .
You know that saying, measure twice, cut once. Well I must have measured 5 or 6 times, done the math over and over again. I just didn’t want to take the chance of messing up with her fabric. But the first thing I had to deal with was the zipper. You see it called for one that went the length of the pillow, 60” long. Do you think I could find one? Not locally, not even in the U.S., I had to order one from Canada! So that took two weeks to get here. In the meantime I started on the ruffle.
My mother-in-law bought a rolling cutter, mat, and ruler for a project she did last year for Christmas. After she gave it to me, and I am loving it! I was able to cut all the ruffle strips out with it so easily. This sham is 70”x28” so we are talking 196” worth of ruffle, so you have to double that; 392” of fabric! There was a straight blade and a pinking blade. So I could make one cut with each blade, one side to hem, the other to gather and wouldn’t fray.
Let me tell you, I spent so much time pinning, and re-pinning! The only real issue I had with the machine was that the foot didn’t hold the fabric very firmly, so it didn’t feed very straight. But the one goofy hiccup was the zipper foot. I pulled it out and put it on. After trying to get the silly thing to line up I took a good look at it . . . Something is definitely not right here. The needle is supposed to slide just inside the little notch and it is way back. And look at the way the thing is sitting in the bracket. Then when I tried to slide it over to the other side, you couldn’t. Something was definitely not right. So I Googled the make and model for the manual, and sure enough, someone had taken it apart and put it back together the wrong way around!
But you know what? When I do these things and I figure them out, it makes me realize that taking on a challenge is a good thing. Yes, at first I was a bit reluctant to do this. But I did, and in the end it turned out pretty nice.
So nice that it made me start thinking about that wedding dress I am supposed to be making for the oldest. And the bridesmaids dresses too. This wedding is coming up in October, and I guess this is just priming me to get ready for it.
So I found a great deal on a new sewing machine.
It should be here tomorrow 🙂