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One of those days . . .

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on here. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. I just haven’t been writing about it.

I’ve made some changes in the sewing room. I bought some sheet cork and my hubby glued it permanently to the table top for me. Now I can iron directly on the table top and I can more easily do pattern alterations since I can pin patterns right to the cork to hold them still while I tape.

Here’s a picture.

Cork Table

Cork Table

Yay! No more cardboard top which doesn’t fit, slides around, and has permanent ridges from folding making the surface very difficult to draw a straight line on.

I cover my table with a sheet of paper and drew gridlines on it to help me keep things straight. It also acts as a blotter to keep ink from leaking through tissue onto the cork. When necessary, I replace the paper. I just have to slip a cutting mat on it when I’m rotary cutting. No more fumbling with that big cardboard grid.

So, I’ve taken a “break” from my wardrobe creating to make a couple of matching jean jackets for my hubby and myself. I also cut out a pair of jeans from a new jean pattern (the Petite Plus Jeans Pattern) and I’m excited to get them sewn up too.

For the first time ever (after 20+ years of sewing), I’ve ventured into the world of twin needle sewing. It’s fantastic. But I found that I was spending WAY too much time changing needles and re-threading my sewing machine. Time for a second machine!

I bought an older Elna 2400 that’s been serviced and runs like a top. I haven’t had a machine that required oiling for a very long time. The smell of the oil brings back fond memories of sewing days gone by.

I actually “test-drove” a White, and 3 other machines before settling on this Elna. Having never owned an Elna before, I didn’t know what kind of workhorses they were. So far, I’m extremely happy with it. Even after I’m done with my twin needle sewing projects, I’ll use it for basting or something. How can one have too many good sewing machines? :-)

So I decided to sew all afternoon. What a disaster. I was working on the jean jackets. I have a lovely cotton fabric with several horse scenes that I want to decorate the jackets with. I was working on the pockets and planning to fully cover the patch pocket denim pieces with a horse scene. I strategically placed the pocket piece on the chosen scene and cut it out. Ooops . . . the pocket was oriented sideways! I only have 2 yards of the horse fabric. I can’t afford to screw up here!

After all the pieces were cut, I decided to use fusible webbing to “glue” the horse scenes to the pockets before lining and attaching them. I cut the webbing to fit, aligned it on the pocket with it’s protective paper backing, and ironed it on. I peeled off the paper then realized I’d just ironed it to the BACK of the pocket piece! Big ooops.

Have you ever tried to remove fusible webbing from denim? Let me tell you, it’s impossible.

I pulled off as much as I could then ironed on a sheer piece of interfacing to at least make the pocket non-sticky as I ironed on the correct side. Sigh. This day was not going well.

The rest of the pocket pieces went well. They are all ready to line now.

I have chosen and cut out a large horse scene to applique to the back of each jacket. I’ve seen where a piece of interfacing or webbing is sewn around the edge of the applique piece, then a small slit is cut in the interfacing/webbing and the piece is turned right side out. Voila! All raw edges are turned under and the applique is ready to iron on and applique to the garment. What a great idea.

So, with my webbing cut out and applique horse scenes cut out, I match the webbing to the first applique and begin stitching. I’d left a 1/4″ seam allowance when cutting out the applique. I stitched carefully around the odd shape then . . . realized I’d stitched the webbing to the wrong side! When I turned it, the fabric would be inside out!

Where was my brain today?

I’m not taking all that stitching out. I decided not to turn the applique. I trimmed the edge to 1/8″ and will iron it on that way then do the satin stitch around it. Since it is such a strange shape with lots of in and out curves and corners, it might work out better this way anyway. I won’t do anything with the other one until I get this one on. I’ll be able to decide on the better way to do it then.

Time to take a break. It’s just been one of those days . . .

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