This is the first time I've fired up my sewing machine since February and there were a few problems. Primarily the new bobbins I had bought didn't fit correctly on the bobbin winder. Not because they were necessarily the incorrect size but because they were pieces of crap plastic.
Anyway, once I decided to just stitch with white thread which I already had a good metal bobbin wound for that problem was solved.
Next up was cutting the fabric. My first experience using a rotary cutter was...interesting. I still have all my fingers, never fear.
Anyway, I learned quite a bit from this project:
- I really need a quilters rule or similar large clear plastic ruler thingie. Cutting things with the rotary cutter is exciting enough with shaking hands - not having something to guide the cutter makes it suck waaaaay more.
- I need to learn to take frequent breaks. My back and knees are still killing me from sitting too long without sufficient back support.
- Ball-topped pins melt if you iron over them. Eww.
- My iron is a piece of crap and needs to be replaced.
- Don't cheap-out on bobbins.
- My bias tape maker may or may not be a piece of crap. I need to try it with a really nicely cut piece of fabric before I make a final judgement. I'm leaning toward crap though.
- Fusible interfacing is pretty fun.
- I seriously need to quit with the "I must finish all of this now!" crap - it just wears me out and makes me hurt more, shake more, and is generally stupid.
- I can actually sew. Not really well yet, but I can do it. Yay!
Anyway, the next project is on hold until I get a quilters rule. I need to be able to make straight lines.
Here is the purse. I love this fabric. Must fine more/similar.