This may not look like anything to brag about to you, neat readers, but for me this is as good as it gets. I can actually see the table under my sewing machines!
At the table pictured above I mainly do things like make buttonholes, sew on zippers, wind bobbins -- tasks like that. My primary sewing goes on in the living room at one of my machine tables, even if it's at a machine that sits atop the table as opposed to in the table. Good enough.
It's always hard to say goodbye to old friends, but I am so glad I sold my Pfaff 139 and Singer 99 this past weekend, and proud I found good homes for them. I won't lie: I spent about twenty minutes last night looking at vintage sewing machines on eBay, but I think it was just a reflex and not anything to worry about. Would a Viking 6440 really enhance my life?
I think I'm ready to consider new projects. Of course, I must spend some time preparing for the Men's Boxers Sew-Along that begins in just one week. I really should stitch myself a practice pair.
Like Old Man River, the Daily Ditch just keeps rolling along.
This bucket hat, which I bought on some sunny vacation where I found myself hatless, photographs nicely, and would be great if it were made from some light, water-repellent fabric like microfiber. This Made in China cotton version is so heavy that it makes my head sweat just putting it on. I know it will work for somebody, however, because as soon as I put it out with the recycling, it was gone.
Remember the post-lp-and-cassette tape/pre-iPod days, when you listened to music on CDs? Or when you backed up your computer files on a CD instead of an external disc drive? Might as well talk horse and buggies, right?
I used to burn CDs all the time and would buy plastic CD jewel cases by the dozen. Well, I haven't burned a CD in years, but I still had a huge stack of cases just in case (as it were). Not anymore!
I'm finding old technology and technology-related items the hardest to part with. They're usually still functional in some way -- like those portable TV sets -- but ultimately worthless. I still have a few old videotapes but own no VCR or TV to play them on, and I'm holding on to an old (well, not that old) mini DV movie camera just so I can play old mini DV vacation tapes. (If I want to make a movie today, I use my regular Canon digital camera.) I'm sure I'm not the only one. Thankfully, I never owned a slide projector!
Have you ever had footwear so comfortable that you literally wore it out? That's what happened to these Gurkee sandals, which I've owned for about five years. They are made of polypropelene rope and are incredibly comfortable. You wouldn't believe how often people comment on them, and they say good things! I wore this pair for the last time yesterday, and my left heel was literally scraping pavement -- that's how much I loved them.
Off to the dump they go to decompose, which shouldn't take more than 15,000 years.
I think that's enough for one day, don't you? I have some tough choices ahead regarding old stereo components (receiver, turntable, etc). Dump? Without them I can't play my records, but truth is, I don't play my records (not to mention I don't own speakers -- a way-earlier dump). What to do?
I'll have more to say about ditching dilemmas in the days ahead. Some items can be hard to part with even if they've sat unused for a long, long time. We have to trust that letting them go is to our benefit and opens up new space in our lives, literally and metaphorically. I'll leave it at that.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!