Having pre-washed and pre-shrunk my beautiful blue flannel from Mood, I am ready to begin making Michael's shirt. This morning I'm wondering which machine I should make it on: I have so many options (ten, I think). My choice in this regard is usually based simply on which machine is out, has sufficient clear space around it (as opposed to piles of whatever), and needs the least amount of prep.
Parenthetically, am I the only one who really doesn't care what color thread is in my bobbin so long as the top thread matches? I hate wasting thread and anyway, having two colors of thread in your machine makes it very easy to see if your stitches are balanced or not.
I've been doing almost all my sewing on my Kenmore 158.141 lately. One of the things I love about this machine is that you can convert the little hole from zigzag to straight stitch (see pic below), so it's almost as good at straight stitching as a straight stitch-only machine. Maybe just as good. Of course, the experience of sewing with this powerful machine is very different from using a Singer Featherweight, but they're both pleasurable.
That said, this morning I opened my Singer 66 treadle, which I haven't sewn with for a long, long time other than to play with for a few minutes here and there. If you own a treadle you know there's nothing like it, but you could say
the same thing about psoriasis.
Seriously, I love my treadle but, being a lazy person at heart, I usually don't feel like going to the trouble of treadling. But this morning I was reminded how beautifully she stitches and I may just make Michael's shirt with it. It makes for a better story too.
I am excited to get started on this project. There is an eensy weensy difference between the right and wrong sides of this fabric. So eensy weensy that I can hardly notice it and I'm wondering if I should bother worrying about it. One side is ever-so-slightly fluffier. Michael thinks this would be the side that would go next to the skin; I think just the opposite. Hmmm...
Regardless, I hope to make good progress on the shirt today.
At the Salvation Army yesterday, along with the usual faded sheets and pilly fleece blankets, I found four huge pieces of black wool fabric -- the kind of thing you'd make a suit with -- for $2.99 each. I passed, but now I'm thinking of going back for them. I don't wear much black myself, but it's an incredible price for what it is and I'm sure I could use it for something -- a fabulous cape perhaps. If I go back and it's gone, I hope one of you got it. They also had an enormous piece of crushed velvet in a shade of acid green I only remember seeing through plastic slipcovers in the late Sixties, but I couldn't picture what I'd do with that either.
Readers, that is all for today. I expect to have more shirt updates this weekend.
Have a great day, everybody! LATE MORNING UPDATE: Wool was sold, crushed velvet still available. He who hesitates...
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!