This is an excerpt from a comment made by my pal Kolein, from Kitchen Table Productions. She’s positive I’m trying to snow you about my sewing abilities, after recently reading about my pleated liners.
As she so skeptically puts it, “You don't sew. Really now.”
She always makes me laugh!
So I decided to show you all a few things behind the scenes and maybe then you will understand.
See this sewing machine?
It’s my mail order sewing machine purchased back in the 80’s. My first. And last. And not because it’s a good one either.
For one crazy moment I thought it would be a great idea to buy a sewing machine and try my hand at sewing. Even though I got a terrible grade in it in my 7th grade Home Ec class.
This thing was a nightmare right out of the box.
From the get-go I have never been able to adjust the tension, stitch length, or for that matter the type of stitch.
It came with a box of cams.
Apparently the cams were to get the machine to make all kinds of fancy embroidery stitches.
Never happened. They are long gone now.
If I try to adjust anything on this machine, it goes wacko and breaks thread right and left.
I hate it!
Hence my not so fond nickname for it. The Blue Monster.
Now let’s take a look at my sewing “tools”.
Need to rip a seam out?
I have this…..
Doesn’t everyone use a box cutter for ripping seams? ;)
Need to measure something? Got that covered with this yard sale carpenters’ folding tape measure.
(When not put to use for sewing, it makes a pretty star shaped shelf decoration.)
And then there’s my straight pin collection. Found by frantically rummaging through all my junk drawers and jewelry box.
I got 5.
Five stick pins!
4 of which are bent.
That’s a magnetic key case they are stuck to.
Just so I don’t lose any of these precious commodities.
Have you ever tried to sew with only 5 pins?
Not for the faint hearted!
My material of choice.
Drop cloth from Home Depot.
2 6x9 cloths for $9.99
My favorite part about it is the edges are already hemmed.
That and it rips in a pretty straight line. Saves a lot of grief in the measuring and cutting area.
And the pre-hemmed pieces are perfect for using for pleated ruffles. (all these tidbits of info were found from reading blogs, btw)
The only thread I own is white.
So knowing I can’t really sew, why on earth did I even think to order the Quick Pleater tool in the first place? Me, of all people, who doesn’t even own a pincushion for crying out loud?
Quite simply, out of necessity.
Meet my sweet furry girl, Sandy…..
She has just one very tiny bad habit.
She finds my furniture very tasty.
Yes, that is clear duct tape holding the arm of the chair together. She really went to town on that one.
You would think we never fed her.
I need to make slipcovers for these 2 wing back chairs if they are to stay in my living room.
It’s time to either save or toss.
Personally I believe it would be a big waste of money to purchase new furniture for Sandy to snack on.
Enter the wonderful world of blogging.
Imagine my joy to discover that for $20 in drop cloths I can make something like this beauty Miss Mustard Seed shows us.
She did a great tutorial on using drop cloth for slip covering. Click the picture to get to it.
Or how about this gorgeous slipcover?
Kelly at Much to do With Nothing shares many of her beautiful creations here. She has some great tutorials on her blog, and I first saw the quick pleater tool over there.
A life changing moment, I tell ya!
Looks like I’ll be pulling out the old Blue Monster again…..and even though I don’t sew I will try anything once. Or twice in this case.
But that project is for after the holidays.
Maybe I’ll put stick pins on my Christmas list.
Meanwhile, some strategically placed throws will have to mask the damage.