Monday, October 3, 2011

Bad Sewing Mojo.

Last night, I was working on my second Helena Skirt. The first one I made was very simple and turned out wonderfully in a textured, light-weight indigo denim. This time, I'm making one in a soft, heavy, olive green/drab cotton twill that will be work-appropriate for days other than Friday. Hopefully it will also look great paired with boots and tights this fall/winter.

Not only is this pattern easy to begin with, but I've made it before. No brainer, right?

I cut the fabric and marked the pleats on Friday, so I was ready to put a skirt together last night.

The problem: I totally lost my sewing mojo! No!

Here's how last night went:

  1. I'm still figuring out how to properly wind a bobbin on my new machine. If the thread doesn't really click into the tension plates on the bobbin winder, the thread winds too loosely. Well, last night, I got it going correctly at first, but then I think I must have jiggled the thread and it came out of the tension discs, and then I fixed it, but blurg - a badly wound bobbin! Drat!
  2. Unfortunately, I only seem to have one spool of thread that matches this odd shade of drab taupe/green, and I happen to know that will barely be enough for this skirt, which calls for a lot of topstitching and buttonholes (I know because I went through the better part of a spool the last time I made it). 
  3.  This led to Bad Decision #1: I decide to try to make do with my partially badly wound bobbin.
  4. I sew the first seam.
  5. It looks like crap. 
  6. Yes, it will be visible on the outside of the skirt.
  7. I commence seam-ripping.
  8. Why does it look like crap? Because the bobbin is badly wound. I experiment a ton, unwind half of the bobbin, put the rest in, and finally get the bobbin thread to stop bubbling.
  9. I top-stitch again. This time it looks okay.
  10. At this point, I clumsily drop my nice sewing shears on the floor. 
  11. When I pick them up and try to close them, I feel a nick on the blade, that catches.
  12. Well, &*$%.
  13. I consult the instructions. Next, side seams!
  14. I sew the side seams.
  15. Bad Decision # 2: I trim the seam allowance and flat-fell the seams. This didn't turn out quite as neatly as I had hoped, but at this point, my bobbin thread seems to be behaving itself, so that's something.
  16. I congratulate myself for getting something right. I consider dropping my scissors off to be sharpened this week.
  17. I remember I had wanted to include side seam pockets. Which needed to be installed before sewing the side seams. I had even cut them out and they were waiting to be installed.
  18. Well, %!@#ing @#$% on a @#%^ sandwich.
  19. I sulk off to bed.
Now what? Should I just go with a pocket-less skirt? But I love pockets! Pockets were an essential part of the fantasy skirt that I dreamed about before I started on this project!

Or should I unpick the flat-felled side seams and install side pockets (keeping in mind that I trimmed one of the seam allowances to almost nothing)? Oy. I definitely need another spool of thread.

Or should I just crumple the whole thing up in a ball and shove it in the closet and try to pretend this never happened?

Sigh.

Please tell me that you lose your sewing (or other) mojo sometimes too.

3 comments:

  1. Wah, sorry to hear things went badly. I hate it when I set aside sewing time and then stuff like that happens. Yes I lose my mojo all the time. A few days ago I was doing the relatively easy task of sewing a baste stitch on a the skirt part of a dress for elena so I could gather it as per pattern instructions. Well after bobbin issues I finally get it to sew without getting tangled and instead of sewing the baste stitch around the diameter of the skirt, I just sew straight (thus the front and back of the skirt is sewn together at the top like a pillow case...ripped seams, its now in a ball waiting for me to get back to it :( So, what's this new machine? :D

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  2. Hmm, how would side seam pockets go into a flat-felled seam anyway? My head hurts thinking about it. Maybe a couple of neat patch pockets on the front instead? I usually find I make the most mistakes with patterns I've done before because I get over-confident and don't think it through enough. Having said that, I'm usually much happier with the end result when I take the time to go back and really undo my mistakes and re-do them properly. Which makes me sound terribly patient, which I'm rather not.
    My sewing mojo comes and goes but a fiddly/temperamental machine is most likely to suck it out of me! I keep accidentally unwinding bobbins by dropping them and boy do they roll merrily away.

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  3. Jane: Exactly. My decision to flat-fell those side seams was obviously completely unrelated to my decision to add pockets. They seem to have happened in entirely separate hemispheres of my brain. Brain: Not working so hot. Ai yai yai.

    With the pleats in this skirt, I don't really think I can do patch pockets, but I might just go pocket free on this one. Sigh.

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