I know the last post had me raving about the virtues of yarn play as my preferred time spender but the last two days have seen me sitting at my machine.
Yesterday were some quick and simple pillowcases in a gorgeous floral sent to me quite some time ago.It has been sitting on my shelf all this time and I did not know what to do with it that was a "worthy" use.In the end I decided I didn't want to put it in a quilt and would love to enjoy it most days.Done.
*needless to say that no weary head shall be laying on these-show pillows only people!!
Then I took to the huge pile of alterations and holes in knees and I conquered it.Yay.
So I thought I might try my hand at smocking.I don't wear frocks with smocking and have no little female relatives so until now have had nobody obvious to smock for.I thought it seemed simple enough.It is too- but your machine has to be a willing accomplice otherwise it all goes to hell in a hand basket.Which it did.
I was ironing the spaghetti straps hoping my goddaughter would forgive the crazy and unhappy thread /elastic combo goings on under the seemingly perfect exterior.I was feeling a little (just a little ) as though next time it would be a doddle.My machine had squealed in horror and pain the entire way through the eight rows of smocking and I was perspiring at each and every "altercation" between thread and elastic,fabric and needle/ bobbin chaos but it was possibly working.
But then some kind of magic happens when you spritz and iron.It goes PING.Pretty huh?
Then I heard a whizzing sound followed by a pop.Thankfully I wasn't sitting at it.I looked over to see thick smoke whooshing from the plug socket on the machine.
I can safely say its had it.Over twenty years of fairly reliable service and I am now in the market for a new one.
Which brings me to the next and most important part of this post.
How on earth do you choose a new sewing machine!
Please tell me what you use lovely people and what it does for you to help me narrow things down a bit because I believe choosing a new sewing machine is more challenging than entering Hope and Greenwood carrying a substantial sugar addiction and not buying half the store.