I woke up on Saturday morning with a bit of a headache, easily fixed with two aspirin & a bowl of cereal (aspirin in a glass of water, not the cereal. Things weren't that bad). I spent a slightly uncomfortable half hour at the beautician, remembering all the while the story my mother used to tell me - when she was a girl, she had long, thick, beautiful hair, and one of her great-aunts, of whom there were a number, according to the family tree, used to comb it with a fine tooth comb, and say "you must suffer in the cause of beauty". Ouch. No wonder she wouldn't let us have long hair as children.
In other news, I got very inspired to make the cushion covers long promised to Miss Lyndsey. I threaded up the machine with white cotton, cut, pinned, stitched and got all the way to the final stitching of the side seams before it dawned on me that I needed to make buttonholes. I whipped an empty bobbin out of my jar, filled it with lemon yellow thread and dragged the buttonhole foot out of the drawer, and off I went. Well, kinda.
First of all, the machine thread snapped. Then the bobbin thread got tangled up in itself & I had to take the whole bobbin race out to get it clear. Then it did it again. And again. Then the needle started making funny noises. So I got a new 90 needle out of the magic box, and popped that in. Nope. I rethreaded the machine. Nope. I tried sewing something apart from buttonholes. Nope. Eventually, and ever so slowly, Gentle Readers, I thought, "perhaps this is not the right bobbin?". Yep. Took it out, moved all the thread to another bobbin and rather quickly tossed the old bobbin in the bin. And guess what? Sewing like a dream, aren't we?
There's a lesson in this, Gentle Readers. Rethread machine, change needle, rethread machine, check bobbin, rethread bobbin if necessary, toss bobbin if all else fails. Actually, if all else fails, walk away & have a nap. That's what I did. Next blogtime, I promise pictures of the finished cushion cover.
That's it for me. Work tomorrow, then Tuesday off - upholstery school Monday & Tuesday night, with Lucas. Thank the Upholstery Ghods for good teachers. We're starting on some cushion making, so I expect to learn where I went wrong with the one I haven't finished yet ;-p
And now, I think I might even go & finish it. It's only 9.30pm & I'm not really watching the cricket, and now that I know what the problem is... who knows? Maybe pics tonight? Wow. And... ciao!