Monday, August 31, 2009

Quick sewing projects?

Here are last week's "quick" little projects that turned out to not to be "sew" quick projects due to...

(My block for the Pixiedust Gather at Bumble Beans.)

...drafting curving pattern pieces, then attempting machine curved piecing for the first time and fighting it all the way...

and...


...attempting to figure out my rolled hem foot (anyone? I couldn't get it to work consistently), having threading problems (operator error or my NEW machine??? Argh!), bailing on the rolled hem and then fighting the bulk of the corners even after they were trimmed down (They weren't moving at the start of the seam. Is this normal?).

Shouldn't napkins be an easy sewing project??? Hemming four straight edges? It was a frustrating sewing day to say the least. Guess I will take my sewing machine sales shop on those free lessons soon.

Oh well. I love how the block for the Pixiedust Gather turned out and I love seeing homemade napkins when I open my kitchen drawer.


Good bye paper towels at the table! Yes, we were that high class. Call Martha Stewart if you must. Maybe she could show me how to use my rolled hem foot...

6 comments:

BUMBLE BEANS said...

to funny. I thought wiping up a few napkins would be fun too. I cut them out, then surged the edges, then thought, hmm, how the heck am i gonna hem those things! now they are sitting somewhere in the back of my stash bins....I used to use my rolled hem thingy.. why didn't i think of that!

J.B. said...

Very fun. I can't wait to eat at your place again.

Nina Lewis said...

Love your block -- you did great on the curves.

And actual cloth napkins? Boy, you have out-classed us by a long shot! We are just country hicks to your chick New York-ness. Cloth napkins. Boy howdy!

Sarah said...

Thanks for a good laugh! I have no idea about the rolled hems. I'd just do it normally with a double roll. Your Pixie Dust patch looks amazing! And if you thought you were slumming it with paper towels, we don't use anything at all! Real shocking isn't it?

Jessica said...

I had the exact same problem. I got a rolled hem foot and tried to make napkins and it was positively a disaster. If you find out how to use it I'd love to hear. I really do want to make those napkins!

Anna said...

Ooh nice..I would be excited too!