Ever had those days when using one of your attachments and things just didn't go as planned? Maybe you are just learning how to use a particular one, or ready to use one on that new garment you are making? Yep, that happens and it happens to the best of us.
I have been sewing for years (ok, eons) and using the attachments very comfortably (that reminds me to tell you where I have been of late and not posting - will tell you at the end. I am SEW, SEW excited!!). Well, back to the drama of sewing. I had one of those days. I pulled out my 1/8" hemmer foot and was ready to go. Checked my tension, threading, and all was well for the new piece of fabric. I did take my own advice (thankfully!!) to test the attachment BEFORE beginning the hem on my new skirt.
That is when things started going downhill for quite a while. For some reason, I just couldn't get a straight line any longer than about 5 inches. Not good. I adjusted the amount of fabric in the hemmer - a little better but still not perfect at the end of my seam. I rechecked my threading and tension. Still OK.
After about 40 minutes, my trash can was getting pretty full. Nicely colored, but FULL!
I took a deep breath, walked around the sewing table a few times to clear the head, went back and read my personal instructions for using the hemmer foot and tried again. This time I had what I thought was a very scant bit of fabric rolled over the hemmer scroll. SUCCESS!
I then began to sew a felled seam with the hemmer and YAHOO!! it was perfect the entire length of the fabric. What a tiny hem it was! I had forgotten how small an amount of fabric the hemmer needs to produce that tiny, perfect hem.
So, I cleared all off my sewing table and began the hemming of my skirt. Yes, I did keep my toes crossed the entire time.
Using the sewing machine attachments take time to learn. Remember to be easy on yourself and always think of my trash can - full of mistakes. Mistakes that are ready to be successes! It does take time and practice. Lots of practice.
Take care and Happy Sewing!
Oh yes, I was going to share why I hadn't posted in a while. I have been very busy working on the manuscript for my soon-to-be-released book titled, The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook. It is being published by Krause Publications. You can catch the pre-release promotion price at amazon.com, the link is: