I know it has been a couple of weeks since my last post. It isn’t for lack of anything going on however. I was keenly sewing away the week before last when the worst happened. The 25 year old Jenome finally gave up the ghost. The motherboard wasn’t in great shape by then, but it finally decided it had had enough. Right in the middle of working on a top! Thankfully, my excellent neighbour came to the rescue and let me borrow her Singer, which was until I got a new one. Sadly, the top I was working on was also a disaster. It should have been a simple v-neck sleeveless top in a knit. But for some reason, which I discovered later, the top was huge in the neck and shoulders and fit perfect everywhere else…huh. I had cut a 26 or a 28 , I can’t remember, but it did NOT fit. SIGH! So I might try to make something from it later, but for now it will sit in a drawer. It was during this fiasco that my machine died, and I used my friend’s Singer to finish the hem and arm holes and then add some ill-advised darts…oh dear. I did NOT take any pictures of it.
So after a long consultation with my mum and her best friend who was always like an aunt to me, both of whom are extremely accomplished seamstresses. We decided that my mum and step-dad would come and visit for the weekend and mum and I would go shopping for a new machine. Both my mum and Aunt Carol are Jenome users, and won’t buy anything else, so both recommended that I get a Jenome as well. I had planned to get a fair amount of things done on Friday before they arrived, which I had off from work, but unfortunately I threw out my back on Wednesday morning. I ended up spending a very painful day at work, and then didn’t actually manage to get OUT of bed on Thursday, although I did crochet a fair bit! Still, My parents arrived on Friday afternoon, and Saturday, my mum and I went to the Sewing Machine Hospital on Merivale to shop for a new machine. The Sewing Machine Hospital specializes in Jenome and Pfaff Machines. I looked at the one my mum has, the Jenome 4120, but it was a lot more $ than I wanted to spend, and did a lot more than I really needed. So I can home with a brand new Jenome 3160!
Isn’t it Pretty?! I couldn’t wait to get it set up and start using it, so I did! I had cut out a number of projects during the week while my machine was out of commission.
I had visited the Fabricland in Kanata again and picked up more great fabric.
I cut out a smaller size on top this time, and it fits a lot better! What my mum and I discovered as we were going through my pattern collection and taking the necessary measurements, is that above my bust, I am about a size 22, and my back is even narrower. My bust is somewhere between a size 24 and 26, and my waist and hips are a perfect 28. This complicates matters when it comes to making a dress or top, however, we managed to work out how to adjust a couple of the patterns so that they will fit me perfectly! So this top I cut out a 26 for the yoke, and a 28 for the body, but I made the pleats larger so that it would fit into the yoke.
My mum also showed me how to do seams in a much more finished manner. I put in a row of stitching at 5/8″ and 3/8″ inches, and then trim to the 3/8″ line, then overcast the edges.
This is a perfect fit in a 28. However, I can’t quite figure out the final instructions for the slit and the hem, so I am taking it to my sewing class on Wednesday for the teachers help. This was Sunday evening and Mum was already on the road home at this point. I cut the belt out in the same green fabric as well.