I just got in from my second to last sewing class and it was a busy one!
I was ready to put the finishing touches on my black and white dress for Simplicity 3506. All that I needed to do was add the facings in the neck, finish the arm-holes and the hem.
Of course, things never go as smoothly as one would wish. First off, I had somehow left the bobbin cover to the machine at home, which meant that I had to tape a piece of cardboard over the hole. Not an auspicious start. The machine ran along smoothly though. I ironed the interfacing onto the facing pieces and that went OK. I pinned the facing in and that went OK too, so I sewed it in and pressed the facing down and then did what I thought the teacher meant by under-stitching. I thought it meant that I put in a row of stitching close to the edge through all three layers, fabric, facing and seam allowance…nope. What I was supposed to do was put a row of stitching at the edge of just the seam allowance and the facing. crap. So I added a second row of top -stitching so that it looks decorative. I wasn’t about to unpick all that! So then I zipped up the zipper…double crap.
Somehow, one side of the zipper was half an inch higher than the other. I guess I had pinned it in wrong and so the top of the zipper hadn’t folded properly. So I had to unpick that side back a few inches, re-fold it so it matched the other side and re-sew it. Thankfully, that turned out pretty well.
Now for the surgery part of the class. As I was happily overcasting my seams, on the sides, my brand new machine started to slow down and then grind to a halt. I tried to re-thread, checked under my make-shift bobbin cover. Tried turning it off and on again. Now even the manual wheel was stiff. Something was VERY wrong. So I decided to open it up, and once I figured out how to do that, I found that a large amount of pink thread had wound itself around a wheel in the arm of the machine that feeds the thread. This was the result of the thread breaking so many times while I worked on the pink tank top. So I carefully picked and pulled the wad of thread out and reassembled. THANKFULLY, the patient made a full recovery and I finished the dress!
Even having cut a 22 in the top, it is still a bit big. I think I will cut a 20 on my next project.