Put stitch savvy to practice

My 2nd session of sewing class is tomorrow, so I’ve been trying to recall how much of what I learned last week I put into practice:

1.  Shortened too-long sleeves on child’s dress and hemmed using the stretch overlock hem stitch 🙂

2.  Used overlock stitches of various sorts to finish booties (last 2 entries).

3.  Did some regular ordinary sewing but used automatic cutter and stop and pivot function 🙂

4.  Practiced stitching lettering 🙂

5.  Demonstrated buttonholer, children’s decorative stitches in pig and car motifs, and other stitches for engineer spouse, who loves to observe machines at work 🙂

6.  Machine-darned a little hole in the bottom of the canvas bag in item #7 below 🙂

7.  Used some decorative stitching as well as DIRECTIONAL stitching to finish this UFO that my mom had given me a while back (years):

canvas bag with decorated panel by Mom

Quite a few years ago, Mom got a Viking machine, and this panel is one of the things she made as a sampler while learning how to do decorative stitching on her machine! I considered hand-sewing the panel on, because it looked like it would be too hard to try to get the bag onto the throat plate, but then I thought, hey, I’ll see if the machine can attach it on. The two vertical sides, with the zig-zag stitches, were actually sewed from right to left, using the directional stitch function. You can get it to sew forward and backward, but also to the left and to the right! The picture makes it look all rippledy, and it is. That blue material has lots of pleats and puckers in it, but it looks all right being uneven like that. Mom attached the beads and metallic stitching and sequins. At some point, she got tired of looking at the thing and fobbed it off on me. Apparently, I never got tired of looking at it, because, the parts were being shuffled around my sewing room for a long time, til I finally sewed on the silver seagull motifs. It’s like I can’t make up my mind and just DO IT, FINISH a project. So now, today, I did finish it. Chocolate would be a worthy reward, I think.



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