Please fix my machine quick

Aargh. I had to put Ruby in the shop; it hurt me more than it hurt her. She kept giving me a “main motor overload” message and she blacked out a few times, once in the midst of embroidering. That was a pain, because I had to manually go back to where she left off, when she came back to life again.

The good news is, I finished 8 Imke tops (from my fave pattern book Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn) before I relinquished Ruby to the sewing machine doc. Bunny says it will be up to 14 working days…trying to be brave! Maybe I can do a bunch of serging with Sheila the Serger in the meantime.

Imke with 3/4 length sleeves and t-shirt style neck

Imke with long sleeves and t-shirt neck

Imke with straight sleeves and pointed hood

Imke with bell-shaped sleeves and t-shirt neck

Imke with 3/4 length sleeves and t-shirt neck

3/4 sleeves, t-shirt neck

Imke with bell sleeves, round hood, and pieced top and bottom

Imke with 3/4 sleeves, t-shirt neck and embroidered front

It is the Hello Kitty hoodie that I’m most excited about. I had about 1/3 yard of this minky Hello Kitty remnant, but it had a hem already across one side of it. Never wanting to waste good Hello Kitty fabric, I dreamed up the idea of combining it with another remnant of white minky, and voila! It is very soft and plushy! Most of these tops were made from remnants of a yard or so, more or less. Depending on the width and size of the remnant, I was able to make longer sleeves or add a hood. All the fabric remnants are knit, so I used a STRETCH needle (very important) and reinforced the shoulder seams with twill tape. They are all girls’ size 10.

In the meantime, DH suggested that I fill the void left by Ruby with one of the mini sewing machines—but it just doesn’t look the same.

You picked a fine time to leave me, Ruby, with 4 hungry children and a crop in the field…

Someone bring me a kleenex…

And I want to call attention to the fact that sweet Sweaty Knitter had nominated me for Reader Appreciation Blog Award quite a few posts back, and I am just now thanking her for this. I enjoy reading her blog just about more than any other blog out there. She brings out so much to love and ponder about the history of fiber arts! Thank you again Karen!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 19:15:44

    You must have been on a roll! No wonder Ruby conked out! That bitty machine made me laugh – can you imagine even Trying to make one of those cute tops with that? Now, you have a back-up machine in that room – don’t you. I’m not using Juicy (my Jernome) ifin you really need something to fill the void.

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  2. Karen @ Folk Haven
    Nov 13, 2012 @ 20:32:18

    Wow! that’s a lot of sewing! Looks like the poor girl just needs a rest? Anyway, I hope your machine is up in working order very soon. 🙂

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  3. lois
    Nov 14, 2012 @ 13:46:23

    What—you’ve done “8” tops?? Look out or you’ll get the “hat” bug I’ve got!!!!!

    Reply

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