All week the rain has been pouring down. Not drizzling, not sprinkling, not intermittently. Pouring. The other day I sprinted 20 feet from the back door of the school where I work to my car. In that short span of time my clothes became drenched, so water-logged they couldn’t hold anymore and the water was pouring out of them. Cold and rainy make me sleepy, and occasionally grouchy. I like rain when it’s warm and doesn’t last for more than a day or two.
Last Tuesday night was my beginning sewing class at Nido, and that night there was a huge deluge. At one point I was ironing my seams and looked up out the window and the trees were bent sideways by wind as the rain ran almost horizontally across the sky. The walk to my car a few blocks away was fun with the water on the street pouring over my feet and ankles. I had been running when I first left the shop, but very quickly realized that running wouldn’t result in me being any less wet, and as it wasn’t cold at that point, I decided to enjoy the rain instead.
Anyway, back to the sewing class. We made a basic tote, which was great. I learned a few things, and a few others things that I’ve heard my mother say were re-enforced, such as “Iron! Always iron before cutting, iron seams once sewn, iron, iron, iron!” One of her biggest pet peeves as a sewer is other sewers who think that ironing is a waste of time and that no one can tell. It would be analogous to knitters and crocheters who don’t block their pieces. As much as I hate blocking, it makes such a huge difference.
I LOVE the fabric that I chose for my bag. When I knit or crochet, I generally don’t work in pieces and so rarely have to worry about seams or seam allowances. One thing I was surprised by was how much fabric seaming uses! My fabric has one big picture on it, and I lost whole flowers and splashes of color to cutting and seaming, which made me sad at first, but now I’ll be better able to plan future projects out and work with the pattern on the fabric.
This past week I’ve been playing a bit more with my machine and am making another practice bag. This one is larger than the one from class, with one single strap instead of two, and I’m going to try adding a pocket. The two pieces that I sewed together to make the one large strap don’t line up perfectly in the middle, which is driving me a little bit batty, but since it’s for practice I’m deeming it ok. On one of the bottom corners of the bag, the fabric bunched up a bit on one side, which I couldn’t see as I was sewing, as it was on the backside and now the seam needs to be ripped out.
I’ve discovered that I hate ripping sewn seams even more than I hate ripping back in knitting and picking up all the stitches again (it’s nice and easy and painless in crochet). I used tiny stitches while sewing and am having a hard time seeing them and pulling them out. Thankfully my mother is coming over tomorrow for a sewing lesson and will help with pulling the seam out, and we’ll work on a few other sewing tips and tricks.
Happy yarning and fabricking!