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Old 7th March 2013, 19:57
Mrs Craig Mrs Craig is offline
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Default Machine dresden plate.....sigh

Son1 bought me a stash of perspex patchwork templates at Christmas since I had been complaining that my wrist and thumb joints were incredibly painful and handsewing (which I have done since I was three years old) was a misery.
The idea was that I could still sew, just using the machine instead.

Aye, right.
(infer extreme Scottish sarcasm, where a double positive equates to an emphatic negative)

I watched the Missouri lady's youtube videos and thought, "I can do that "
I duly planned, raked through the stash, found the rotary cutter, etc., and cut out 400+ wee tumbler shapes.

Quarter inch seams were the first irritation. I need to buy a guide (something that will fit a standard Singer foot) every tiny wee deviation adds up. Fortunately they mostly cancel each other out, but still, for someone used to the accuracy of paper piecing, I'm not best pleased with it.
It'll do, is about the best I could say about it. Very quick though.

Twenty plates assembled, iron them and they're very, very, slightly different sized
I think the fabric which is cut across the grain at the sides stretches slightly on some...maybe ?
Again, it'll do. Just.

Centre circles. "Cut out the template and use it to draw up the fabric circles, iron and remove, pin in place and sew onto the ring of little tie shapes covering all of the raw edges"

Uhuh..(cue S.sarcasm again) It's like trying to pin the tail on a donkey that's still damned well living and is deteminedly avoiding the affront !

However, having gotten the centre duly pinned, and now stitched, I am thoroughly scunnered with this.
I have another nineteen of the blasted things still to do.....and I find myself longing for the simplicity of paper piecing.
The ease of 'pick up and put down-ness'; not the "clear the table, sort out the machine, where's the light ? don't spill the coffee, don't listen to the radio you need to pay attention, don't trip over the cable", fuss and bother of the whole kitandcaboodle of the sewing machine (blessed though they may be; sometimes)

The weather changed yesterday and what had been a lovely early Spring has become cold, wet and windy; I'm stuck indoors and thought I'd get on with this.
Should have cleaned the oven instead

Photos when I suss out how.

Mary

Last edited by Mrs Craig : 7th March 2013 at 21:01. Reason: clarity
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