Happy November!Posted: November 1, 2013 Filed under: BWOF, Dressmaking, Gadgets & Gizmos, Janome Coverstitcher, Knitting, Socks | Tags: BWOF, Coverstitcher, Gadgets, Knitting, Socks, Tops 9 Comments
But where did October go? Honestly, I have been working – it’s that time of year when my customers all seem to find that everything in their wardrobe for cold weather needs attention, or replace them with new garments. That need attention. I have been reading recently in magazines and online about how it would be nice to lose the ‘busy’ label and be more relaxed and realistic about our abilities. I think it is truly time for me to take this on board.
As a result of client work I haven’t done much for me but I did make time to have another play with the coverstitcher. Because I bought a binder attachment. Yes, I know I really need to get to grips with the plain machine, but I knew that this would be used major amounts once I had it sussed. So, lets get sussing!
I spent a good couple of hours just fiddling with the buttons and stitching flat fabric, and then decided to put the binder onto the machine. That took a little longer than I expected (it would have taken less if I had not wasted an age looking for a ‘part’ which turned out to be permanently on the machine. Doh!) but once on I was able to start making a mess pretty quickly. It was largely trial and error (mainly error) as the instructions printed on the inside of the packaging are sketchy at best. Help was at hand on You Tube, but in all honesty I just fiddled and saw what happened. I started with the gingham (woven and not too likely to move too much) which worked pretty well. Then the viscose jersey which is very stretchy.
This is more likely to be the sort of fabric I would use so I really wanted this to work. It would have been useful to have been able to buy an extra hand to enable me to hold/manipulate the strip of binding as well as moving the ‘garment’ piece. I think it is always going to be worth doing a sample before I use this on a garment. Despite being short of a hand I thought it worked pretty well so I went on to the garment I was making.
I used the Burda pattern from February that I knew fitted, only using long sleeves this time. When I say long sleeves I mean long – check the pattern before you cut these out because I chopped off 7cm. I cut the binding strips a little wider than the binder instructions (pffft! what instructions) because I knew that when under tension the jersey gets narrower. This worked well and I was pleased with the way the neckline finished. It even looks good on the inside. I did take a picture but it was blurry so I haven’t included it.
I am happy with the way this turned out, and I am looking forward to making more use of the machine. The problems were all with me. All ‘more haste, less speed’.I have unreasonable expectations of being able to just ‘sit down and do it’ with no practice which never works. Given time (and lots more experience) I can see this becoming a real time saver and very useful machine. Just not yet.
When I haven’t been sewing, and all the sundry other things we ladies have to do, I have finished another pair of socks. These are the ones for my mum and have been knitted almost exactly from the pattern. I say almost as if you had knitted both the same you would not have got a mirror image of the lace pattern on opposite socks. I puzzled for longer than was necessary to get the effect I wanted before realising all I needed to do was start the second sock pattern on row 11 rather than row 1. Sometimes the answers are simple.
In my last post (so long ago) I did mention a new Patrones magazine that I would review. I haven’t forgotten, and it has now been joined by the new Burda and Threads magazines, so I will make a point of doing that this weekend. Sorry for the delay!
Busy, busy – and I love the socks!
I’m working on thoroughly organised and relaxed.
Oh do be easy on yourself and the CS. It’s a whole new process, although ejvc did say it might have been easier if I had used a binder with the regular SM. But even though it took a little longer than your expected. . . You GOT IT!. GOOD JOB
Thanks Bev. This machine is harder to master than I expected. 😦
The socks you are knitting are just beautiful. They look cosy but super elegant too. I can visualise these knit longer and worn over the knee with a short skirt and biker boots – is that a look your mother would go for do you think? Are they really difficult to do, bearing in mind that stst requires all my concentration?
I am still laughing at the idea of my mum in a short skirt and biker boots! I’m not sure if I am horrified – but I will laugh every time I remember your comment. Thank you Ruth 🙂
The pattern for the socks is very good, and gives links to videos of the more difficult processes in case you need them. Try a pair plain to see how you get on. And tell about it on your blog!
That top pattern may be old faithful, but it is a great top and I really like the fabric you used.
The socks….what a lucky mom you have 🙂 They are so very pretty.
Thanks Rhonda. I have seen the fabric described as ‘watersnake’ but it looks like loose knitting to me!
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