An hour is not long enough!

After getting home this evening, I went straight to the basement to finish cutting out my Burda Men’s Coat pattern and sew… Well, I did sew but not the pattern, tests only.

I loaded the bobbin with all purpose Gutermann thread, installed a fresh universal needle and sewed through two layers of the corduroy without trouble. Challenging the Sapphire 850, I changed the needle to a top stitching needle and thread and sewed through two layers of corduroy, two layers of flannel with the batting sandwiched in between. Honestly, she chugged a little bit but the stitch quality is perfect on both sides of the fabric.

Out of curiosity, I tried the same test on the Brother HE-240 embroidery machine. Sadly, it was an epic fail. The stitch length was inconsistent and the bobbin thread got all messed up. I’m not going to waste any time trying to make it right, this project has been delayed enough without messing with tension on a machine I’ve had for two weeks.

A strange thing happened to my fabric after washing, it come out of the dryer with a crinkle effect, which works for this project but imagine this didn’t coincide with your project, what would you do?? Would you bring the fabric back to the store and demand a refund?

And sadly, that’s as far as I got. I ate dinner and cleaned the kitchen  before performing the second test and didn’t bother moving forward from there. Winston, our 13 year old Pug, is loosing his eye sight and his common sense. He has started a new habit of peeing on anything in the basement so before leaving, I have to put everything away and all the chairs on the table. It’s not so bad since the floor of tiled and clean-up is easy, you just can’t leave anything out. A good habit I suppose but time consuming, especially when you don’t have a lot of time.

Winston on his 13th birthday.

Cats and Dogs

Aelish (Devon Rex Cat), Cookie & Winson


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