Monday, October 24, 2011

I made a little video while I was sewing yesterday and I thought I would share it. It's not the best quality but I thought I thought it might be fun to share my love of my industrial straight stitch with everyone. I used this same machine while learning alterations in a shop where I worked with a very skillful teacher and friend. When I left I was able to take this machine with me and we have been best friends ever since. I have put so many kinds of material through it...she has really been such a trooper.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Goal #1- Make a Bunch of Stuff

I have been working towards a new goal lately...working on inventory. A little ad in the church bulletin alerted me to a Golden Bear Boutique taking place in November. Not really my first choice of venue but I've never officially tried it before so I thought I'd give it a go. I hope it goes well because the space costs $ and I would just hate to not break even let alone make a profit. I've been trying to read up on how to "have a successful church bazaar sale" and I just don't like any of the advice, namely, the advice stating that a vendor should only sell one or two types of things.

As I have said before I  have never had a talent for making the same thing over and over again. I had a crafty friend who would sit down and make 50 identical cards for Christmas. Each detail was perfect from card to card ever year. It was so impressive to me because I just don't have the focus and the patience and now that I do that at work as part of my job I certainty don't want to come home and do it there too.

I sew in perfectly straight, perfectly measured lines at work. I use acceptable colored materials and matching threads. When I get home and sew for fun I don't like to measure everything. I like to grab five weird things and make a bag out of them. I like to use different colored thread in my bobbin and sometimes it's safety orange on pink. I don't sew in straight lines, in fact, I have developed a method of top stitching that I like to call "Drunken Top Stitching" on a lot of visible seams. My work is still pretty accurate. I have a tic for accuracy from work now that makes it hard to let totally loose but oh well...

Any who, I have been rounding up things that I've made in the past and creating some new things to bring to this show. I still need to make a banner of some sort and pull together a table top display for my space.  I am hoping to use this first show as a learning experience. I think I have the right skills to pull this off but we shall see.