A Marcy Jacket Interlude…..

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Sewing News for a Special Announcement……….. THE MARCY JACKET IS FINISHED!!!!!!!!

Whooo Hooo! She’s finished!!!! Would it be appropriate if I went to town wearing only this jacket????? It is THAT cute!

That’s right ladies and gentlemen. The Marcy Jacket (V9287) is complete!!! This is where plugging away at a project (how many weeks has it been?) will take you. To a happy ending.

I don’t know about you, but I thought you would be reading Part 2 of Sewing with my Sewing Sister today. But last night I remembered, “I said I would learn how to make buttonholes and I haven’t done it yet!” So I sat down with my machine. Re-read my manual; watched 3 or 4 You Tube videos and started sewing. I practiced first (good thing!) and after more tries than I want to admit, I made button holes that weren’t perfect but were a w-a-a-a-y better than never making button holes!

Yes, these are all mine…..what a mess! Can you tell why I was so annoyed?? Never mind that it was “operator error.” It took me awhile to figure out how to use the “buttonhole lever”—Until that was in place, all I made was straight lines and knots.
This looks just like Grandma’s!!!!

I am going to be transparent with you. I am not in love with the automatic button-hole attachment. In fact, I was unreasonably annoyed with it last night. I learned buttonholes “old school style” on my Grandma Leaf’s Singer. You measured and stitched forward; moved a lever, stitched sideways’ and stitched back. It must be the control freak in me but I liked being in charge of the decisions on my buttonholes. In fact, I like to think I made beautiful button holes with Grandma’s machine. Handing myself over to this new-fangled thing of plastic did not bring me joy.

This is not a perfect buttonhole. I can admit it. But it works and it is mine. For a first effort, I will take it.

Besides being new and different, the attachment wasn’t super accommodating. Our Marcy Jacket is a bulky girl and that created 2 issues. One, I had to Sumo-Wrestle it to fit under the attachment. And two, it would get stuck during stitching (rather than slide effortlessly like all the YouTube videos promised). Hence, my unreasonable annoyance. But now, all of that is water under the bridge. We have buttonholes, we have a jacket. Life is good! (Imagine that I just inserted a smiley face here.)

A Learning Moment. As we all know, annoyance is fertile ground for learning. In fact it pretty much screams “You Need To Learn Something Here!!” In this process I recognized that I am woefully ignorant about feed dogs. Sadly, when I was sewing I was too heck-bent-for-leather to stop, but let’s pause and learn about them now…..

For those of you that know about sewing—feel free to get coffee. For the rest of us, here are our feed dogs.

Feed Dogs: I started with Google and she took me took me to “The Spruce Craft” website. Spruce said: “Sewing machine feed dogs are metal teeth-like ridges that emerge from a hole in the throat plate of a sewing machine. Feed dogs move as you sew, gently gripping the bottom fabric to help it pass through the sewing machine and produce a high-quality stitch.While nearly all sewing is done with the feed dogs up and visible, darning and freehand quilting are two tasks performed with the feed dogs either lowered beneath the throat plate or covered with a special plate that may have come with the machine. Putting feed dogs in the down position eliminates the machine’s grip on the underside of the fabric, placing the crafts-person in full control of stitch length and position. That’s a plus for freehand work but makes it difficult to sew a straight line of consistent stitches.”

I’m happy to report the feed dogs were in place during the button hole extravaganza but I am still wondering if there was a way to make them grip better. I did learn from my manual that you can adjust your pressure foot to a slightly higher position to fit bulky fabrics under the attachment. Let’s all remember that next time.

One More Interlude: The Fuzzy Bear Sweater

Since we are already off-topic let’s add one more thing. I finished the Fuzzy Bear Sweater. (Yayyyy!) And it is as cozy as the world’s softest blanket. The last time you saw Fuzzy, I had added lace edging and a heart on the back. I finished it with…….(wait for it!!!)….a little girls party dress. I cut off the bottom 10 inches off the dress and then stitched it to the underside of the sweater. I tell you, little girl party dresses are the bomb for beautiful trims. You can pick them up for a couple of dollars at the Goodwill and have the garment edges of your dreams!

It’s fun to look at left-over pieces and ask “What could I do with that????”

I also made the sleeve edging from the same dress. This was from the waistline. It was already gathered so I just cut off a strip the length I wanted. Later, I used my pinking shears to cut the edge and attached it under the sleeve. As they say “easy peasy”.

Okay you guys, that is all for today. It’s Friday and there is a whole new weekend ahead of us. I will write soon and do part 2 of the Sewing Sister Special. Take care. Today’s post was all about remembering, “Life Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful.”

I think you are wonderful!

Published by kristimcgree

Hi, my name is Kristi. I love to sew, write and travel and I think having opportunities to be creative is the greatest thing ever!

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