As you can tell from my tweets, I’ve been on a sewing streak the past few days. It started with the hole in the bedsheet, which led me to whip out the ol’ Singer. I took pictures since there was a reader request from 101 Grams of Eye Candy to post a pic of my sewing machine. So here it is D!
I don’t have a sewing work table so I transform my dining table by placing a massive piece of cloth (several layers of it) so that the machine, etc. doesn’t scratch the glass, then it also becomes my iron board for ironing seams and it also sidelines as a pincushion when I can’t reach the actual one. =P
The machine has a built in light but it’s too weak for me so I usually use a lamp. This is my solar powered lamp from IKEA.
Best thing about it is no wires that limit it so I can position it anywhere and the neck is so flexible, it can light whatever I need to see easily.
I never sew without the manual (so many things to remember about this machine because there are 38 stitches to choose from!) and this Sewing Techniques book.
I didn’t really know what to do so I google and found some helpful posts and just combined what I thought would be appropriate for my situation from the different ideas….
1. Found cloth of similar color and feel, pinned it to the wrong side (next time I think it’s better to do this on the right side)
2. Satin stitch around the edges to secure the patch and keep the edges from fraying
3. I used the threader to thread the excess thread into the satin stitch so it wont get caught or unravel later on.
4. Then with size 2 stitches I just zig-zagged over and across the 3 tears to keep them from getting bigger. (No my sheet is not that see-through or laspag ha! I just tinkered with the contrast of the picture just to show you how it looks. Originally this picture was just all white! =P)
My bed sheet lives to serve another day! We will just be using it in our bed of course, never for guests. One day when no amount of repair will do, I’ll probably make rugs/rags out of them. This is what I love about sewing. Being able to extend the life of my stuff and also being able to make stuff that I can’t find or can’t find for cheap i.e. I did our pillowcases because the brand TD likes wasn’t on sale and we needed more for visitors. I’ll show you pics sometime! =)
I’ve been dying to do projects on this wonderful book I bought for beginners. So many lovely sewing projects. And the best part about it is that the patterns come with the book too! Isn’t that just awesome?!? Can’t wait! I’ll post pics!
Pages I found useful in mending the sheet:
- Mending and Repairing by Down to Earth
- How to: Mend a bedsheet by Craftzine
- Mending a bedsheet by Sew for Dough