Archive for October, 2015

Baby it’s cold outside

Foto-1964It’s getting cold, so I’ve made a cape for Mimi, the statue I dressed up this summer.

The challenge is to get her arms into it. I’ve made two rectangular openings and hope they’ll be in the right place.

Of course, i could have taken her measurements last time, but where’s the sport in that?

I made the openings by sewing a rectangle of fabric on the right side of the cape, where I wanted the openings. I then cut an opennig in the middle, turned them inside out and fastened the rim with a very narrow zig sag. Foto-1962

Four corners

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I have four corners of this crude linen (or hemp?) fabric. My plan now is to make four faces. We’ll see what comes out of it

Know who your friends are

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I made this for my sister on her birthday. It’s a pillowcase with printed cross stitches in grey and white, on this I embroidered the text in pink that translates to “I’m always on your side”

I like how it makes me think of the old fashioned embroidered wall decorations with encouraging text that were still quite common in Sweden when I grew up.

Sleepless in Stockholm

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This really is heavily addictive. I find myself hurrying home so I can do a few stitches and last night I sat up until 3 in the morning because I had to give a go to the hair.

I ended up using the “front” side as front. The back side was a bit more vague becaue the stitches were smaller, which is what attracted me at first but then I decided to go with visibility. For this time.

Back to back

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I’m experinenting wiith embroidery. The two faces are on the same piece of fabric, on each side. I haven’t decided yet whic should be front and which should be back. I’m making half cross stitches on the one side, making them a little irregular since I want to create a feeling for skin with an uneven surface. Right now the diagonal ones seem more like hair to me, so i’m leaning towards using the back as front.

Not just any cushion

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Isn’t this fabulous?

A neighbour gave me this. It’s a pin cushion made from a tin or a beer can.

I’m in awe

It’s alive!

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I did it!

Here are the brittle, broken machine parts all in plastic that had to be replaced on a Singer 533. It took some time.

When the new parts came I tried to take the old ones out. Didn’t work, the screwdrivers didn’ get a grip. So my son finds one that he once got with a Donald Duck magazine, and that one fit. Good thing we never throw anything out in this house.. When looking closer I realized those round little holes where actually tiny hex screws, so I went to my mom’s  place to borrow her keys. The 2 was to small and the 3 to big, was there a 2,5 to be found? Went to the store to get one, nope the 2,5 didn’t fit either. Found out there are actually metric and inch size hex screws. Who wudda known? I always figured they were just numbers. Anyway ebay had the inch sized ones. Ah at last progress.

Ok, so the parts had to be taken off in a certain order since some of the drives are sitting on long bars, passing through holders and….and so on. But I did it. I got them all off and the new ones on.

Today I was going to see if it worked to sew.

Nah. The fabric wouldn’t feed and move forward. Were any of the parts sitting backwards or something? Then I tried to reverse and that went fine so nothing wrong with the feeding gear then. Disappointed and frustrated I searched the internet and Heureka! A function for special stitches was apparently on, put that on zero and YES!

It’s loud compared to my Husqvarna, but it’s working.

And i added sewing machine repair person to my CV

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