I have been sewing since I was about eight years old. I never cared about the stitch quality until I became afflicted with SMAD (Sewing Machine Acquisition Disorder). It never mattered before. Now it matters, a lot.
I visited my friend Rain last weekend. I finally delivered his 223 to him. I also took along some other parts in a tote bag I had made. He tried to give it back to me. I told him he could keep it that I had plenty more at home that I had made.
"What machine did you use?" he said as he scrutinized the stitches. Only someone who works on machines cares about the stitch quality.
I admit, though, that when I am at craft shows I look at the stitches on the various for sale sewn items. I am a stitch snob.
So tonight I was pleased to be sewing on the 201-3 transformed to treadle. It makes a lovely stitch. I don't know what is up with that 237. Maybe it just doesn't make a nice straight stitch. My 201-3 TTT (transformed To Treadle) does.
This project is another tote bag. I loved the bright colors of a linen kitchen towel map of the Caribbean.
I wanted to preserve as much of the original design as I
could. I thought that I had secured the edge under the seam. I
hadn't. I tried Steam a Seam but it wouldn't hold. So I gave in and
used the Kenmore. I know it is an electric machine. I know that my vow
was to only treadle until the TOGA. I failed. So shoot me.
I like this stitch in this application I think it will hold the edges together well and will bear up as this bag is used.
The handles come next. I was thinking of using that bright yellow. I would rather use more green. Just don't have it. I might have some blue.....