I am visiting Mom. She loves her Viking/Husqvarna electronic machine. She thinks it is the best machine in the world. Who am I to argue? ( No camera with me on the trip. Hence the lousy iPhone photos.)
I will allow that it performed adequately. It is mostly electronic and adjusts tension and stitch length automatically. You can override the settings. I tried but I just couldn't get the nice straight stitch that I love. The foot pressure adjusts manually. (Is that a pun?) The machine is strong enough to sew through several layers of fabric. I liked the zz stitch it made but the ss left me wanting my 201 or any one of my Kenmores. But hey, beggars can't be choosers. It's the only machine here. So I suffered.
I promised, months ago, to make a hand bag and a wonder wallet for a friend who is sponsoring a silent auction for a worthy cause. The dinner and auction are on Saturday. I failed to complete this task before I came here. Because I don't want to be considered an unreliable dead beat, I stopped at Joann's Fabrics in Albany Friday night to buy supplies for the project before I checked into my hotel.
Yes, it is true, the Albany airport is a mere 75 minutes from home. The forecast for this past early Saturday morning was for blowing snow and frigid temperatures. I opted to drive up Friday night, rent a motel room and get up for my early Saturday morning flight. I thus avoided some travel stress. Oh and did I mention I had to stop at Joann's?
I found more fabric than I needed and bought it all. I also bought some yarn, but only a little. I bought much less yarn that I bought fabric. I am trying.
Today I set to the task of making the infamous OHB (One Hour Bag) from All Free Sewing. It took me all day.
OK not really ALL day. I did have to clean Mom's iron. I was working in pretty primitive conditions as well. No cutting mat, rotary cutter or nice, big, plexiglass ruler. All I had was scissors, a very old cutting mat, a faded ruler, a pencil and a twenty year old electronic GENUINE MADE IN SWEDEN sewing machine. Plus, I had to make the pattern from one of the bags I brought along. I think I finally started close to noon. I took a break mid afternoon for a nice long walk in the NC sunshine. That felt WONDERFUL. I finally finished before dinner.
I made some critical errors along the way. The fabric has a big, bold pattern. I realized this after I finished fusing the interfacing. I cut out two new pieces, paying attention to the pattern. I am not sure I paid close enough attention to the pattern. I can't tell if the bag looks like an owl or Wonder Woman's Chest.