"Well, that's the way it is made, you know. In a circle. " Mom declared. "I had forgotten all about that fabric."
"I have never seen fabric come like this before. I have some knit, but it isn't a tube. It's just like all the other fabric I have."
"Oh, I suppose it is more convenient for home sewers to purchase fabric in a piece, not as a tube." My mother said with authority, as if she were anything but a home sewer.
"I don't know, Mom. I sort of wish my other jersey knit had come as a tube. "
Betsy had loaned me a pattern. McCall's. I traced size medium onto some scrap packing paper and cut out the pieces. The pattern directed you to sew the shoulder seams together first. Not me. I sewed in the zipper, first thing. My mother taught me to do it that way. It makes sense. Why have all that bulk?
I have NO EXPERIENCE sewing with knits. I have three, count them, three ball point needles. I have three, count them, three boxes of Schmetz bulk microtex (100 each) needles for sewing cotton. I do have some universal needles, which I understand can be used on knits. However, I have been told that ball point needles are the way to go. The ball point needle pushes the fabric threads aside, rather than piercing them.
I was doing pretty well until I bent the needle when I sewed across the zipper. I thought I was sewing into the teeth of the nylon zipper. Nope, I hit metal. Now I am down to two ball point needles.
I successfully sewed in the zipper . I then tried the serger for the shoulder seams. It worked but the fabric stretched out at the end of the seam. I decided to go back to the Kenmore.
Now, this Kenmore is a very nice 158.1931. I switched it out for my 1760 which was relegated to the "studio" as a bobbin winder for the quilt frame. It winds the best bobbins. I had been having tension trouble with the 1931 but it was OK for utility sewing. I had messed with that tension assy to no avail and had given up a few weeks ago. Today, when I was clearing off the work table in the shop I found a brand new Kenmore tension assy. It came with the South River parts. I put it in the 1931 and with no other adjustment, perfect stitches.
Some day I may tell you about the 90 minutes I spent farting around with the assy that I replaced. Not now.
I had such success with that 1931 on that Jersey ! No problems at all. I sewed the side seams together. No stretching, skipped stitches or tension problems. I didn't even have to pin!
I am used to a flat bed machine. Remember, I have been treadling almost exclusively every time I sew these days. Even though I pulled the bed off and exposed the open arm, I still sewed as if I were on a flat bed machine.
|Does that fabric look pink? Oh dear.|
This sleep sack is huge. I thought it would be a good summer garment. Maybe it will still be hot enough by the time the child fits it. Sigh.
|Sleep sack with Binkie snap|
I found a darling little size 3-6 mos sleeper at the thrift store. I think I can use it for a pattern for an appropriate sized sleep sack.
I have more lavender fabric. I know that I should honor the request to avoid pink or purple. What does that leave? Blue? Green? Brown? Red? Yellow? Black? Gray? I do have some black, blue and gray in my fabric stash. Not really good colors for this application. Oh darn, I guess I will have to go fabric shopping.