My Sewing Friend

I’d like for you to meet my best friend. They’re slim, short, and sharp. Meet,

my seam ripper.

I’ve been seeing a lot of my best friend while making my Simplicity wrap top. Too much. It started when I made a stupid mistake – insted of sewing the center back seam, I accidently sewed the two sides together. What made it worse is that I decided to use the triple stretch stitch with this top, so it took me twice as long to rip out the seam. I also had several other instances where I had to use my friend, which I won’t get into. However, I feel that this top is jinxed.
Even though I’m completely frustrated with this top, I’m determined to finish it. I can’t have a lonely skirt. Plus, I tried it on last night to see how it was coming along and I really the way it looks (dispite all my mistakes). I’ve already decided that my next project needs to be something quick and TNT (tried and true). I desperately need a new white t-shirt and am leaning toward making a new one from Jalie 2005. I made the Prarie Moon Shirt in May and was really happy with the results.
Hopefully, I won’t be seeing my friend any more this weekend and by Monday my outfit will be complete!

4 thoughts on “My Sewing Friend

  1. bernadette

    I have spent MANY quality hours with seam rippers, myself. I own at least four of different sizes. Memorable events include the time I sewed (with great difficulty, which should have been a tip-off) the set-in sleeves to the opposite armholes. And the time I had to pick out and re-set an invisible zipper (they had just become popular and were much bulkier than now) three times to get the broad “stripes” of the print to align across my back. The fabric was almost shredded by then but I got so many compliments on that dress!
    Most of my giant sewing errors happen when I try to sew late at night. At least once a month, I used to come home from work, make supper, then cut out, sew, and hem a dress in one long evening and wear it to work the next day. We had no TV. Or kids, yet. Other weeks, I spread out my cutting/sewing over a few days, especially if the outfit was not one-piece. My reading material on the bus rides was the pattern instructions so I would be all ready and “juiced up” when I arrived home. It was a great life!
    Another of my little “sewing history lessons”: Commercial patterns used to be more detailed both in construction and directions when I started sewing (early 70’s). It was way nore step-by-step. I especially miss the SEPARATE pattern pieces that used to be provided for things like facings and interfacings, often even the linings. Now most patterns have you cut such parts using the garment pattern pieces, which lack the subtle grading plus marks, notches, etc that used to be provided! It sounds more complicated, but really wasn’t, and it made seams lie flat and the fit better. Patterns back then cost 50 cents to a couple dollars. Now they “list” at $8.00 – $25.00. I wish they were all actually worth that much!
    Other sewing things have improved however. I love all the new fabrics that constantly arrive on the scene!

  2. Anna

    I hate seam rippers, mainly because it means ‘wasted’ time to me and also because mine has a habit of rolling off the table onto the floor whenever I put it down, I must fine a square one!
    I love Jalie 2005, just made my third slash neck 3/4 sleeve one today and have made my Mother a 3/4 sleeve v-neck one in the past, must try that style for myself one day!

  3. Anonymous

    I’m so sorry. I tried a T shirt, and machine overlocked it. It was facing the wrong direction. I thought I had checked. in a I checked twice before sewing it a second time, but I know how not fun unpicking stitches can be.

  4. Stacy

    I have another style of seam ripper that is flat (no rolling off the table) and has a very sharp machette looking blade at the end. I just haven’t gotten used to using that yet – it’s pretty scarry looking!
    I am happy to report that the jinxed top is finished – so hopefully I can keep the seam ripper put away for awhile!

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