Why does it seem like the last step of a large project is the one that gives you the most trouble (especially when things went swimmingly before)? That was my day yesterday. You see, I’ve been on a metallic kick lately – I’ve been testing out threads, fabrics, etc. for an upcoming article. I finally started putting it together and wham, my machine decides to grab extra fabric that was pushed off to the side and start eating it. It was totally my fault, too: I had too much material bunched up around the hoop and I left the room to finish talking to my husband (leaving my machine unsupervised). When I came back, the machine was jammed and the excess fabric wasn’t just sewn into the hoop, it was intertwined and sewn around the presser foot and the needle was snapped. Yes, it was a hot mess.
After taking a few minutes to say a few curse words (and a few prayers too), I set to work untangling my mess (I had to remove the presser foot as well since everything was sewn into that area). After several minutes carefully ripping some stitches, I was able to evaluate what I had done…. it was ugly – little holes and deep wrinkles were all over the area I had ripped out. I determined I had a few options: put an applique over the area (not what I wanted to do), iron it out and see if I could ‘hide’ what I did, or start over…. I started off with the second option.
Because my base material is synthetic, I started with that setting on my iron then ‘bumped it up’ a bit and managed to ‘melt’ the holes enough so you can no longer see them unless you really try. Then I fused a scrap piece of woven, fusible interfacing to the back of the damaged area to make sure that rubbing, etc. doesn’t cause the holes to open back up at some point. It was a good save.
The moral of the story? Never leave your machine unattended (oh yes, and metallic fabrics look totally awesome embroidered, but that’s a different story).