SF: The A-HA! MOMENT
Making an SF comback, am I? Yes indeed! Welcome back, me! I don't have much of a studio anymore, as I am sharing the dining room converted into work room with my beloved, but still - I can try, right?
I worked on this poor little guy this past weekend, and it had some major A-HA! moments in stock for me. It's the first thing I've sewn on a machine EVER, which is quite amazing (if you remember, I got this machine for my birthday). It was meant to be this doggie on the left from my beloved Japanese book. Well... it doesn't quite look like it, does it?
The first A-HA! moment came as I was setting up my machine for the first time. I'm used to feeling like an idiot for not getting very simple things - but this was one of the best of them. The whole upper/lower threading completely baffled me. three hours and many curses later, I had that first A-HA! Thank goodness.
Many small a-ha!s came at this point, as in "a-ha! So if I lower the foot onto the fabric the thread won't get all caught up and mangled!" "a-ha! The pedal controls the speed!" "a-ha! I didn't drive in three years, hence the lack of ability to control aid pedal!" "a-ha! Patterns sure can be complicated!" "a-ha! Pins are small but damn sharp!" etc.
The second A-HA! moment came later, as I was struggling to figure out how to combine the round lines on some of the pieces with the straight ones, and how on earth do you menouver those tiny pieces of fabric. The A-Ha moment started creeping up on me as I was working the body, and in the end, I just had to admit - it was meant to be hand sewn, wasn't it?
The last A-HA! moment was when I finished this guy, and was more of a A-HA?! as in - "was it meant to be this crooked?!" Well, to my defense, it was my first real sewing project, and the first one on a sewing machine. In context, I think I did a fine job. Ant quickly adopted him. And even Suki has been known to show interest.
The next project went much better.