Sewing time has been limited of late what with a jumper that I need to finish knitting (I'm still deliberating whether to unravel about 15 rows to rectify a mistake in the lace pattern that I've just discovered or to leave it as proof that it really is handmade!) and - shock horror - a teenager in the house (the 15-year-old son of my former pen friend, here to improve his English).
Last week I was experimenting with jersey and had a few problems getting my 25-year-old machine (everything I write is making me feel old today!) to change into straight stretch stitch. But it did it in the end with a bit of help from my engineer husband.
Now I have a great skirt pattern cut out and ready to go, the teenager is still in bed and probably will be for a few more hours and all my lessons for the next week are prepped - time to sneak in a bit of sewing!!! Hooray!!
The machine just refuses to sew anything like a normal stitch. In fact it seems to be stuck in stretch stitch mode (when it doesn't want to just go backwards that is).
If Andy can't work some magic this weekend and persuade my sewing machine that it really does like sewing in a straight line and (preferably) forwards, then I'll be researching sewing machine repairers ... or new machines. I'm having trouble enough finding a sewing machine shop round here (I wanted to look at overlockers), let alone someone to repair a very old, obsolete machine (Riccar went out of business more than a decade ago, I think)
And there ends my tale of woe for the moment!
Now, seriously, any suggestions on how to crowbar a teenager out of bed before midday - or should I give that one up as a lost cause too?!!