Thursday, April 8, 2010

Try It Thursday

Okay, I am either seriously sewing machine challenged or my sewing machine is possessed. My mother-in-law gave me her old sewing machine a few years back. When she first gave it to me she set it up and it worked fine. She left and went home and the next time I used it, I hadn't changed anything but it wouldn't work right. The tension was off, the thread kept breaking and the machine would just jam up on me. When my MIL came to visit again, she just went zip, zip, zip, rethreaded the machine and it worked fine. She then unthreaded and got me to do it and low and behold it worked fine for me.......then she left......the sewing machine stopped working again. This has been going on for 4 years now. I have 2 theories. The first is that I am a total moron and I can't thread a sewing machine. But the second is much more interesting. I think the spirit of Christine (that possessed car from the Stephen King Novel/Movie) is in my sewing machine. It originally came from my old car. See, my old car was a hand me down 1990 Mustang from my sister, whose name IS Christine. She had her name painted on the driver side door, thus naming the car. From the time I had that car I was in 4 accidents, none of them my fault, 2 of which the other vehicle was written off, and my Mustang never had a mark on it. I, on the other hand, ended up hurt in those accidents. It was like the car was self restoring. It was about 4 years ago I sold the car and the sewing machine shows up. It is like the silly thing will only work for it's original owner and it tried to take my eye out with a broken needle....LOL
Anyway long story short, it took me all after and about 6 pieces of cardstock (not counting all the practice tries on printer paper) to sew a straight line this card.

After this rant my Try It Thursday is sewing on cards. For those of you who don't have sewing machine issue you can zip your paper right through your sewing machine. But if you are like time I will be using my mat pack and piercer to poke holes and then needle and thread to run a stitch through the holes. But give it a try, the result is beautiful.

This card is a case from page 33 of the Idea book and Catalogue. It was originally a Christmas card but given the time of year I decided to change it to a Thank you card. I didn't have the wood sheets or the DSP used in sample so I changed it to Kraft cardstock and Autumn Traditions DSP.

Stamps: Three Little Words
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Kraft, Autumn Traditions DSP to sew on,
Cottage Wall DSP for flowers

Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot, Scallop Circle Bigz Die,
Little Leaves Sizzlit Die, Stampin' Dimensionals


Great card. I can relate to the possessed sewing machine. Mine will do that periodically- and I've been sewing for years.

Your last name being Singer--- I am just curious if you are using a Singer sewing machine? :)

Ha ha, I thought of the same thing with your last name!'s a Singer sewing machine. Never thought of that and my MIL's last name is Singer. second theory is looking more plausible. lol

It was worth the work...nice card!!! What a story! You have to have a sense of humor in life and this story definitely taxed yours, but it was fun for the rest of us to read! Thanks for the smile!

My first thought, as well -- Singer...Singer sewing machine! ;-) I have always been sewing challenged despite my mother being an exceptional seamstress (hanging head in shame). My sister, on the other hand, is also an exceptional seamstress; I am amazed at some of her beautiful creations (there must be a sewing gene that wasn't passed on to me)!

Well your card turned out very pretty in spite of the sewing :) My sister gave me a sewing machine like that and the same thing happened to me! The tension, the thread breaking the same thing LOL! I finally gave it away. I gave up on sewing :)

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