Saturday, February 13, 2010
My New Friend, the Multi-Step Buttonhole
It's a long weekend here in the U.S., and what better way to spend it than getting to know my new machine? I picked her up last night, and we're already getting along smashingly. (I haven't named her yet - I figure I'll give her a little time for her personality to emerge.) Despite my earlier doubts about a multi-step buttonholer, I'm already a convert. My old machine used to jam, without fail, right in the middle of a buttonhole. I love having the control of being able to start sewing again anywhere in the process in case something goes awry. So thanks to all of you who spoke up in defense of multi-step buttonholes.
Also, I find the multi-step buttonhole so fun! As you know, I'm a knob turner. And a six-step buttonhole on a mechanical machine is basically a knob turner's dream. Woo hoo! Just another wild weekend here at Chez Gertie.
That's one of my practice buttonholes at the top of the post. Not bad, huh? The sides look a little thin to me, perhaps because I'm pulling the fabric too much. I'm so instinctively worried about jams from my old machine that I'm probably trying to control it too much! I'm going to try to chill out on that a bit.
Other than making more a ridiculous number of buttonholes, I've also been whipping up some blouses and working on a fun new tutorial for you. I'm really excited about this one . . . more details to come.
I hope you all are enjoying a fabulous weekend of sewing and relaxing!