Believe it or not, I had never oiled a sewing machine . . . until last night. My last machine was "self-lubricating" so I never had to worry about it. But I've had my lovely Bernina 1008 for a few months now and I kept having a nagging feeling that I should be doing some sort of maintenance on it. Lo and behold, a quick glance at my manual informed me that I should be oiling this baby every 3-4 hours of sewing.
Now wonder it's been a little cranky lately! Nothing bad, and I actually didn't notice until I sewed a seam with the machine newly-oiled. OMG, guys. My machine was practically purring! (Goodness, not to be improper, but all of this vocab sounds like it could be the script in an, um, "adult" movie!)
So, a good lesson all around. Isn't it wonderful when your equipment is in top-notch working order? (Gah, everything I write sounds dirty now!)
I've taken a bit of a break from sewing these past several days. I didn't sew a stitch all last weekend or this week - until last night. I started my mini-break wardrobe! I decided to start with a pair of shorts in a gorgeous red double knit (the lower right swatch). The owner at Rosen and Chaddick gave me a very generous cut, and I think I'll have enough for a pencil skirt too!
I already have a slam-dunk shorts pattern so I knew I could just whip these up in no time. Here it is, a lovely 50s pattern that fits me perfectly - no alterations needed! (View 2, of course. Not the bermudas with knee socks and loafters - ugh!)
They're practically finished already! And then I can start on my tie-front top. I've decided on the big red gingham for it. I think the three-quarter length view is the way to go for this fabric, don't you?
I don't know about you, but I'm so looking forward to a weekend of sewing! It's good to have the old mojo back.
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