September Recap

September was National Sewing Month. . .

And I did my best to participate by sewing, embroidering, serging and shopping. Here's a quick recap:
About half way through the month, my sewing machine started having tension problems, so I had to stop using it until I could get it in for repairs this week. That didn't stop me from stitching -- I seized it as an opportunity to spend time with my serger. I learned how to:
  • Thread the machine for a 5-thread overlock stitch
  • Convert the machine for coverstitching and back to serging
  • Thread the machine for chain stitching and coverstitching
  • Tried all the feet that came with the Coverstitch Kit: piping, binding, hemming, etc.
  • Experimented with woolly nylon thread and edgings on knits
I also spent some time shopping at my local JoAnn Fabrics and ETC during the recent sale on Red Tag fabrics. I purchased:
  • about 15+ yards of knits (average cost about $2/yd) in various colors to use as "muslins" for the pajama and t-shirt patterns in my collection
  • twill fabric for a couple of jackets I would like to sew this fall
  • shirtings for more blouse patterns
Overall, I'd have to say it was quite a productive sewing month -- and there were about 10 days I didn't sew at all! I finally got around to doing some major housework and catching up on my bills those days. I even made time for a bath and haircut for Keli. If I'd had to wait any longer for my machine to be repaired, I might have started my fall clean-up of the garden . . . but I got the machine back yesterday, so the garden will have to wait.

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