One woman's crazy quest to take on everything and become the ultimate jack-of-all-trades.
As previously stated, this task is pretty intimidating, so I took great care to trap myself into going for it. First step: Acquire a sewing machine. In my case, I asked my sew-savvy mother to purchase me a machine for Christmas. Behold, the beast in its native environment:
Now that I have it, I have to justify taking up this much space in our small condo with the machine, fabric, etc. I guess that means I really have to do this.
Step two: Learn to use the machine. This included familiarizing myself with the terminology (Best sewing term: “bobbin” *snicker*) and then diving in and threading the machine. I am not going to do a step-by-step here. I just read my manual. Though, admittedly, when I envisioned using my manual to thread the machine, I figured it would be written for idiots that had never used a sewing machine before. Instead, I encountered things like this:
What the heck kind of drawing is that? And why is there a #1 by the image? There is a #1 on the sewing machine, but it is unrelated. If it is meant to illustrate the steps to complete the maneuver (this is how numbers are often used in this manual), it’s a one-step maneuver, why number it at all?? Is it meant to show where the same machine part is from two views? Oh, wait, a KEY! Says at the bottom, 1 represents the “thread take-up lever.” Great. Which of the three dozen levers is that again (flip back to front of manual to find the diagram of the whole machine, which, by the way, has this particular level numbered 4, and only the slot is shown, not the lever itself)? Overall- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? Somewhere out there is a technical writer waiting to be punched.
Also, this description makes this step seem sooooo simple. What sadistic sewing machine engineer thought this thing up??:
This picture really doesn’t do it justice. Getting thread around this hook requires the bending of space-time. I didn’t even realize there WAS a hook in there until I had tested the machine a couple times with strange results. Once I discovered it, I spent a good ten minutes putting in time toward a future contortionist project as I tried with all my might to loop the thread around it. I eventually got fed-up and did what humans do best- used a tool – in this case, scissors, to push the thread. I felt a little like I was sticking a knife into a toaster. There has to be an easier way.
Despite these minor obstacles, I did eventually get it threaded and all ready to use. On to making stuff!