First, some blog business before the actual post: I haven’t uploaded pics yet to my last post. Sorry the holiday weekend got away from me. I promise to update it soon.
I forced myself to face my intimidation of the single fold bias tape last night. I’ve been procrastinating thinking about the process of sewing the last week or so, hence the lack of sewing posts of late. I’ve had the muslin cut out for about two weeks for the Spring Top sew along and it’s been glaring at me accusatorily from the dining room table ever since. The pattern calls for single fold bias tape to make a casing for the elastic so that the neckline and hemline are elasticized. See picture below…
My question is why use bias tape to encase the elastic when you could use the fabric? I am using this pattern not only to create a top for me to wear, but also to learn to sew, to increase my skillset. So I am going to do the muslin exactly as the pattern says to sew it. However, I reserve the right to change it on the final fashion fabric version later (try saying that last part 10 times fast).
Back to last night’s adventure… I read the instructions for the bias tape attachment. Of course they didn’t make sense at all to me until I had read them about 40 times, but who’s counting? The first thing I notice is that they have you stitch the crease of the bias tape to the seam line (5/8 seam allowances) and then have you trim the excess seam allowance. Why not properly size the pattern so you don’t have to trim? Seems like an unneccessary step to me. Can anyone tell me why? So I obediently in a dog-like manner (no offense to dogs), pin my bias tape crease a 5/8 inch away from the edge of the muslin and go to my Singer 5160. I have black thread in the bobbin and needle, but who cares; it’s a muslin, right? I check my stitch and tension settings and rethread my needle just in case. And I start to sew. Well, except that my needle jumps to the side about 2 inches into my line of stitching. Why you ask? Well just take a look…
That hot mess, my friends, is what my sewing machine wants to produce. That’s what comes from the bobbin thread. I checked my bobbin several times. I changed the tension. I rethreaded. I prayed to unnamed gods. I watched tv. I took a sip of coke. I had some parmesan cheese (did I mention my addiction to parmesan cheese yet?). I rethreaded again and played with the tension for the sheer fun of it again. And nothing worked!!!!!
Why can’t I just go to the sewing machine and sew? Why is it I am always troubleshooting? This might be a serious killjoy for me. Is it the machine? Or is it user error? Should I get a new machine? Is the Singer 5160 a piece of junk? I searched on PatternReview for a review of it and couldn’t find any.
What do the people say?