It didn’t take long for me to realise that apron isn’t going to happen as I envisioned it. I got to thinking about that raspberry moth print and decided I wanted a furoshiki out of it instead. I only had a yard, so that’s that. Another big square!
I started sewing the rolled hem and quickly noticed that the stitching was looking a little funny. I’d been having some trouble with this, so after just a few inches, I took it off the machine and checked. Sure enough, the tension was screwy: the bobbin thread was so loose that I could just pull the needle thread right out as though it was basting – and this with 2.5mm stitches.
I had had the machine in for a servicing last winter, and over the summer when this tension problem started up again, I took it back. After the service guy had a look at it, he reportedly said, “It’s sewing beautifully now.” Deftly non-committal: did he do anything to it or what? But it was sewing well.
Anyway, this time I wondered if it might have something to do with the needle. (I’m pretty sure I checked that possibility last time.) I swapped it out for a new one and it seems to be better now, so perhaps that was the problem in the first place.
The next project will definitely be the black silk skirt – as long as there are no other big-square emergencies that I can use to rationalise my procrastination.