After practicing threading the sewing machine over and over, I think I've finally got the hang of it. Excited that I managed to get past that step without any war wounds, I forged forward onto practicing straight stitching. I placed the fabric carefully under the pressure foot, lowered it, and gently pressed the foot pedal. All I heard was SNAP! The needle broke! Egad!
I removed the broken needle and headed to the fabric store with the broken needle to get a replacement. I had no idea what size the needle was, so I just handed it over to the sewing guy (who sighed audibly) and was given a variety pack.
After replacing the needle, I held my breath and tried again. Success! The sewing machine was behaving. I saw a so called easy pattern for a fleece hat. I managed to do the long seam, though its a bit crooked.
The next step was to turn the brim up. I guess I was supposed to use fleece that looked the same on both sides, instead of the wrong side/right side fleece I used. When I rolled up the brim, it was pretty obvious that the wrong side was showing. Easy enough to fix if I use the right fleece next time.
I do have a question for you sewers out there. After making the long seam of the hat, you can see the sewing lines that I made on the wrong side of the fleece when the brim is turned up. Is there any way to avoid this next time or will that always show on a turned up brim like this?
The hat is a little small too and since its super amateur, it now belongs to one of Piper's big headed dolls.
I promise (really this time) to have a crochet project on my next post. Its a neat one, if I do say so myself.
Sewing lesson #2 is today!