How is summer going?
I´ve been preparing my holidays lately, so I limited my sewing hours to read your blogs. Honestly, there are posts that could be labeled as pieces of art , not only for their aesthetics, but also for the great amount of useful information they provide.
So, why the title of this post? I had a terrible time while serging yesterday trying to sew the fabulous Bombshell Swimsuit (just if anynobody happens to not knowing what I´m talking about: beautiful swimsuit
I already showed you the fabric in last post. I started with the brown and blue one (a colour combination I really love). The ruching process went nearly well, I made two rows of basting stitches in one back piece as directed, but made just one in the other piece, for it was very difficult for me to gather the fabric with the two rows (may be the basting stitch should have been longer).
And then it came the part where I had to serge lining and fabric together, behhh… more or less…but when I had to serge the two back pieces together I broke two needles :-)… This is a four- layered and ruched-fabric seam. The machine got stucked twice, I almost couldn´t get the fabric out of the machine. I even feared that I had broken something inside, hahahaha…Believe me, it was not funny!!
I think for next models I´m going to hand-baste the pieceswith a blanket stitch and then serge the four layers just once, this way it will be a thinner layer and the machine won´t struggle. This is how it looks now:
You can´t imagine how I felt this morning when I read this post (hello Shanni, your bomb is great!) and found that more people are having the same thoughts regarding the serging of the swimsuit: Have you experienced this problems with the layers as well? How did you solve it?
As for the couture dress, I haven´t made any progress yet, since I don´t have the fabric, which I intend to be a winter woven, and it´s damn hot here in Madrid…
What I did is buying another sewing machine, this one a sturdy multi-purpose one. It is the matrimatic jubilee 4, second hand, which cost me 40 euros, with all the accesories and almost new:
Carrefour sells the same model under its name also (Carrefour Home it´s called). It works perfectly, only that is much noisier than my Vikinga and can´t sew buttonholes in just one step.
And that´s it for today. I also wanted to share this picture with you because I find it astonishing. It´s Pamplona during San Fermín (did anybody hear about Hemingway?), a popular festival every july in Spain. It was over yesterday night:
How do you like it?
Happy sewing everyone!