Today, I wanted to show you my small contribution to Pretty Grievances’ Jungle January. I’ve been seeing so many fun animal print projects that I really wanted to join in the festivities.
Basically, all the cool kids were doing it!
But, my sewing machine had other ideas.
I did finish this:
It’s a little clutch which I am using as a makeup bag (right now it has thread in it). I’m not buying new fabric at the moment, so I knew I would need to dig into the stash to find something in the theme. I know zebra is more savannah than jungle–let’s just go with it. I had originally intended this to be a Christmas gift, but I changed my mind. Since I still had all the fabric and notions ready to go, I decided to go ahead and sew it up.
Yesterday morning, I was working on a companion makeup bag, feeling proud that I was knocking out my daily 20 early, and pondering how great it’s been that my machine has worked so well all this time (not even joking about that), when suddenly in the middle of some topstitching the motor seemed to stall a bit and the needle movement became stilted and irregular–almost like the thread was all jumbled up in the bobbin case–though the stitches continued to come out normally. And then the machine started to rumble and growl at me. Well, I finished that row of topstitching (slowly and with much trepidation) and went searching for the manual. Of course, I found nothing helpful. It wasn’t the thread; cleaning out the bobbin case didn’t help; I wasn’t getting any sort of error message.
I began to think about bridesmaid dresses that I’m supposed to work on this weekend and this mending job for a friend that I’ve had since before Christmas and curtains I have to hem and Roman shades to be made for an interior designer friend–not to mention all the sewing I’d planned for myself. . .
Slowly, I began to panic.
And then I switched into Crisis Management Mode.
Do you have a CMM? I do. And when I am CMM Jenny, I am sort of a fearsome creature to behold. I’m all gettingitdonegetoutofmywayorIWILLCUTYOU. (Afterwards I get a sort of headache. I think it’s like an adrenaline hangover.)
Over the next 10 minutes, I found my warranty information and my original receipt and an authorized Brother service center near where I work; I called the service center and found out that it would be at least three weeks before they could get my machine back to me; I begged a friend via text to let me borrow her machine for a few weeks (I didn’t have to beg, really) and I packed my machine in its original box and got it all ready to go. And then I was running late for work so I had to go into CMM part 2 to pull myself together and get out the door.
This whole episode has got me thinking that it might be time to start considering an upgrade. While I love my machine and up till now it has been absolutely perfect, I bought it knowing that it was a starter machine and that if I kept at my sewing, I would need something a little more sturdy and long-lasting. Just something to ponder for now.
Maybe being without a sewing machine for a day or two means I’ll actually finish sewing the buttons on my New Look 6078. Guys, I have Things to Say about this pattern, and I need to hurry up and get it done!
Back to the clutch–I actually have a couple more of these in the works, so I will tell you more about the pattern (and how you can get your hands on it, too!) and construction and all that later.
But for now I leave you with. . .
a ferocious jungle beast. . .?