Well… what can I say. My attempt at shirring was a big fat F for fail I’m afraid.
I’m tempted to add in a couple of other S words to join in the alliteration to describe just how unsuccessful my attempt was, but something tells me that would just be bad form on my blog & I’d regret it later!! So “shonky” it is…. 😉 LOL…
Let me show you how it went since a picture paints 1000 words…
|Mega horrific repeated jams that nearly broke my machine 🙁|
So as you can see… not a roaring success!
Lucky I used one of “my uglies” to practice on and not straight gung-ho onto the dress like I normally would!!
I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. I followed an online tute then in desperation even got out my A-Z of sewing book but neither set of instructions worked… I suspect it could be something to do with my machines automatic tension control (which the rest of the time is just awesome). My machine just doesn’t seem to like thicker threads because it doesn’t cope well with top stitching thread either.
Any suggestions would be marvellous!! (I use a brother just in case anyone else has run into these problems and overcome them).
But all was not lost. It did prompt me to finally ring my thread lady and organise to pick up some more thread, which I’ve been putting off for weeks. Janet is lovely and you can find her website here… I also get my rhinestones from her. These threads are half the price of Gutterman but equally as good quality and my machine likes them very much.
So I stocked up.
And finally… I pushed myself to finish something yesterday after all that fluffing about and managed to finish 3 simple dresses for Saturday’s market…
I think I’ll be keeping it at that for now on the apparel front until I have more time to devote to making something a bit more exciting.
Yip, I better focus on projects I know since I have a deadline – more pouches anyone?! 😉