Not So Bright

I generally pride myself on being a fairly intelligent person. To a fault, sometimes. Other times I look at myself and wonder how I could ever consider myself smart!

Any guesses as to what is wrong with this picture?

sewing machine
look closely at the spool of thread on the top

I actually worked on a project and completed most of it before I realized why I was having the problems I was having. I knew what the problem was — my top thread wasn’t keeping tension properly, it would break randomly, it was otherwise not behaving like it had the last time I pulled out my machine — but I couldn’t figure out why.

I thought it might be the thread, which was a fiber combination I had not tried before. I thought it might be that I mis-threaded the needle. I thought perhaps I was using a needle that was too heavy gauge.

Then I looked at the top of my machine and noticed an empty spool holder spinning and spinning around.

Uh.

Duh!

Clearly, I am not the sharpest tool in the shed.

That said, I did finish a very simple dpn needle case with some (stash!) fat quarters. It still needs a closure of some sort, but I haven’t decided what. I don’t like ribbons much.

mm
the first seam that holds all four fabrics together
just a few needles
two rows of pockets for needles
first fold
fold one
closed
all closed

And for E (poking my eyes out), who laughed at me when I said I can’t sew straight:

crooked seams
see how crooked?

I was totally not kidding!

[horrible color pictures brought to you by fake lighting required by the overcast skies and nighttime.]

10 Comments so far

  1. Andrea on March 21st, 2007

    Um… I can’t see what’s wrong. I think I need it spelled out for me…

    What’s a spool holder?

  2. Jess on March 22nd, 2007

    Did you have the thread spool on the bobbin winder peg? That’s a new one, I thought I’d made just about all of the silly sewing machine errors out there! The needle case looks great, and if you don’t point out your crooked stitching nobody will notice. Trust me.

  3. Deneen on March 22nd, 2007

    I’ve never done that, but I usually have to wind a bobbin first, so the chance for that is slim-although something I probably would do.

    The case looks terrific!

  4. stacey on March 22nd, 2007

    been there, done that! seems like sometimes the most obvious is the hardest to see! the needle case came out adorable – crooked sewing and all!

  5. Liz on March 22nd, 2007

    Sewing machines are like big plastic and metal mysteries to me, I’m sure I would have done something much, much stupider. Thanks for the compliment about my Venezia!

  6. nonaKnits on March 22nd, 2007

    What a fun needle case and a hilarious story. Sometimes it’s good to have a harty laugh at ourselves. I’ve sewn long tricky quilt seams before without ANY thread in the machine and didn’t realize it until I was “done” :-)

  7. E on March 22nd, 2007

    I did not laugh! :)

  8. Stacey on March 23rd, 2007

    When it comes to the sewing machine I lose about 30 IQ points straight off the top. Once I “sewed” about 18 inches before realizing my top thread had broken.

    I can’t sew straight, either, but I’ve learned that hardly anyone looks at the seams :)

  9. Julie on March 24th, 2007

    I’m thinking you and I went to the same sewing school except you paid attention and I didn’t. I’ve been contemplating a needle case for myself and thinking I could just whip one out but seriously know better. I think you did an excellent job! Good for you!

  10. Yasmin on March 25th, 2007

    Needle case looks great! So cheerful!