First, I was doing well getting my fabric for our curtains prepped and ready to go. I was proud of myself. As someone who cannot cut in a straight line, I really pulled it off. Yay me. Then I started sewing. Now Mom had gotten the machine ready and had worked on it awhile. I mean it's been sitting for about a year without any care. She changed the needle and helped me oil it etc. She even got the tension set and did some practice runs to make sure it was looking good (and it was). Well, she had to leave and I was left alone...first clue that something was going to go wrong. My first issue was keeping it straight. I've never been good at keeping things even, other than baking...but on a whole my mistakes were sort of small and only noticeable to someone inspecting the work up close. Hanging on the wall, not so much. So while disappointed in myself, I thought it'll do or I'll fix it later. I started my next one and disaster struck mid-way (and I was doing MUCH better this time). My machine jammed. I ripped out the seams, checked it and tried again. Jammed again. This continued...and continued...and finally I called Mom. It seems something is wrong with the machine. ARG!
|Right before disaster struck.|
Probably the most irritating aspect of this whole thing, is knowing what I can do...I mean, 6 months ago I was performing brain surgery on rats almost everyday. I'm a pro with a dremmel. That's right, I can pop through a skull and not bust through the dura. To boot, I can construct an electrode using a microscope and a heat gun. Even harder, I can cut a carbon fiber to 50 um, lodged in a micropipette without breaking the glass seal...all with a microscope and a scapel. I can even remove a hippocampus so fast and trim it down under a dissecting microscope that the tissue survives. But somehow, basic sewing machine care and function has escaped me. Somewhere along the line I wasn't give the ability to cut straight...I mean, come on?!? But I guess all these things come with practice...I mean it took me a month to cut an carbon fiber reliably. I just hope it doesn't take me that long to remaster the straight seam. ;)
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