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2023 Sewing Log

July – December


Saturday, 1 July 2023

Got all ready to go on farmers markets tour, stepped outside, it started raining.

I couldn't think of anything useful that I could do when I was hoping to drop it any minute, so I took a hem out of a strip that I tore off a king-size sheet after we bought a queen-size bed, and intend to tear into sweat rags.


Tuesday, 4 July 2023

A missing pair of tweezers -- they were in the pen-and-pencil tray -- forced a thorough cleaning of the miscellaneous drawer in the kitchen. Inspired by that, I organized the mess on the leg board that I store on the ironing board so that I can have instant access to the ironing surface.

One of the papers that I threw out identified me as a 77-year-old female, so it must have been a while since I did that. Nice to move the leg board without anything falling off.

I shortened Dave's new pants yesterday, and mentioned it in the jersey diary.


Thursday, 6 July 2023

Before breakfast, I pulled elastic out of HCJ#5 and threw it into the rag bin of the laundry sorter.


Friday, 7 July 2023

9:27 AM 7/7/2023

The new old pants aren't at all comfortable. Ten percent Spandex is way too much Spandex; makes 'em feel like polyester despite being ninety percent cotton.

I should darn the old old pants so that I can wash them, but I desperately want to work on the new jersey instead.

Washing white stuff this morning, as it's a good day to dry on he line.


Monday, 10 July 2023

I've picked the ragged hems out of my default jeans and begun picking at the frayed pocket. The other broadfall pocket also needs some twill tape re-sewn on the edge.

Meanwhile, I'm wearing blue floral linen jeans that look like pajama pants. I usually pick my longest shirts to wear with them.

Perhaps I should wear my off-white damask pants on cooler days. Evem when mended the denims will be stay-at-home pants, and I'm never going to find a dressmaker to make me new black jeans so that I can demote my current save-for-good pair.


Tuesday, 11 July 2023

I picked the rest of the side hem out of the brakerchief I tore off the strip torn off the king-size sheet to make it a queen-size sheet, and put it on.

Wound a bobbin with dark khaki, zig-zagged some slits in my dirty-work pants, and put them back on.

The "cotton" capris are ten percent spandex, which makes them feel like polyester.

Decided to run the dirty-work pants and my bike knickers through a rinse-and spin during my nap. Removing loose dirt is good enough for kneeling-in-the-garden pants, and the knickers are clean except for conspicuous smears of sunscreen.


I sat on the porch for a while and baseball-stitched the worst split separating the neckband from my prettiest and most-comfortable dirty-work shirt. I doubt that the shirt will survive its next trip through the washing machine.

The trouble with using old clothes for dirty work is that something kept back for good wears forever, and clothing that's shabby to start with doesn't wear very long when put to hard use.

I'm not really energetic enough to search for all-cotton shirts and pants as I used to do -- and all the places where I used to buy them have long since been replaced. Except for Goodwill.

My next high-priority project should be putting pockets on my scorching-weather dress so I can wear it to church. I have the outer pockets cut out and pinned to the dress, but I have realized that I need to put them over patch pockets to hold small flat things, so I have to remember where the blue-flowered linen scraps are.

No, I need plain white linen of a lighter weight, and I see some peeking out at the bottom of the linen box.

I think I'll put shirt crisp in the hems of the outer pockets, but not the inner pockets.

I sure hope that Shirt Crisp is still available when I use up the sample.

8:46 PM 7/11/2023

Wanted to sit on the porch a while, picked out enough hem to make another bra rag. Then I nicked the fabric and *tore* the rest of the hem off.


Friday, 14 July 2023

A partial answer to the low count of pins: I found five in the crotch of YD#3 when I straightened out my underpants drawer.

Five? One should suffice.

Before breakfast, I put elastic into YD#7 to have something to wear while washing clothes today. I *think* that mark is purple; I've got to re-do my resistor-code kit. At any rate, the other marks from brown through brown-red are accounted for. black, brown, red, and golden-yellow flower are on the drying rack. Black is the beta pair, and flower marks an old pair made from the same scrap as Yellow Dozen.

This evening, I straightened the drawer so I could elasticate the remaining briefs in inventory-mark order.


Saturday, 15 July 2023

Make summer jersey

I started wearing it a week ago. I think I need to move the pocket dividers.

iron yet another patch on yellow linen jersey

I ain't gonna wear that shirt no mo.

hem the two pieces cut off the body-pillow cases.

I did that long ago, and wore one of the resulting small pillowcases out and threw it into the rag bin.

remove ribbon from new sweat pants

They are now old sweat pants.

Find roll of crochet hooks. It's yellow plaid.

It was exactly where it belonged, where I'd looked dozens of times, hiding under a tatting shuttle too small to conceal it.

I changed the bed today, and got around to hemming the torn edge of the top sheet so I could tuck it in as a bottom sheet.

I considered pinning it, but ironing the creases worked very well. I eyeballed a quarter inch while stretching -- sometimes with the help of a corsage pin -- so that it would tend to fold. It folded so evenly that I guided on the fold and the stitches were a uniform distance from the other fold.

I think I need to loosen the bobbin tension of the Necchi just a tad, but will wait until the light and my brain are brighter.

After tucking the sheet in, I tore the same width off the other sheet, but left the torn edge raw -- just put it on my side of the bed, like the first one.

Later I tore the strips torn off the sheets into ten sweat rags, then resumed picking out the frayed pocket on my old black jeans. The seams I want out were sewn *very* well, with black thread on fabric that is still sorta black, and the sunlight wasn't all that bright, so I knocked off about five.

It was time to start cooking supper anyway.


Sunday, 16 July 2023

My sewing goal for this week is to wear my linen dress to church next Sunday.

I've forgotten why the yellow-linen scraps were in a box by themselves. When working on the cotton jersey, I put the scraps into the yellow-linen box to keep them out of the way, but not *too* out of the way.

While looking for underpockets for the linen dress, I moved the scraps from the taxicab jersey and the curry jersey into the yellow-linen box.

There's room for another sticker on that box, and *might* be room for a sticker under the "linen bias" sticker, but I don't *think* that I'll be putting any more stuff into it.

I added a sticker to the linen box to note that some of the sheer green scraps are marked for cutting bias tape.

Under that green linen and the bat-looking "shepherd's check" print linen, it appears to all be white in assorted unlabeled fabrics, and I decided that I need a break.

While typing, I realized that there is no black linen and was freaking out over where did I put the scraps from the facings and trims of the yellow jersey when I noticed that the bias box has a sticker saying "black linen scraps".  Upon noticing that all of the larger pieces have true-bias edges, I put them into the bias box. Perhaps I should move them back into the linen box and add a "black bias" sticker.

Oh, ee, ooh, ah, ah! I have some *blueprint* linen. I should raffle it off to the lacemaker's list; my heirs won't know what it is.

7:04 PM 7/16/2023

Finally broke into the side seam securing the frayed pocket on my ragged jeans.


Monday, 17 July 2023

11:27 AM 7/17/2023 -- I found some puzzles while sorting the linen scraps to make small pockets to sew under the pockets I intend to sew to my linen dress.

There are two hand-embroidered (embroidery includes appliqué) guest towels that I don't remember acquiring. They can't have been made much later than the twenties.

There are also three sixteen-inch squares with the first fold of a hem basted in. Was I making handkerchiefs or dinner napkins, and why did I stop?

When and where did I acquire blueprint linen? I should raffle that off to the lace list to get it into the hands of someone who will know what it is and use it with respect.

Meanwhile (11:38 AM 7/17/2023) I should get on with making those pockets, because I want to wear the dress next Sunday.

1:36 PM 7/17/2023

The morning consisted entirely of intteruptions, but I did manage to cut two 3" x 5" pieces of white linen and take the Shirt Crisp out of the box.

I'm still walking around the box of knitting tools that I knocked off the shelf while putting the linen back. I did sweep the yarn bobbins back into the pile. Time for lunch and a nap.


Tuesday, 18 July 2023

8:49 AM 7/18/2023

HCJ#4yellow has hit the rag bin. Hemp-cotton jersey that has been washed hundreds of times makes excellent skillet wipes.


I spent the rest of the day riding to Goodwill (no hot-weather dirty-work clothes), Meijer (no pants hangers, but I did find digestive biscuits), and Sweet Corn Charlie.


Wednesday, 19 July 2023

No interruptions, and all I did was to cut out and iron on two Shirt Crisp patches, and press the turn-unders on the pockets and the underpockets.


Thursday, 20 July 2023

HCJ#6 hits the rag bin. Again, long swathes of the waist elastic were exposed, so that the pants hung down in festoons, but I had to cut holes to get the leg elastics out. I wonder why the waist casing wears so much faster than the leg casings?

In the morning I stitched the ends of the hems on the pockets and turned them right-side out.

After my nap, I pressed the hems and the turn-unders on the sides.  I plan to hand-baste the turn-unders at the bottoms of the underpockets, in order to miter the corners, or maybe trim them blunt to make brushing dust out easier.

Then I gave a full fifteen seconds of heat and steam to both sides of both ends of the hems on the main pockets, because I'd noticed a loose corner on the Shirt Crisp. I scorched some pressing cloth, but not the pockets.

The bobbin tension was a tad too tight, and it was puckering the seams, so increasing the top tension did not seem like a proper correction.

The mantra is "don't mess with the bobbin tension", but I didn't appear to have any choice.

Loosening it a tad made it tighter and puckerier repeat with loosening it a tad more. Perhaps bobbins aren't "lefty loosey"? I cranked it the other way: hoo boy tight.

So I cranked it one eighty to the left: still seeing the top thread on the bottom -- but, glory be, I was also seeing the bobbin thread on the top! I'm finally ready to stitch the hems, and it's only 3:17!

But I think I'll have a digestive biscuit and a cup of milk first; I sweated a lot over this.

After stitching the hems, I went out on the porch to baste the underpockets. Spouse came out and sat beside me to read, so when I finished the pockets I fetched out the jeans I'm repairing. I found a frayed edge that I could pick the twill- tape facing off, then baste the frays and baste the twill tape back on, but it started to rain just as I was about to tackle a similar job on the other pocket, so I resumed pinning the main pockets on the dress to see where they should go.

I knocked my Grabbit off the ironing board in the process, and was much alarmed. My previous Grabbit broke during such an incident, but it turned out that the fall had only popped the lid off and re-arranged the insides. I was able to deduce how the two magnets should be arranged, and the lid popped right back on.

I had no clue as to which pole was which, nor whether they should point the same way, but it seems to work the same way it did before.

I measured both pockets ten and a half inches from the armscye, but one is a more than two inches higher than the other.

Both heights seem to be acceptable. I'll measure the permenent placement from the darts -- and try on again before doing anything hard to take out.

After supper. It's time to shuck some corn and put it into the steamer.


Friday, 21 July 2023

The spilled knitting tools got in my way when I was pinning the pockets, so I gathered them up and put them on the box, which is lying on the floor.

I want to unscramble things before putting them back into the box, and there's a chicken pincusion that I want to photograph.

The inner pockets are attached, and the outer pockets are pinned for final stitching, but it's time for lunch and a nap.

I also have to iron the dress before Sunday.

Sewing large pockets to a fully-assembled dress was easier than I expected.

Which is a long, long way from saying that it was easy.

Now all I have to do is to iron it, which I plan to do after I switch to to Web-reading monitor and before I read the on-line comic strips.


Sunday, 23 July 2023

When dressing this morning, I put my debit card and "papers please" into the other underpocket. Had I thought of that sooner, I'd have made the pockets a tad deeper, but they are deep enough. I also would like for the offering pocket to be a tad wider; I have to push carefully to put the bill in.


Monday, 24 July 2023

After my nap, I hemmed the torn edge of the sheet. I didn't do nearly as neat a job as I did on the other sheet.

The other sheet really, really needs washing, but changing the bed is hard to work into a schedule when the sheet has to be washed, dried on the line, and put straight back onto the bed.

So I'm measuring to see how much to buy of what to make another pair of sheets.

The sheet is two yards and thirty inches wide: 102".

The sheet is two yards and twenty-seven inches long. Allowing for hems and shrinkage, I need six yards.


29 July 2023

Went to Lowery's today. To my disappointment, none of the wide fabrics were suitable, and wide fabric is too expensive to buy "eh, it'll do".

I'd check to see what I can get at Walmart if the net weren't down. I haven't looked at Dharma lately; they might have added a product. But again, the net is down.


Sunday, 30 July 2023

I should have made the underpockets on the linen dress wide enough to put my hand in. The offering isn't the only thing I ever put in it.

The narrow underpocket, for example, isn't a good place to put change for buying a sandwich. But I didn't need the change because the sandwich place on the way home from church isn't open to people with bad eyesight.


Monday, 31 July 2023

Washday is a bit late, so I put the elastic from one of the discarded HCJ briefs into YD#3 before dressing. "Before dressing" made it a bit awkward to get sunlight on the gap in the stitching while I poked the needle in! I used the fat needle for all elastics even though a bodkin would fit into the waist casing.

I trimmed the surplus elastic *after* tying the knot. Grabbing the end and the elastic with eyebrow tweezers and poking got the knot inside the casing. I'll mend the gaps tomorrow.

Bedtime:  frayed pocket on everyday jeans

Upside of not being able to read my funnies. Also, I want to pick tomatoes tomorrow, and the linen pants that have been filling in have white flowers on them. (Making pants out of printed fabric was a *big* mistake!)

When it was time to re-stitch the mock-felled seam I'd picked out to free the pocket, I first basted the freed part of the pocket to the front, then basted the front to the back with the raw edges matching, then turned the pants right side out and folded on the old crease. It required a pin to keep the pocket in place where its hems crossed the seam, and I stuck two other pins to show where to start and stop.

I wonder whether I mentioned that I'd unpicked the hems, cut along the frayed edge, and basted a fold in just above the old stiching line? I sewed mystery tape on the hems before sewing mystery tape over the hem where I'd cut the frayed edge of the pocket off. That, too had been basted already.

The frayed edge wasn't on the pocket proper, but on the cutaway part of the front. I did have to re-stitch the quarter-inch twill tape facing the opening of the pocket proper, on both pockets. This was harder on the pocket that wasn't picked apart.


Tuesday, 1 August 2023

I wore my reserve briefs today, but YD#4 is complete, so I can dress tomorrow. I meant to finish several pairs, but DH got fed up with the state of the garage, and if I don't help clean, all my stuff will go to the landfill.

The cleaning isn't finished, so I may not get much beyond cutting five sets of elastics for YD#5–10 tomorrow. I don't know whether it's #6 or #7 that is missing; no matter what light I use to look at it, that mark is black.

When I started to mend the last gap in YD#4, I couldn't get the opening to lie flat no matter how I tried, and the elastic adamantly refused to be pushed back out of the way. I finally figured out that the elastic had somehow gone through the fabric. The fat needle I am using for a bodkin isn't sharp enough to poke a hole in fabric!

By this time, I'd worn the hole pretty big, or maybe it was big to start with -- the knot had gone through that hole before.

Then I discovered that I'd done a *really* good job of tighening that knot; a square knot usually capsizes when you put tension on just one strand. This knot did turn into a clove hitch, but it was a strangle-tight clove hitch much smaller than the strand it was tied around. It finally came undone when I poked it with an old brass knitting needle I'd made of "ready to thread" brass rod back before one could buy fine knitting needles. Now that sizes smaller than two millimeters are again hard to find, I wonder whether fine brass rod is still available.

For those who came in late: "YD" stands for "yellow dozen"; the scrap of yellow jersey happened to make exactly twelve pairs of briefs. There is also a beta pair and an old pair made from the same scrap.


Monday, 7 August 2023

I get to strike "shorten Dave's new pants" off my to-do list before putting it on. He tried them on and they fit right out of the envelope.

I got the elastic box down, and decided to roll up the skein of quarter-inch elastic because it got in my way while I was getting out the cord elastic and the eighth-inch elastic. The reel was too small for a square snack bag, and just a tad too wide for the bags I keep thread in. I wound looseness from the core to the edge a couple of times, then squished a bit.

I'm almost out of the extremely-useful "pill pouch" size bags, and haven't seen them in pharmacies. I bought some 2" x 2.5" bags in Walmart's crafty-wafty department, thinking oh, boy, they don't have those obtrusive labels, but they are really 2" x 1 1/2", and the pill pouches are 3" x 2 7/8".


Tuesday, 8 August 2023

10:31 AM 8/8/2023

I put used cord elastic into the waists of YDgreen and YDblue. Definitely blue in the sunlight as I sat by the window putting in the elastic.

I finally found my resistor-code kit between two of the items on my to-do pile on the foot locker, but I think I'll use baby-blue Subsilk instead of opening the footlocker to get a more-suitable blue embroidery floss.  I worked an orangy-yellow bar tack into the same holes as the invisible yellow bar tack, and intend to do the same with light or medium blue for the too-dark blue bar tack.

I wonder what my linen pedal pushers are doing in the pile? I don't find a clue in my to-do list.

So I shook them out: I hadn't had the wit to pin a note to them when putting them on the to-do pile.

I'm desperate for summer pants, so I tried them on. I'd sewn the right opening instead of installing hooks and eyes. O.K., I can live with that -- less lumpy anyhow. Put them on: they lack about five eyes of being tight enough to stay up.

If I don't get that done by Sunday, I'm going to safety-pin them and wear them under my dress anyway.

Meanwhile -- start cutting new elastic, or make lunch?


Wednesday, 9 August 2023

I chose lunch, but must have cut elastic sometime, as three 33" pieces were draped over the sewing machine when I looked around for something to do that I could simply drop when it was time to leave. I started installing them in YD 8, 9, and 10, and finished up after getting back from the appointment. I'm not sure which is #8 and which is #9.

On closer inspection, the one marked with sewing thread is definitely white. I think I'll sidemark the other one anyway.

Haven't mended the gaps yet; I plan to do so before measuring leg elastic for YD 5, 6, and 8 – 10.


Friday, 11 August 2023

1:31 PM 8/11/2023

YD#6 complete and in the drawer. I made an exectutive decision that that one was #6, and I "corrected" the blue mark that's too dark and looks black by oversewing with thread that is too pale and looks white.

I'll try to do better when I find #7.

7:46 PM 8/11/2023

At least the green mark is definitely green.


Monday, 14 August 2023

9:47 PM 8/14/2023

I count eight pairs of yellow panties on the drying rack. There are fourteen altogether: the dozen pairs, the old pair, and the beta pair.

So there should be six unfinished pairs lying around.

YD#5 is lying on the sewing machine, waiting for me to mend the gaps after installing leg elastic today. I had tme to finish the job, but felt stupid and the light was poor.

Aha! there are three lying on the ironing board waiting for me to instll leg elastic, not two as I'd thought. Thats YD#8,9,&10. #11 is on the pattern trunk, waiting to be put into the go bag to have hand work done before sewing the casings, so it must be #12 that is in the go bag.

It all adds up.

Also felt too tired to iron the dress and two shirts that I washed today, plus a shirt that has been hanging around since the previous washday. The third shirt that was in the wash is, unironed, in the closet.


Tuesday, 15 August 2023

Ironed all the shirts today, but left the dress until later. That dress is a bear to iron, and I have another I can wear if it isn't done by Sunday.

Also ironed all four hems of the sheet I washed today, because I'd had to dry it in the tumble dryer. I didn't dampen the side seams.

When I put yesterday's laundry away, I wanted to put the yellow briefs in inventory-mark order, to evem out the wear, and found that I needed #5, so I finished it.

While I was at the machine, I repaired the two breaks in the waist casing of the white front, black back pair. The stitching broke only in the black half. I used the yellow thread on the machine, since it wasn't any more contrast that the white thread it had been sewn with in the first place.

HCJ#7 was still pants when it came out of the washer, and I'm wearing them today, but I think I'll put them in the rag bin of the laundry sorter when I undress tonight. There's no wear except at the waist casing, but I'm tired of them.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to ride my bike to a grocery where I'll buy a chicken to make a fancy dinner that evening, so I doubt that there will be time for sewing.


Wednesday, 16 August 2023

While dressing, I realized that I need to add "make do rag" to my list of things to do. The expensively-cheap linen I made my current do rag of is wearing out.


21 August 2023

I appear to have thinking about writing, then failing to actually do it. Haven't been sewing *much*.

This afternoon I trimmed the threads on YD#8, #9, and #10 and put them into the drawer. That completes that; I'm saving #11 and #12 for the go bag -- and my next appointment doesn't allow any time for sewing.

But I should organize the go-bag in case of ambulance.


23 August 2023

Oops. In organizing my go-bag for tomorrow's trip, I picked up #12 intending to add it to the go bag in case I completed the hand work on #11 -- and discovered that it was #11, with all the hand work completed. Too late to sew today, so I draped it over the sewing machine.

Now if only I could find the copy of Analog with a half-read story by Asaro in it. There are a *lot* of Analogs around here! I'd been hoping that I put it into the go bag yesterday, but no soap.


Tuesday, 29 August 2023

"The Space-Time Pool" turned up when I looked under a sheet of paper lying on the ironing board.

I hope Asaro wrote another story in this universe.

Tighten elastic in white linen drawers

I couldn't figure out how I got the elastic in. Perhaps I put it in before sewing down the free edge of the bias binding. Appears to have been a repair of a worn waist casing.

So I pulled the elastic out where one of the two rows of stitches had broken, which by good luck was close to the splice in the elastic. I cut out an inch and a half, and overlapped by about half an inch sewing the ends together.

The pale yellow thread on the sewing machine is much brighter on white than I expected, but this *is* underwear, and I'll be in no doubt as to which stitches need to be taken out if I need to fiddle with the elastic again.


Wednesday, 6 September 2023

I tucked in a sprout on the hooked rug yesterday, and this evening I'm about to take the pillow cover that I washed today out onto the porch and baste it back together. It will be easy because all but one of the snaps that held the cover on when this was a throw pillow still work. I plan to leave a large knot on the outside for the next time I wash the pillow cover.

It's a feather pillow, and I've been using it on the bed. I probably mentioned making new cases for it out of the off-cuts of making body pillow cases into king-size pillow cases. One of those is worn out; I'll need to make a couple more soon.

Pause to update to-do list.


Monday, 11 September 2023

One of the finds at Aldi last Friday was five thirty by thirty-inch "flour sack" towels for $4.99. Thinking that they might be good underlining, I bought a packet and put it on the rag shelf of the linen cupboard.

Only now do I notice that the fabric is tracked -- what crepe is called when it's not done on purpose. That makes it better for towels, not so good for underlining.

One reason that I bought it was that it was cheap.

I remember when a dollar a yard was expensive. My calculator makes this five-dollar bundle a tad under three and a half square yards.

At least I won't need to zig-zag the ends when I wash the fabric.

Today I bought six XL lace bras, three white and three black. That will allow me to save my four custom linen bras for times when I need to be particularly comfortable.


13 September 2023

I plugged in the sewing machine!

Dave's new pants were delivered yesterday, and I finished hemming them up today. Had a terrible time getting the machine to work; finally noticed that the top tension had somehow been set to zero.

Looked through my two bags of garage-sale thread and found a spool of spun polyester that I thought matched the charcoal gray.  When I sat down in sunlight to thread the machine, it was navy blue -- but it matched the fabric better than black or medium-dark gray, so I used it.

Now there's another ziplock in the synthetic-thread drawer.

I secured the first fold of the hem with right-angle pins so that I could get the pins out after making the second fold.

Later, I pulled each pin back a bit, then pushed the point through to the right side so that I could *make* the second fold.

For each fold (false starts and fiddling omitted) I measured, stuck in a white pin, eyeballed around sticking red-head pins, then measured around, pulling two pins each time the next pin was a trifle off.

And I measured a third time after switching the right-angle pins of the second fold to seamline pins.

While the iron was hot to press the hem after stitching, I ironed a bit of selvage from very-cheap interfacing to a pattern that had torn off its brad, punched a new hole, and hung it back up. I'm not sure I hung it on the brad it tore off of. It's way past time to take all the patterns off the wall and look at them.

I'm using "cheap" in the quality sense; I've no idea what I paid for it.

Sometimes one *wants* thin and sleazy, but I'm a bit baffled by people who pay a lot for easily-broken basting thread. It must be hard to get such stuff out without leaving bits behind, and thread is easy to cut.


Friday, 15 September 2023

A bit of sewing: It's wash day, and I'd found a wad of dusty masks while tidying the bicycle stuff. I didn't want the strings tied around the other items in the washer, so I basted the masks into a pillow case. Without a thimble, because sewing while standing up caused it to keep falling off my finger, and the much-washed madras fabric is very soft.

I threaded the needle without cutting off from the spool, sewed the pillow case closed, knotted the end of the thread, pulled the excess in, then had another thought and knotted *both* ends and centered the thread with a couple of inches dangling at each end.

When I took the case out of the washer, I pulled on one of the ends until it broke, then pulled the other end out with no fuss or feeling around for the knot.

Why didn't I think of this decades ago.

When I knot the end of a thread, it's always basting or a knot that I meant to cut off, so I always want a big messy knot that's easy to see. I wonder whether I can still tie the small, neat knot that I put into the end of a thread when I thought that a knot could secure a thread that was subject to washing and wear?

I don't think I'll try.


Sunday, 17 September 2023

More tidy-up sewing. While straightening up the four-wheel walker, I reflected that I'm not going to wear my old hot-weather dirty-work pants any more this summer. They are far from worth mending, but I don't want to throw them out when I have only one other pair that I can garden in when the sun is hot, so I darned them enough to survive a trip through the washing machine. There are lots of slits in the worn leg, but I don't think any of them can propagate very far.

I used dark-kakhi thread. I should photograph that bag to illustrate leaving the sales slip with the thread, so that when the thread is on the machine I'll know what thread the empty bag is for.

Together with the kakhi thread to illustrate keeping a needle in the bag with the thread.


Thursday, 21 September 2023

Yesterday I picked out the misplaced bar tack and repaired the pocket divider in my woven-cotton jersey.

I used yellow thread and worked from the inside so that the back stitches wouldn't come all the way through the black-faced elastic casing, then worked a bar tack a the top in black "quilting" thread.

Once off the casing, I switched to running back stitch down the crease to the old stitching. When I turned to the right side to finish off, I found that the two rows were somehow an eighth of an inch apart on this side. Just inspected it again, and I still don't know what's going on.

I cut the thread and hung up the jersey.  I wore it this morning for a quick trip to dump ill-fitting clothes at the thrift shop, pick up lunch at the sandwich shop, and buy Walgreen's out of AREDS 2 capsules. That's a three-month supply, so I'm not worried about them still being out when I need more.

Anyhow, the pocket seems to work, so I won't worry about the space-time anomaly.  




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Mend yellow do-rag and put it away for the winter
Pocket divider quilting-cotton jersey
New cases for feather pillow
broken stitch YD#10
YD#Beta broken stitches on beta britches
Eyes and hooks on linen-cotton pedal pushers
Make do-rag. Perhaps pink?
More hook eyes on better black jeans
Darn broken stitches in brown vest
put elastic in necks of white silk T-shirts
assorted mending banana wool jersey
shoulder seam on banana jersey
Dave's Carhart socks
Toe of Sunday wool sock
darn right yellow glove
elastic on pink garden sweat shirt
9:41 AM 5/16/2022: elastic in sleeves of glittery posh frock"
fold-bottom pockets for villa-olive dresses
slit in side seam of embroidered poncho shirt
timer pocket on red-checked apron
timer pockets on various shirts, esp. blue plaid
Timer pocket on blue-plaid tunic-smock
darn red knee socks
zipper of wool overjersey coming unsewn at bottom
neck ties on black/gray poncho
hooks on brown/black check wool pants
Shorten silk gown one inch
hem up black print skirt one inch
Moth hole in alpaca shawl
Re-crochet spot on closet rug
Frayed spot on hem of insulated jeans
sort stuff in boxes on sewing-room floor
let out hem on black dress
find all pieces of slacks being made of the spare black linen-cotton pedal pushers
Re-pleat flowered skirt? (too much work)  


(I must check to see whether bodkin basting is mentioned in one of the ROUGH0nn.HTM files.)
link to dishtowel hem 5/26/2022
crop and scale sandal picture
Write essay about the clothes pin bag, the book bag, and the bus trip bag.
photograph a thread bag with loose labels
reformat jessup, edit ROUGH22.HTM "antique", "combination",
check for pleat instructions
Carhart pencil pockets, ROUGH011.HTM
photograph wierd pockets on black knickers
search site for "hong kong"
find "How to Stop Knitting" in "needlework" box and make it into a Web page.
Link "torus puzzle" from Thunderbird to Rough Sewing
Photograph sleeve of black raw-silk shirt, Edge Finishes
photograph polish dauber. Re-photograph toothbrush.
Re-photograph Grandmother's bodkins.
scan illos for Shuttle Solitaire


finish calling-card sewing-kit tutorial
Write finishing instructions to put into take-home bags
Put backing papers into take-home bags
Make sewing-kit folders, check cardboards and backing papers. (Take pictures for tutorial.)
Update embrogig.htm


Join reflective tape on overmitten
Elastic in ankles of wind pants
two pairs of black-denim jeans, unless there is more herringbone.
Make hats out of stranded stocking tops.
make jumper pattern out of gown pattern - - nip waist, flare hips
Mend hem on old silk scarf
black bras
black cotton briefs
evaluate both pairs white hemp jeans
Darn writing mitts
sort and repair warm clothing
darn Dave's watch cap
stop-run darns on ragged wool tights
repair closet rug
patch seat of black linen jeans

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Black eight-pocket drawers (cancelled: wear capri leggings)
patch silk tights
shorten parlor drape
all-linen hat
make twinkle-twinkle slippers


propeller gilligan hat
patchwork cover for White to replace pillow sham

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