|Turtle the Pin Cushion|
Somewhere in all of this, I have been making friends with my Sewing Machine. I have a simple Brother model. I am not skilled enough to warrant any bells and whistles.
These days, I barely have to think to wind a bobbin or replace the bobbin. I can change thread and rethread the needle easily. I am getting the hang of curved seams. I can eyeball when it is the correct time to rotate the fabric for a direction change. I am confident when I change a straight stitch to a zig zag stitch and back again.
The turtle presented a challenge in getting the seams correct on the small curving seams of the appendages. Someone even told me that know one would know if I sewed those seams by hand. I persevered but next time I might just give that a go.
The ort bags gave me a little trouble on the points of the triangle. I needed to be able to push the fabric through the feeders at the place where there was not much fabric for the feeders to grab. I know there is a tool for this. I used my scissors because they were at hand.
There are two other issues. First, I have not yet changed the needle. I keep thinking that I should, but so far, there hasn't been any problems with the needle that is in it. Second, I should have changed the presser foot for the top stitching on the ort bags but I wasn't sure which foot it was. But the point is - I am using my machine and I am learning how to use it.