OK, so it's been a bad week when it comes to my relationship with sewing machines.
I already told you about the problems I had with the cheap one I bought (and later returned) to Shopko... well, today, we went to our friend Kathy's house to use her machine -- a machine that cost her $1200 when she first bought it, lo these many years ago!
I spent an hour and a half sitting at the thing... took me a bit to change the thread on it from the white that was already loaded to the blue that matches the material I was going to sew first. I figured, you know, I already cut out all the pieces, all I had to do was sew 'em together, and maybe two hours after starting, it'd be ready, except for maybe some alteration.
So, 90 minutes (and about a dozen thread-breaks) later... I'd sewn the sleeves and 3/4 of the main body. I needed Kathy's help to finish sewing the main body piece, and the collar on the shirt still needs hemming, as do the sleeves, and the sleeves have to be sewn onto the shirt, and the insignia sewn on, as well.
And that's just to finish the shirt!
I still haven't even started sewing on the leggings and trunks, nor the boots, nor hemming the cape and putting the insignia on it... to say nothing of the alterations that may be needed, and adding Velcro and elastic where required!
So, what am I going to do? Well, to be honest, I don't know.
I do know I'm frustrated enough with sewing machines that, if I'm going to finish the costume by next Saturday, it'll have to be hand-stitched, which takes time, but you know, I could've done the same amount of work hand-stitching as I did machine-sewing, and been just as far (and I wouldn't have had to re-do sections where the material slipped and the stitches weren't going in straight).
Jessi plans to go on a bike ride tomorrow -- a 50 mile one -- and I think I might see how far I can get on the costume while she's out riding.
Prior to her going on the ride, we have a few other things going on... firstly, there's the 9 am dog walking that we traditionally do on Sundays, followed by breakfast. Then, we're going to see about putting down some grass seed in the back yard to get the bare spots re-growing.
Ah, but I believe I skipped a whole bunch of stuff from Saturday, didn't I? So let's backtrack.
Jessi had a small gain this week, equivalent to my small loss, when we went to our Weight Watchers meeting. Everyone was thrilled to hear about our getting engaged, however, so that kind of balanced it all out.
After WW, we took the dogs for their 9 am walk, and then we made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things needed for breakfast. Then was breakfast (Jessi had my low-calorie Egg McMuffin and baked potato slices, while I did my kicked-up home fries, also low-calorie). It was after breakfast that we went to Kathy's house. After we came home from there, we had lunch (eating the last half of the Subway sandwiches I'd bought for dinner Friday night), and then we got going on some laundry and did a little straightening up before getting showers, and heading up to Tacoma to meet my parents for dinner at the Sizzler in honor of Jessi and I getting engaged.
Dad paid for dinner, and Jessi had the Lemon Herb Chicken with the salad bar, while I had the 10 oz. steak with the salad bar (she chose baked potato, I chose seasoned rice for my side -- maybe it's just this location, but I wasn't impressed with the rice, and wish I'd had the baked potato). The salad bar was good, as it usually is... but I would've probably been just as happy with getting just the salad bar, which is what my Mom ordered. Dad went for ribs.
My parents gave us a nice card and a gorgeous picture frame, which we'll need to take a new picture for.
After dinner, we went to my parents house so Mom could show off her new kitchen floor (she's been remodeling the kitchen, hoping to have it done by Christmas), and we showed my nieces Christi and Alisha Jessi's ring, while nephew RJ wasn't interested (they're my sister Debi's kids, and they live at my parents house, in case you're keeping track of my family ties).
Before getting back home, we made a slight detour... a new Dollar Tree location had opened nearby our house, and we had to check it out -- finding 10 items to purchase.
What can I say? We love dollar stores and clearance stores... you never know what you'll find there, and we almost always find things we've been thinking about getting, or just plain need. When budgets get stretched as tight as ours do sometimes, you've got to use every edge you can get!
Then it was back home, and some one-on-one time for Jessi and I before she went to sleep. I wasn't quite ready to hit the hay myself, so I had a quick smoke in the garage, and then read some emails, and wrote up this blog entry!
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