Keeping it real here at Threading My Way today and sharing a project that did NOT go according to plan.
I tend to find that when I make one mistake, it'll be quickly followed by more mistakes. And that's exactly what happened with the baby gift I was making to welcome an extended family member into the world.
I thought a matching long sleeved t-shirt, with matching pants, would be a practical gift, as well as being relatively quick and easy to whip up. Should have been!!!
Mistake #1 - I misaligned the neck opening and had to unpick the overlocking (serger) stitches, only to discover Mistake #2. I had been using the wrong needle in my overlocker. Instead of a ball point or stretch needle, I'd been using one for woven fabrics, which resulted in the holes you can see.
Why I didn't stop at this point I don't know!!! I'm not sure what I thought I was going to do about all those little holes.
A change of needle in the overlocker and the neck binding went in perfectly. I like to finish off necklines with a twin needle and have used this method very successfully before:
I didn't have any small spools of white polyester thread for the twin needle, so improvised with two overlocker cones. I'd seen this done somewhere before, but couldn't find the details. I just sat the two cones on the table behind the machine.
I'd read a lot about woolly nylon; apparently the ultimate thread for sewing stretch fabrics and so I purchased some. As I'd read, I filled the bobbin with the woolly nylon.
Mistake #3 - the neckline was no longer perfect. It has that stretched and wavy look. I'm not sure why this happened. At least I can easily explain mistakes #1 and #2. Adding the double row of stitching to the neckline has never been a problem before.
Perhaps the cones of thread on the table altered the tension or maybe I should have altered some settings due to the woolly nylon.
Sometimes I reduce the presser foot pressure when sewing with knits, but this time I didn't. Maybe that added to the problem.
I know you can use a walking foot when sewing with knit fabric, but I've never needed to do this for a neckline.
HELP!!! Any suggestions you can give me will be gratefully received.
The pants look cute, don't they. Looks like there's just the waistband to finish. These were sewn before the t-shirt, on the overlocker with the WRONG needle, so there'll be lots of little holes everywhere.
This cute little label will have to wait for the next handmade outfit.
I did what any good sewist would do - packed everything away, had a glass of wine and at a later date, purchased a store bought gift for the little newborn.
What would you have done?