Yesterday was a rough and sad day for me ... I returned that beautiful and HUGE Bernina and got hassled a bit in the process, but they were nice in the end. There were a lot of things I liked about it, but it was fussy. And I can't have a fussy machine when I'm constantly working on deadline.
Also, it was REALLY expensive and I thought I should get more for that amount of money. It was my fault, I know. I should not have been so blindly loyal to Bernina. But, dang! there are NO machines as good their old mechanical ones. Anyone who has an 830 or 930 Record would never part with it. And my 1030 is just as good with added stretch stitches. It just sews and sews well, period!
So, I was saying to a friend yesterday on the phone, that I thought when I became a grown-up I shouldn't make such mistakes. But she, by way of comfort, said we all make mistakes.
Which makes one of the postings on today's Pattern Review's daily email very appropriate!
I invented a term years ago, which many friends and family members have adopted. It's called a "Melitta Mistake." Melitta coffee makers were very popular in the 70s and 80s. They have funnel shaped cone with a paper filter and you manually pour the water into it. The possibilities for mistakes when half awake in the morning are endless ... putting the coffee in without the paper filter, and then sometimes actually pouring the water into it, pouring the water in when there is no coffee in the filter at all, pouring the water into the filter when it is sitting on the counter instead of on your cup or coffee pot, a very messy mistake, forgetting to grind the coffee beans and putting them whole into the filter, and then sometimes actually pouring the water in, and on and on ...
Well, over time, this term "Melitta Mistake" has become what any stupid mistake is called. And this morning on Pattern Review there is the best list. I will share some of my favorite ones.
1. I picked up my 18mm rotary cutter instead of my tracing wheel the other day and happily started tracing (oops cutting ) away
2. Fused interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric piece (actually did that 5 minutes ago)
3. Just cutting that last piece of thread off your just finished dress.
Only to end up with a hole in the dress..... ( from Andrea -I've done THAT ... OY!)
4. I cut an appliqué out of a piece of scrap fabric....or so I thought! It was really part of a knit top I was sewing (that one, too ... from Andrea)
5. After sewing a collar, I flipped it right side out... and.... Now why is the interfacing on the outside? :(
6. I was making a jacket for my dd and sewed one sleeve to the neck.
To a fabric of high loft curly fleece. Those stitches were fun to take out!
7. Here's a new one, serging on a sleeve only to get the sleeve cap caught into the serged seamed. On an extra good day, I'll cut a nice hole into the sleeve cap with the serger blade while doing this. :)
8. I made a simple skirt and didn't notice until I was finishing it that the flower pattern ran one way only - and mine were all upside down! The flowers are actually on stalks. Oh well, it's a comfy skirt and I only wear it around the house and the occasional visit to local shops.
9. At sewing class one of the other ladies put a top together and serged the sides eams, but she kept going and managed to serge the armhole openings together too - Just thinking about it gives me the laughcramps again. It was so funny (not for her)
10. I am forever snapping off the zigzag foot and snapping on a straight stitch foot, but forgetting to change the stitch width to single width. SNAP! There goes another needle!!!
(from Andrea, another one I've done several times)
So, as one other contributor to this list said, "The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get!"
These all make me feel better. Number 6 is my favorite. And I didn't even list them all. Click on this link to go to the page where these come from. I'm not 100% sure it will work for you if you are not a member to Pattern Review, but I think it should.
But, anyone who's sews has stories to tell. I've certainly gotten pretty fast at picking out seams, even serged ones.
Please share if you have a mistake you feel comfortable fessing up to.