The sewing savvy, consistent blogger and Queen of knits, Tanit-Isis, lives in my city. (Remember when Tanit-Isis and Selfish met up? Yeah. That was near me.) We have been trying to meet up for awhile but a series of unfortunate events had derailed our plans. Finally, following a robo sales call from Fabricland advertising their sale, we managed to be in the same place at the same time for some fabric shopping and chit-chat.
Don’t pose for pictures with an actual model. Seriously. She was an actual model.
Well, she’s just as stunning in person. And the girl can fabric shop. I was very restrained, with thoughts of fabric shopping in the US next month in my head. Tanit-Isis had a plan and she scored. Including some red denim for something totally awesome…obviously. I picked up thread and a sheer print for a planned maxi dress.
Tanit-Isis and I are opposites in almost every way, sewing-wise. She works so well with knits, makes jeans…JEANS!!! and sews for little people. Her children. I am drawn to prints and I usually sew woven fabrics and pretty (but poorly constructed) office wear. And I don’t sew for anyone else. Don’t ask me. It was interesting to discover our shared link to rocks and growing up in small-ish towns. And we both love our husbands. Huh.
I suggested a challenge. I had linen fabrics passed on to me from a friend. Black-on-white and white-on-black border print fabric. I offered her first choice and a friendly challenge to see what the other makes with it. No time line or planned judging. Now I feel seriously compelled to step up my cool factor. Though I’m not sure that will happen with an embroidered linen.
I kept the black linen. Suggestions welcome.
Then we visited Sewing World and my restraint was seriously tested. I was interested in looking at sergers as I can see how one would seriously improve my sewing. And I just got a big, fat bonus from work. Don’t bring Tanit-Isis if you want someone who will strengthen your restraint. She convinced me that this is the machine she would buy. I don’t want to call her a pusher but…
Isn’t she gorgeous? I call her Ellie. She has all metal parts and weighs a ton. She won’t be bouncing around on the table! And with a little reading in the guide I was stitching away in no time.
A serger cuts off the seam allowance, finishes the edges and stitches all at the same time. I’m getting a little misty eyed just thinking about it.
So beware if meeting up with Tanit-Isis. Unless you are willing to be enabled.
What I’m listening to: The Fix by Elbow