Hey Everyone: Just a quick note to say thank you for any comments you've provided or thoughts you may continue to have about my post yesterday. I think my fixes may have ameliorated things. More on that when I have a better sense - but I continue to love your feedback. I will respond soon.
I went to a truly beautiful event this morning - it's overwhelmed me, in truth, and then I came home to the part of the jacket I'd forgotten (isn't there always one of those?), finishing the bound buttonholes. In brief, it did not start well and, 5 hours later they're almost, but not quite complete. One buttonhole was a disaster and I can blame my machine and some utterly useless silk organza. I salvaged it as best as possible and managed to fix it for the other 3. That's a long story I just don't have the energy to relate right now. Good news: I learned a lot. Bad news: I barely care about the crappy buttonhole because all I can think of right now is how I really have to finish this thing. It's not to stay on some kind of schedule. Thing is, it's been great, and now I would really like this jacket to be a lovely completed object I can value for many years (or 10 minutes), not a thing that's staring at me from the sewing room. This is a very big project for a relative novice. I'm feeling it.
As it happens, I woke with a bad headache which, even moderated with lots of ibuprofen, is now fairly brutal. I hope I can shake it by tomorrow but it's got that PMS-y terrible thing underpinning it.
I was hoping to finish the hemming this weekend - leaving only the lining and finishings to go - but I didn't get quite that far. I guess it means we have that many more things to look forward to :-)
A new machine is on the horizon and I would LOVE to know which one you use and why you love or don't love it. A number of people have commented or emailed to express a similar interest in knowing what great machines make your sewing so professional.
I will def. tell you what features I think a serious sewist needs (based on my musings for the past few months), but I don't know what I may not be considering. One thing's for certain - though it may frustrate you, you can make a tailored suit on a beginner machine. I just don't think it's optimal.