I’ve written elsewhere about the disruption to my sewing mojo caused by moving within London. Last week I decided I needed to resolve this once and for all so I set about rearranging the furniture in our drawing room and now I have a dedicated sewing space. My table is in a light and airy position next to the window, it will be a bit chilly in the winter but in the spring sunshine it is a pleasure to work there.
The other cause of my lack of mojo was my overlocker. I was given a second hand overlocker at Christmas and despite a few initial misgivings have fallen completely in love with it and the easy finish it gives me. As the overlocker is sitting in Suffolk this has meant that anything I want to make in London has to wait until I get to Suffolk so I can give it the treatment. I did try bringing the overlocker up to London, but then I had the opposite problem. Short of lugging the thing backwards and forwards the whole time the only solution was to get a second machine. This might sound like a huge extravagance (actually it is) but I have a John Lewis credit card and after years of carefully saving up the loyalty vouchers you are given (alternative view – years of over spending on my credit card) I had enough to get a Janome 9200D. I could, of course, have spend these vouchers on groceries, but where’s the fun in that?
The 9200D is a basic model very similar to the one I already have but has a slightly different threading mechanism. It came with a DVD which shows all sorts of different ways of using an overlocker - gathering, rolled hems and so on, which I’ll have to try.
Anyway, no excuse now not to get on with my sewing. I am still fitting the toile for my jacket and have also made up a dress which I will blog about once I have photos.