Monday, December 28, 2009

My Crafty Man.

I spent at least an hour of Christmas Eve watching Dillon torture poor ol' Bessie.  I'll be honest, I was terrified the whole time.

It all started when I set up the sewing machine to stitch a little something up.  It was meant to be a really quick project, 10 minutes max.  The kind of thing that takes you longer to set up then it does to actually stitch.  Upon hearing that I had not yet taken advantage of some of then fancy stitches I have, Dillon insisted upon showing me.  Not that he knew how to do it really, but he'd been shown by the man he purchased it from.  Gotta love him for trying!  Admittedly, my hubby is a genius and a whiz with machinery so I trusted him.  For some reason, after hearing about how crafty his Mom is, I just figured maybe he'd played around with one as a kid.  It wasn't until after he'd started that he casually mentioned he'd never used a sewing machine before.  Great.
This happened.  A lot.

Yes, the manual was consulted.  Several times.

The end result.  Lovely isn't it? 
 Needless to say, I never got around to stitching up that one little thing.  Such is life.  And I heard some noises that I don't think are good to be coming from a sewing machine.  I'm hoping that it was just the thread that I had loaded in there in a pinch.  I know, shame on me, cheap thread is the worst for ol' Bessie.  I went to the craft store to get some nice, high quality thread and I'm hoping that makes her all better.  I've been too frightened to fire her back up since then, but that's on my list for the beginning of this week.  After all that Bessie has been through this holiday, I'm going to do something nice for her, I'm getting her some ink.  I can't wait to pick up some paint pens and give her a tattoo!


Mrs. Evils said...

This is awesome! I love the finished product. My sewing machine has all these fancy ass settings that I have no idea how to use...I think you have to change feet or some kind of craziness.
That Place That Sells Sewing Machines used to do tune ups, maybe they could give her a once over?

MafiosaGrrl said...

I was laughing so hard when he showed me the pieces he'd sewn, there were actually two gems like that!
Bessie has 14 built-in and then it came with these crazy discs that have a dozen more. I can't wait to figure this beast out.
I'm lucky that the store he purchased it from gave it a warranty even though it's an older machine- if my new fancy thread doesn't work she's definately going in. and he offered a free lesson that I think I need to take him up on,lol.

AlwaysInspired said...

I had to laugh when I saw this! My hubby does know how to use a sewing machine, but still manages to do things like this! He's not used to my old "quality" machines. He learned on one of those new fangled computer jobbers. LOL

TheresainMS said...

Hey, he's just a freeform artist, right? Art is in the eye of the beholder...and all that jazz LOL! Glad he's willing to try anyway. If it were my machine, I'd DEFINITELY be taking one of those free lessons offered. I'm NOT mechanically minded but have learned to do simple stitching on the machine. And my mom is a wonderful seamstress. She wonders how it is that neither my sister nor I inherited her love of sewing. I'm too lazy to learn something else LOL I hope Bessie was just coughing and she's all better now :-)

MafiosaGrrl said...

Always- I was lucky he insisted in getting me an old, quality, machine, all metal parts and such. I think a newfangled one would freak me out!

Theresa-yeah, he is very much a free-form artist (I'll eventually post more of his (flattering) work on here,lol) I'm going to see how she's doing later today, I'm crossing my fingers that I can get rid of this problem by throwing money at it- cue expensive thread!

Anonymous said...

My husband doesn't know how to use the washing machine let alone a sewing machine ;)
Great post! x

MafiosaGrrl said...

lol, yeah my hubby picks and chooses his battles with the household machinery on a daily basis. Luckily he can fix just about anything, so experiementing isn't too big a deal for him. But he might stay away from Bessie for a while :)