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Craft Rage

...Making a mess of things since 1973


A personal epiphany

I have to admit; my new coverlock 3.0 was an impulse buy.

You may be asking yourself, what kind of dork impulse-buys a six hundred dollar sewing machine? I know I certainly asked myself that question quite a bit as I loaded the box into my trunk.

As I installed my shiny new serger, I had an epiphany of sorts.  I'm not who I thought I was!

I've always considered myself a fly by the seat of my pants kind of person, and this extends to my 'crafting' such as it is. I like to figure things out for myself, or just wing it, far better than I like looking at patterns and reading instruction sheets.

Admittedly, this is a huge contributing factor to the phenomenon I like to call the "crap sieve", but after 37 years of working with the crap sieve, I'm more or less immune to the effects.  That sort of last-minute lack of planning just kind of works for me in my personal life, though it can be a little frustrating to those around me.

Still, as I manhandled my new serger downstairs and into my sewing room, I remember clearly thinking "There, NOW I can get some sewing done!"  Apparently, in the dark cave that is my mind, I've had this sense that there's no point even trying to sew knit garments if I don't have a serger that will do a proper finish.  I didn't even know I felt this way until I brought home my Pfaff.  If someone had said "hey, why aren't you doing much sewing?" I would have given a dozen different answers, none of which included "I don't feel like I don't have the right equipment."

This is the epiphany that I had; apparently, I'm a crafting snob. 

In all other aspects of my life, I'm content to make do, to be slapdash, to cobble together a solution to overcome whatever obstacles are in front of me.  But when it comes to my creative side, I don't feel comfortable even trying if I don't have the right gear. 

Goodness knows, I've got a terrible lack of skill, but still, I DO have the ability to sew a zig-zag stitch, which is really all you need to knock together simple knit garments.  Most of my sewing machines actually come with several nice stretch stitches, PLUS, I've got a perfectly good 4-thread serger.

I'm very exasperated with myself, but also, I'm feeling very good about getting started.  Now if only I could get the new dog to stop pooping next to my sewing room, I could go sew something!


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