Well if you came here this week to learn how to sew, join the club. In all seriousness, I can probably teach you a thing or two if you are new to sewing, but if you have any experience in it, then you probably have an idea of what do to already.
This week came with its own trials as usual. DARN BOBBIN. For some reason, my bobbin hates me and makes me life a living nightmare!
1. My needle was not picking up my bobbin
2. The thread through my needle came out
3. I realised my bobbin was out of thread
4. I struggled to re-thread it, tried it again
5. It kept getting caught in the sewing needle and denim fabric: I was confused and frustrated as to why it wasn't working
6. I looked at the thread, realised it probably was not wound up tight enough
7. Grabbed a new bobbin, re-threaded it and eventually got it back in my machine.
You see now why I may not be the best person to take sewing advice from ... But I am trying my best, just some minor inconveniences that made this week a lot more stressful than it needed to be. In trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, I started searching the internet and realised this is a pretty common problem - I watched a YouTube Video: "Sewing Machine Problems: Thread Bunching On Underside Of Fabric & Unjamming" which was super helpful in helping me see the different causes of the jamming. I also read a Q & A site to find out reasons why my thread might be coming out of my needle which was very helpful too - I still have not solved the problem fully, but it seems to do it less when I tightened the tension on my thread!
On the bright side, I FINALLY got all my squares put together which completes Step 8 of my process (which I have been documenting in picture form - Pic 1). I love the way it look so far! This also caused me a few headaches, as I am not good at cutting straight lines. For some reason, my lines start straight, but never end that way. I did search online for what type of sewing tools would help me cut straighter, but I was not willing to spend the money. If I decide to pick this up as a hobby outside of class, I will for sure spend a little money on some of the tools. Anyway, sewing some of these pieces together were increasingly difficult due to them being crooked and caused a lot of frustration. This is also why my blanket so far is a little crooked, but oh well. After getting the squares all attached, I had to work on getting a border for the blanket. I had planned to do this and sew them on, but these four borders took me hours to get right and they still aren't straight! But, I cut up some longer pieces of denim and then sewed them together until they were the length I needed (Pic 2). Next week, I will finally get those on and the front of my blanket (and the hard part of my blanket) will be complete!!!
This week, we were also asked to share our learning with our fellow classmates. I created a how-to video/vlog. I walk you through the steps of creating a denim quilt by starting with sewing the squares together. I decided to show this part in the video for two reasons: 1) That was where I was at in my learning so it made the most sense and 2) This was a step that I struggled with a lot at the beginning, but got the hang of it the more I practised and worked on it so I thought it would be an important and helpful step to show all of you! The video can be found directly below and feel free to leave me any comments or feedback! Thanks for checking in this week!