Hi, I am Hilde and I have some very comfy and well-worn sewing slippers. I am also married with 6 children and 10 grandchildren so far. My husband Stefaan and I live in Luxembourg and he wears some of what I make. Small sizes are still my favorite though.
I have been sewing for over 35 years but it has been a long and slow learning path. I used to sit there in front of my sewing machine or serger and talk and yell at it because the stitches didn’t turn out the way I wanted. Then one day, while learning another new skill, someone said to me: “You have to look at what works and at what does not work, and then you study the difference. That is your building block for wisdom and sanity.”
Boy, was that good trouble shooting advice! So I started to observe and feel my thread and my needles and my fabric and the thread nests and finally I figured out that the difference was about the thread being engaged between the tension discs or not. Eugh yeah, that simple and it took me more than 20 years and a course in Non Violent Communication to get that.
Then came a new era, the coverstitch era! This got me addicted to trouble shooting. Those multi needled machines seem to provide ongoing food for studying what does not work and sometimes works. LOL
I know I am not alone. People have confided putting their machines in time out as a door stopper or even offering their husbands to use it as a boat anchor.
That is what I want this blog to be about; to share those moments on a good day when “YEAH, I think I got the difference”. And I want to encourage you, dear reader, to do that too. Please don’t take my word for it but figure out what works for you!