Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure

Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure
Yeasty Mosaic at Disney's California Adventure

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Stop! Creativity May Have to Wait. . .a bit

Sometimes, being creative means that you have to take two steps back and put those whimsical, inspired ideas on hold.

I know, not much fun, but often, it's the only way.

I recently bought an open toe free motion spring foot for my old Viking sewing macine. This model was the first, I think, of the series of machines which had electronics built in so that I could write names on fabric bags, and do a lot of decorative stitches. (See photo above)

I haven't used the machine in years and years except for a couple of projects sewing on paper. But I have been interested in learning to do free motion embroidery with the machine for a while.

With luck, and my friend's advice, I actually ended up buying the right free motion presser foot for the machine. So I decided to try and quilt with it and ended up with a big old jam (probably one of the reasons I gave up sewing years ago.)

I decided I didn't have enough information to go ahead and try again, and for a reason that escapes me, I don't own a book that would show me how to do this type of embroidery.

So I ordered some basic books at the library and hope they come in soon so I can get back to my projects.

This is very frustrating as my creative juices were flowing last week and now I will have to get inspired again next week once the books arrive and I can take the steps to learn more. But this is the intelligent way to do things, I know, so I will do the responsible thing and wait.

Except that I hate waiting.


  1. My husband bought me an Elna sewing machine our first Xmas together with all of the bells and whistles. Imagine I made all of our first son's clothes embroidering little ducks, trucks etc.Hope you get your books've inspired me to maybe get sewing again too.

  2. Thank you for the unintentional pep talk. I decided this summer to make a sundress. I haven't sewn for years but now I have the time. Two months later after ripping the dress apart and remaking it (what is with the pattern sizing?) I finished. I tossed it into the washer to get all the markings out and it came out of the dryer about three sizes smaller. Yep that's right I completely forgot about washing the fabric before cutting. Totally bummed and frustrated I declared I have retired the sewing machine, until.I read about your experiance. Perhaps I will take a few refresher lessons and try again.


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