Saturday I tried my very best to recreate this shirt from an old long-sleeved t-shirt:
Cute, huh? It didn't look too hard and I had been meaning to get out my machine for a while so while Dave was in Richfield on Saturday I busted it out and watched a few episodes of Law and Order SVU in a strange bout of nostalgia for my friends Jac and Jenn and the many afternoons I sat eating cereal and watching it with them when we all lived together....
Well, try as I might I did not end up with a cute re-purposed shirt, but this:
A ripped mess of stretchy junk and masses of thread.
I can't get my machine to sew stretchy fabric! It's not like it's Spandex or something. I tried sewing a piece of sturdier cotton to compare and it did just fine. Does anyone know what the problem could be? I tried changing the needle to the one that was supposed to be better for stretchy stuff but it made no difference. It just plain won't stitch....the machine itself works fine but no thread actually stays in the fabric. My theory is a bobbin issue but I can't think of what. Any seamstresses perhaps know what to do? (Katrina I am talking to you here...)