So I’m one of the lucky few in the UK who got their hands on one of the Singer overlockers from Lidl. Actually it was my mother-in-law who got it for me – at half 8 in the morning she got the 2nd last one!
Clearly there are whole sections of YouTube and the internet dedicated to helping people thread these monstrously complicated machines. After an hour of playing I still had all my fingers intact and appeared to have threaded the machine so rather than do something sensible like practicing I decided to bust out a new pattern I’d never made before.
I definitely didn’t read the pattern through either.
So here’s my new top of many f*** ups.
In my defense its a bizarre pattern considering when one’s bump is expanding you’ve probably got reduced dexterity (and time) and are least likely to want to flash your flesh. It only really covers your boobs before you have to wrap the fabric round and round your torso in a bizarre human jigsaw method so as to try and cover all your flesh. I’m wearing a vest top underneath it because every time I bent down to put my shoes on I’d find my ‘bandages’ started gaping and oodles of pregnant flesh started hanging out.
It also makes me look a lot more pregnant than I am.
On the other hand its a nightmare to find warm, long-sleeved maternity wear. According to the shops women only get pregnant during the warm months of the year. With this having oodles of fabric and a long-sleeve version its nice and cosy.
In terms of f*** ups here’s the list:
- I had to the sleeves 4 times on one side because it kept coming un-threaded for some reason
- I had to unpick both sides after sewing the wrap bit to the sides because I didn’t read the instructions
- I’ve left all the edges as raw seams. I didn’t originally but the knifey thing cut through my neat edges so I’ve decided to style it out and pretend its part of the design
- Equally I should have switched to a blind over locked seam for the edges but couldn’t understand that page of the instruction manual and being an impatient sod just decided to carry on regardless. I believe the US Marines have a phrase for such a situation – “F*** it move on”.
So all in all its a top of many f*** ups. As opposed to Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours.
Situation normal for me really 🙂