Part of the fun of this shirt was using five different machines to make it. I used my Viking 940 to sew the decorative stitches, the yoke, and the sleeves. I used my Singer Featherweight to stitch the sides together, the hem, and the pocket. I used my Singer 401 and Singer Monogrammer to monogram the pocket. I used my Brother overlock machine to edge the side-seams and the sleeve holes. This was necessary because for some reason I was having a terrible time with the flat fell seams. I have done them several times before, but they did not want to cooperate this time. So, I overlocked. Finally, I used my Bernina 1005 for the collar, the button plackets, and the buttonholes.
Part of the reason for multiple sewing machines is because Joe and I are dividing our time between our new house and my parents. Since the machines are split between the two, I used whatever machine I was near in the last few weeks.
The Bernina has a 6 step manual buttonhole feature. A little threatening at first, since I am used to automatic buttonholes. Once I measured, marked, and sewed; I was amazed. I think the buttonholes are fabulous! Not any harder than an automatic buttonhole, just more steps. I will be sure to use my Bernina a lot in the future.
The Singer Monogrammer is a neat device that attaches like a buttonholer and is about the same shape. It has a box full of discs, one for each letter. I attached it to my Singer 401 since it is a slant-shank, which the monogrammer is also. Press the foot control and the monogrammer "writes" the letter than stops automatically.
|Monogrammer and Discs|
|The "W" Disc|
|My Pocket Monogram|
Yes, one of my computerized machines could have monogrammed this project, but using the old way is fun for me since I like gadgets..
Now that I have bored you with all the details it is time for the unveiling of my "New Fun Shirt" It is a little small due to the cutting off of my failed flat-fell seams. I might not wear it. It will probably hang in my closet. However, I am going to San Francisco next week. Maybe a skin tight shirt is the proper attire there?
Thanks for stopping.