Thursday, December 1, 2011

Disappointment


This pile of nothing is the wool and rayon jersey that I paid too much money for in Santa Fe. I'm done with it, enough is enough.

I washed it in preparation for cutting...and the grain got wonky.

And yet, I soldiered on. I decided it was too thin for my original project. OK, fine. And I picked an alternate pattern.

...which took just a wee bit more fabric than I had. But still, I kept going and made it work.

Then I sat down at the serger and could not thread the lower looper. The BabyLock air-jet threading had gone kaput at that setting...

Yet I still kept going, and figured out an alternate way to thread it (note to self, remember to always check the accessory pack for your machine). That long wire with the loop on the end? Guess what that's for!

I'm at the machine, making samples. So far so good, they look great. I pick up the front pattern piece to start sewing...

And discover 2 holes at the center front of the top. I considered mending them for about 30 seconds before giving up.

Enough is enough. I'm done. This fabric is beautiful but cursed, and I will not waste any more of my time with it.

I know there are those of you out there who'll try to come up with ways for me to salvage this project. I appreciate it, but please don't. I will not feel comfortable wearing this garment given the condition of the fabric, so I'll trash it and move on. After all, it's not like I don't have other fabrics to work with. And I have 2 other projects cut out and ready to go, courtesy of last Sunday's Material Girls gathering.

Live and learn...

10 comments:

Dilliander said...

Nancy, I had the exact same problem recently with my BabyLock and my supplier suggested starting with fishing line, threading it through to clear the air channel in the same manner as the wire supplied. She said she prefers it as a first step and mostly it works. For me it wasn't enough (neither was the wire supplied) so she then suggested using the wire to pull through a fancy rough metallic thread, it felt like steel wool, and with persistence this worked! Just thought I'd share these tricks with you for future as I was very appreciative of the easy fix myself :)

Linda T said...

Yep, sounds like "time to fa-get about it!"

Debbie Cook said...

I won't suggest ways to save it cuz when a project goes in this direction, it's always freeing to just THROW IT OUT! Here's hoping the next one is more enjoyable.

Jilly Be said...

As someone who keeps on 'soldiering on' through those problematic projects, I support the efforts you made to save it.....and I'm also learning when 'enough is enough!'

You may have given me the inspiration I need to say "bye-bye" to a UFO that keeps haunting me from the closet, even though I KNOW it just isn't me.

Here's to much more success with the next one! :)

ACorgiHouse said...

Nope, I won't suggest any fixes either! The sewing karma gods have clearly sent you a message, you should heed it and banish that thwarted fabric to the outside trash bin as soon as possible! Move on to a more welcoming project and walk away. Best of luck with the next one! K

Mary said...

Oh, haven't we all been there! Move on, tackle something else with a renewed heart.

Gorgeous Things said...

Oh no! I hate when that happens, and it does happen to all of us. Next! :)

ada said...

Same thing happened to me last month. I spent two days fighting the knit fabric. The ribs were way wonky. Then I pitched it. Life is to short.

gwensews said...

Bummer! Sometimes a project is just not meant to be.

Bonnie D. said...

Knowing when to say good-bye is important! On to bigger and better projects!