The velvet jacket is on hold.
Sewed it up, decided the collar needed interfacing after all. Ripped out the lining. Fused a lightweight non woven to the top collar one side – all good. Got interrupted . Stupidly resumed in poor light when tired . Failed to register ironing setting changed . Melted interfacing, bubbling the collar underneath. Peeled off interfacing round bubble, steamed out bubble -all good. Started cutting out crapped bit of interfacing around meltdown, snipped collar by mistake. Teased snip closed, fused across it carefully, decided not too bad, stitched lining in……….. But I can’t decide if I want to live with it knowing its there, or rip off the collar and restyle, or remake, or pension it off. Drat!
Thats the pretty little snip, which is, of course, on the top collar. Steaming out wrinkles, bubbles, creases etc in velvet, is one of the three handed jobs in sewing. You need to blast steam through the velvet, holding the fabric in front of the steam wrong side towards the iron without touching it. Should you have an old fashioned kettle which sits steaming on a hob, its perfect for the task. With a typical domestic iron its a circus act.
Meanwhile stash has expanded to a ridiculous volume. Its time to churn through some of it, so I’m starting on the basis of first fabric out of a box gets made into something. This week it was this
It has a fine pleated texture, giving a rib effect and on the right side a wave pattern woven in, or more accurately knitted in – its a fine jersey.
This was originally bought as one of two possibles for a Christmassy top for one of my nieces. I cut a pattern for a sleeveless tunic and a bolero, both very quick to assemble.
The overlocker hasn’t been used since it broke its ten year record of good behaviour and threw a hissy fit on some red jersey. After some TLC and upping the differential feed it did the job with only one bad splodge of bunched up stitches.
Luck was on my side this time, the mess is on the seam of the cuff which gets folded to the inside – hooray!
As overlockers go my Elna 614DE is not too difficult to thread, I should use it more often. There’s a threading diagram inside and the only quirky bit is needing to press down on a lever to reveal a guide for one of the loopers, remembering to push it back up again before stitching. But I suspect the poor old dear does need a service.
I’ve included a photo of this because googling for hints on restoring it to its former glory, I hit on many pleas for manuals and help threading. You can purchase a manual download or a set of films of how to use it, but if you have picked up one of these lovelies second hand instead of a swish new air threaded job, its probably due to a cash shortfall, right? In the manual you get a threading diagram, but it does leave you with that moment of hesitation – is this the lever depicted, really? Well that is indeed it, right under the looper. When you press it down you can see the thread guide you need to pass the thread through before it goes through the looper you see poking out of the housing pointing right in the picture. Once you’ve got the thread through you push the lever back up, where it is in the photo sitting on my finger nail.