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Stupid Pants

This is a long story with a plea for help at the end.

It all started in January, when I bought 2 new pairs of pants to take on vacation.  I happened upon a neat little sale at Lane Bryant and I got 2 pairs of jeans at $9.99 each, marked down from $60.  Super coup, right?  Well, they fit great and are flattering and only have one (weird) flaw.  They are this weird length called "cropped pants."  This means, essentially, that when I wear them, I look like I am expecting a flood.  The hem sits just above the ankle when I stand.  They look weird with all shoes except flip flops or my mary janes. 

I thought, no sweat, I'll cut the stupid zipper off the side, shorten them about six inches and make them capris. 

My mom had borrowed my sewing machine like two years ago when her 1970s model finally died. 

So sometime in May, I think, I finally got my sewing machine back from my mom when she bought herself a new machine.  I was really ticked off when I got it back that my machine, which was practically new, came back covered in sticky yellow goo from her smoking.  I did my best to clean it, but I was still really grossed out. 

On Saturday, I was finally annoyed enough by the stupid length pants (and out of clothes to wear) that I cut the pants and started putting a new hem around the bottom.  I got halfway through the second leg when the bobbin started jamming and spitting out long loops of thread.  Arrrghhh!  So I took the bobbin out and took the housing apart and the whole thing is rusted inside. 

Why would there be rust?  Oh because my mom's sewing/computer room has a leak in the ceiling.  I should have been aware, it's been there on and off since that room was my bedroom. 

So I griped enough that Wayne said, "where do we get a sewing machine and how much?"

We ended up at Walmart  (ugh, I hate Walmart) where I got this:

The Brother CE5000 PRW,  Project Runway Limited Edition computerized sewing machine with 50 built-in stitches and 87 stitch functions.  I've only ever used, at most, three stitches, but I'm hoping to learn more!  It also does like 5 automatic buttonholes,  automatic needle threading, fast bobbin winding and has a quick-set bobbin feature (whatever that means!).

So if anyone has any sewing machine experience they'd like to share with me... I'm all ears.  This thing is so much more high tech than my old Kenmore.  I'm afraid I'm going to break it.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 5th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
um ... keep your fingers out from underneath the needle part? :)

yeah ... that would be the extent of my sewing advice. but still good advice none the less!! :D
Aug. 5th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
I'll try to keep that in mind! :)
Aug. 5th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
No help from me! I made a pair of shorts in high school, they had 3 leg holes. I have no clue what happened.

The machine looks great!!! I bet you have a lot of fun playing around with it.
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for Wayne to clear the table from dinner and it's finally time to take it out of the box. I'm so excited.
Aug. 5th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Heh, nothing like needing a new sewing machine for the pants you got on sale, eh?

Of course, I got a new sewing machine when I decided to make a new lunch bag for me and kept breaking needles because the machine jammed.

My only advice is to read the owners manual and then google a lot.
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
No kidding, right?

I feel a little better knowing that I have some other sewing projects to do-- like curtains and some of Andy's too long pants.
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