I finished the curtains (for 2 windows).
And you were all right. It was easy, except for the fact that everything went perfectly only in 3-5 minute stretches. And how I loved those stretches – where the needle was zipping along with that satisfying hum, and I could have pushed ten acres of fabric under the presser foot, stitching white zig-zags across the universe.
And then the needle would suddenly break, or I’d discover I had been sewing without any thread in the needle, or the bobbin needed winding, or I’d realize I sewed the curtain openings shut, or hemmed the wrong end of a curtain panel, or the kids spilled approximately 324 straight pins on the rug.
The kids were enraptured with the sewing. They were like groupies in front row seats, the newly-sewn fabric hitting their faces as it exited the sewing machine. Every time I paused and then got riding back on the foot pedal, Rose would cheer “step on it girl!”
The kids finally grew bored and moved on to “fishing” with fabric scraps. And even though it was a relief to not have fingers jabbing at the mysterious innards of the sewing machine, I actually missed their nearness, which is, I imagine, how it feels to have your children grow up.
So, the curtains are done. They’re far from perfect. I used 4 different colored bobbin threads, including pink and turquoise. My lines are crooked. I secretly safety-pinned a section of liner to the outer fabric where the needle failed to join the two fabrics together.
I have the feeling that sewing is something one needs to keep up with just to stay even marginally proficient. It reminds me of this time me and Dan and some friends packed out Dan’s elk after hunting season (meaning ferrying a large animal out of the woods on our backs). We were short one person and a storm was rolling in, and in our haste we invited a friend who was strong but rarely hiked and had uncorrected vision problems. Our friend showed up in soft-soled yacht shoes and a light sweater. After slipping around on snow in rough country all day, he said “I’m either going to have to do this all the time or never again.” That’s exactly how I feel too.
So I guess I need a new project. Ideas?