Tuesday, 25 June 2013

machine mat

Another one bites the dust!  As in another WiP off my giant list, this time #19 Sewing machine mat with thread catcher.

I gave you a sneak peak at this one a few weeks ago, but I didn't tell you what it was.  You probably couldn't have cared less, but you will now, oh yes you will.  

A LONG time ago, I made a sewing machine cover.  It was from an issue of Homespun and I still love it after all this time.  After I'd finished it, I vowed to make the matching machine mat and thread catcher from the following issue, Homespun Vol 12 no. 1.  Vowing was as far as I got, until now.


It was really hard to take a picture of.  My machine is in front of the window so anything hanging below the desk is just dark and out of focus, but you get the gist?  I can show you better when it's not in situ:


It has lots of little pockets for various things, things I need to keep at hand.  Like my seam ripper.  And I should probably have a swear jar in there.


See that magnetic clasp?  Wondering what it's for?  No, not the swear jar...


Though this could be a swear jar!  It's not.  It's a thread catcher.  See how I sewed it upside down?  The tape measure ribbon is supposed to be at the top, then it wouldn't look so weird.  It's also supposed to have some running stitch and buttons to match the machine cover, but in all honesty, I just couldn't be arsed.


Thought I'd better get a photo of the magnetic catch in case you didn't believe me. Not quite sure why you'd think I was lying though, strange thing to lie about, magnetic clasps...


Ta dah!  All magnetic clasped up.


I tried to get a hanging shot.  I hung it from my g-string bunting but it didn't hold, so I did some artful draping. 

One last crappy in-situ shot?


So, I know what you're all thinking.  The thread catcher sewn upside down can't be the only cock up.  You're correct.  There are binding issues:


And corner binding issues:


And just plain puckering:



That puckering bothered me at first as I thought this could be a matt to sit on my desk, I could move the machine out of the way and take photos on it.  Two problems with that:  It's far too short, my photos on white backgrounds are absolutely shite.  So puckering is a good thing in this case!  Big cheer for puckering!  And crappy binding whilst we're at it!



13 comments:

Celtic Thistle said...

Normal service is resumed! Knocking a project off of one of your ginormous lists and swearing whilst you are at it :)

Good to have the Wendy we know and love back again!

heart of charnwood said...

You've really talked it up, fab idea, better than, the whole house, but especially my top and socks thread catcher solution we operate here!

Anita said...

Hi Wendy,
Oh yes!!! Everyone loves a thread catcher, and I've just managed to get over my addiction for them. Love the sewing machine mat too. They're really handy. Well done, it's great!!
Cheers, Anita.

pennydog said...

Haha my corners are bad unless I do them by hand, and then they're only pretty bad instead of really bad :)

Anna said...

Ingenious ! And beautiful !
Have a nice day !
Hug
Anna

Samantha said...

huzzah for puckering and binding!

I love this mat, it's something that's on my to-do list too. Not that exact one, I don't know that exact one. But one similar. :)

JoJo said...

You did a great job! I should have sent the purse I'm trying to make to you to stitch for me. I'm using 'steam a seam' b/c I've no idea how to use the sewing machine. I question the structural integrity of this purse.

Astri said...

This is a great idea! SO organized and well made.

Melody said...

Who cares if it's not perfect. It looks beautiful.

Fiona said...

well done... I've had the cover on my 'wanna do' list for ages too...
Hugz

Jane Galley said...

None of us would have noticed if you hadn't said, lol. I love the way the thread catcher is attached, great idea. I could do with something similar for mine, and a cover, but I still haven't got round to doing them

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Clever idea having the thread catcher attached to the mat!!!

Carrie P. said...

it is a great idea and it does the job you want even if it is not "perfect."