New Foreigner Book!


a few hardcovers and pbs available from Closed Circle, signed. Latest: Moonlover and the Fountain of Blood, Jane Fancher short story. Chernevog, part 2 of the Rusalka trilogy co-written by CJ and Jane; and Orion's Children, a tetralogy from Lynn.


The mudroom. The catch-all for all the construction, the spare pumps, the tool chest and the dreaded black drawered cabinet that was supposedly for office stuff, but that was (being metal) just the thing for odd bits of the sprinkler system, staplers, glue, wiring thingies, and sandpaper.

One was tempted to turn a hose on the place and let fly…

I tell you this backyard wedding is the thing for getting round-tuits done.

But it’s going to be a lot nicer: we had Too Much Stuff in there, and we hope, since the place has been a mess since the Great Bathroom Remodel, which is now done—we can keep it nice.

The cats are getting suspicious. They’re behaving quite well, all things considered, and staying close to the food, just in case…

Jane undertook to make some tablecloths. You would think this would be a smooth operation. Nothing is simple when it involves a hem-rolling foot. You would also think the Pfaff site would have an how-to that included how to start the operation, ie, how to insert the fabric into the not-very-intuitively made curves of the foot that will thereafter fold the fabric double along the edge it is stitching. Oh, no, nothing about how you get the fabric folded into it or the fact that it requires some guidance. All the manufacturer gives you is a happy-happy video of the thing well along, stitching a rolled edge. Big help that is.

11 comments to Today…

  • I’d help, but I honestly don’t remember how my ex-wife used to get the fabric into it, either. She had a Pfaff 1751 (IIRC). I’d watch her, but watching and understanding were not in the same category when it came to sewing and me.

  • chondrite

    And thus leading to yet another project, for a backyard tool shed. I’ve been seriously considering such a thing, but want to have my biennial yard sale first, so I can decide if such a thing is truly required, or if I’ve just been too lax about donating to ReStore, Sally Ann and Savers.

    • chondrite

      BTW, Jane, disposable white tablecloths are your friend, especially if you don’t need the extra stress 😀

      • Have I mentioned…I hate, er, am not a huge fan of white? 😀 The less the better. Little splashes here and there are ok. More than that hurts my eyeballs! 😉 If there’s much white around me, I see nothing else. Weird, I know….

        • chondrite

          As long as you got the hemming foot to behave and your tablecloths are finished to your satisfaction, all is well. You also now have tablecloths for future events!

          Our yard has been the scene for the Battle of the Chickens. We have feral chickens who like to move into our yard and dig, dig, dig. Yesterday one of said chickens got clocked by a car. She limped across the way, but left behind a brood of 8 chicks. After 3 hours of incessant plaintive cheeping (and no Mama), I was able to herd most of them into a chicken trap I had on hand from previous encounters and take them to our Humane Society. The last 2 I caught at sunset yesterday and they will make the trip today. The cats have all been extremely interested in the process and volunteered their assistance, but I had to decline.

          Less than a week to go!

  • WOL

    What color table cloths? I got gold ones and white linen that are “surplus to requirement” as the Brits say, as well as matching nakkins.

    • Thanks, sweetie! We’ve got it. We found the perfect color fabric to go with the fabric I already had for the runners. It was a whole buck and change a yard! We got out of table coverings for six tables for a whole $15! That’s my kinda deal.

      I finally got the silly foot to work. It’s just futsy. I tried all the trick described plus the ones on youtube…and none of them worked. It’s the narrowest hemming foot…one I got for the resin kids’ stuff…and the fabric has a lot of body. I think it’s a less than felicitous combo.

    • BTW…the package arrived! Thanks so much. Love the lace. Some might make it onto the tux. 😉 And the other will be on the table with the photos. Mmmmm-wah!

  • Tommie

    You leave a long tail, sew forwards a few stitches, lift the foot, pull the work out and guide the tail threads through the foot and use them to start the fabric through. This works well for straight seams. Curves are another whole thing. For them, I usually zigzag around the perimeter once, then do it again while double turning the fabric. A zigzag stitch also improves your odds when using the narrow hemmer foot.

    • I’ll have to try this. I finally just folded the corner, lowered the needle into place then held the foot up slightly while I jiggled the fabric into the slots. I could have used about two more hands, but it worked. 😀 Not a pretty on the corners as I’d like, but it’s all on the off-side. Anyone who looks that closely deserves to be shocked! 😀

  • CJ

    Thank you all. I think we have sur-vived.

    We’re going to have really pretty tables.

    There will be pix.

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