The One About Peplum & Pencil

Going through the load of fabric I had come to acquire over time, I came across a very stretchable grey fabric. While I cannot recall what I had bought it for I thought of utilising it for a skirt to go with a peplum blouse that I have been wanting to make.

I did a double stitch finishing for both the skirt and blouse using a double needle.

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In the past I have not enjoyed working with super stretchable fabrics, but the Singer Quantum makes stitching stretchy fabrics a breeze 🙂

The final products:

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The One About The Singer

Last Sunday, my friends and I made a trip to the Courts Clearance Sale where I came across a sole Singer Quantum Stylist sewing machine in the midst of endless electronics. 

I knew there were several of these at the sale a day before therefore I was a bit surprised to see only one left. The original price for this sewing machine was $1999 and the sale price was $719 on Saturday and I wasn’t entirely sure I needed another sewing machine.

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However, on Sunday with only one piece left, I suddenly needed to have that machine! Seeing that it was on a “as is where is” basis, my bestie ensured that there is a return policy and even managed to bring down the price to $299. With a huge discount of $1700 and a return policy, I had no reason to not own that machine 🙂

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Today, I took out time to do something I have been afraid to do since the purchase; test the machine. I am still learning to adjust tension and all, but am just in love with the different stitches this machine has to offer. The picture doesnt even show all the stitches… there are 600 stitching options!

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So after spending more than an hour running through all the stitches and features, I have decided to keep the machine for good.

Cant wait to work on some new projects on my Singer 🙂

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The One About The First Piece

I started stitching when I was 11. First it was just adjusting garments or sewing ripped seams, especially on my school uniform. Then it was stitching straight seams or hems on garments my grandmothers were making. It was only towards the end of 2000 that I had the opportunity and resources to cut and stitch a piece on my own and without supervision! (I say without supervision because my grandmother wasn’t around; I was not allowed to use her beloved Singer sewing machine in her absence).

Feeling very rebellious, I dug out a leftover piece of material and chalked it out. Because there wasn’t much material, I had settled on making a shirt. I remember spending more time on measuring and cutting than the actually stitching (sometimes I still do that). For my first, it turned out pretty well (so said my mother who doesn’t really stitch) and I wore it very many times.

Today, while tidying up my closet, I came across this piece and realised that stitching is the only hobby which 15 years later, I still enjoy. I think I am a bit too old and heavy to climb up trees 😦 .

Here is the front and back view of the shirt. The stitching isn’t great throughout as I had no knowledge of how to set thread tensions back then.

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Close up of the stitching

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The collar didnt turn out as well as I had expected, but I covered it up with those tie ups (sneaky, I know 🙂 ).

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While the shirt has survived almost 14 years, I had to put it through one more test. So I tried it on.

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Needless to say after 14 years and the effects of puberty; the shirt failed to contain my boobs. Regardless, this shirt remains in the “too attached to get rid of pile” of clothing.