Friday, September 9, 2011

My New Best Friend

By Heather Webber / Heather Blake

Let’s just say that I’m a crafter wannabe. I love the idea of making things. Knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking...

Honest truth, though? I’m not very good at those things.

And really not good at sewing. A few years ago I got it into my head that I wanted to learn how to sew. To be able to make curtains, blankets, and maybe fix a seam properly. That phase didn’t last too long. Now I have a cute little sewing machine in my closet just gathering dust.

That being said, I do have some sewing skills. I can sew on a button and a Girl Scout badge like no one’s business. And I can fix a seam without the sewing machine. I’m an excellent needle-threader AND I tie a fabulous knot.

So, when my daughter came to me with a hemming project, I was ready to tackle it head on. How hard could it be?

Oy. What was I thinking?

See, my daughter is in a concert band that requires her to wear a floor-length flowing gown. This gown was a good four and a half inches too long. I’ve never tackled a hem that long. So, I measured once, twice, three times. So many times, not because I’m a measure twice cut once kind of person, but because I kept measuring wrong!

Finally, I got the right measurement, and then I turned to my new best friend. Hem tape. Oh, how I love thee, hem tape. I simply tucked the tape into position, ironed, and voila! Instant hem. Then I trimmed the excess (4 inches) fabric.

Daughter and I were quite impressed. The dress fits perfectly. Which was wonderful—because for a while there I was afraid I’d have to dust off that sewing machine.

So tell me, have you tackled a do-it-yourself craft project lately?

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Confession: In reality, Mr. W is my best friend, but I have to tell you, that hem tape was trying to edge him out this week...

15 comments:

Misa said...

I love all things craft, too, Heather, and I can do them well...I'm just lacking in time. For a concert dress, hem tape was a brilliant idea! There are so many good, easy resources.

Char said...

I love crafting, but scrapbooking is my thing! I've done nearly 2 dozen albums, some for me, some for others. Right now I am creating two Prayer Journals for my nephew (per his request). I've completed one..the other one, I will tackle this weekend. I'm really pleased with the way the first one turned out.
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Sara Rosett said...

Funny!

Fabric glue has saved my life many a time...

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I love that hem tape! Fabric Glue is also a good friend. I'm okay at sewing, but I hate the long hems.

Barbara said...

I love to sew and knit and I'm good at sewing. The problem of course is time. I have several pairs of Dave's pants sitting by the sewing machine awaiting hemming right now, but I always pick up a book instead.

Brittney said...

Heather I am exactly like you! I can't craft to save my life but I wish wish wish I could! I think reading and writing has taken the place of where my crafting gene is! But my mother-in-law is crafty enough for both of us. She is helping me create my own tree skirt which is amazing!!

Dru said...

I need one of those hem tapes.

I'm a better quilter than I am at sewing.

LD Masterson said...

So is hem tape the same stuff as the Switch Witchery I used a couple decades ago? If so, make sure you wash it in cold water only and dry on the lowest heat (line dry is better).

Oh, and FYI, it won't work on Boy Scout merit badges. Believe me, I tried.

holdenj said...

The joke around here is that I can't sew, but I can mend. Which reminds me, I have to get a button on my khakis.

Books by Heather said...

Misa, ah, time! My biggest enemy.

Char, I *really* want to get back into scrap booking. For a while I was keeping up with it. Now I'm about 13 years behind. Ha!

Sara, amen! I'm SO with you. ;)

Mrs. Q, it really does make "sewing" so much easier, doesn't it?

Barbara, I'd much rather be reading too!

Brittney, a tree skirt? I'm impressed!

Dru, it's amazing!

Linda, I think it's similar stuff. And I tried it with GS badges, too. No go.

Julia, mending is an accomplishment! And you've reminded me that I have a button to sew on my daughter's khaki shorts...

Vickie said...

I, too, am a crafter wish-I-could. I can cross-stitch, but haven't in a long while. Would love to sew so that I could quilt. I read a book with quilting as a theme and I want to go to quilting class. I read a book with knitting as a theme and I want to go to the closest knitting group....sigh.....

DH thinks since I am a girl that I should have that sewing genome running around in my bod. Nope, that went to my sister and my mom. I can sew on a button, but that's about it. I took sewing in Home Ec in jr high and sr high, made some projects, but it didn't exactly stick. Ah well....one day, when I get a room all to myself in our house, maybe I'll get the sewing machine back from my mom and can try again.

ev said...

I sew and still use stitch witchery whenever possible. Used it to put my name tags on my BDU's before they added the velcro. Yup, I'm lazy. Also hand to have, a little product called "ok to wash it". It's a fabric glue and works very nicely

Marcelilla said...

This is perfect because we also have to dare to do different and new things, and I realize you got a challenge sewing curtains and blankets, I think that all of us have the necessary skills to do all the things we want and you're the best example of it. Actually I'd like to get some recommendations because I like these things but I'm not good doing it, but I'm an enthusiastic person and I like to learn new things like you.

Aurian said...

I love looking at things other people have crafted, but I really don't have a creative bone in my body. And of course, my free time is filled with reading all those wonderful books you all write!

Candi said...

I love to craft, but it's the time thing and having so many "favorites" that also compete with my reading time. Since I'd give up breathing before giving up reading and y'all keep publishing such interesting work, it's a challenge. :) My son is an Eagle with 70+ merit badges and still going strong. I've been dealing with those little patches since 2001 when he became a Tiger Cub. I've found Badge Magic to be wonderful for scout merit badges and other patches. It holds them well enough if you don't bake them in the dryer and at least holds them in place so you can put a few stitches to make them permanent. It also comes out with WD40 when they need to change the rank or other patches.