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effective even if inelegant

Today Dr B has gone out motorcycling with an old schoolmate. He’s wearing his RST jeans with their armour inserts. The replacement pocket I made works beautifully, he said. Great. And because he couldn’t find his own toob and YoungB isn’t using his, he’s also wearing that black toob I made for YoungB. Warms the cockles of your heart. They take it very much for granted that I can and/or will do these things for them but I don’t mind being an everyday, functional part of their lives. Yesterday, I did a spot of handsewing for Dr B, repairing a couple of splits on his motorcycling inner gloves. It’s not classy stuff and perhaps the sewing could have been neater – I mean, black thread on black fabric and small seams with a tricky curve combined with ageing fingers! –  but it does the job.

By way of a little footnote to yesterday’s post, that fabric I used for the replacement pocket is some of the leftovers from two of Dr B’s cycling bandannas and there have been several lavender bags made from it as well. Not a lot goes to waste in our house, unless it’s so old and worn it’s not worth recycling (even then, I’ve been known to chop it up to use as stuffing for door stoppers and cushions). Ideally, you would hope I might have made that pocket out of an old, white, cotton sheet. Any of those that we have are very old indeed (we’re talking in excess of 50 years).

I thought that, as long as it was sturdy cotton, then what it looked like when it was inside the jeans mattered not. Who was going to see it to comment? Dr B is delighted. He asked, in fact, if I could make some pockets for YoungB to attach to his Draggins, which don’t come so equipped. That means I’d have to put velcro on the jeans as well as the pockets. That would mean sewing four lots of velcro! I’ve passed on that for now; but if I find a good way of sewing velcro, I’ll bump it up the priority list. There’s no harm at all in providing motorcyclists with as much protection as possible.

Meanwhile, it’s Australia Day and I have the house to myself for a few hours. Aha! This might be just the opportunity for a spot of sewing for me! How do you plan to spend the day?

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Cycling, Motorcycling, Sewing

 

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sewing velcro

Does anyone have any good tips for machine-sewing velcro? I was faced with having to do so for a mercy mission I was undertaking for Dr B’s RST motorcycling jeans (re-creating a pocket for holding the hip armour; somehow, Dr B had lost one and I didn’t want to unpick the remaining one to nut out the order of construction) and, OMG, the unladylike language issuing forth from my sewing room. I’ve sewn velcro in the past, I know I have. But, on reflection, it’s always been stick-on stuff that I’ve then secured by judicious handsewing. I did everything I could think of: changed my presser foot and the needle; used different thread; swapped the “new” bobbin for one I knew to be an original, just in case the newer bobbin was somehow not quite right; and tinkered with tension and stitch length, all to no avail. What a mess.

Everything about this is bad, but it will do the job and I think that's probably enough!

Everything about this is bad, but it will do the job and I think that’s probably enough!

I finally called it quits because I could see there’d be no improving the situation (and because, despite my care, I’d somehow managed to sew the left “pocket” so that it was the same as the right one; there’s meant to be a slight difference). I’d also sewn on the wrong side of velcro to start with – you know, attached a smooth bit when I needed a hooky bit – and that was problematic, but I’d done it. Then I had to unpick it, which I did, muttering greatly all the while. But trying to do the velcro the second time around – yep, I did use the hooky side, so that was right at least! – finally did me in.

I’m sure there are plenty of good tips online but, well, my computer is down one end of the house and my sewing machine down the other, so, you know, I was sewing. Now I’m not! So DOES anyone have any foolproof tips? Thanks in advance from one very exasperated sewist.

In other, utterly unrelated news, we went to our local park to watch the TDU Bupa Challenge riders head out, helped along by a brisk tailwind. Usually Dr B and YoungB would be riding in it, and probably a couple of other family members; but this year it was always going to be tricky (YoungB, for example, is coaching today in quite the other direction). Still, as the park is walking distance from where we live, it would have been a great opportunity missed had we not made the effort. We went back to watch the professionals a few hours later. By then the tailwind had disappeared and the sunshine warmed us up nicely. Aren’t we lucky to have such world-class events right at our doorstep?

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Cycling, Motorcycling, Sewing

 

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