Last weekend, I finally got the chance to unpack my long (thanks to weather delays)-awaited sewing machine, and oh, it fulfills all of my hopes and dreams. It came just in time to deliver us from some very bright nights of sleep. Between a yard full of ice, street lights, and a full moon, our bedroom was practically bright enough to read in, even with the lights out. Enter the sewing machine and a trip to this heaven on earth. I instagrammed some of the silks I found there, but left with a somewhat more practical piece of curtaining. Nothing better than non-stretch, vertical stripes to get acquainted with my machine.
It wasn’t nearly complicated enough to make a tutorial, so I’ll spare you the play-by-play. Iron, pin, hem, repeat. I got heavy lining, which I cut to fit each panel, and sewed both layers together. My machine was a champ, even through lots of layers (rolled hems with linings, meeting at corners). Until. Second panel, last hem, 48″ between me and a done project. The bobbin thread jammed, I managed to reload it incorrectly (first time with a front-loading bobbin…), and then the needle snapped. I still haven’t found that tip.
Two overpriced curtain rods later, and our room is much improved. The splash of color is nice during the day (you can see the reflection of our headboard in the mirror below), and the light-blocking properties are much appreciated at night.
The only thing that perplexes me is that occasionally, my bobbin thread seems to pick up grease somewhere. You can see below what happened to my white thread. It doesn’t happen all the time (obviously), so I’m not sure whether it’ll work itself out with time. Any thoughts?
And now, for the big before-and-after shot. Predictably, it’s hard to get a clear photo in a (semi-)dark room, but I think these give a pretty accurate depiction of our results. The proof is in the pudding, though: I slept until after 8:00 on both Saturday and Sunday.