I hate to flake on ya, but I gotta.
I’ll say it fast – there’s no blog post for you this week.
I haven’t had time to write one… BUT I have a good reason!
A couple of months back, we decided to start selling masks in the Etsy store. We trundled along for a little bit, with a manageable amount of orders. It was nice to be back at the sewing machine again, even if it was for ‘work’. The husbeast has been furloughed so he’s got spare time on his hands to do most of the mask-making, and I helped in the mornings/evenings/weekends around my ‘real’ job.
Then BoJo announced that masks would be compulsory in shops, and HOLY SHITBALLS WE GOT SO MANY ORDERS. We were working so many hours every day to get the orders out the door. Dry shampoo became my friend for when I had to have video calls at work (I looked like a total slob), and takeaway food was called into action more than once. I barely brushed my hair for about a week.
It’s slowed down a bit now, but we’re still pretty stacked. Which is why I haven’t had time to write a blog post (even with my newly reduced posting schedule 😂). I’ve done no reading of my books, no (personal) sewing, no studying for a Data Privacy exam I’m meant to be taking and I’ve made no progress on the quilt that I started which I was so enjoying.
AND – in the midst of the craziest few days, my sewing machine broke. FFS. I mean, REALLY 😩 It just died. Once I realised that there was no way I was fixing this myself, I put it to one side and got out the ‘backup’. The backup is the machine I had before I upgraded to the one that just broke. Well now, about half a second after putting my foot down to start stitching, I was like WHAT IS THIS 😨 It sounded like a jackhammer, didn’t feed very well, the bobbin sounded like it was spinning out of control. My neighbours are gonna just love me sewing with that at 6am. I guess it’s like driving a Ferrari and then downgrading to a 1960’s Mini. It didn’t even cut the threads for you at the end of a seam! (I know, I know 😜)
But, it was the only backup, so I’d live with it until my main machine got repaired. Or at least, I thought I would live with it, until I noticed that something was WAY up with the tension – when I was pivoting at corners of seams, the upper thread was going all loopy on the underneath. DO NOT DO THIS TO ME WORLD. Panic started to set in, with the order queue getting longer at about the same rate as my machinery was letting me down. I figured out after a while that I could get around this carnage by not fully lifting up the presser foot to turn corners, but it was a faff I didn’t need right now.
After a couple of days I put on real clothes and took my main machine to a local repair shop, who then called me to say that they thought it was a problem with the motherboard (really? seems mechanical to me…) and that I should take it to a Brother dealer for repair. Because I needed an immediate solution, I decided now would be a good time to upgrade my machine, and so bought a new one from Bedford Sewing and Knitting (more on that later). It was delivered the next day – thankfully – so I was able to at least carry on getting the orders out the door. Normal sewing service (on my shiny new machine) has thankfully resumed.
In the meantime, I rang around to get a second opinion on my broken machine, and all the places that could likely fix it were over an hour’s drive away (despite the closest one being like 12 miles or something – that’s London driving for ya), so we spent Friday morning schlepping along the entirety of the South Circular (and back) to get to a place in Battersea which proved to be worth it because they’ve since called me to say it’s seized bearings and my machine will be alive again next week.
So yeah. That’s been my last three or so weeks, which has been absolutely intense – I’m looking forward to catching up on some sleep, and actually having an evening or a weekend. And of course, writing the blog post I owe you 😜
I hope life is good in your little corners of the world, and that if you’ve returned to work you’re keeping safe 💜
Until next week ✌🏻