I have to blame Stitchers Guild for the acquisition of a cover stitch machine. That site has cost me so many $$$. I mean that in a good way. I’ve wanted to spend money on sewing but other than fabric couldn’t find much that captured my attentions. Through the posts at SG I’ve been encourage to upgrade my machines, add many tools including this cover stitch machine, shop on-line for fabric and try many fabric manipulation and embellishment techniques. Whereas my embroidery machine used to run non-stop on weekends, it now runs about once a month as my attention is focused on other things to do with fabrics. I don’t regret spending the money. I wish I could have found these like-minded individuals years ago.
From SG I found many links about cover stitching which I saved. Eventually I purchased the S21 and started referring to those links. In a future post, I’ll share some of the links most important to me. For now let me show you why I need to build this
With the machine
came a minimalist User’s Guide
I’m sure you noticed that the manual is for the CP and I’ve stated I have a CPX. The difference between the two, as I understand it, is the larger harp space of the CPX. The manual and accessories work for both models. The CPX will be easier for me to use because I have more manoeuvering room on the right hand side of the needles. To keep things tidy, I put both the manual and my receipts into a simple pocket folder:
Then I promptly went through all the links gathered from SG posts and pulled up Debbie Cook, StitchesandSeams, All The Stuff page. I printed it out. I wonder if Debbie was a technical writer. Her instructions are just that good. Even though she was working with and writing about her BLCS, by following the her instructions I was able to get my CS hemming beautifully. That did mean though that I had accumulated a few more pages.
This was good for the next 6 months. During that time I was satisfied to hem at the CS. Then I decided I wanted the CS to do a little more. I started experimenting. Making samples and accumulated a little more stuff for the folder.
Then I purchased two accessories and acquired both the manufacturers minimalistic instructions and some bubble packaging.
Recently I took an online class at Craftsy and acquire yet more paper work (accessories yet to be purchased.)
I’ve not had this machine a full year, yet I’ve managed to acquired a big pile of……. stuff!The folder is no longer sufficient at holding everything. So I’m turning to a 2″ binder and also creating a workbook for my specific machine the 900CPX.
I’m a real believer in this. I often have people say to me “you’re so creative”. Thank you, but I don’t feel I’m that special. The difference between me and them is that I take the time to really explore my machine. I spent days with my HV Ruby (sewing machine) just stitching out the built-in stitching. I adjust length and width; tried different fabrics and threads. I did the same thing with the HV S21 (serger). Then I put that information in a workbook just like I’m building now for the CS. I’m often inspired by RTW and know that I can create something very similar because it’s already in my workbook. When I see something I’d like to duplicate, straight to the workbook.
OK so I’ve done this before and as usual I started by creating a spline and front cover for my binder.
I’ve done this many times before. I used to make these kind of things for work. I add things that you shouldn’t even worry about. In fact, the work book is for me. I’m suggesting that a similar process of sampling, making notes and keeping both could be helpful to you but in no way am I insisting that you ought to or should do the same. Everyone works differently and you should do, what is best for you. For myself, a nice big binder, with labels and pictures is helpful.
I also kept the folder but I punched holes along the open edges
before folding it inside out and inserting the Users Manual on one side (the side I’d see first when opening the binder) and all the receipts on the other side….
… and placing it inside the binder.
I still have a big ol’ pile of stuff.
As the days/weeks/months go along, I plan to document each technique I use or experiment with, share on this blog and then arrange inside my binder.