Thursday, September 10

a belt loop

Can you believe it is Thursday?? I was pumped last night when I realized a new episode of Top Chef was going to be on (do you watch that show? I love it!). I am working on two bigger projects, one of which I stayed up way too late last night working on (almost there!) and the other will take some more time before I can share...until then a quick fix project.

So, I had a problem, a cute pair of jeans that didn't have a belt loop in the back making the jeans fall down and the belt slide up. This was not comfortable. A belt loop was needed back there.

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I used my girl's too small, and honestly not very cute to want to save them for another child, overall's. Just a length of the strap. The strap was perfect for the belt loop as it already had two nicely finished sides. I used a zig zag stitch to attach the raw ends to my jeans (just too many layers to fold them in). I didn't have a jeans needle just a universal needle, so the zig zag stitch did not work if there were too many layers (at least I think this is why). Therefore, one portion I used a straight stitch and applied fray check. I am wondering how this will wash up though.
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As a side note, I think I am going to go and stock myself up on different kinds of needles so I have the right one for the job. I am trying to be better about taking care of my supplies because I think I give my mom hard attacks sometimes when it comes to maintaining my sewing tools. For example, I always call my mom with sewing questions like when my sewing tension is off and I can't seem to fix it myself. Her first question, "how old is your sewing needle? did you put a new one on?"
Me: "Ummm, no I don't think I have ever changed it."
Mom: "JENNIFER!!!!!"

Guess what I got for Christmas last year? 3 packs of universal needles!

This happened last week: Me: "Mom, how often do you change your rotary cutter blade? I have been noticing that mine isn't cutting as well as it used to."
Mom: "When was the last time you changed it?"
Me: "ummmm, I don't think I have ever changed it." (I have had it for 11 years)
Mom: "JENNIFER!!!!!"

Don't worry, Mom, I am not waiting for Christmas this year for a new blade, I just ordered one.


nicole said...

ha! your mom would die if she saw my stuff! funny about your cutter...i was just thinking mine wasn't cutting as well. damn things...i dont wanna buy another blade!

anyway... you are very clever with the belt loop!

clintandleximorgan said...

soo funny! sounds like me and some of my things. Goal: try and be better and take care of tools. Oh I am just noticing your percentile counter on the right. Very cool. Anja's birthday is today. Yeah! She is LOVING it!!!

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Yarni Gras! said...

that sounds like me. My sewing machine is 10 years old and I never changed the needle! HA! I told fellow sewer that one day and she marched me over to my house and WATCHED while I changed it. :-)

I didn't DARE tell her it's never been serviced......sshhhhh