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Mrs. Feed Dogs

July 19, 2014

Last week was the hottest of our summer so far. We kept cool in the Needlework Room at the Barn with only a few breaks for Don’s carrot cake and Jasmine Tea.  A group of ladies attended 5 days of the Level 1 Experimental Machine Stitch Course . They painted  fabrics and then learned all about their  sewing machines.  We discussed the merits of even the oldest machine and how it may be used as an art tool.  Bywords of the week were:  Stitch length, feed dogs, and using the needle like a pen or pencil.  Controlling the feed dogs can immobilize the needle –  well, not quite immobilize the needle – it can still go up and down but the machinist now becomes Mrs. Feed Dogs.  The fabric or hoop has to be pushed and pulled smoothly under the needle in dexterous movements to get an even or uneven stitch length and to make lines in any direction.  When they asked me if they had to buy a brand new  computerized sewing machine, my response was an adamant NO.   Compare the needle to an illustrator pen, a paintbrush, a pencil etc.  Would we think about getting rid of any of the other old tools of the trade? Gail

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. pennypeters permalink
    July 19, 2014 4:57 pm

    What a lovely way to spend hot summer days. Drawing with your sewing machine!

  2. July 20, 2014 6:23 pm

    LOL – I love it – Mrs. Feed Dogs – we all have a new name 🙂

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