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A new pattern from Vogue, and other odds and ends

It’s been a while since my last blog post!

My professional life has turned into a serious drama, and it basically has cut into my free time for sewing.  So, until my work situation clears up a bit, updates to this blog might be a little less regular than they normally are.

But, here’s a recap on things going on here at the Line of Selvage studio:

New Gadgets and Goodies

My new coverstitch machine has arrived from Ken’s Sewing Center.  This is a replacement Brother 2340CV for the one that arrived damaged from Amazon.  I didn’t want to risk getting another damaged/defective item from Amazon, and I’m no longer trustful of the way they ship large-ish machinery.

The good news is that the new machine seems to work fine; the bad news is I haven’t had much time to play with it other than do some test stitching.  More on this as it develops.

Also, after watching the new Craftsy class “Sew Better, Sew Faster” (see below) I’ve gone ahead and purchased the extension table accessory for my Brother PC-210 conventional machine.  I’m looking forward to using it on my next project.

PR Men’s Sewing Challenge

I’m going to try to enter the PatternReview Men’s Sewing Challenge, from August 1-15.  Two weeks isn’t a lot for me at the speed I complete projects, but I’m going to give it a try.

A week or so ago, I went shopping at the Fabric Outlet 40% Off sale and got a cut of denim-color chambray with a floral print that I thought would make a nice button-down shirt for the boyfriend. He likes the idea too.

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RIP Google Reader

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Following Google’s decision to kill Google Reader, I’m joining a lot of other bloggers in offering alternatives.

I’m personally using Feedly for the moment, but mostly out of inertia. I’m not certain I’ll stick with it.

For those of you who prefer Bloglovin, I’ve signed up for an account and claimed my blog there. And I’ll try to get a widget onto the home page soon.

If there’s other reader apps you folks like, let me know and I will try to get subscription links posted.

Welcome to the Line of Selvage

I almost didn’t create this blog.  Then I created it.  Then I almost deleted it.  And now I’m writing my first post.

The complete story of how I took up sewing as a hobby is a subject for future posts, but it started in earnest with a gift this past Christmas – a Brother PC-210 sewing machine.  After staring blankly at it for a few days – I’ve never been intimidated by technology before – I finally went to the fabric store to buy fabric and notions. My first project was two pillows to replace the ones that were falling apart in my living room. And since then I’ve been teaching myself sewing.

The name of the blog, Line of Selvage, is a melding of  1) the “selvage”, or the strip of  finish of the ends of  the fabric as it comes off the bolt and 2) the “line of scrimmage”, a term for the point at which two teams meet on the field in a game of American football.  For me sometimes, the art of sewing seems like a faceoff between myself on one side, and the fabric, sewing machine, patterns and notions on the other.

Please stick around for the parade of projects to follow! I hope you enjoy them.