|This photo is about as clear as I am about my sewing machine|
I know that this really is a personal issue. I could fix this on my own and just not complain about it, but I started this "series" of vents to share my frustration with my own personal cluelessness.
If there's one thing that I am constantly reminded of as I sew and start new projects, it's that I really don't know how to use my sewing machine(s) effectively. I have two sewing machines at my house, one that my mom has lent me, and one that I got as a hand-me-down from someone moving. The hand-me-down used to be part of a sewing table, so it has a wobbly base, designed to be inset into a table top, and it's at least from the 80's. Neither came with a manual. (To be fair, my mom's machine came with a short description on how to thread the thing, which made the world of difference when I finally read it. But nothing else.) So, I'm sewing along without a clue, like a monkey at a typewriter hoping to write Shakespeare.
|the blasted button hole "solution"|
I could always get a new fangled sewing machine, because at least it'd come with a manual. It may even have the twenty some stitch options displayed in shiny sophistication. But I'd rather not. I would like this hobby to grow in a sustainable and responsible way. Buying new machines because the older ones are confusing feels too... consumerist?
|Even with the sparse pickings compared to fancier models, I still don't know what all of these options mean.|