A moment to vent if you don't mind

(kids, cover your eyes I’m bringing out the big guns)


1. Apparently I can not rotary cut to save my life. I dull blades like it’s going out of style. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I don’t ruin entire yards of fabric. But it’s little comfort.

2. I cannot sew a 1/4″ seam to save my life either. And I’ve bought the quarter inch foot and other things that make it “easy”. Bullshit, go eat a bowl of dicks.

3. I HATE MY SEWING MACHINE! Really, I give up. I spent $400 dollars on a Viking. Brand new from a dealer. I took the sewing class. I’ve followed EVERY SINGLE RULE to the letter. And the piece of shit isn’t working right. AGAIN. I’ve sewn maybe 10 projects on it. It’s already been to the shop once. It worked correctly ONCE after that visit. I get to face the fact that I’ve been ripped off $400. I could’ve bought and worn out 3 junk Wal-Mart machines for that price. And I wouldn’t have run through 3 of them by this point.

4. All the money I’ve spent on classes has also apparently been a waste. Ok, except Needle Turn. But how the hell am I going to finish any of that stuff? (see above)

What brought all this on? Well, obviously it’s been adding up – but I just “assembled” (and I’m using that term loosely) my first star block for OTR. 6-1/2″ square is far beyond what I’m capable of apparently. And I spent over an hour being careful and doing my best and then pulling it out and re-doing when that wasn’t good enough. And for my efforts I have a wonky as all hell 6-1/4″ block.

So Mom… she’s getting something else for Christmas. Seriously fuck it, I do not need this kind of agravation.

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16 Responses to A moment to vent if you don't mind

  1. Emily says:

    I’m so sorry! I totally feel your frustration. I too am very inept with a sewing machine…I’ve wanted to start quilting for a while but I know it would just go badly. Grab a project you LOVE stitching from tyour impressive WIP pile, lol, and just ENJOY yourself today…you’ve suffered enough!

  2. Valerie says:

    Oh no! Sorry you want to punt the sewing machine. Makes me more scared. I’m finally taking a sewing class at the community college starting Monday. I have the feeling I might end up punting a machine or two too! Hang in there…

  3. Debbie says:

    I hope that you feel better now. There is nothing that a good vent can’t cure. Put the sewing aside and stitch on something you love. I know I’ve had times sewing that I’ve flung things against the wall in disgust then kicked it around the room.

  4. dianemi says:

    Oh boy… trust me I feel your pain. Can there be anything more aggravating? I agree with everyone else though. You have to find something else you love to stitch (or start something you’ve got kitted) and REFUSE to look at ‘the sewing project that shall not be spoken of”. For now. Or forever. I’ve got your back either way. 😉

    You know I have found that a little vino/martina/margarita can be very helpful at times like these.

  5. beritbunny says:

    Good for you!

    Sometimes you just have to let it out.

    As for sewing machines, I don’t own one, but I keep hearing really nice things about Kenmore (yes, Sears) brand machines. When I do buy one, that’s what I’ll get. Maybe a nice banishment to Craigslist is just what your viking needs? Then, take the money you get and buy yourself a “cheapie” Kenmore and use the rest for a few Margaritas. Okay, Lots of Margaritas.

  6. This is the very reason I do not quilt. I LOVE watching everyone’s quilting projects. I drool over the sheer beauty of them. I have pattern books, rotary cutters, cutting mats, quilt rulers, fat quarters, charm packs, and jelly rolls all of which have been purchased with the desire of making my own quilt. However, after a few attempts, I have come to accept my complete ineptitude when it comes to sewing. I also have one of those $400 Viking machines that has pretty much become a glorified doorstop now.

    One of my local stitching friends is teaching classes at one of the local quilt shops now. Perhaps I’ll talk to her about taking a class from her and see if I can give it another go. Or, perhaps not. 😛

  7. Abi says:

    I’m sorry the sewing machine is being a bitch. Projects are supposed to be fun, sometimes frustrating… but not ALL THE TIME frustrating. Maybe this is the universe telling you to work on the Shakespeare Fairies instead? 🙂

  8. Glenna says:

    I’m so sorry. If it’s any consolation, I have a closet full of wadded-up aborted sewing projects. I cannot pin straight, cut straight or sew straight. It’s why I enjoy stitching–I can do that right (most of the time anyway).

  9. Gabi says:

    I agree with the others. Give that sewing machine a kick and grab one of Di’s margarita’s. If you have had enough of these ANY line will look straight…sort of.
    I love sewing, but am not good in sewing straight lines. I don’t even try that anymore …LOL.

  10. Melissa C. says:

    Yep, this is why I’m unable to quilt. I cannot cut. I cannot sew. I hate myself for it, because my mom is such an amazing seamstress, and it seems UNFAIR that I’m so inept. Wish I could take you out for a drink. Bowl of dicks is a new one for me. That might have to make its way into the daily rotation.

  11. Wow, that sucks the big one. I’d join Melissa C in taking you out for that drink. I hope the vent helped a little. I know you, and eventually, you will conquer this because it will bug the crap out of you until you do. But there is nothing that says you have to do it now or even soon. Put it on the back burner and do something that makes you happy for a while.

    I know nothing about Viking machines, so I am no help. But it seems very wrong that it’s so new and already been in the shop. I got a Bernina Activa for Christmas, and have done a fair amount of garment sewing on it. It’s still going strong. I know Bernina has been having LOTS of sales lately. My dealer emailed me to ask if I wanted to do a trade-in/upgrade. Maybe they’d take your Viking as a trade-in?

  12. Melissa says:

    I am so comforted knowing that I am not the only one that issues with 1/4 inch seams when using a patchwork foot. I can’t cut straight to save my effing life. I have serious linear issues. I can’t seem to cut a straight line on a 1 inch wide piece of microscope glass for my soldered charms. Srsly. How messed up is that? I can’t sew a straight line, no matter how slow I run it through the machine, it is not going to be straight, ever.

    I have learned to love imperfection. If I don’t, I’ll just want to run my car off the bridge because there is no way in hell I’ll ever, ever sew a straight line, cut a straight line, it’s just not going to happen.

  13. TerriBoog says:

    I wish I had the courage to vent as you do. My dad reads my blog and even though I am now far over the age of needing parental permission to do or say anything, I just can’t bring myself – knowing he might see it. I feel your pain though – my mom is an amazing sewer. I suck. I put her to work every time she comes to visit.

  14. Sonda in OR says:

    I totally know what you mean. Your cursing sounds like me on the one time I’ve actually tried to make a pillow out of a small stitched piece. It’s also why I don’t quilt. But you, I know you’ll overcome. The talent just won’t be held back. 🙂

  15. Autumn says:

    “eat a bowl of dicks”….LOL I feel your pain. Really I do. That’s why I completely stay away from sewing machines. People don’t understand how I can do all kinds of needlework but will not work with a sewing machine. They just will not cooperate with me. They just don’t have mind reading capabilities and they should damn it!

  16. Michelle says:

    I am so right there with you. One trick I’ve learned though, is to pay attention when you’re pressing your seams. No matter how careful you are at cutting and sewing, the pressing can fuck your shit up. But, as one who has dealt with the crappiest of craptastic sewing machines – I feel your pain. There is nothing worse than trying to do your best and have your efforts thwarted at every turn. They need to get it fixed and they need to fix it right, or refund your money. And when all else fails, just remember, you can fudge it. No one will be measuring your blocks. You can also trim them slightly to get them all the same size. It just comes with practice. And even with several quilts under my belt – my shit is still wonky.

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