Somehow, this weekend I have managed to find some sewing time so I have been working on the Spiderman Totes for my twins. I ran out of interfacing halfway through cutting it for the second tote, so instead of doing them in tandem like I originally planned, I just kept going on the one that I had all interfaced and now have it almost done. It will make the second one come together like a breeze, I'm sure!
They are turning out fabulously cute, if I dare say so myself. They are also way bigger than I had originally intended, despite trimming two inches off during the cutting. But with all the traveling we will be doing this summer, that may not be a bad thing. More room for weird boy-stuff storage.
When I finally got to a store to get the interfacing, I decided to upgrade my rotary cutter to an ergonomic version.
I developed carpal tunnel when I was pregnant with my last son, and if I do too much sewing over an extended period of time, it comes back in the form of my hands falling asleep at night while I am sleeping. Nothing like waking up from a sound sleep with hands full of pins and needles! I'm hoping this new cutter will help some.
However, I am one who doesn't like to replace something if it is still working fine, and my old rotary cutter was still in perfect shape. And I have had it for at least 10 years. It was a Christmas gift from my sister many Christmases ago.
But I was able to justify a new one like this: My dear husband bought me a rockin' new Bernina Artista 730 for Christmas. I had been using my mom's old mechanical Bernina 1001. Now that I have my new machine, I am giving my mom's back to her. My mom has no sewing equipment whatsoever. So I will gift her the rotary cutter (as well as a darning foot and a walking foot that I had purchased) when I give back her machine.
It's the least I could do for her letting me "borrow" her machine for the past eight years, don'tcha think?
I also picked up an adjustable gel thimble for binding. I always end up pushing the needle through with a thick part with the quilt to protect my finger, and get poked more often than I want. So That is an upgrade too, I suppose. From nothing to something.
Here is to prick-free fingers. I hope.