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Heimweh

2013 June 18
by elizabeth_admin

I’m a little down people.  I had drinks with a dear friend last night.  A friend from NYC.  It made me so homesick.

My machines are still at the spa, probably living it up.  I can’t get my interfacing to adhere to my waistbands.  I’m just plumb down.

Hopefully my machines will be home soon.  I’m hoping they’re homesick too, but maybe they enjoy meeting new machines and talking about their owners’ different projects and idiosyncrasies.  Actually, just typing that made me feel a little bit better.

I hope you are getting to sew.  I feel so lost without a project cruising along.

21 Responses leave one →
  1. Ann_B permalink
    June 18, 2013

    Poor you, I feel your pain. Missing your adopted home and your machines at the same time. Mine need to go in, did “something” to the SM doing a project for DD’s new apartment; putting it off as long as I can. Hope they are repaired soon, and you get to meet some new sewing and professional friends this summer.

  2. June 18, 2013

    Oh honey!! Hugs!

  3. June 18, 2013

    Perhaps this is a case where absence makes the heart grow fonder. You’ll feel better when your machines are back.

  4. Rebecca Howard permalink
    June 18, 2013

    Hop onto the curious kiwi blog and check out her tutorials on using photoshop or gimp for sewing. You can take picture of your fabric stash and then add different fabrics on top of your pattern diagrams on you computer. This way you can spend lots of sewing time planning without having your machines around. Or catch up on watching some of the craftsy lesson. The Sandra Betzina one on fitting pants would be good because at the beginning there are a lot of lessons where you are just fitting the paper pattern without actually sewing a stitch. I feel your pain and have been putting off getting my machines serviced for exactly the same reason.

  5. June 18, 2013

    ah, I’m sorry…this too shall pass. I love the suggestions offered you so far. And, there’s always hand sewing!

  6. June 18, 2013

    We miss you, too. My Mother’s Day was distinctly lackluster compared to last year.

    You’re not trying to fuse interfacing to an uneven patchwork fabric, are you? That won’t work. Just sayin.

  7. June 18, 2013

    how about cutting out stuff? then it’ll all be ready for stitching when your machines return!

  8. Nancy permalink
    June 18, 2013

    Do something you couldn’t do in NY. Go to The Green Flash, get something cold to drink, have someone tell you about the name of the place and watch the sun set.

  9. June 18, 2013

    Oh, I hate that feeling! One minute soon, you’re going to find yourself sitting on a gorgeous California patio, in the endless sunshine and you’re going to feel right at home.

  10. June 18, 2013

    Hugs to you for being homesick. My serger is in the shop, suppose to be done on the 13th, looks like end of the month now (same time I leave for vacation!)

  11. June 19, 2013

    I’m sorry you’re feeling homesick! Perhaps this could be a fun time to go hunting for new fabric stores, plan new projects, or hunt the Internet for new techniques. Hope you’re back up and running soon!

  12. June 19, 2013

    Go get some sun and look at my Kim Kardashian Crying Collage – it’ll help lots.
    Love you! xoxos

  13. June 19, 2013

    Buy a bolt of cheap muslin and get cutting…what a chance to start making test garments that you have always wanted to make but never had the time. having time to measure new patterns, make FBA adjustments, cut out and mark and pin up ready for machine basting…OMG..heaven! How about pre-shrinking all your fabric and label with yardage and content and like someone else mentioned…take photos to catalog…you do still have one machine that can baste don’t you??? Give it a hug!

    • June 20, 2013

      Just checked out the local San Diego ASG newsletter “Needle Network” to find that they are hosting 2 fabulous trunk shows and lecture days in late June and July…the first by Gail Yellin and Gail Patrice and their apparel construction and the second by Gloria McKinnon and her collage bags. You are so lucky to have such first-class educators coming to your area and 2 sets in 2 months…WOW! Even without a machine you can attend, have lunch and meet other crazy sewers. Wish I lived back in So Calif to see these gals!

  14. June 19, 2013

    Oh no! I hear you…and sometimes nothing will make it better except to actually start sewing. No shopping, muslin making, blog reading or magazine browsing will do. Sad face.

  15. Judi permalink
    June 19, 2013

    Bummer…homesick is not fun in itself and worse with the machines enjoying themselves at the spa! Hugs!!

  16. June 19, 2013

    Take up knitting.
    Or applique.
    It will ease the withdrawal tremors and, special bonus, gives you something to do on those long plane trips to visit NYC.

  17. June 19, 2013

    aw, sorry to hear about you feeling down in the dumps! Maybe by the time you read this it won’t matter anymore. I agree with the commenter who suggested doing something you can only do in beautiful sunny California.
    Maybe do a load of laundry?
    That won’t work if you had a washer & dryer in your NYC apartment.
    😀

  18. June 19, 2013

    Hope you won’t be without your machines for long. I am in L.A. and have a spare featherweight, if you get really desperate! I’m happy to loan it out for a good cause 🙂

  19. Wendy permalink
    June 20, 2013

    I know it won’t help, but I was in NYC for the last 4 days–it was hot and muggy–the kind of weather that makes me want to burn my clothes when I take them off cause it’s so sticky.

  20. Pam permalink
    June 23, 2013

    Right there with ya sister….my machine is in the shop (not by choice – I wore out the needle post!) as well and I’m completely aimless without it…it’s like my besty has disappeared!
    (& on top of that, but for different reasons, I’m in a funk…we should meet half way in irvine and commiserate!)

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