My Sewing Machine is a Wormhole into Another Dimension

Today we are participating in First Gen American’s Coffee Talk writer’s challenge.  The challenge today is to use a household item as a metaphor in a blog post that teaches a life or personal finance lesson.  Note that this is a post from Molly’s perspective but written by Mike.

Molly's fabrics swatches

When I (Molly) start a project it typically begins with this thought:  “I’m going to save so much money by making this- new set of curtains, seasonally appropriate bedspread, little black dress… rather than buying it at the store.”  Picture me receiving a gold start for my thrifty ways.

I start out with the best intentions.

I head out to the shed to visit with my vast, well organized fabric, ribbon, bead and binding collection.

I don’t have what I need.  I go back in the house, look at the project, go back out to the shed, shuffle through a different bin of fabric and come back to my original conclusion- I don’t have what I need.

$50 and two trips to the fabric store later I’ve got the perfect material for my (3rd) apron.  AND I’ll have  fabric left over for those pillows I’ve been wanting to recover.  Two birds with one stone!

The weekend is over, fabric goes in a (neat) pile on top of the sewing machine, life intervenes.

Molly's fabric swatches

6 weeks later….

When I see my (neat) pile of fabric on the sewing machine it reminds me of the coordinating bedspread I want to make to go with the pillows I’m going to re-cover with the leftovers from the apron project.  I’m not going to the store.   I’m not falling for that trap again so I clean up the living room.  I need to have the perfect surface to lay my project out on.

Floor is clean- check

Got my fabric- check

Draw my pattern- check

Cut 1/2 of it out.   Dang-it, it’s time for dinner.  After dinner I get a little sleepy and Netflixs just sent me my ‘Nurse Jackie’.

Molly's fabric swatches

The next morning…

I ball the fabric on the sewing machine (cause I’m going to get right back to it- I don’t need to waste time folding, Pistol’s taught me that one).

Molly's fabric swatches

Two months later…  

Mike asks me (he needs to watch that tone) whether I’m going to put this fabric away in the shed or finish making an apron out of it, today.  Oh no, I’m making the apron, don’t be so pushy! I’m an artist, I need time to process.

Molly's fabric swatches

The next day…

I clean up the living room so I’ll have the perfect surface to lay my project out on.

Floor is clean- check

Got my fabric-check

What this apron needs is a cute gingham ruffle on the bottom….back through the fabric collection, nope, nothing there….I have got to go to the fabric store so I can finish this frickin apron.  First I need to take measurements of the bed for the new bedspread (it is a new season) and I don’t want to waste gas.

Drive to the store, pick up some great fabric (on sale!).

Oops! I totally forget about the gingham I needed for the ruffle!!

It’s OK because what I really need to do is cut out these squares for the new bedspread and right quick before the season changes on me again.

I sit down to the sewing machine and suddenly I realize there’s a Molly in another universe who keeps finding herself with less and less fabric and more time and money.  Damn her!

Molly's fabric swatches

Molly: Glad you have so much insight into me Sweet-tums!

Mike: I’m here for you babe.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers’ posts on this challenge:

First Gen American, My Desk is a Clutter Magnet


Baking the Budget,  Electric Kettle creates a rift in the Space/Time Continuum


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  1. Posted September 27, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Yes, the funnest part about sewing projects is envisioning the final product and shopping for the fabric.  The sewing part is the icky stuff in the middle.  Yet again I see a bit of Babci in you. She always has little piles of unfinished projects in her sewing area and it’s not just one, but multiple things.

    Thank you for participating in today’s event. I hope there are more coming.

    • Posted September 27, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink

      God, to get the pics. I pulled out two bins of fabric. In one I a found a dress I have been working on for years! I work on it, fit it, the darts are funky, pull it all apart, re-pin it, sew it, fit it, the seams are funky,…..
      I wish I had a video of us putting this post together. I told Mike I was stuck he laughed and started prattling off this story. I quickly turned to my computer dictated his monologue.

  2. Posted September 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

    I love this. I can so relate. I have half finished projects stuffed in cabinets all over my house.  And yes, new fabric (or paint, in my case) is always a must.

    • Posted September 27, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

      Don’t get me even started on the paint!

  3. Posted September 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Too funny!  But, in all seriousness, could we avoid the wormhole by forming a sewing circle?  Let me know if you are in to this molly…

    • Posted September 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      OK, let’s just say I did start a sewing circle…what would one like you want to learn at the sewing circle? Just askin’!

      • Posted September 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

        I need a refresher on the basics.  Its been since high school.  And, of course, curtains, aprons, etc.  
        I am bringing my grandma’s singer home at thanksgiving.  So, we have time to gather some momentum…

        • Posted September 29, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

          Aprons? You need another one, huh?!

      • Sandy
        Posted October 13, 2011 at 9:35 am | Permalink

        Hey Molly – if you put together a sewing circle that met about once a month I would try to come up from ABQ. I know that I get things done when someone else is counting on me to show up.

        • Posted October 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

          I’ll FB you what I have in mind!

  4. Posted September 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad that it’s not just me!  Why is it we can envision great things but completing them is a different story??? I think it’s because I have so many good ideas I can’t stay focused on just one – lol!!!

  5. Posted October 1, 2011 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Mrs. 101 has secret stashes of fabric squirreled away. Probably in multi-dimensional storage bins.

    • Posted October 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      We could probably be the co-founders of the ‘Fabric Secrete-Stashers of America’ 12 step program!

    • Posted October 2, 2011 at 6:37 am | Permalink

      We could probably be the co-founders of the ‘Fabric Secrete-Stashers of America’ 12 step program!

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