Lesson Learned

I have been sewing like crazy for the past two days. Today will make day three of sewing like crazy. I have been “sew” excited about these I can hardly stand it!

I love to do appliqués on my clothing.

valentine's appliques 006I call this one the “Love Tree.”

valentine's appliques 005I was inventive with this name and call it “Elephant.”

valentine's appliques 004Here is “Heart.”

valentine's appliques 003Guess what I call this.

Come on…guess!

“XO”

I’m so original!

valentine's appliques 002She’s my favorite. This is “Sweetheart Girl.”

valentine's appliques 001“Love” is going to have some cute pants to go with it.

I used to sew like this for Kathy all the time when she was little. Then, sadly, she outgrew the “cutesy” clothes and I haven’t sewn much since.

Now, My Man and I could use some extra money, so I am trying to start a small business I call Over the Fence. You can click on this link to get to my Facebook page to make an order if you see something you like. Hopefully, I will soon have a website of the same name.

Anyway, like I said, it had been a long time since I had sewn much and even longer since I had done appliqués. I knew I had used my zig-zag setting to sew on the appliqués, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember how to do it. Whenever I tried to zig-zag, the stitches were too wide. I opted to just use the button-hole setting. It was the right size, but it didn’t have that smooth, satin look to it.

valentine's appliques 012The tension wasn’t right either.

I decided to “play” around and figure out how to do it right. I kept  moving knobs to different settings. Nothing was right.

A still, small voice told me to read the instructions. “De-structions” as My Man calls them.

The manual told me everything I had forgotten. As soon as I read it I said, “Oh Yea! I remember now.”

I turned the knobs and started sewing. The front looked great, but the machine was making funny noises and I knew something wasn’t right. I looked at the back and saw something like this.

valentine's appliques 008 That is not what the under side is supposed to look like at all! My tension was still off.

Pulled out the manual again and read about tension. I had not been putting the bobbin in correctly. I just paid someone $79 to fix my tension and it was still off and all because I wasn’t inserting the bobbin correctly.

Now, I have the look I wanted all along.

valentine's appliques 011

Much better!

Lesson learned…when I can’t remember how to do something, read the manual.

I think that applies to reading God’s word, too. We can’t just read it from time to time, not applying it to our lives and expect to remember what it tells us to do. We can’t just read it then not apply it. Like not inserting the bobbin right, the tension of our lives is off and big messes are made. We have to live righteously as God intended us to do.

We were given God’s word as a reminder. Go. Read it. Apply it. Your live will run much smoother.

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” James 1:22-24

About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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