Wednesday, 17 October 2012
sewing : a test-drive changing mat
On returning to work after maternity leave I had planned to treat myself to an iPad. However, I had a last minute change of heart and spent all the money on much needed new sewing machine.
With my budget and list of requirements it became clear I had only one choice, a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118. Not the most popular seeing machine out there, but one that met pretty much all my sewing needs.
The only problem then became finding the time to use it.
Fortunately I tend to be more productive when I'm busy and now I'm back at work I manage to fit more into my limited spare time than I ever managed during the sprawling days, weeks and months of my maternity leave. But still... there will never be quite enough time.
So far my new machine has worked like a dream - as if it, and I, have the same end goal, and a mutual agreement on how to reach it. This is a world away from the arguments and disagreements I had with my stroppy and ill behaved old Brother machine which was bought many years ago, before I even understood exact;y what I wanted to use it for.
However, I was yet to throw any real challenges it's way... until this week when I spent a couple of evenings sewing a new baby changing mat.
I had been looking to buy a new changing mat, but nothing met our needs. It had to be padded, small enough to roll up into a bag (in which we keep nappies and other baby-changing sundries), reasonably atrractive (i.e. no pink or baby-blue), wipeable, machine washable and not too expensive. It didn't sound impossible to me, but I just couldn't find the right thing out there.
Fortunately I had some Ikea oil cloth lying round, which had previously been used as a table cloth for our old dining table, when my eldest was in the messy throws of baby-led weaning.
I'm pleased to say that this, along with some wadding and cheap bias tape from one of the many fabric shops in Brixton, and the help of a walking foot, became our new, custom changing mat with the minimum of sewing effort.
So far it has been rather popular. As you can see, the cat likes it - and even #2 son has been well behaved and calm when I'm chaning his nappy change... I'm sure it won't last, but I'll make the most of it for now.