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Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Today I got my sewing machine fixed! Well, it wasn't really broken. . . turns out I was threading it incorrectly. The guys at Bay City Sewing Machine really know how sewing machines work!

My machine, for which I paid only ten bucks, weighs about 40 pounds. I had to carry it a block and a half, but it's worth its weight. My old machine was a teeny little dressmaker that struggled with thick fabrics like denim. I just used this baby to sew through straw matting.

The gentleman who fixes machines took me through, step-by-step, and showed me how this baby really works. I now know how to wind the bobbin, and I know the optimum setting for the top tension! I can zig-zag and make buttonholes! Afterwards, his brother insisted on carrying the machine back to my car! Woo!

Here's what I made:

It's the straw-colored pillow, which gives me something to lean against when I'm sitting on my bench. My place is severely lacking in comfortable chairs, so there it is.

My next project will be a pair of pretty curtains for the kitchen window, or maybe a couple of fake fur pillow covers. I haven't decided yet. But anyway, this is all in preparation for Matty's visit. It's given me an excuse to clean up and spruce up. In the new year, I want to have a party! I will need more seating. . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can sew? I didn't know!!!

I like your back pillow. I picked one up at goodwill eons ago--still stands up. It's what non-sewers do, treck to Goodwill.

But I was born in Bay City!


7:26 PM

Blogger matty said...

I can't wait to see your place!!! YAY!!!!

...are you going to make me some glitter Goldfrapp PJ's!?!?!!?!?

8:57 PM

Blogger ing said...


Yes, I can sew! I haven't, not for years, but there's no time like the now. I want to make some beautiful clothes. A bathrobe! That's what I need! I was looking at a beautiful pink robe -- sixty bucks! I just know I can make something better than that.

Goodwill is a great source. They even have fabric! Old (clean) sheets and tablecloths!



PJs, yes! They're EASY to make! But glittery things usually itch. You need something soft.

9:10 PM

Blogger lryicsgrl said...


I'm impressed, by your many talents!!!


6:02 PM

Blogger josh williams said...

Sewing is cool, I am not going to be that cool my mum and sister do it and do it well but myself...nope. If I did know how would it be considered tacky to patch holes in well worn underware?

7:33 PM

Blogger josh williams said...

Say my stash is missing from my stunt home, no great loss, it was just dried mule droppings, thank goodness I have my real stash at my real home, I'll give your the numbers as soon as my GPS is fixed.(Sunspots I suspect)

7:39 PM

Blogger sage said...

do you hem pants? can you put cuffs on? do you take mail-orders? Happy Thanksgiving!

8:05 PM

Blogger matty said...

Ing - This could be a whole new business for you! A whole new Thang! ...Ing's Sewing Emporium!!!

Um, I think that things can be soft and still leave a trail of glitter. Think Rip Torn meets Andy Gibb. ...the ideal man or a nightmare queer from hell? who knows? but it could sell!

The thing is --- one needs to be sure to wear the perfect costume for the day. And, being staunch personalities --- we should always have a bit of glitter to spare!

Don't you think?

Grey Gardens meets Goldfrapp!

...I'm up, but I'm going back to sleep for a bit so I can sparkle for Mel's! Camera at the ready!

7:31 AM

Blogger Metalchick said...

Hi Ing,
Happy Thanksgiving!

11:21 AM

Blogger ticharu said...

Cool!!! I love handmade furniture! A box with a pillow on it next to a heaping crate of CDs. You are my kinda woman Ing!

6:39 PM

Blogger matty said...

Your home rocks the universe! So cool and so comfortable! Awesome.

I feel the world needs to hear you sing "Muskrat Love" in the voice of that beautiful woman of color whom you feel looks like Lionel Ritchie. That was a true Turkey Day treat --- and, I think that dude almost tossed you a coin as you hit the "tango'd" line!!!

And, I'm sorry the movie sucked. But, I'm most relieved that rodent didn't jump out of the dirt and bite you! You were so close to it. Still feel we should've sung Kenny Loggins to it if it was a goffer. gofer? "...I'm alright!"

2:30 PM

Blogger matty said...

Oh, and are you adopting Tuna?

If so, we will be co-writing the new series of books, "A Dog Called Tuna" with the following volume, "Tuna's Big Prison Break"?

...should we get those titles registered?!?!?!

Will you insist on keeping Tuna in that harness?

2:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooo, gingham and thick ric rac here she comes!
I still expect pictures of the fabulous kitchen curtains.

8:21 PM

Blogger matty said...

Lovely Meredith -- ALL of the curtains are incredible! I really like the use of color Ing has put into play in her place!

9:04 PM

Blogger ing said...


Thanks! I'm pretty crafty, it's true. But I can't think of the appropriate lyrics for every occasion. Bad memory, I guess.



It's a thin line between tacky and frugal. And it's thin cotton . . .



Umm, it might have looked like mule droppings, but I sold a goodly portion of it on ebay and everyone's more than satisfied, so. . .



I can hem, and I can cuff. Send 'em my way and you'll be walking in high waters.



Leaving a trail is a whole 'nother thang. You might look all soft and backlit, but looks are deceiving.

Those chips I fed you last night are made from a variety of root vegetables. I hope they didn't upset your estómago.

I will send you the backlit pics, presently. I have some major editing to do on a certain piece of writing.



And backatcha! Did you partake in the festivities? And if so, how did you partake?



We are each other's kind of beings. I know this because you live in a house made of corncob pipes! Viva la raza!



Kenny Loggins: ugh!

As for the beautiful Lionel Ritchie woman, I think I had in mind Donna Summer during her "Bad Girls" era. Apparently, my vocal stylings in my "Muskrat Love" cover are uniquely mine. I have soul. Of a singular kind.

If the rodent jumped at me, I would've karate kicked it straight back to Satan's living room.



Tuna should run free as the wind blows, so I would let her out of the harness to commingle with the relish and mayo. She is my dogdaughter, and someday she will lead this country.



The curtain will make their appearance, and they will be dreamy. Ric rac rules!



I'm glad you like it! My color scheme is actually kind of boring, by which I mean too one-shaded. Red, pink, orange. I need more light blue for contrast. But anyhoo, thanks! You and B have a really lovely home, btw.

10:14 PM

Blogger matty said...

I like the warmth and coolness of your home. Ours is sort of industrial/artsty meets Matty's collection of pop culture crap with loads of Barbra artifiacts.

I think I most enjoyed your surprised look when you saw the "art" I had hung in our bedroom.

...barely missing a beat, your look of shock graduated to a calm happy face and you said, "That's - um, really gay! You should change the order, tho."

...and when I shared this with B he agreed and had been planning on changing the order to exactly as you stipulated.

I wish I had fashion/decor since beyond the flash and thump.

somehow it made sense to me that one would start with the ass and go down to the flash disco close-up. I was wrong.

Um, did Donna Summer look like Lionel Ritchie?!?!?

I still think we should have sung Kenny Loggins to that rodent from Hell with the long teeth.


I am so there! All alone, but I will be there! OK, coming to get you and the ambrossia soon!

1:28 PM

Blogger ticharu said...

Raza la raza!!!

2:36 PM

Blogger matty said...


2:32 PM

Blogger Labbie said...

I need an excuse to clean my apartment... Perhaps if I have The Girl over?

6:06 PM

Blogger ing said...


Your place has so much space, and I envy the balcony and the high ceilings (mine are a mere 6'). I think you picked out the red picture frames and knew to load up the tree with lights -- so I think you have decorating sense, but you choose to shy away from trying it out.

I don't know if I'm good at decorating, but I know what I like. . . pink, red, and orange.

Yes, Donna Summer resembled Lionel Ritchie at one point. It was the Jeri-Curl, I think.

Wish I could see the movie with you. But duty calls.



Viva la vida!






The who?

6:59 PM

Blogger josh williams said...

Yes you are so right. I throw away my needle and thread! I am a liberated man! Thank you ing! So now what do I do for undergarments, I am becoming to understand their wisdom. JW

8:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there nudie pal before the moon, it's too cold where you are? hmm.

Sounds like you need to sew some warm thick curtains...for warmth. You deserve warmth.



8:55 PM


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