First project in 30 years — I DID IT!
Thanks to all of you who coached me and held my hand during my “retread” project. (I think my new handle should be SeamRipper.) The blouse is not perfect BUT IT IS FINISHED and she likes it. I ended up trading in the old machine (which had been my grandmother’s in the 1970s and then my Mother gave it to me — but it was just too far gone to be rehabilitated — somebody here suggested I take it in to be cleaned and oiled — good tip because it was nearly dead and would have cost HUNDREDS to fix) on a new Janome. The new machine made things a lot easier and I ALMOST have the threading sequence memorized.
After my Mother’s little top, I ventured into collars and buttonholes — made my eight-year-old son a REALLY cute shirt with a bat print (we’re ALL OVER Halloween around here). I think some of my skills improved — I know my confidence certainly did. And he likes the shirt.
Next, I think, is something for me.
Anyhow, thanks to all of you for the wonderful suggestions.