So I've been working a bit on my sewing. In May, I decided to buy my own sewing machine (I'd been using my Mom's and, even though she never uses it, I figured I'd give it to her and get my own). So, as I said, I bought a Singer sewing machine from Amazon (thank goodness!) and started sewing on it. Mind you, since August 2015, I made myself four dresses/outfits and I also made a dress for my great-niece (out of satin) with my Mom's machine.
By June, the machine was no longer working properly, so I contacted Amazon and they told me how to send it back and they sent me another just like it. By the beginning of August (this month), it was no longer working. So, this time, when I sent back the old one, I ordered a different model. It only took a week for that one to stop working (this was last week). So this time I ordered a Brother. We'll see if that helps.
In the meantime, I'm making a shirt of my great-nephew (using a Dinosaur design I created on Spoonflower) but with the machine issue, I'm worried I won't have it done by his birthday (September 14th I think). I'm also working on creating eyeglass sized purses out of 8" X 8" squares of my designs (I have a ton of them because whenever I want to sell a design I have to order either some fabric to sew with or an 8" X 8" swatch). The above pic is of five different designs.
In any case, I'm in a sewing holding pattern right now. In addition to the shirt I'm working on for my great-nephew, I'm also working on a "one-yard" pattern I created to see if it works. (This is it, but don't buy this one -- the one I'm working on actually is a "one-yard" pattern, not an 8" X 8" one. I won't be certain until I finish the piece what size person it'll fit). I used this idea to create a couple of my sketch designs to go on fabric, 3 yards, so I want to check this pattern out before I spend the money the fabric will cost in my size -- I used my own measurements.
I'm looking forward to the new season of "Project: Runway" which is due in a bit more than 2 weeks. I can't wait.