I'm hooked on the Great British Sewing Bee. I cannot sew. Well, I can hand-sew a bit but patterns and sewing machines are arcane arts beyond the ken of peeriemoots. Despite my own ineptitude I can appreciate the work of those who can sew. I would like to be able to sew basic things though. The last time I tried to use the sewing machine was, ahem, two and a half years ago. Since then nobody had used the machine until the other day when My Beloved needed to make a fabric cover for an anchor chain. And no I'm not kidding - it's a motorbike-related thing.
Anyway, the machine which had refused to work for me in August 2011 refused to work for him the other day. Ha! It's not just me! He did however suggest that the problem was probably that it was full of fluff and needed cleaning out. Ah, I never thought of that. So today I googled 'cleaning fluff out of sewing machine' and found some useful advice. Armed with a screwdriver, a teaspoon, a vacuum cleaner and several kids paintbrushes I tackled the infernal machine and cleaned a quite astonishing amount of fluff out of it. And then I threaded it up with different colours of thread so I could see which thread was going wrong if it went wrong.
And then I tried it out.
And it works! Huzzah!
Incidentally My Beloved was gobsmacked that I had cleaned the fluff out of the machine.
'Did you find the instructions then?'
'No, I googled it.'
Awestruck seems the right word. I don't know why he was so surprised.