Friday, February 20, 2009

A Problem Solved


If you are a follower of this blog and also read this one also, you will see this photo posted yesterday, the 19th, of these towels that I monogrammed for my oldest daughter for a (late) Christmas gift. I had such a problem with these. You can't tell from the photograph but the satin stitches were not dense enough and a lot of white towel was showing through and I was not happy at all with them, especially to give to my daughter or anyone for a gift. In fact, I would not be happy with them had I done them for myself. So I slept on it and decided to call the sewing shop this morning. I still was not satisfied and decided to take the towels along with a couple of other things I'd done that I WAS happy with using this same sewing machine. Long story short, they agreed with me after seeing the towels in person and asked me to try something in my program on an old towel. If that does not work, they think it's an update that needs to be performed on my software on the machine and they will do it at no charge.

In the meantime, they suggested that I take a Sharpie black marker and just fill in the white tiny towel marks showing through, saying it will look like stitching, is permanent and will not fade when the towels are washed because it's a permanent marker. So I did that tonight and it was very easy to do and it looks good. Now I will mail them to my daughter for her Christmas gift, bless her heart. She's been patiently waiting. And I will explain what I've done and what has happened. (She can just read about it here!) Then when she washes the towels, if they do fade or not look good for any reason to her, I will do them again for her. But I plan to have my machine updated so it performs as it should in the future. Sometimes technology is so frustrating.

5 comments:

Cheryl said...

Sharpies solve a lot of problems! The towels look great in the photo.

bearbear said...

Thanks for that info. I've never done it before and was nervous about it. In fact, I had decided that I would wash the towels before mailing them to her (just in case!) What would I do without my blogging friends?!?

APA said...

A Sharpie is a great idea. Such good things I learn here, too!

Cheryl said...

I think it could fade eventually, but I know of quilt teachers who recommend using a Sharpie to correct quilting mistakes (though I haven't done it). The person who taught me beading on fabric regularly uses Sharpies to color beading thread if she doesn't have the right color on hand. I did this for the quilt I'm beading now, but some of the ink did fade by the time I was at the end of the thread. However, That was very slippery nylon (I think) beading thread that was drawn through layers of cotton and batting a bunch of times. My biggest worry on towels would be if it were to soak through to the back side.

audreypawdrey said...

They look lovely to me! I would never have thought of using a Sharpie.:)