Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Hard work!





Who would think that I'd be full of aches and pains after a couple of sessions of free machine embroidery, my neck hurts , my jaw hurts as I seem to pull faces as I stitch( one of the girls on the course says she forgets to breath as she is machining) and my hands hurt from gripping the hoop - oh what Joy! but I think I see a little improvement. Lesson 2 has come thro' so I'm off to read that. Here are my samples from lesson 1.

10 comments:

Jan said...

WELL DONE!! Shame about the aches and pains but I'm sure it will get easier as you go along (one down, three to go!) They are all lovely... dont know which one I like best.

Heather said...

Your samples are great Maureen. I still find it hard to relax and concentrate at the same time and I've been machining for years. My daughter used to tell me I grunted when I was machining! I still find my shoulders up round my ears if I'm doing something tricky. We will just have to remember to keep good posture and stop for a breather every so often. Good luck with the next lesson.

Doreen G said...

Wow Maureen how great is that effort.
Have you tried putting on some soothing music to ease the tension that you are building up.
Also check to see if your chair is at the right height--I was told by one of my many tutors that your needle should be level with your belly button which is hard for me because mine has moved from where it should be --he-he.
It will get better as you go along but keep on going as it is working.

Viv's Visuals said...

Fab samples.... are you sure the aching jaw is from the way you hold your mouth????????? ROFL

SANDERELLA said...

so interesting!! I'm looking forward to watch u in a few weeks - complete with facial expressions!

Ati. said...

Hi Maureen, I reconize those complains.
I allways seems that machine sewing is work!! Hand sewing and embroidey is hobby ;)
But in the end it will go easier, I guess.

WendyK said...

They are great Maureen, I knew you could do it. Will look forward to seeing the progress. Try and relax, it's only a practice, they don't have to be perfect.

Robin Mac said...

Great samples Maureen. One of my tutors many years ago made us move our machines far enough forward onto the table so we could rest our elbows on the table as we sewed - also Val Campbell Harding suggested putting doorstops under the back of the machine to tilt it forward a bit. I have don't have nearly so many aches and pains if I follow those tips. Cheers, Robin

Debs said...

Fab work Maureen. This is something I am considering doing - step 1 get a machine! Debs H

Anne said...

Lovely work Maureen :).

Have you tried singing while you stitch? I find this best not done in company LOL, but if you sing you have to breathe and those shoulders will come down from around your ears :)