Friday, February 24, 2012

Finish Itself

"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
– Isak Dinesen


8:00 last night I was certainly wishing that this rug WOULD finish itself!

I was sewing my covered cording and had about 5 feet finished when the machine

jammed up.  Really, this was a blessing in disguise, because when I took the

cording out I could see that the bottom thread was all wadded up.

I “googled” the problem, adjusted the tension, ripped out about 3 feet of seam

and then got back to it. We’re talking 21 feet of covered cording to make.

Let me just say that I give the phrase “cussing like a sailor” a whole new

meaning when I sew!


1/2 a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies later, (yes people, that

is stress eating at it’s finest!) I had the cording finished.

I’m in the clear……

…..or am I?


Zig-zagging around such a heavy rug was a challenge….

this is one heavy rug!  Even though I was working at the

dining room table, so I’d have more room to distribute the

weight of the rug, it was still frustrating!

However, I persevered and I’m finished with the machine sewing…

now on to the hand-sewing!

Will I have it finished in time to take to Lenexa tomorrow morning?

We’ll see!


  1. So happy that you persevered...this is going to look fantastic! I'm hoping you will get it done, but that's a lot of handsewing. Have a great weekend!

  2. Tammy, your rug us spectacular! If you lived closer, I would have made your cording for you -- I love sewing on my machine! Can't wit to see it completely finished!


  3. Can't wait to see your rug at the Hook-In. It's beautiful.

  4. Can't wait to see your rug in person at the Hook-In. It's beautiful.

  5. So beautiful! I can't wait to see it all finished. Please show us the finished back too!

  6. Tammy ~
    I hope you are having a ball at the hook in and taking lots of pictures to share with us!
    I seriously dislike (read hate) binding rugs and I can't imagaine doing one that size. Like Courtney asked, please share the finished rug with us.
    Hugs :)

  7. Wow you have more patience then me - I'm notorious for breaking sewing machines and basically I just zigzag around my rugs - but the beast never cooperates! Can't wait to see the done deal!