Yesterday I had a sewing class, well maybe more of a software class, to learn about a new update I got for my machine. Then I spent a lot of time afterwards trying to practice using it so I can use the monograms and lettering more. I did learn a few new things… being that I needed to come home and calibrate my computer screen so when I’ve finished arranging my design it will show me the correct size on the screen. Oh and let me say right now, I don’t like math or numbers. I got the instructions pulled up and figured out what needed to be done…..I had to measure a dialog box on the screen and enter the info and then the program would calibrate it. I chose inches and English measurements because, well because that’s the way I learned and I’m not very good at metric stuff; I don’t like numbers, did I say that?! 😉 Then I noticed in the example on the screen that it needed to be entered in decimals, ugh and I hate to say it but I didn’t know how to change my 4 7/16 inches into decimals! It’s a wonder I ever took advanced math in high school! And I graduated college too, but math/numbers are not my thing at all in case I haven’t told you. I called Stacy but she wasn’t sure what I was talking, I didn’t do a good job explaining it to her and she doesn’t sew. But I did get my smart hubby on the phone and he figured it for me right away, he works with numbers and conversion things every day…..he can be VERY handy! (If I remember correctly off the top of my head, ha, I think it came to something like 4.4375) I don’t like numbers in little boxes, did I say that already? There’s a reason I’m not something like a bookkeeper and I certainly didn’t want my machine embroidery to involve numbers. But I finally got my screen calibrated and did a monogram for the first little burp cloth I did. I’m very happy with the way this one turned out because I’ve not been able to do these diamond shaped monograms before.

I know that doesn’t seem like much but this was a big deal for me that I sorta got this stuff figured out and got it all stitched out. Now I’ve got to work on some cute boy designs for the other burps I’m wanting to make before the new baby comes!
I shopped briefly with Stacy this afternoon, we’re going to visit with our dad so it’ll be later before I get back to the computer to come visit.
Hope all of you are having a fun week in what you’re doing!

15 Responses to ““I Know it’s not much but it’s the Best I can do…””

  1. Debi Says:

    Oh Gail, that is gorgeous…absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

    And by the way, I could have easily converted to decimals (Annie and I did that last year in school), but I probably couldn’t even manage to turn your machine on! I don’t think I could EVER figure out how to use a computerized machine like that…I’m lucky I can turn on our computer and get on the Internet!

  2. Dianne Says:

    Oooh so crafty you are! I’m with you on the metric conversions. I have to do such at work and it always makes me nervous!

    Anyways that’s really cool and looks like fun too!

  3. Karen Says:

    Very cute! It IS a big deal, and I’m impressed — I have a numbers AND machine phobia. Have a nice visit with Stacy and your dad:)

  4. Becky Says:

    That is so, so pretty. What wonderful gifts that will make. Monogrammed towels, burp diapers (what newborn would not be the envy of the church nursery with THOSE I tell ya?), even robes. How sweet.

    That is why I want a new sewing machine. I want one that does that.

    Good work my friend. I hope you will remember when you go to do it again. That is where I mess up every time.

  5. Lynne Says:

    What kind of sewing machine do you have? I want one! I used to have a Viking about a million years ago. Now I have just a plain old Brother that does basic stuff. I want fancy!!

  6. Karen (mommy of three) Says:

    That is so beautiful, you are so talented!

  7. Robin Says:

    That burp cloth is really sweet! Lucky baby!
    I am so with you on the math thing. My high school daughter shows me her math homework and it looks like a foreign language to me! No way can I convert a fraction. If I can’t do it on a caluclator – it ain’t happening!

  8. Dawn P Says:

    Wow that is beautiful. You are so gifted!

  9. Coach J Says:

    it doesn’t matter if you’re not good with numbers as long as ole hubby is around to do the math for you! Even tho’ I’m an accountant, I’m not good without my calculator, and my hubby can do the math faster than me any day!
    Your burp cloth came out great! And you’ll soon branch out to other stuff, I just know it! 🙂

  10. Lauren@Baseballs&Bows Says:

    It looks great! I have always thought it would be fun to monogram things, but I can’t sew anything (not even a button)!

  11. Carrie Says:

    How cute! Loved your story. I hate numbers, too! LOL!! Plus, I can’t sew! David’s aunt sent Levi a burp cloth like that when he was born. It’s one of my favorites!

  12. Stacy Says:

    That’s really cute and the picture doesn’t do it justice. I know that K and Sam will enjoy all of these things you are making 🙂

  13. annie Says:

    Oh Gail, it’s BeAuTiFuL!!!
    ¸.·´¸.·*¨) ¸.·*¨)
    (¸.·´ (¸.·’ * Annie *

  14. Stacy (the other one) Says:

    Great job. I’m impressed!

  15. jen Says:

    I love monogrammed things…if I had my way we would have our names on everything…

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