Old machine, new instructions

IMG_20150103_172451138I like to innovate.  That’s a nice way of saying that I’m not really good at reading the directions.  At first, that is.  Now, after the fabric is cut, or too much flour has been mixed in, or the nail has been hammered where there is no stud, then I tend to take a look at the instructions a little more closely…maybe.

So I decided to try my hand and my old sewing machine at making some “Boppy” covers for our upcoming visit with our new granddaughter.  For the uninitiated, “Boppy” is the brand name given to a convenient donut-shaped pillow for nursing mothers, one of which our daughter ordered and which we were packing to bring out to her.  So I thought I would get some cute little covers to go with it.  Being the “frugal” (that’s a nice word, I’ll leave it at that) grandmother that I am, I decided to make the covers myself rather than spend part of the kid’s future college fund by purchasing them online. 

Never mind the fact that I hadn’t sewn a zipper in probably over a decade.  But c’mon, it’s like getting back on a bike, right?

So I roamed the friendly skies of cyberspace to find patterns with and without zippers, printed off one freebie pattern (with a zip) and modified it to sorta-kinda match the non-freebie pattern (without a zip).  Did some trial and error with them both (more error than naught), but at least had the sense to use an old sheet rather than my new fabric.  (I’m not THAT stupid…anymore.)

Deciding that the zipper was actually the way to go, it was time to start sewing it in.  Relying on my memory (first critical error), needless to say it did not go well.  Thankfully, the kind lady with the free pattern had also given us a free YouTube video on how to put all the pieces together, including the zipper.  Because, obviously, not all zippers go in the same way, you see. 

I least, I see that now, after some of my good fabric had been frayed by a) not reading the correct directions for this particular project and relying on my directions from past experiences, and b) not keeping the directions in front of me for continued refresher “cues” as the project continued. 

It’s a good thing I never worked for NASA.  (sigh)

So when God says this…

“For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”

..it behooves me to take notice and NOT to shrug it off as the “same old wilderness” or the “same old wasteland”; in other words, not to fall prey to “here I go again”, as in:

  • I know how to deal with “this kind of person”. (Arrogance)
  • Will I never get rid of this depression/anger/fill-in-the-blank? (Discouragement)
  • I can handle this project better than he can. (Pride)
  • How much longer, how many more? (Boredom-one of my personal faves…)

sewing-machine-1737773_1920Because in the long run, checking in for God’s instructions, even on things I think I know, can save a lot of frayed edges and wasted thread.  He may be trying to do something new.  With me.

Isaiah 43:19  Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

8 thoughts on “Old machine, new instructions”

  1. Such a timely message, Dawn! Thanks so much for your transparency. I believe that God is doing something new in me, and I have walked into this new season with new wine and old wine skins. It’s time for me to get it together and stop being stubborn. Thanks again. ❤

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    1. Yeah, stretching is rarely fun. The thing about stretching, at least with muscles, is that it allows for greater potential muscular strength. Forgive me, both the nurse and the analogies kicking in….Have a good week.

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  2. Do I relate. I tried to make a boppy for myself more than a decade ago…don’t recall how far I got. Now I’ve started the tshirt quilt as a “refresher” to see if I’m really up for tackling the baby clothes quilt (for which I saved a fair amount clothing for).

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