Monday, December 14, 2009

Sew What?

funny word of the day: bobbin

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Pronunciation: \ˈbä-bən\
Function: noun
Etymology: origin unknown
Date: 1530

1 a : a cylinder or spindle on which yarn or thread is wound (as in a sewing machine) b : any of various small round devices on which threads are wound for working handmade lace c : a coil of insulated wire; also : the reel it is wound on
2 : a cotton cord formerly used by dressmakers for piping

Recently, my mom (a very talented fiber artist and experienced sewer - see her gorgeous work at and I went shopping for fabric to recover some throw pillows I had that didn't match my new duvet and I mentioned that someday I'd love to learn how to sew. Next thing I knew, a gigantic box arrives to my apartment and inside is a used sewing machine that my mother ordered for me on eBay. Now, I wasn't sure if this was her passive-aggressive way of saying "Sew your own goddamn pillowcases" or if it was just a thoughtful gesture (I think the latter) and, while I didn't want to be unappreciative, I really don't have room for a sewing machine in our small apartment and with a baby on the way, won't have much time to handcraft much! So she took the sewing machine back and made me some beautiful new covers for my pillows in a cool fabric we found at Ikea. Thanks, Mommy!

1 comment:

  1. Your mommy tells me that she is sending the machine to Florida, where it can age gracefully.