I still wind my bobbins and thread my machine's needle by hand, because I cannot figure out how to do it properly. I read the instructions. I've Googled how-tos. I listen to people when they tell me the methods, but it never makes sense when I attempt to apply it. I think at some point, I should take an actual sewing class so I can see it done, and subsequently practice in an environment where someone can help when I forget to loop the thread over some mechanism somewhere. I've been shown a couple of times before, but I always forget some key trick when the time comes to do it on my own.
I'm trying to be a lot more precise with my technique than I've been in the past, especially with my cutting. My lines look neater so far, but I will still discover variations in pieces that are supposed to be completely symmetrical. Sometimes up to an entire quarter of an inch wider in some places! How is this happening? I'm being almost insanely anal this time around, too. I pre-ironed my fabric and laid it out carefully! I was measuring constantly! Making lots of marks so that it would be difficult to veer off course! Cutting slowly! And yet still it happens.
Speaking of cutting, I hacked up my former Skuld wig downstairs. I cleaned up thoroughly afterwards, but I'm still finding black wig fibers everywhere I go, even up here on the third floor. I vacuumed my room, yet it seems to have had no effect. What do I have to do to get these to go away, build a shrine somewhere and offer up sacrifices of blood to appease the wig's angry spirit?
[Edit: Ladies and gentlemen, I have made my first French seam ever. Too bad the "Freedom Fries" fiasco is long gone, as I could make a really stupid and yet so timely remark!]