I have a box of folded hankies with the words “Hankies w/ Little Embroidery on Edge” written on it. That’s what I looked through when I wanted to choose some Vintage Hankies to sew my Nourishing Tears on.
I pulled 12 from the box to have some to choose from.
I went through them a few times before deciding on the first one to use. Then I began sewing the eye. I was on the teardrops when my needle broke. As I unscrewed the broken needle from the machine, it slipped through my fingers and under the needle plate.
I took the plate off and the needle wasn’t there.
I was soon to discover just how much my sewing machine was in need of a cleaning. It was clogged with clumps of dust. Each time I dusted it with the little cleaning brush more came out.
But no needle.
That’s when I took the machine and turned it upside down. Then I shook it. It didn’t happen right away, it was three or four tries before I saw the broken needle fall from the machine onto the floor.
I feel like I got lucky. I got the needle and gave my sewing machine a cleaning it desperately needed.
I finished sewing the teardrops and then worked on another Nourishing Tears Potholder. I also made a Nourishing Tears with a big eye on a little bit of a bigger hankie. Not a potholder, it has beads on the eyelashes.
I’ll make a few more tomorrow.