The sewing machine pays for itself in a day
15 April 2011 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
Actually, the sewing machine had already paid for itself when Mark fixed the spinneker. Anything to do with sailing seems to be expensive when it comes to repairs. My cushion project has been put on hold with a more urgent project - Lochy's Harry Potter robe. So, after a morning of school, we spent all day designing, cutting, sewing (Lochy's pretty good with straight lines on the machine!) adjusting, making a matching cape and decorating with a wand pocket! Then it was Mia's turn to make her skirt - we found a pattern on the internet and so she measured, cut, hemmed, stitched, waistbanded all by herself and is now the very proud owner of a homemade - complete with wonky lines - twirly skirt which she loves. In the times when the sewing machine wasn't being used by the kids, I made a canvas patch to repair the bimini (and repaired it) all the time gaining experience for my daunting cushion project.
And whilst the kids got on with their projects, Mark and I gave one engine its 200 hour service and re-anchored 3 times, trying to find a less swelly part of the bay and not hit other boats in the meantime. As you do.