The “Last Laugh” column on the last page of each Sew News issue is always a reader favorite. I am the lucky editor that gets to sort through all the sewing bloopers and find the best ones for the magazine. I thought I would share with you some of my favorite bloopers and give you a chance to win a prize and have your blooper published.
I find that bloopers tend to fall into four categories: injuries, wardrobe malfunctions, whoopsies and savvy sewist woes. The injury category always hosts tales that make you wince or grimace. Despite the sometimes gross nature of these bloopers, they still warrant a chuckle from time to time. Recently, a reader wrote in with a terrible tale:
“I was sewing along and drinking a nice cup of tea when the needle on my machine broke. I spent several minutes looking all over for the needle tip and couldn’t find it. I decided to replace the needle and move on. As I finished the project I took my last sip of tea and got a sharp stab in the back of my throat. I realized too late the needle tip had flown into my tea. I spent several hours in the local emergency room to have the needle tip carefully pulled from my throat by a very nice doctor.” – Rachel D.
Something about this one just caught my attention. Perhaps it was because I often drink tea and sew at the same time, or maybe it was the high drama of the situation. Either way, that’s one harrowing tale and I was glad to hear that Rachel was back to full health in the end.
The second category of wardrobe malfunctions seem the funniest to me. Of course, these stories usually result in ripping a seam and showing off a little more skin than intended. One of my favorite ones came in about 6 months ago:
“When my sister was in high school, she proudly showed me a pair of shorts she made in home-ec class. She decided to wear them to a social gathering held at a health club. She was playing racquetball on the court next to mine with a blind date I had arranged for her. A few minutes into the game, I heard frantic knocking on the court door. I opened the door to discover, the center-back seam opened in her newly constructed shorts when she bent over. We snuck into the locker room and I loaned her an extra pair.” – Kelley D.
I love that Kelley came to the rescue, but I wonder how much she laughed when she opened the court door.
The third category of whoopsies is filled with simple mistakes. Things anyone might get wrong and the hilarious consequences. Here’s a great whoopsies story:
“I selected pretty red fabric to create a costume for a Jane Austen-themed dance. To make the gown more festive, I stitched white lace to the collar and sleeves, and found a pair of white gloves for a more authentic effect. Everything looked beautiful, but halfway through the event, I noticed my gloves were streaked with red from touching my gown while dancing. I’d forgotten to check the colorfastness of the red fabric! After washing the gown, it’s now accented with lovely pink lace.” – Mary S.
How delightful to attend a special event only to discover that your gown is leaking color! I can just imagine the surprise of discovering red handedness.
The final category of savvy sewist woes are always a little technical to read. Though for the sewing-minded the humor jumps out quickly. Here’s one from the archives that tickled my funny bone:
“As one of my first projects, I sewed pajama pants for my teenage daughter. I thought I’d followed the pattern perfectly, but for the some reason, the finished pants looked off. I figured that when my daughter wore them, the problem would fix itself. But when she tried them on, the seat of the pants looked like a sumo wrestler costume. We laughed the entire day. I asked a seamstress friend what I’d done wrong, and she pointed out that I’d forgotten to turn the legs to sew the side seams.” – Dorothy W.
Unless you’ve made pants you might not fully understand this hilarious blooper. I’ve made this mistake and it didn’t seem funny at the time, but now I think back and giggle at my error.
Of course, there are so many other bloopers out in the world. Respond below with your sewing bloopers for a chance to win a prize. Five responses will be chosen as winners and might get their blooper published in an upcoming issue of Sew News.
Enter to win before November 1 at 8:30 am. Winners will be notified via email. Good luck and happy sewing!