I'm running out of time so in a panic I got out the sewing machine...and instantly regretted it. first the bobbin wouldn't wind properly (all loose and knotted). Then the tension I needed didn't seem to exist...and the stitch size wasn't right.
Then when I finally - after half an hour of cursing the stupid machine - got to do some sewing I ended up spending more time seam ripping than sewing. And I got backache!!!
Grrr! I virtually never have to use the ripper when I hand sew.
At least I did get one thing finished...but whatever you do don't look inside the seams are a mess.
I tried to make a start on the sleeves of the short sleeve dress....just ended up in a tangled mess. Spent all evening untangling it. Would have been quicker to re-cut the sleeves.
I don't think anyone will ever convince me sewing machines are pleasant to use. I'm just going to have to step up my hand sewing speed...
some examples of machine sewing problems: