Experience Will Tell

What’s worse than a Pinterest fail? A Frugalfish fail – the project doesn’t look good and you lost money. I knew better because there was a scripture that warned against it. But I tried anyway.

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I love my white coat with the black “pleather” lapels. The #1 reason? I receive compliments when I wear it.

But after several years, the “pleather” cracked. I was still getting compliments, so I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some “pleather.”

Last fall, I took the coat and new “pleather” to a seamstress. She told me the material was thinner than the original and suggested a fake suede instead. She gave me a sample to test for colorfastness. I soaked it in the sink and it didn’t seem to bleed.

She replaced the sleeve inserts and pocket trim. (She couldn’t do all of it at that time because she was having surgery.)

This spring, I took the coat back and she replaced the lapels and collar. She sent the extra material home and I planned on replacing the facing myself.

I started ripping it out but there were three layers with the trim. Last week I decided it wasn’t worth it and sewed the lining back up.

The coat is washable. I put shampoo on the hems and soaked the coat. (The shampoo works as a stain remover on the edges of the sleeves.)

When I took it out of the sink, I found black spots where the black material touched the white. Undaunted, I sent David to get “Rit Color Remover.”

He quoted Matthew 9:16, “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? …” New Living Translation

It didn’t work and the fake suede shed all over the coat.

Job 32:8-9, “I kept thinking, ‘Experience will tell. The longer you live, the wiser you become.’ (9) But I see I was wrong – it’s God’s Spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible. The experts have no corner on wisdom; getting old doesn’t guarantee good sense.” The Message

The worst part? I spent twice as much money repairing the coat than I paid for it. And the repairs cost more than the new, heavier coat I purchased at Christmas.

I’m not looking forward to telling David. It’s a wonderful deterrent for trying this again. (Sigh.) There are many things I never tried – like illegal drugs – because I knew I would face God.

Job 31:23, “The fear of God has kept me from these things – how else could I ever face Him?” The Message

September 5, 2019: Job 31-34.

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