24th August 2009: Oh, crap I've never worked with metallic threads before - and never will again. The sewing machine hates it. Tried changing tension and various other things, but it just kept throwing hissy fits and the thread unravels and snares and snaps and catches on things etc. The needle snapped twice. The end results looks like I've been sewing blindfolded, or whilst drunk. As soon as I switched back to normal thread, I could hear the sewing machine's sigh of relief when I stepped on the foot pedal ('ah, cotton...' it says). Seriously, never again.
Also, what possessed me to use silvery material for the patterns on the jacket? It's ended up looking tacky. This is what I get for hurrying things and not planning it out properly. But I will get this done before next Monday, that's for sure.
Urgh, metallic-looking fabrics and threads. NEVER AGAIN.