Holidays! Gifts! New Sewing Machine!

Well, it’s been quite a while since I last posted…apologies. Hope everyone had a Happy Christmas/Hanukkah, etc. We’ve had a lot going on here in Austin.

I got my new sewing machine in a few days ago, haven’t had much of a chance to fire it up because of the holidays. I had various knitting projects to finish/gifts to stitch. I think she may need to be oiled a bit before I can do anything with her, but so far everything seems to be working fine with her (knock on wood).

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve, which is my very favorite holiday. Exciting! I don’t have any plans and Tripp will be at work, but I may end up with friends…not too sure.

January 8-10 Tripp and I will be going to NYC! We’re really excited as neither of us have ever had a chance to visit before. We’ll be going to be interviewed for a documentary. I’ll be able to give a bit more info after we return.

I received some awesome gifts for Christmas:

-A pair of red TOMS from Tripp

Also from Tripp, Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving (newest book by my favorite author)

and Mad Men, Season 2! If you are wondering if I’ve already watched all 12 episodes, the answer is yes — in 2 days. This show is insanely addicting. If you have never seen it, I’d highly recommend it. I’m not usually a fan of dramas, but this is an excellent show. Also, period costumes! I am a huge sucker for period costumes/settings.

Lastly, and perhaps most relevant-ly (not sure if that’s a word, but 2009 is almost over and I’m feeling kinda reckless), my dear friend Kathryn got me this:

I can’t wait to try out some of the patterns!

Of course I’ll be back to work on Ezra’s quilt soon. I also recently mastered hand-sewing and even learned to blind-stitch a hem, so if this machine gives me fits like my last one did while quilting, I may be hand sewing his quilt 🙂

More soon!

K

Done and Done!

So, I (nervously) took the plunge.

After writing up the post on sewing machines I may/may not buy, I bought one — but it wasn’t on the list! I know, I’m pretty wild.

Here she is (picture from the ebay auction):

There’s a photo of the same machine (just a different color) on flickr (It’s actually for sale, if you’re looking for an older machine!).

She’s reviewed on pattern review here.

The machine was apparently just chilling out in someone’s closet, the seller on ebay sells sewing machines regularly and said that it has had virtually no use at all, and that it runs perfectly. It has no signs of wear and tear, no rubbing on the belt or anything. Hopefully she’s as awesome as she looks and sounds!

She was a steal, too…I paid $75 +shipping, because it was on buy it now/best offer. Woohoo!

Now to wait for her to arrive…I’m dyin’ here!

-K

Sewing machine meme fun!

Since it’s Sewing Machine Month at Sew, Mama, Sew! I’ve decided to participate in the Sewing Machine Meme that was posted a while back. I actually found this at Oh, Fransson!

What brand and model do you have?
I have a Singer Simple machine. It was one of my graduation gifts from my mom. I don’t think she thought I’d ever get a chance to bust it out, but I really just needed some inspiration to get started sewing again, and a bit of extra money to buy fabrics and notions. Now I sew every weekend. I love my little machine, even if it isn’t super fancy!

Singer Simple

Singer Simple

How long have you had it?

I got it in May of 2008, so just over a year.

Approximately how much does your machine cost?

It was just over $100. Not too expensive, but if I need another one I’ll have a bit more to spend.

What kinds of things do you sew?
I’ve altered clothing on it, made aprons, quilts, and bags.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I sew at least one day a week for usually around 8 or so hours…as long as I can! 🙂

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Does it have a name?

I like my machine. I can’t say I love it, because I’d rather have a top-loading bobbin. Her name is Beebee, though 🙂

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
It’s quiet! That’s what I love most about it.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Just the side-loading bobbin. Other than that, we cool.

Now that I sort of know what I’m doing and get the machine serviced regularly (and especially since I got a walking foot) it really does everything that I want it to.

Do you have a great story about your machine to share?
Ahhh…no. My machine and I have no great adventures to share, although she did help me finish my very first quilt top!

Would you recommend your machine to others?

I would recommend it to anyone who is newer to sewing. Since it’s a pretty basic machine, there are a few things I want that I’ll have to purchase for it (various feet, for instance), but if you just want to make simpler stuff, it’s perfect!


What factors do you think are important when looking for a new machine?

I think it’s important to be able to test a machine out a bit to make sure it fits your needs. Don’t just buy the first machine you see because OMGSEWINGMACHINEIWANT. Be patient and do some research first, and you’ll be much, much happier with the result.

Do you have a dream machine?

I would L-O-V-E to have a longarm quilting machine, to quilt all my ‘tops, both real and soon-to-be created, in a way that is both beautiful and a heck of a lot easier than using a machine with a walking foot. I am happy with my Beebee for now, though. She’s pretty, she’s quiet, and she sews beautifully.