Friday, July 20, 2007

Needed a tune-up

A couple of years ago I inherited a sewing machine from a friend who was moving to England. It had belonged to her mother, but had sat unused for quite some time. Her mother was a skilled quiltmaker, so I knew it had to be a quality machine, but the last time I had an encounter with a sewing machine was in seventh grade home economics (while the boys were in "shop"). That encounter ended badly and I hadn't tried sewing since.

So I've been struggling along, sewing a few things here and there. (Remember the pillows? Those are my biggest project thus far.) Finally, some thread got stuck in the bobbin and I decided it was time for a tune-up.

I just got it back, and can I tell you....I now LOVE this sewing machine! I never knew what I was missing! It feeds like a dream. I can't WAIT to play with it some more.

I have gotten three more FO's out of it, all in one day. They're small, but they were very much needed, and it felt great to get them done.

First, a new cover for our coffee table, to match the pillows.

Second, a laptop sleeve for the new laptop.

And third, a sewing machine cover to keep the dirt out of my new and improved machine. (I used this pattern, minus the piping.)

I worked on those the same day I kicked T. out of the house for a few hours. I NEEDED my own space. She was gracious about it, and by the end of the day, it was as though I had had a tune-up as well.

Sometimes you don't know how much need it until you get it.


Online Onslaught Host said...

Oooh this is great! Thanks for the link back too! I love the fabrics you chose. So without the piping it's just not reversible?

Julie said... I didn't follow the step of adding the lining fabric. I just wanted something didn't have to be super heavy duty. thanks!