This is a quick round up of a few random projects that I used to christen my new sewing machine! Yeah!
I have had a Brother sewing machine at our lake house for 12 years. Because I never did much sewing here it was fine. But as I started using it with more substantial projects in mind, it just wasn't up to the job. Last fall I had considered a new machine for Florida, but ended up taking my Janome to have there. While I was shopping around I realized that I have had 4 different machines over the years with the whole shebang! Monster embroidery units that I have never even taken out of their boxes!!!!! I didn't want to do that again.
My advise to people when they ask me what machine they should buy is always to get what you need and a smidge more to grow into. Know the dealer. And know where you will have it serviced. I finally took my own advice! I got a really lovely Baby Lock machine...sans embroidery, from the local dealer who has a service department right here! Isn't she a beaut!
So far I am really, really pleased with my choice. (Can you see me taking the picture in the side panel😜?) I have had two different Baby Lock sergers that I have loved so I didn't go in completely blind. It is very intuitive for the way I sew, so it has been a very smooth transition. The dealer does have owner classes that I will definitely take to get the bells and whistles figured out. But the basics have been easy to get used to. So what have I been practicing on...?
I had a linen bias cut dress that I liked but didn't really wear. I scrutinized it and realized that the fabric is a bit heavy, it is a decorator print, and the sleeves were just not right. I decided I could take them out and make the dress cooler to wear and eliminate the whole sleeve issue!
When I looked at this picture I was horrified!!! Had I really worn this out in public!?! The big brown leaf with the spot in the middle in exactly the WRONG place....OMG! I was about to scrap the whole thing!!! When I calmed down I realized that my dress form is a bit 'perkier' than I am at this point so when I put the dress on it wasn't as much of an issue. Whew!