Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sewing Machine Meme

What brand and model?
Bernina Virtuoso 150 CPS Special Quilters Edition
How long have you had it?
How much does that machine cost?
then 1200.00, now ?
What types of things do you sew?
Everything. Garments, Crafts, Home Dec. vinyl, leather, quilts. I have even run light aluminum through it.
How much do you sew?
I try to sew everyday, but don't always find I am able.
Do you like/love/hate your machine?
I love it. I had an older singer for the first 8 years or so that I sewed. I sewed, sold, and saved just so that I could buy the Bernina. I wanted it for a long time before I had enough money, and now am just as happy with that purchase as the day I got it. (no name, just Bernina)
What features does you machine have that work well for you?
Many optional/exchangeable feet. 150 built in stitches. Complete stainless steel parts. Swiss Engineering.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Not the machine, however I would like the table to be flush with the top of the machine. Someday......
At Christmas, in the year of my great sales/savings for the purchase my ex-husband wrapped up a banana and put it under the tree. He told the kids to be sure and give mom her 'bernana'. I thought he was going to finish out my needed funds, instead he was playing a practical joke.
I didn't think it was very funny.
I would most definitely recommend a Bernina to anyone.
What factors are important to consider?
Reliability, Product Warranty. A sewing machine is something that can last 50 years or more if taken care of. A company that stands behind its product with service and upgrades should be highly considered.
P.S. I also have a Bernina 1300MDC 5 thread serger, a very old industrial White Brothers (for upholstery) and daughter #2 received a Brother Project Runway for this years Christmas.
P.P.S. A quick overview of Bernina online suggests that the Aurora 440QE is as close as what I have now. Price range for this model is $3500.00 listed new.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Big Birthday Project

So....daughter #3 had a big birthday recently. We (older daughters and I) all worked on this travel bag with accessories for the occasion. We selected these coordinating fabrics and quilted the largest piece. Then i made these two 'inside' pieces. The first is a travel size tissue cover, and the second is a makeup bag, or in her case a toothbrush/toothpaste bag. They fit inside her large travel bag which I will post later.
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Old Jeans

A new quit project. I am making a quilt for the beach trip this summer. I have cut up old jeans and men's tan trousers into 6 and 1/2 inch squares. Sewing them together in a random pattern and will quilt. I wanted something heavy duty and yet inexpensive to lounge in the sun. Need a bunch more squares to fit all the family on this one.
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Duct Tape, I love It!!

A delivery box from FedEx, two rolls of duct tape, an old belt buckle, and some plastic purse handles. I mentioned to daughter #2 what I wanted to do, and away she went. As I sewed and quilted a duffle bag for her, she created this duct tape purse for me.
I love duct tape projects.
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