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Monday, February 6, 2012

New Sewing Machine!

I'll be honest, I have never considered myself as much of a seamstress, though I have (secretly) always wanted to be. Another moment of honesty, I tend to shy away from things that I don't think I can become fairly successful at in a short window of time. That's sort of ridiculous I know but I have a very hard time with failure, most likely rooted from my need to be a perfectionist. I'm not saying it's right but it is what it is. I feel like, and hope, that I've been able to manage this more and more as I get older. Anyways back to the sewing machine....

I grew up using my mom's machine from 1979, a 40lb Viking! Boy is that thing solid! I think she would let me freely play on it because she knew I couldn't break it. When I moved off to college and got an apartment during my senior year she gifted me with a machine she bought at a garage sale. The only time I used it at WSU was to sew the wedding veil, that I mentioned previously, and after that one use I was not tempted to use it much more. I had to unscrew covers, grease parts up, put it back together, clean off grease drips, fiddle with rusty parts... ugh.

A couple weeks ago I was determined to sew those curtains but boy was I not looking forward to the sewing machine. I cannot tell you how many times I had to use the seem ripper because the machine just wasn't cooperating with me (I will take some of the credit, probably partial operator but not entirely). Chris could hear my frustrations while working downstairs, he suggested buying a new sewing machine. What an idea! A new machine, of course!

The hardest part of deciding to buy a new machine was how much did we feel appropriate to spend. After many conversations and going back and forth we decided that this tool was an investment and one that I'll most certainly pay of in the next few years if I used it to create items for my little Etsy business. We purchased a Viking Sapphire 835 AND it just so happened to be a touch over 30% off the day we bought it (there was no sale on it the previous week when I first looked at it)!

I spent the first half of the Superbowl cutting fabric. I want to start simple with just a little triangle baby quilt (I have always leaned towards making baby things.... I don't have the patiences for full size items) that will probably hit the shop when it is finished.

Here is to a new adventure!

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