Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sewing Machine Meme

Ok, so I'm out of ideas, for the moment (I did run across a tutorial for a patchwork sewing machine cover here that I will have to do in the near future), but while looking at this awesome tutorial I noticed that Sew Mama Sew is having a sewing machine month and lots of giveaways. With the grand prize being a Husqvarna/Viking Emerald 183! Check out the details here.

Part of getting entered into the grandprize giveaway is to blog about your sewing machine. So this is me doing that. Hope you enjoy!

Here he is in all his glory! (Yeah, I know most sewing machines are girls, but he just feels like a boy)

That would be a Brother Model LS-2125i

What brand and model do you have?
Again, a Brother LS-2125i

How long have you had it?
Two whole months, but my mom has had it for maybe 6 years or so.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
$79.99 at Wal-Mart. But I got it for free! Can't beat that!!

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
So far I've done burp cloths, nursing covers, diaper changing pads, a bag, some pretty sew skirts and pillowcase dresses for my daughter and one big quilt top for my unborn son. And a few other projects for me and around the house.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I try to sew something everyday. But it doesn't always work out. He probably gets the normal amount of wear and tear. I haven't done anything really major with him yet.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
No name yet. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. It's a good old boy and does an ok job with things. That might be because I'm still a newbie and don't know what I'm doing all the time.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Nothing special about this guy. He's very basic and that's that.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
The fact that it's from Wal-Mart. I'm just waiting for it to crap out on me. Because all things cheap do when I use them.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
My story is I got my own sewing machine two months ago and it worked great for my first few sewing projects (a burp cloth set of four, a nursing cover, and a changing pad) then it died. So I returned it for the same model and it just didn't work right out of the box (it was a newer Brother Model). Returned it and had no sewing machine for a few weeks. My kind mother gave me her old sewing machine while we were visiting them. And she got a new (actually the same old thing she gave me) sewing machine.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Maybe for a beginner, like me, but no. I don't shop at Wal-Mart. And think that everything from there will crap out on you given enough time. I'm just praying mine doesn't die anytime soon. I just want to get something nicer and a lot better before it does!

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
For me, because I want to start quilting a lot, I want a good machine for quilting. I want something with a lot of different stitches so I can get decorative on some projects. I want something that will last and has a good recommendation from the professionals. And something that isn't going to take me years to save up for!

Do you have a dream machine?
At the moment, I don't have one. I need to do a lot of research before I can say, "I need this one!"

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