Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sewing Machine Advice.....

I just looked at these two really cute small sewing machines yesterday.  One is called "Sophia" by BabyLock and the other is "Audrey" also by BabyLock.
I wonder if anyone out there has tried either of these little machines?  I say little, because they are compact and so cute.  Sophia actually can do a 4" square area of embroidery which is impressive for her size and price.

Audrey has a very small throat, but is only 12 pounds and would be so perfect for taking to classes.  I also love that when I think of their name I envision Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn-- classic beauties in their own right.

Due to my basement flood I lost my Elna sewing machine in it and will need to replace it.  This is the one I took to classes and really used it a lot.  In May, I bought a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 from a friend who was trading up to a different fancier machine (hard to believe it gets better than the Pfaff QE 4 right?).  It is a wonderful machine, but is huge and heavy.  This is not a machine you take around with you to classes.

So I am taking suggestions on  a new machine to replace my Elna.  I have been told to look at the Janome Jem, the low end Berninas (nice but pricier than I was hoping for), and I will have to check out the Elna's on the Market too.  I really have loved mine.  I am pretty open to any good brand.

This just like the Classic Elna I just bought, but mine has not arrived yet so I couldn't take my own photo.  This one is being sold on Ebay for parts.

As an FYI, I already own a 1957 Singer Featherweight, a 1951 Singer Centennial 15-91, a 1926 White Rotary, we bought my oldest daughter a 1931 Singer 66 in a cabinet, and recently acquired an early 50's Elna Supermatic AKA- the Grasshopper.  I pretty well have my classics covered-- I use these but am not looking to take them to classes that I teach.  It might be time for me to stop collecting the classics though!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

In the Summertime....

In the summertime I get sort of lazy with blogging.  The kids are home which throws off the routine that I normally have.  We usually take a vacation at some point, another kink to work around.  And inevitably I have some giant problem with my house or a major appliance that manages to complicate things.  So this is the story of my summer so far....

Now that the kids are a little older, they are not as much of a distraction as they once were.  I just lock them in the closet and tune out the pounding and cries for help!  Okay, that is a complete exaggeration.  What I really meant is that they keep themselves occupied pretty well now.

We planted a "Victory Garden" for the summer and have enjoyed tomatoes and lettuce so far.  Really it's just a raised garden 4' x 8', but during WWII homemakers planted victory gardens to help reduce the strain on the war effort.  I just really like the name Victory Garden so I am going with it.  I am not deluding myself into thinking this has any impact on the war or our economy.  It does help with my own personal economy though, so I figure it counts somehow.
I love these old war posters.

We went on vacation and it was great.  We went to Philadelphia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.  We spent most of our time in the first three states I listed.  We visited as many of the monuments and attractions as we could.  We went to Amish Country in Lancaster County, we went to Hershey Park and took the factory tour, we went all over downtown Philly-- an amazing city, and we went to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  We saw lots of my family and the kids got to meet their cousins for the first time.  My older brother is in the Navy so they have moved a bit, and being so far away makes visits expensive.  The girls got to see and hold Fireflies.  This sounds like an odd thing to be excited about, but we don't have Fireflies where we live and they are a novelty when you aren't around them all the time.  Even my husband thought they were fascinating!  My Dad turned 70 so we had a family reunion/birthday party for him and it was terrific.  He had all of his blood related Grandchildren there at once, which has never happened before.  His sisters were all there and most of my cousins.  My sister and I were there, but unfortunately my brother was unable to be there.  Again, being in the Navy complicates things sometimes.  But his wife and children were there and we had fun with them.  We had people from Oregon, California, Ohio, Utah, North Carolina, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.   This is why we rarely have family reunions!

The Great Flood.  Five days after returning home from our vacation, I left the stupid garden hose on accidentally and our basement flooded.  What a mess!  Now it is all torn up down there.  The carpet is all being ripped out, the walls are being repaired now, and I lost my beloved sewing machine to the flood.  They are just "things", so really it doesn't matter that much.  The trouble is I cannot get any sewing done until they have everything put back together.  It's been 2 weeks, and I think it will be one more week before it is back to normal again.
This isn't really my house-- I hope that is sort of obvious!  But this is sure how it felt to see all that water downstairs!

Two days after the flood, my Daisy Dance fabric bolts arrived!  Yippee!  But also sort of depressing because I cannot unpackage them until the basement is back in order.  

So hopefully next week I can start posting some of the ideas I have for using Daisy Dance!  I plan to sell it in my online store too-- but again that has to wait until I have things managed in the basement.

If you can't wait for that, they do have it at Fat Quarter Shop (or possibly your local shop is carrying it!)