I just bought a new sewing machine. Its a Janome in the 400 class.
I already had a Janome in the 300 class and, well, I broke it again.
I was making a purse and the fabric layers were too thick. I pushed
or pulled a little too hard. It didnt go over the hump and that
bent the needle and threw the timing off and this is the second time
this has happened.
I cannot begin to describe my extreme panic at being without a source
of mechanical stitches. I sew. I make cloth dolls. Ive made them
for years, art dolls and folk dolls and what have you but my latest
thing is purses. I am prone to obsession. When I start doing something
I do it full-tilt boogie and here I was, mid-purse, and I had no working
sewing machine. I fiddled with it and said to myself, Maybe its
the thread and this and that and back and forth then, finally, I bit
the bullet and I found this lovely place where they come to your house
on a service call. Sure, it costs you but they come and tinker with
your machine and make it work again. However, I was NOT going to be
in the position of having no sewing machine ever, ever again!
I wanted to buy a second machine. I thought of buying one that does
heavier stitching but, guess what, theyre commercial class and
they start at $700.00 for the most basic used model and go up from there.
No thanks. Then I thought of getting a reconditioned machine, maybe
a Singer with only straight and zig zag stitches, not top-of-the-line,
and already having seen some use. I found out I could get a newer Janome,
which is my favourite machine brand, for half as much again as I would
pay for a reconditioned machine. I had to reach into my reserves to
get the new machine but, again, I bit the bullet and bought it and,
boy, am I happy with it! My new machine does smocking and buttonholes
and, Lord knows what all. It is familiar because its similar to
my repaired Janome but it has more features.
Speaking of needs and wants, what I really needed was a decent, large,
flat-screen computer monitor. I play war games on line. I need to spare
my eyesight. My large CRTs flicker was doing me harm, but when
I found I was without stitches my choice was clear. I needed a flat-screen
LED monitor but I wanted a new sewing machine. The sewing machine won.
Im very happy with my new sewing machine. Having reached into
my reserves for it Ill now be able to save up for the needed computer
monitor. Im stitching away making a Humbug bag, in the shape of
a British hard-candy of the same name. Im knitting purses and
doing linings for them too.
Im got into retro purses which look like they are from 1920 or
1930. Ive figured out how to get old vintage photographs on to
fabric, using special paper-backed fabric for the printer. Once printed
I cut them out and stitch them onto the purse or create a crochet flower
border to stitch around the printout, so the purses have a little nostalgic
touch. I can add old fashioned buttons too. I use the kind of handles
that were once fashionable. The vintage aspect of all this is really
fun. Theres a whole crafting niche our there of ladies who make
purses of various kinds, some of them artistic.
Now, when I go out I have a different purse to take with me each time.
I have one with an African-Violet, patterned fabric that I take to African
Violet club meetings. Its whats called a wristlet, a simple
zippered rectangle with a strap that just hangs from your wrist and
contains just basic stuff a comb, a wallet and your keys. Im
making a bunch of wristlet bags for people. These handy items are themed
on what the person is interested in. In one case its a lady who
is obsessive about her pug dog and shes going to get one with
a pug dog playing a drum kit on it because shes also in the music
My young niece is into cherries. Theyre a fad at her school,
so, obviously shes going to get one with cherries on it, and so
Im pleasing myself and pleasing my friends and family. Ive
got a new sewing machine and a redundant machine thats been repaired
and Im one happy camper!
© Sonia Brock 2006