Friday, May 21, 2010

I only went in for a service ...

But I came out with this.
It all started yesterday when my machine started not wanting to sew. She's needed a service for a while and I did promise her that if she made could wait until I finished SWAP, I'd treat her to whatever she wanted at the day spa. She held up her end of the bargain, I did not. I have continued sewing for weeks and yesterday she said no more. Here is the skirt we wer working on. I got half way round the hem, as you can see by the pins. This is BWOF 06-2009-124. Although the pattern called for taffeta I think, I used doubleknit as I was after a comfort skirt. One of those things you can drag out and wear with no fuss. Not sure if I got it, but I will this will get worn. It's a little big, so I may take off the waistband and take it in a little.


Anyway, whilst I was on my way to the repair man in Tweed Heads, I began to talk myself into buying another machine. Yesterday I started up the Husqvarna I bought a while ago and started a top. It sews well and is very useful for many things, but she has no stretch stitch, doesn't really enjoy twin needling and has a broken knob, which means I have to turn the wheel with a pair of pliers. Plus, the bobbins are different and my foot collection doesn't fit. Miss Husky has her own, very extensive foot collection, but it's not the same and I always spend ages figuring out how they work. Faced with the possibility of NO SEWING for the rest of my four week holiday, I knew I needed another machine. My first thought was for a basic machine, to be my second. Then I decided this was silly. My new machine would be better. In fact, I already had researched the machine I really wanted because I wanted more buttonholes. To cut a long story short, I researched this machine last year and it had a RRP of $999. I didn't want to spend that much, hence the purchase of Miss Husky at that time. You can imagine my sheer joy when I saw that Janome had recently run a Mothers' Day special and were offering this machine at $499! Given the mood I was in, I reckon I would have bought a coverstitch machine, too, had there been one in stock!
So I brought her home and unpacked her. So we could get to know each other, we made this top.
It's BWOF 10-2007-114 - dolman sleeve with neck ties, which I took off at the last minute because I like it better without. I thought I would be ambivalent about this top but I really like it. This fabric was another $1.95 a yard stuff that I agonised over. This is a really quick and easy top to make. I make it more complicated by lining the whole thing (sheer fabric). Miss Janome hasn't told me her name yet, she's still a little shy.

12 comments:

Gail said...

Isn't she just Jan? Or in true Aussie spirit Janno! Love your top and skirt.

Sharon said...

Wow 4 weeks holiday, are you going to head south?

Love the top and the colours will go with so much. Has Miss Janome finished the skirt hem yet? Which is also looking very smart.

Gail said...

Carol, Also had a thought on making more room in your jacket. See Claudine's new jacket on her blog.
http://couturearts.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/img_3373.jpg

Steph said...

The 2101 is a sweet little machine. I find they have more "get up and go" than other similar quality machines. For example, 2101's never give up in the middle of a bag class. How exciting!

gwensews said...

There's nothing like new sewing equipment to rev up one's enthusiasm! Good for you! That's a cute top, and your skirt is really nice too.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Congratulations on the new machine!

RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

Congratulations on your Miss Jan. I too, put Mahida in the shop last week. I haven't heard from the tech but hopefully, no news is good news. I have been working with Priscilla for the past several months but there's no one er...nothing like my old standby. She's almost 30 and this is the second time I've put her in the shop. Still it's nice having a new piece of equipment.
Love the blouse.
Angela

Faye Lewis said...

Congrats on the new machine.

MAD14kt said...

I L*VE these kind of shopping trips...enjoy being CREATIVE!

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Kathi said...

Congratulations on your new baby!! I hope you and she have lots of fun!!
I made that skirt back in the late summer/early fall. I used a home-dec weight fabric!

Sheila said...

Congrats on your New machine and what a pretty blouse it produced...lol