Sunday, November 8, 2015

Am I Crazy or What???

Or am I glutton for punishment?  Who knows!  However, I've taken on a new craft with a new, very expensive, very technical sewing/embroidery machine......

Yep, that's right.  I bought a Janome MC15000 v2 machine at the Quilt and Sewing Expo in Fredericksburg, VA.  Call me crazy!

I've sewn before, and coveted the really nice, fancy, many feet involved, sewing machines.  I've even quilted before, and liked it to a certain extent.  However, I have no desire to do all the math, or cut huge pieces of cloth into small pieces of cloth then sew them back together.

Besides, it's only fun if you have a LOT of different cloth of all colors.  Right?  And I can't really afford that.  I also don't have the space.

Speaking of space, I had to reorganize my space to accommodate the new machine.  It's pretty large, not to mention that the embroidery arm sticks out the back of it at least a foot and a half.

The machine, all lit up.

It's a beauty for sure.

I finally (after weeks) got brave enough to try a design.  It's a built-into-the-machine design.  Mostly, people pay and download new designs.....which is certainly something that could certainly get me into a LOT of trouble.....

Although it doesn't look like it, this is blue thread on a white background.  It's a terrible cell phone pic taken at night, which I tried to fix both on my phone AND on my computer.  This is the best I could do.  The design with the words is about 6.5 inches height and width.  It's a bit puckered, but I've been told if I used more stabilizer behind it, that could be remedied.

I'll be working on some more but I am researching and trying to find answers to questions I can't find anywhere else.  I've asked if there is a really good, current book, that is similar to the Quilters book I have, which has all sorts of excellent info in it, for those of us that need hand holding from beginning to end.  No one has suggested a good book yet.

I do feel that I will be getting back into some sewing though, eventually. I have to get up enough stamina to pull the bins of cloth that I have stashed away in the basement and see what I have.

I attended a class yesterday, which actually consisted of watching a slide show giving information about stabilizers.  It was informative and something I had questions about.  Now, I just need to put the information into action.  The class also referenced a vest that was made, and embroidered.  The style of the vest appealed to me, as well as the way it was sewn together, so I purchased the vest pattern.  It'll be a good vest pattern to use for hand woven fabric.  The instructor suggested using embroidery on pockets and adding the pockets to the vest, which gave me the perfect idea for using my hand woven for the vest, then using commercial fabric to embroider on, and sew onto the vest.  I woke up thinking about it.  Now I have to get busy weaving fabric to make the vest!

The weather has been quite strange lately.  Last week, it was 80 for 2 days.  It's November!  I don't mind too much, but when it goes from 80 to 54, it's a drastic change and my body doesn't love it.  I don't like heat, but it did feel good since we'd had some colder days and nights as well.

That's about it for today.  I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, and Christmas is only a few weeks after that!  Yikes!

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