Wednesday, August 19, 2009

It's Sew Awesome

I've been thinking about a new sewing machine for awhile now. After saving some cash I was given as birthday gifts earlier this month, I grabbed my mom and went shopping. I knew what I wanted... more room in and under the arm so I could machine quilt, a few fancy stitches and a machine as dependable as my $200 Singer from Wal-mart that has served me so well for the last 13 years. I ended up with the Baby Lock Ellure, which was fully in my price range but has a lot of what I'd call "bells and whistles." It does far more than I expected to be able to do, but it does everything from simple straight seams to complicated embroidery designs with ease. The automatic needle threader is incredible, as is the spiffy addition of an amazing invention called the "automatic scissor," which cuts your thread at the end of your sewing line, before you pull your work out from under the presser foot. In short, this machine does a bunch of stuff I haven't even explored yet, but I'm convinced it's the last machine I'll ever buy - so I have a lot of time to figure it out. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the first project I sewed with it, a custom-fit shirt made from a combination of a Buttrick pattern and my own additions/adjustments based on my favorite button up shirt. I talked the salesman into a fantastic deal, far below retail and got a bunch of extra stuff, too. :)

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