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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My New Machine

Back in May, we went out to breakfast for my birthday. As we were waiting for the food, Jeff told me that I wouldn't be getting my present until the next day.

Jeff: So, do you wanna know what it is?

Me: Kind of.

Jeff: (without waiting for me to make up my mind) It's a sewing machine.

Me: ?! :)

Jeff: Well?

Me: I don't know. Do you even know a good sewing machine from a bad one? 'Cause I don't.

Apparently, after reading this post, my incredibly thoughtful man decided that it was time for me to have a new sewing machine, instead of a hand me down with a broken belt.

He explained that he'd searched on Craftzine for advice. Eventually, he ended up using the customer ratings on Amazon to choose a Brother CS6000I because it's supposed to be a really good model for beginners (not too complicated), but at the same time has lots of great features for more advanced sewing (if I ever get to that point). And it was a really good price, which, frankly, was my biggest concern. I spent the rest of the day getting more and more excited at the prospect of a working sewing machine.

Here's the phone conversation we had after it arrived the next day.

Me: Umm, the machine's here.

Jeff: How do you like it?

Me: I'm sort of freaked out by it.

Jeff: I'm sure you'll figure it out.

Me: But, it has like 60 different stitches and all these feet and I don't know what they're for.

Jeff: Does it have a manual?

Me: Yah, it's freaking me out even more than the machine is.

So, of course, once I got over my techno-fear concerning a computer in a sewing machine (!), I fell in love with it. If you've been to visit my house anytime in the last several months, I've probably shown it to you.

It's super easy to use and even though it's huge, the manual is totally understandable. Though, it wasn't until this weekend that I read far enough into it to discover it does an overcasting stitch, which is the awesomest thing I've ever done. For all I know, all sewing machines have this feature. I've never done anything other than straight and an occasional zigzag.

Maybe one of these days I may even attempt a buttonhole.

I know. Wow.

2 comments:

capperoo said...

Have fun with it! That's the machine I started on. Be warned. Mine lasted a year almost to the day. But, I loved it so much while I had it. Make sure you use a sturdy table to sew on. Mine wasn't and it bounced around quite a bit. I'm pretty sure that contributed to its demise. I have a Kenmore something or other that is awesome and cost a few hundred more, but I don't think its buttonholes are as nice as the Brother's.

Stephanie D. said...

Don't you just love it when the hubs nail it down and get a GREAT present?

Mine was going to buy me an embroidery machine he saw on TV, but was smart enough to ask me first. As it was, a friend of mine was buying a new Bernina and so was selling her old one. It's not computerized (maybe someday I'll be ready for that), but it was in tip top condition, since she is a quilting instructor. I have been in heaven since I got it--and made MY first buttonhole about a month ago!

Woohoo!