Posts Tagged ‘sewing’


One of my favorite blogs, Sew, Mama, Sew! is celebrating the month of June exploring the world of sewing machines.  You should head over there for some great posts about a myriad of topics, all sewing machine related.  Thinking of purchasing a vintage sewing machine?  Do not have a clue as to what all of those feet do that came with your machine?  There is a blog post for that too.

emerald_118They are also having a “Sewing Machine Meme”, my first meme ever!  Here goes:

What brand and model do you have?

I have a Viking Emerald 118

How long have you had it?

About 2 years

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?


What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

Clothing, Quilts, Accessories, and Home Dec…in that order.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

These days I sew a few times a week.  So not as much wear and tear as I would like it to.  😉

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

She is a fine machine.  I am not passionate about her, but I am in like with her.  And yes, Mrs. Doyle is her name.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

I DO adore the needle stop up~down feature and the needle threader…what can I say?  I am easy to please!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

She is not as powerful as I would like her to be.  Sewing through a quilt sandwich is often a challenge.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would recommend her to beginning sewers. She is sturdy, has a lot of helpful easy features, and comes with a lot of useful feet…for the price, a really great machine.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Make sure it does everything that you need it to do, do not buy a machine with a zillion features you will not ever use!  Do more with less.  Save up and buy a quality brand.

Do you have a dream machine?

YES! Bernina 820.  Droool.


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The sewing machine has been humming along, just like the bees on our garden.  I am preparing for my first big Etsy update in a long while, and hope to have the shop updated on Thursday.  Aprons, knitting needle cases, journal covers, and a few other fun items…

I have also been working on finishing the Bunch of Squares quilt I started last year (jaysis!).  I have the quilt top sewn together, and now I get to the fun part…stitchin’!  (I will take pictures in daylight tomorrow.)  I like the way it looks in our bedroom, and it was pretty fun to put together.  I can’t wait to make another quilt!

Any suggestions?

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I have been a busy bee. I have completed dozens of projects in the last year. Heck! Within the last few months! But one project, has yet to be completed. It’s a BIG one. A queen sized quilt to be exact.

You see, a couple of year’s ago I bought the very wonderful “Denyse Schmidt Quilts”. I made quite a few smaller projects from the book, but had never tackled anything quite as substantial as an entire quilt. I have no idea what was holding me back, perhaps it was the fact that I had never made a quilt of that magnitude before. Maybe I was intimidated by the very thought of hand stitching the entire thing together. I was a quiltin’ chicken!

That was when my darling husband came to my rescue. He decided that he wanted a new quilt for the bed that HE had made. (Have I mentioned that he is a finish carpenter and likes to makes things too?! NO? Aren’t I just the luckiest gal in the whole-wide-universe?) He also thought it would be fun to come to the fabric store with me,  to help me pick out the fabric.

You did indeed read that correctly. HE CAME WITH ME TO THE FABRIC STORE AND HELPED ME PICK OUT FABRIC. Uh huh. Oh yea.

Before we headed over to Cool Cottons, we had decided on the “What a Bunch of Squares” design out of the book. I was really excited, but nervous that he might get bored. We had a lovely time, and came up with some really great choices. (Pictures of the fabric will be up by this evening as we are hunting down our camera cable. Much sad making.)

And ever since, slowly but surely, I have been piecing the squares together between other projects. But no MORE! I am putting our quilt of love to the top of my sewing to-do list. I intend to have it done by the end of my BLOG CHALLENGE.

Who’s with me?!

If you are so inclined to email me a picture of a project that has been languishing in the bottom of your knitting basket, fabric stash, or -what-have-you..along with a wee story…and then finish it by the time my 30-Day Blog Challenge is over…I will send you (yes, you!) a fabulous little prize.

I will also have a grand-prize drawing for an If’n Books Jen Corace journal!

So…let’s get to work, shall we?

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