Guilty Confession

Does anyone else do this? Do you ever play “Guess the machine?” When I read other blogs that have sewing tutorials I sometimes realize that when I’m looking at the pictures of someone’s sewing machine I try to guess what sort of machine it is. Most tutorials only show a small portion of the machine such as the presser foot, the needle or throat plate, etc. I especially like to see if they’re using a Bernina, probably because I sew on one and they have a very distinct look. I just wondered if I’m the only crazy one out there or if anyone else does that. If you do (or if you will never look at another tutorial the same now) check this post on TipNut for links to some great tutorials and lots of Guess the Machine eye candy. By the way, you may want to sign up for the TipNut daily tips. They are awesome! They basically scan the web and find neat posts about various topics (usually crafty stuff) to send directly to your e-mail address! If you don’t like it, just delete it, but I have a whole folder in my e-mail dedicated to saved TipNut ideas. Cool, cool stuff. Sorry no pictures this time.

Happy Stitches to You,



February 21, 2010. Tags: , , . random stuff, sewing. 1 comment.

A Landmark Month

This month is sort of a turning point financially for my husband and me.  We were fortunate enough to have overlap between my paychecks from my previous job and my new job and actually came out ahead in October. Yeah! The real landmark this month has been that we have paid off my Bernina sewing machine. It has taken us two years but because we were able to get 24 months no interest and no payments financing, the dream of owning a Bernina has become a reality.  And the best part is that I have used my Bernina, A LOT. The great thing about no interest is that you can spread the payments out evenly over the length of the zero interest term. We did that and now that we will be finished paying on that credit card, we can devote that money to paying off the next card. Granted, we are not completely out of debt yet, but we are slowly but surely making a dent in our debt.  It is a really good feeling.  Plus, I feel like I have gotten good use out of my Bernina.  I have been able to make several “couch blankies” to either give away or keep for my home.  (My husband saw that I was making blankies for everyone else and asked when I would make one for us, so I did, boy was that fun!) In fact, I still have another blanky to make that is patiently waiting for me in my FSF, Fabric Storage Facility (the closet).  That’s on my list of UFOs and NESY projects.  I do need to finish the binding on the blanket for my mom, and I need to complete that applique project for someone for Christmas.  I have also made several tote bags with my Bernina.   OK, this is VERY silly, but I wrote a poem about my Bernina. I was trying to write an ode, but it is much more complicated than I thought, so I just wrote something that rhymes, hoping it can be some sort of poem.  (I am perfectly aware that poems do not need to rhyme) So, here it is, a poem about my Bernina.

Oh Bernina, how do I love thee?

You help me to make a soft, warm blanky,

I only need one, not even three,

Berninas in my sewing spree.

You help me sew a fun bright tote,

On you I certainly do dote.

I wait patiently for the end of each day,

Hoping that soon I’ll come your way.

I cover you up to keep out the dust,

Use you a lot I know that I must.

I’ll make blankets for children and costume galore,

I’ll make curtains and pillows and new home décor.

In my new house you have your own room,

My husband hopes that he’ll see me soon.

I will make just one more tote from my stash,

For fabric you know, I need some more cash.

At my sewing skills I hope you won’t scoff

Now that we’ve paid the Bernina off.

 I know this poem is AWFUL, but I had fun writing it. Hope you have a poetic day and get to spend some quality time with your sewing machine.

Happy Sewing,


November 12, 2007. Tags: , , , . Quilting. 4 comments.