Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Last night was a sleepless night spent tirelessly reading every review on the internet. I even joined a few forums in hopes of getting the "real" scoop and was relentlessly annoying my Twitter buds. hehe When I woke up I was ready to go. I have always relied on the kindness of my Mother in Law and Aunt Peggy who have been lending me machines for years. Recently I've been sewing on a Walmart Brother so to me this was a huge deal.
Surprisingly I was really nervous. I headed out to Guelph, Ontario to pick up my new machine, the Bernina 230 Patchwork Edition. I spent a few hours at the store "test driving" a few models, but ended up leaving with the one I originally went in to buy. Ok... one version up...but the floor model was available, she discounted the price substantially, and she threw in two Bernina Feet (walking foot, and one other strange looking contraption).
It is overwhelming looking at machines. I don't know if any of you have felt this way. But I went through a few stages.
1.Mother guilt. Do I really need this, I have two little babies? Should I really buy myself something?
2. Utter Confusion. New or used? Does the name really matter? Do I need those automatic scissor things? How many stitches does a gal need? Embroidery? Computer? How does it thread? Where was it made? How does the bobbin thingy work? Ahh!! I tried to stay strong in my resolve and said "no thanks" when she offered for me to try the Bernina 440 QE. I know what I can handle and my bank account was saying "don't you dare."
3. Satisfaction and Happiness. I feel like I ended up with a solid, well made machine without a ton of bells and whistles and I feel very good about it. :) It suits my current needs perfectly and the reasonable price is justified! And the stitches are perfect!!!! I am excited about sewing again.
When I got home it took me four hours to even give it a try. I wanted to make something that I would remember on my new machine. I'm a sentimental sap. Finally my hubby convinced me to just "do what you usually do for now. Try it out and get used to it." So I made a bib and a little dress in Amy Butler. And guess what! My production time was cut in half and the stitches are perfect.Although I did spend twenty minutes just staring at it in awe. I'm in love, truly. Let's see what tomorrow shall bring. What did you sew on your first new machine? Anyone have any stories?