Friday, December 26, 2008


Remember my indecision regarding a new sewing machine? I finally made a decision. Or rather, this machine made the decision for me. Seriously. I wasn't even considering the Aurora 440 as it was way out of my price range. After calling a few dealers however, I found a great deal on a gently used 440 that I just could not pass up. She was delivered on Christmas Eve.

We've been slowly getting to know each other. Here's my first attempt at free motion sewing using the BSR foot. In case you're starting to think that I'm a natural at free motion sewing, the smaller letters were made using the built in alphabet stitches.

I still can't believe I own this beautiful machine. I'm very much looking forward to sewing with her and learning everything she can do.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008


Today I turn 28. I think it's going to be a good year. I was thinking of a list of 28 things I'd like to do while I'm 28, but really it all came down to this one thing: enjoy life more.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Folks, it's time I bought myself a new machine. I've been saving up for one, it's my birthday soon, my current machine isn't cutting it anymore - I have a ton of reasons. The problem is, I can't decide which one to buy! After several trips to a local sewing machine dealer, I'm now torn between these two options:

The Bernina 1008. This mechanical machine is supposed to be a real workhorse. When I tested it out in the store, it sewed so smoothly. But, will I miss all the bells and whistles of a computerized sewing machine?

Another option I've looked at is the Activa 230 PE. It's at the top of my price range but has everything I want/need. Though, I'm not sure I could quilt a full size quilt on this easily.

I just can't decide - and I'm sure there are even more options out there that I haven't even looked at. Does anyone out there have any suggestions on the machines above or other options? I appreciate your help!

ETA: Both the Activa 230 and 1008 are about the same price when I throw in the extra feet I'll need. So really my decision boils down to whether I want a longer throat plate for easier quilting and more of a workhorse (the 1008 is supposed to be pretty indestructible), or do I want more stitches, buttonholes, bells and whistles. Have I ever mentioned how indecisive I am???

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Yesterday was so much fun. I am completely amazed at how many people played along with Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day, how many people commented here, and the great suggestions you all gave for getting into the Holiday spirit. I read through each one and I so wish I could thank each one of you for leaving your comment. Just reading your comments made me joyful for the season. Thank you!

Without further ado, it's time time to announce the winner of the holiday scarf. Drum roll please... I used the random number generator and entered in the number of comments (204!). The winner is commenter number 12! So, Maggie, will you please send me your snail mail address so I can send you your prize?

I hope you all have a great weekend. I'm off to New York for a winter wedding.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Holiday Scarf Giveaway!

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. But, I just don't feel the magic of the holidays quite like I used to. Is it still possible to get all fluttery with holiday joy? What do you do to get yourself in the holiday spirit? Is there a special decoration you like to make, a certain holiday soundtrack you listen to, a favorite hot chocolate recipe you sip? Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Comment on this post for the chance to win this holiday scarf made of oh so soft olive fabric with some festive sparkle. I'll randomly pick a winner tomorrow. I look forward to all of your holiday spirit suggestions.

Be sure to check out all the other giveaways going on today via Sew Mama Sew!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I just couldn't buy her another Vera Bradley

When I knew I could make one myself. Not that there's anything wrong with Vera B...

This was a much belated birthday present for my Mom. That zipper was so much more fun than I thought it would be (but I still need to perfect it). Seriously!

Now it's time to work on Christmas presents! Be sure to stop by tomorrow, December 3rd, as I am participating in Sew Mama Sew's give-way day.