Friday, October 23, 2009

Busy Friday!

This morning my girlfriend and I went sewing machine shopping! I have several old sewing machines, and the one I use the most, is a Riccar 9900. It has been fixed several times, and the last time (about 3 years ago), the repair man told me that the next time he would not be able to get parts for it, as he had a terrible time then getting the replacement steel parts. So this past weekend, when I saw an ad in the paper for overstock of school sewing machines, where schools have cut back and not purchased like they have in past years; so my interest perked up a little. Of course, I knew that the ad had a leader for the student machines, and there would be more upgraded models available. So we got there and were 2nd in line! I watched and listened, and did upgrade to the most expensive one there. These were Necchi machines, and I ended up purchasing a Necchi Model 4825. It features an automatic needle threader - happy me! I have a terrible time threading a machine because of my bi-focale glasses - so I'm excited about that. It also has a built in overlock cutter - great - now won't have to always use my 4 thread serger that is always giving me fits, and is not working right now. You can also monogram and embroider with this machine. That will be fun to practice.

After I got home the first thing I did was set it up and started sewing. It works great, and I'm pleased that I didn't have to spend an arm and a leg to get a machine that should last a long time. It is warrantied for 25 years. I did have to pay extra for the optional accessory packages, which includes extra feet for working on leather and doing upholstry.

I made a couple of hot pads from scraps for part of wedding shower gift tomorrow. Maybe I should stay up late, and make her an apron too!

Of course I was busy sewing, so I had not started anything for supper. Good excuse to go to a neighborhood little bar that serves great burgers. So thats what we did for supper! Leah and Steven (oldest daughter & hubby) were there also, and they stopped over on their way home. Visited for awhile, and now it's after midnight, and I may just start that apron!


City girl turned Country Girl said...

WOW that's really great!! Nice machine you got! You'll have to let us know how the leather and upholstery sewing goes!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Way cool potholders! I am glad you like your new machine! I am anxious to see all the neat stuff you do with this one! I always love watching other people spend money! :)

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

The potholders were a hit and it sounds like with not to much work you could have a quilting group... Enjoyed our day out and about! Oh... I like to spend other people's money too!

g said...

Glad for you to get a new useable toy. You will use that for many many years. (If you run out of projects...pot holder or apron would be welcomed here)You are so talented and do such beautiful work. Like reading about your projects, they are so nice.
I know for a fact that M and D would be so proud of your work. Do you think some of that talent and perserverince came from them? I wonder what project you will tackle next.