You might recall that when I won first prize with my 'Dear Prudence' quilt at the Victorian Quilters Fabric of Society Challenge in July I was also lucky enough to win a new Brother sewing machine. For the last 30 years the only sewing machines that I have owned have been Janomes ....... 4 in total ........ so I wasn't quite sure how I would 'take to' a different brand of machine. A couple of weeks ago I called in to see the lovely Bree at the Geelong Sewing Centre and picked up my new machine.
The Brother Innov-is 400.....and wow! Bree gave me a demonstration on the features of the machine and I made sure that I read the instruction book before I did any sewing on it. So this week I set her up and away I went......
I absolutely love the thread cutting function, the needle up and down features/options, the slide speed control, the large extension table, the bobbin threading - oh it's just so easy, and the needle threader which works perfectly every time!
There are so many stitches I don't think I will ever use all of them....but I have had a play :) . I will pop back in to see Bree next time I'm going through Geelong and pick up some extra bobbins and a 1/4" foot but until then the Janome is packed away and the Brother is out to stay!
So what have I stitched this week on my number one machine? Well are you ready? First it was this new panel that arrived as part of a range called 'Susybee'.....couldn't resist the sheep.
Also in the 'Susybee' range were some larger block prints.....perfect for a Shaggy quilt. You could use this quilt on a cot, bed, floor or as a snuggly quilt on the couch for the little person in your family.
Next I was able to finish of Jodie's great Selvage Tote. I have had the selvage panel made up for about 2 months (or more :P) so it didn't take long to finish it off. Instead of a covered button I used a lovely vintage glass button.....an ebay purchase from a few years back. I also used some of the new slim magnetic clasps which are beautiful and thinner than the regular ones but just as strong. They are available here or at the shop for just $2.00 each.
Did you notice the new selvedge phone holder? .......... Lenora suggested I make one to match my bag.......so I did! The pattern is available here and is just so versitile ......... Julie bought one today and was going to extend the length by about one inch to make into a glasses case. Great idea!
So finally this afternoon I filled in an hour and a half and stitched together a new table cloth from the beautiful Ruby range of fabrics.
Now I really must do the BAS ....... Yes I know it was due on Friday. I wonder if they send me to jail would they let me take my new machine with me? .....and would you visit me?
PS. Oh and I also extended those Santa pants for my other Brother.........Peter!