What brand and model do you have?
I have a Janome (pronounced Ja-NO-me according to the company website) Memory Craft 4400 .
How long have you had it?
A blissful year and a half.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
I got mine for $799.00 *hides under her desk* Hope my hubby doesn't see that. Don't want to remind him. tee hee
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Yes. Oh, riiight. I sew just about everything on my little lovely. Clothes, quilts, home decor, stuff for the kids, everything you've seen from me in the past year and a half has been lovingly churned out of this machine. I even sewed all 25 of the projects for my bookety boo on this machine.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Well, I was sewing on this machine almost everyday for about a year, then every couple weeks for the last six months. It's taken quite a beating, but she still loves me still. ^_^ I clean it often and make sure all of the lint is removed. Take care of your baby and it will serve you well.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I am divinely, utterly and passionately in love with my sewing machine. She doesn't have a name, but I guess I should give her one. Hmm.....I'll just call her...... Ome-chan. Yeah, that's a nice kawaii name.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
It's computerized. I LOVE that.
It's SUPER quiet, has an extra high presser foot height, an LCD display that lights up, a needle up/down button, automatic tension, drop-in bobbin, over 260 built-in computerized sewing stitches and a flux capacitor so that I can go back in time and fix any mistakes I made. Okay. No flux capacitor, but yes to everything else I mentioned. :P
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Well, yeah! My machine drives me nuts because I'm so in LOVE with it!
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
Uhm. Hmm.....lemme see....no. Sorry. But Bella's finally potty trained! How cool is that? Yeah, goes all by herself now. I bought her this potty training book called, 'Where's the Poop". It's a flip book with little poops hidden under the flaps. I know! Gross right? Well, I read it to her once, she loved it!! And the rest is history. I realize how extremely lucky we are that potty training went so easy for her, now Elijah, he'll be a little bit tougher. What were we talking about again? Sewing machines!....riiiiight. Sorry.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Yes! I bought this machine after having a Singer from Target that my grandma bought me. I used it forever (2 years...hehe) and it eventually became such a headache to use. It jammed all the time, the threads always knotted up. I work with a lot of linen which is a pretty heavy duty fabric sometimes. This machine runs like a dream and I couldn't be happier with it. It's easy to use and you can sew any type of project with it. I think it would be a great machine for an advanced sewer or a lazy sewer like me. I don't like to be bothered with figuring out settings anymore. Been there done that. I love that my machine automatically fixes the tension and such.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Hmmm....I think the most improtant thing is to go to a shop where you can try it out first. I bought mine online, but I got lucky. That won't always happen. Sit in front of it, try it out a little, see if it 'fits' you and your sewing style. Find out if it has all of the features you want as well.
Do you have a dream machine?
Yes, I think I have a dream machine. For me at least. It suits me and the way I like to sew. Too bad about the flux capacitor though. ^_^
Hello there. Rainy cloudy day here in my neck of the woods. Again. Boo. No dancing in this post. hehe.
Anyhoo, I'm gearing up for a shop update in the next week or two or three. It's been quite a while since I've updated the ol' shoperoo. I just got a shipment of watercolor palettes in the mail, so guess what I'm making! ^_^
I've got a lot of catch up sewing to do, so that's what I've been busy doing lately. I basically put everything off so that I could finish my book. I've got quilt blocks for two quilting bees to finish, gifts for a handful of friends, projects for the Fall issue of Stitch, stuff for the shop, stuff for my children, stuff for my home and a partridge in a pear tree. My machine will have lot's of smoke coming out of it from being overworked I'm sure. I love it though!
As promised, the Sewn Giveaway update. Since the May Giveaway Day went so well, I decided to do the same prizes, different pincushion, but same prizes otherwise. But this time there will only be ONE winner. Yay! *pretends to do a cartwheel since she can't do one in real life* Woot!
Just a recap for those who missed the last giveaway.......
The first item up for grabs is this lovely pincushion!
A copy of the new issue of Stitch featuring these lovely projects .........
Can I just mention that Malka is my new idol. Love her work! How great is this pillow?
A pillow by the awesome Amy Karol.
A too cute skirt by the also awesome Chelsea Anderson. Add this onto my list of things to sew for Bella please!
There's also a nice little write up about The Workroom in Toronto. I'm still trying to convince my husband we need to move to Toronto just so that I can shop there all the time. He's not buying it though. Is there something wrong with that logic? *shrugs* Anyhoo, If you haven't been to Karyn's blog yet, you are soooo missing out!
And the final prize is a copy of my book, when it releases in the Fall! YAY!
So there you have it folks. All three goodies for ONE lucky winner.
To make it more interesting, I mentioned before that I'd like to post a few project tutorials here, but I'm not sure what you'd be interested in seeing here. I think the book sucked all my creative juices out. Well, okay not really, but I just want to be sure I don't post something people won't like. :P
So please help me out and you can win something super duper too! And I may or may not pick some random surprise winners as well.
Let the games begin!
I will leave comments open until 9AM EST, Monday, June 8th and I'll pick the winner (or winners hehe)
later that day! Good luck! ^_^ *running man* okay, so I lied about the dancing. :P
Good weekend? Me too.
I guess you're wondering who won the giveaway. Well, I've got the winners selected. But before I reveal their names, I'd like to announce............
Another giveaway!! Woot!! *running man* *moonwalk* Yay! ^_^
is launching a new sewing and quilting site by the name of SEWN! Yay!
She's hosting a little competition to win some pretty cool stuff (like her book!) and then she's also hosting a Blog Launch Party. Close to 100 blogs (i heart linen included) will be hosting giveaways to help Sarah, celebrate the launch of her new site! Lots of chances to win some pretty wonderful prizes, peeps. Peeps? Twitter peeps are Tweeps? What are blog peeps called? Bleeps ? *shrugs* haha! Sounds like one of those SAT questions, right? Okay, I'm a dork. Moving on.
I haven't decided what to giveaway this time around. But I will be posting it on Wednesday and the draw will be on Monday, June 8th. So stay tuned! You just might win this time around! Woot! *does the robot* I love giveaways! I think it's because I never win when I enter them myself, so might as well be the giveaway-er since I'm not the giveway-ee. :P
Okay! On to the winner winner bo-binners!
The trusty Random Integer Generator produced these number from it's magic virtual hat. Oddly they came out in numerical order.
The winner of the Pincushion is # 83.......
Jocelyn of words without songs!!! Yaaaay!
and the winner of the newest issue of Stitch is # 189......
Jesse of jezze!!! Yaaaay!
and the winner of a copy of my book when it releases in a few months, but will have something super groovy in the mail to tie them over (haha) is # 623.....
Megan of Apiary Designs!!! Yaaaay!
Congratualtions, ladies! Please email me with your contact info so that I can get your goodies in the post!
Huge thank you to the wonderful lovelies at Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting such a fun day. Can't wait for the next one. I love finding so many great new to me blogs to read and "meeting" new visitors as well!
And thank you to everyone who commented, all 673 of you! ^_^