Sunday, August 10, 2014

Welcome Back Machine!

When I dropped off my machine on Tuesday at Bernina Kansas City, I was told it was going to be at least a week.  Imagine my surprise when on Thursday at 5:40 PM, I got a call telling me that it was ready, and only going to cost $85.00 instead of the $400+ originally quoted.  Bernina covered quite a bit of the repair, as it was the motherboard that blew.  What I paid for was a service and the fixing of the handle, which was totally my fault while packing.  Oops!  I'll be more careful on our trip to Kyiv. 

It's good to have her back.  It's been weird not to sew for almost two weeks.   Yesterday I set up shop in the dining room and tested her out.  I almost finished my next Bronte, hopefully tomorrow.  I also started on my practice run for my next big project.   Poppies and wool.  This will make a skirt, but my ultimate goal is a ballgown.
I used Lumiere fabric paints and one of my newest tools to chalk out the drawing.
Originally, I was using a different chalk, but it didn't work on the wool, so I was doing everything freehand directly with the paint.  This little guy worked really well,  so that I wouldn't faff it up.
I watched the newest season of Project Runway while painting the poppies.  What do you think of it?  Who are you rooting for?  I enjoy at looking what everyone else creates.  It's somewhat amusing to see week after week people sending down super trendy items and stating that they're looking at the future, when obviously they're looking at today.  You can also see my new Iphone in the background, I finally succumbed to the desire of a new fancy phone.  Theoretically it should work in Kyiv, I switched to T-mobile because of the unlimited international texts and unlimited international data.  We'll see I guess. 
Here are some of my sewing splurges.  I'm rather bummed because the fancy fabric store has closed, so it's Jo-Ann's and Hancock fabrics.  Well and a new store called Fabric Recycles, in which it's like Half-Priced Books.  People bring in their old fabric and patterns, the store will buy them for however much and then sell them for $2-4 a yard.  They also sell old patterns for  99 cents.  It's a fun place to go to, but you need a lot of time to look through everything.  Also they do not label fabric content, so it's a lot of touching and feeling and guesswork.  We'll see how it works out!  Anyway, hopefully I'll get some sewing done.  Until next time, happy sewing!


  1. Congratulations on getting your sewing machine back! As for the poppies … they're beautiful!



  2. Those poppies are amazing! They look like they are made of appliqued velvet.