I'm exhausted. It takes a lot of energy to be as excited and giddy as I was today. Can you guess what is new in my sewing corner?
No, not the green swap blocks. Well, they are new, but not the cause of me jumping up and down in giddy excitement. Since I've never shown you my sewing space it might help if I narrowed down the options for you:
No, not the cutting implements or the pincusion either. I have a brand new beautiful and really cool Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 835 sewing machine! It seems only distantly related to my faithful little mechanical Kenmore. I'll be keeping the Kenmore, but I'll mainly be playing with this one now.
My old one didn't allow me to free-motion at all and that was getting a bit frustrating. My hand quilting speed just isn't keeping up with all the patterns in my head that I want to try, and I didn't want stacks of unquilted tops. However I have a fierce penny-pinching streak so I didn't really plan to spend on a new machine. I'm not sure what possessed me to drop by the machine salesroom at the local quilt shop when I was in for fabric on Friday. I let the saleslady talk me into trying it out. It was very nice. Then she told me it was on sale for the Mother's Day weekend. A really good sale.
Still, I walked out without it, though a little giddy at the possibility of owning that machine. By the time my husband got home I'd talked myself out of it and explained to him all the reasons why I didn't really need it. Of course all the features that made it so appealing also got trotted out . My husband knows me well. He let it go last night, but this morning he noticed my wistful preoccupation, sat me down and talked me right back into buying my Sapphire. Apparently he feels this quilting hobby isn't going away and I might as well be well-equipped. He practically handed me the car keys and pushed me out the door. What can I say, I married a really sweet and thoughtful guy!
The green blocks on the ironing board are the first things I sewed on the new machine, to see if I had the basics figured out. I spent about an hour reading the manual first, figuring out how to thread it and wind bobbins, and choose stitches. It's a wee bit different from what I was used to, but with a bit of practice I'm sure the basics of this one will became just as automatic. I'll just have to spend more time sewing the next little while (oh darn!). Just for the record, I already love the presser foot with the seam width guide.
Tomorrow I'm putting together a quilt sandwich and practicing a little freemotion! Happy Mother's Day to me! Hope you have a great one too.