Friday, November 23, 2007

Look, Ma, I can sew!

There wasn't anything I wanted bad enough to get up at 4 a.m. - but I did manage to get up around 6:30. As I was headed towards target and Best Buy, I drove through downtown Auburn to check on some friends who were setting up for tail gating for the Auburn/Alabama game tomorrow. I timed it just right - they were across the street, in line to get some breakfast! So I stopped and ate with them and then finally headed out to Best Buy. Packed! They were already sold out of what I was looking for (Band of Brothers - bought it on-line later today) - but the check out line was at least an hour long - so it is just as well! I came on home and was hit by a slight desire to actually quilt. I have managed to get two of the table runners quilted today. Would have gotten another couple done but my nap was calling too loudly!

I have estimated that each table runner uses about 1 yard of fabric for the front and another yard for the backing. And the backing doesn't have to be pieced! So far I have made 6 table runners for christmas gifts. That totals about 12 yards gone from the stash. A very small dent, but a dent none the less!

I also went online and ordered Maddie's Christmas gift - a Janome Sew Mini. Isn't it cute? It does a straight stitch and a zig-zag. It is not a toy but a small regular sewing machine. All the reviews I could find were very positive. Anyone else out there own one? What do you think of it?

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


atet said...

I think Finn owns a similar machine -- you might try going over to her blog. I know she mentioned something recently about using a machine that is a lot like this one.

julieQ said...

How cute!! I have been eyeing these machines, not purchased yet. So I will wait for your opinion!


Finn said...

Hi Sarah, thanks for stopping by, nice to see you again*VBS* Yes, I do have the little Janome. Came into a brand new one still in it's original box for pennies on the dollar.
It runs very well. I think it's quite appropiate for a young sewer as it just has ONE speed(at least that's all mine has). There is NO light on it, but a lamp on the table works well. There is no off/on switch. You step on the petal, it goes, you take your foot off, it stops. Its has a nice selection of stitch lengths and widths, and a set-able zigzag. The level on the front(lower right) is the reverse...very simple to operate. It threads easily, and the bobbins hold quite a bit...a bit trickier to wind than my Pfaff, but they insert easily and mine came with 4 bobbins.
My only negative comment would be that it's quite a bit nosier than my other machines, but you get used to that...LOL
It weighs less than 5 pounds, and slips nicely into a regular backpack or totebag...a great little machine.
Hope that helps ease your mind. I think she'll love it, and personally for the $$$'s I think it's a better choice than the inexpensive ones at WalMart. Janome also makes the Brothers machines. I only recently learned that last part.
It's not a Featherweight, but it's a good little machine for a young sewer.Hugs, Finn

debby said...

I own that machine, but mine has a Hello Kitty picture on it! I'm a sucker for all things Hello Kitty.

It's slower and noisier than a regular machine, but it works great and you can use regular Janome feet on it.

Happy quilting!

JudyL said...

That machine is so cute and there'll be nothing better than mom/daughter sewing together! Congrats on using some of the stash!

Morah said...

Making small dents in stashbusting is like collecting pennies. It all adds up in the end!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Well done on the stash busting, I have not seen the machine before, but have my eye out for something similar for my 9 year old, i shall have to look into it, Tracey

Dawn said...

Oh how adorable! I"ve had low line Janome's (but not this one) and they always ran well. This is so cute!