Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SEW on...

 I got my new Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 on Friday night.  I was sew excited (sorry, couldn't resist).  I unpacked it, read through the manual and did some practice stitches.  Did I mention it does over 600 stitches, of course there are lots of button hole options and  some of the decorative stitches will do a left facing, right facing, upside down left facing, upside down right facing.  It has about 588 more stitches than my old Kenmore has.  The Kenmore is about 30 years old and will never die. In the sewing machine world it is called 'a workhorse'.  I'm planning on keeping the Kenmore, after all it will sew through a wooden ruler...not really all that impressive as the ruler they demonstrated on was balsa wood...does a great job on heavy material though...and I just might need a back up.  
Singer Quantum Stylist 9960

My sample stitches.  Check out the dog, I did it facing left and right.

When we got home Saturday afternoon, I found Jimmy up on the sewing table barking at someone outside.  Sorry pup, you are not protecting anyone.  He jumped up on the chair, then the table, knocking  down some of the accessories and manuals.  After scolding him and removing him from the table, I started straightening things up.  I found some of his dog hair behind the sewing machine.  It made me sick, he could have knocked the machine on the floor.  The whole time I have had my Kenmore on this table, he never has jumped up there.  Why now.  Needless to say the chair will no longer be by the table when I am not in the room.

Jimmy barking at someone outside.

After being caught on the table, he is trying to figure out how to get down

Floral print I found in a stash I got from a neighbor
  Here is my first project on my new machine.  I stayed up late Sunday night doing it.  I won't be doing that again, because I was so excited, I couldn't sleep.  I'm going to make plans on sewing in the mornings before I go to work. A few years ago a neighbor was moving, she was in her 80's, and she asked me if I wanted to buy her stash of material for $35.  She had a small 4-drawer dresser packed with nice size pieces. Well of course I wanted it.  I found this floral one in the stash, must have been 2-3 yards all one piece.  I found some red material to match and made this apron.  As you can see the red is used for the ties along with the back.  Yes, it is reversible.

The back of the apron, I used one of the decorative stitches that goes completely around the edge of the apron.  My signature was added prior to sewing the two sides together. 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

SEW Excited

My new sewing machine should be here tomorrow, can't wait.  Even though I was apprehensive about buying it (money is always an issue with me, plus spending money on myself is something I rarely do) I am really excited about getting this machine.  I have so many ideas for projects.  I know, I have a list going, but who says I can't make the list longer.  I have already accomplished a few of the items on my list, beside the new machine will help me with some of the projects on that list.   I'm talking myself into ...it's okay that you bought yourself something.... it's okay you spent the money...you will get things done...you will make some money to help pay for it...heck, you deserve this!!!! 

Well, I have some things to do before heading to bed, just wanted to jot a note. 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Sewing Machine

After looking at sewing machines for the past month or so, I finally pushed the order button last night.  I was so nervous, debating about getting it or not.  Wondering if it would just sit here and not be use, or inspire me to get going with making some neat stuff. The price was good, and cheaper than what I had looked at previously. It has 600 stitches, which I found out by reading a manual on it, that some stitches will do from two to four options...there is a little dog that will look left, right, upside down left and upside down right.... even though it is the same dog, they count that as 4 stitches.  I'm excited about putting these decorative stitches on some aprons I'm planning on making.  Instead of a plain straight stitch along the edge, I'll be able to put flowers, dogs, or even a bicycle.  Can't wait to try it out.  Once I get it, I'll post some pictures.  

My Kenmore, which I have had for 30 plus years, will still be round, it is a workhorse and won't die.  It is good for stitching on heavy items, like jeans!  It only has 12 stitch settings, which has sewn several items for my girls and myself.  Now I want to expand my sewing and hopefully sell some things on etsy, which I'm still in the planning stages of.  

I did finish Joanna's project last week.  Here are a few pictures.  It is a table topper, not a baby blanket as some people seem to think it is.  The orange floral and the fruit slices material were from dresses I made Joanna when she was little, the blue floral is from an apron I made my sister Sally.  I like the bright colors which remind me of Joanna. 

The front
The back

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Not feeling so good

I went from feeling good to not feeling good at all.  Started last week, scratchy throat.  By the weekend my voice was starting to go.  Monday, almost no voice at all.  Not good for someone whose job requires them to talk on the phone for almost 8 hours of the day.  I called in sick yesterday and today.  Too bad I have no motivation while I try to recuperate from this nasty cold, I could have used these two days to accomplish a lot.  Instead, I watched a few 'chic flicks' and not much else.  I'm feeling a little better now, voice is not completely back yet, but I felt good enough to go to the store and get some food for tonight's dinner, which is in the crock pot now.  I cleaned the kitchen, the sink over floweth with dishes, and  I'm also doing some laundry, which does not take much effort.

I haven't sewed since my last post.  Seems like I just can't get motivated in the morning.  I have to change my ways.  I need to get up when Brian gets up, that will give me an hour our two extra before work.   6 am....ugh, just the thought makes me want to crawl back into the bed and pull the cover over my head. I may have to do this anyway, I put in for an earlier shift at work.  I'll know tomorrow if I will be getting a 8:30 or 7:30 shift.  Not that I want to go in that early, I've become fond of going in at 11, however I do not like getting off at 8pm either, and would rather enjoy getting off around 5 or even earlier.  Maybe I need a part time job that pays double what I make now.  Now that makes me laugh.

I did write the checks to IRS and Indiana State Revenue.  So my taxes are done! I'd say hurray for me, however handing money back to the government was not pleasant.  Still working on shredding the old paperwork that has been laying around.  I shredded our 1999 taxes...how long do we need to keep this stuff? 3 years? 7 years?  I think 14 years was a little overkill.  Back then I did the taxes the old fashion way, paper and pencil.  I still  had the tax booklets that come with the forms.  Thank goodness for TurboTax.  Done in no time, no booklets and minimal paper usage. 

I did go to the chiropractor the other day.  It felt good to get an adjustment.  He said I must have been waiting for that for a long time....really, they told my husband I hadn't been there since 2004 and I had a credit on my bill of $19.95.  Over eight years, wonder if they will pay me interest on the $19.95 they have on the books all this time.  Another laughing moment.  They want me to come back for 4 weeks, 2 times a week for adjustments.  Okay, I got sick and missed the first appointment.  I didn't want to infect anyone there with this nasty cold...which might be where I picked it up the week before.  I go back Thursday, can't wait.  Really, I like getting my back 'cracked'...release all those gas bubbles from my joints.  The doctor told me he was happy that my hips were aligned, most people he sees one hip is lower than the other. He drew a line from one hip to the other, it went straight across the screen.  That made me feel good.  Just a few bone spurs, one in my neck, and two on my lower back, signs of arthritis...I shouldn't worry about them though.  Good, not going to.

Well, off to the sewing machine, see what I can get going.  

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On our way home from NC, in February, we stopped in Berea, KYWe saw several of these painted hands in the old part of town.  Too bad the shops were all closed.   

Monday, March 4, 2013

I feel good!

I accomplished something yesterday. I fixed one pair of Brian's jeans, the other one mysteriously disappeared.  

The first pair had a small hole by the back pocket, I don't know why they don't reinforce this area with additional material on the back, before adding the pocket.  I have had to mend several jeans at this point.  It is not just my husband either, I have seen other men with the same problems.  Even one of my brother-in-laws!

The other jeans, the belt loop had torn, not just the loop, but part of the jeans had torn with the belt loop still attached.   I could have fixed them as the rest of the jeans were pretty good.  However, Brian thought differently and had thrown them out.  Oh well, I'm not going to stress about that.  

I also have Joanna's project almost completed!  Yeah me.  This project has been sitting there for quite sometime, half finished.  Took me about an hour to get it almost done.  Just some trim work left, then I will post pictures.  

I thought I just erased this entire post.  Whew, I found it.  Didn't want to add to my list again.  

Hopefully tomorrow, I will have  completed Joanna's project and finished my taxes.  I owe so I want this finished and be done with it.   

So off to chiropractor (looking forward to getting my back cracked!) and work.  

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Friday, March 1, 2013

March on!

 Well,, February flew by.  I know there are only 28 days in the month, but seriously why did it have to go by so quickly?  

In my last post I said I was going to get two things accomplished.  Taxes and shred paperwork.  I did about one third of the paperwork and finished my taxes yesterday.  Talk about cutting that close.  I still need to review them again, and get them mailed out.  Technically, I guess I'm not done, but the bulk of it is completed.  We owe so I'm not really in a hurry to mail out those checks.  I put a deadline on that of March 15.  

Besides getting (or partially getting) my February list done, I did sort my dresser out, donated some shoes, clothes, my sewing chair and computer stuff. My sewing chair!!  Not to worry, they remodeled the office I work at and they purchased all new chairs and offered the old chairs to the employees for $5 each. So I brought mine home.  It is a much better chair and will work great when I'm sewing.  I did get my sewing machine set back up too.  During the Christmas season, we had to move some things around to make room for the tree, the sewing machine was easy to put up (on my new racks) and the table folded up and was stored neatly behind a cabinet.  

So February was not a total failure...I did accomplish something. 

Marching on to the March list: 
finish the taxes by the 15th
do the mending that has been piling up....Brian just added two pairs of jeans to that pile. 
finish that shredding    
not an overwhelming list...I can do this!  

I just realized my last post had only two views... I'm going to have to post more than once a month,  make my posts more interesting, or stop altogether.  What do you think?


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