Yes, I'm definitely mourning the loss of my beloved Janome sewing machine (most of you will remember the tale of woe that led to its demise and the subsequent purchase of a Bernette). After spending a lot of time with the Bernette I have reached the sad conclusion that, in many ways, it is best suited for a boat anchor. The only feature I can honestly say that it has that I truly like is the 'needle down' - the rest of it is cheaply made and it shows. The latest disappointment was finding it is woefully unable to free motion, despite following (explicitly!!) the directions and consulting several on-line tutorials. It simply Will Not Work. It heartily dislikes any 'different' threads (ie. monofiliment) and will snarl at me no end. (And yes, before you ask, I have done a TON of research to see what I could possibly be doing wrong). I have sewn for pretty much all my life and have spent more time in complete and utter frustration over this thing. Unless and until I manage to win a lottery I guess I'm stuck with it, but I'm definitely not happy with it.
Bottom line? If you're considering buying a sewing machine anytime in the future and want it to do more than sew in a straight line, don't get a Bernette 20!!!!
On to (I hope) better things....but the above frustration stems from what I want to do with this....
This isn't the entire scene, but I thought I'd show you the barn at least. The rest of it is still under construction (or destruction, depending on the degree of sewing machine foul ups!).
- I may have shared THIS free pattern for a nice bag with you already. Please forgive my 'mental-pause' if I have!!
- There's a sweet little baby bonnet tutorial HERE
- And a fun bag pattern/tutorial can be found HERE. For some reason I can 'see' the embellishment being a wonderful cluster of lots of buttons.
- THIS is a really cute knitted toddler sweater.
Today I have two quotes for you. The first one is from anonymous..."I've had full conversations with my sewing machine. They haven't all ended well" (and you can be sure that there have been numerous 'conversations' happening here!).
and another one shared by my friend Maureen...and coming from Phyllis Diller...."Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out"