Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My new machine!

As previously mentioned, I have decided to take up sewing in the winter months.  I am just a beginner, so please bear with me!  I am in no way perfect, as you already know..keep that in mind!  To start, I'll go over the tools I've collected...

Sewing Machine: Brother CS6000i
After looking through a bunch of machines on Amazon that were in my price range, I decided to buy a Brother machine.  Originally I was looking for a Singer because that's the one my parents currently have and I know it's one of those brands that has always enjoyed a solid reputation.  However, the reviews on Amazon let me to believe that Singer's quality has decreased as of late.  I had also heard great things about this machine and liked the amount of "stuff" that came with it: "60 built in stitches, over-sized table attachment, easy bobbin winding, Walking foot, Spring action quilting foot, Overcasting foot, Monogramming foot, Zipper foot, Zigzag foot, Blind stitch foot, Buttonhole foot, Button fitting foot", and the usual seam ripper, etc etc.  I've used the machine a couple of times and so far have not had any issues, although I have the same complaint as others that the needle threading mechanism doesn't seem to work.

Scissors: Gingher Spring Action 8-inch Scissors

Okay, so I haven't used these scissors yet because my mom just gave me a pair of old Fiskars scissors that I had used for fabric back in middle school.  But I am anxious to use these scissors for the spring action that is supposed to alleviate some of the fatigue caused by all the cutting I'm about to be doing ;)

Cutting Mat: OLFA 18x24 Gridded Cutting Mat
I bought a cutting mat for my...

Rotary Cutter: Gingher 45mm Rotary Cutter

I know I got a bit carried away here, but some of these were Christmas presents from my family and since I didn't know what else to ask for, I thought these would be fairly practical gifts that I will be using in the future. 

Other things I have:
Fiskars 3-Inch-by-18-inch Clear Acrylic Quilting Ruler
Dritz Sewing Gauge - 6 Inch

And, of course, needles and thread.

It's enough to get me started!

Up next, my first project...a purse organizer!

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