I decided to machine stitch most of the embellishment on this new bag because it will be utilitarian.
Usually I add all kinds of surface "frosting" and this can get damaged if the bag is really used.
Thinking about getting some product ready for the Atomic Holiday Bazaar in Dec has made me work faster so there won't be as much handwork added to some things I make from now on.
The gnome village springtime table runner that I started is still under my needle and is indeed a slow cloth (as Jude would say). I am taking it with me to the Surface Design Playday this afternoon so maybe I can get a few more vegetable patches added today.
Forgive me for playing with Picnik and adding some vavavoom to these pictures.
It is a photo enhancement site that works with Flickr to help you edit your pictures and sometimes I just can't resist ramping up the color.
I was having fun stitching on this yesterday until I got to the red section on the right.
I marked the design using a stencil and a white chalk pencil and as I began to free-motion quilt it made large, awful stitches on the front and loops on the back.
I have just about had it with this machine!
I pulled out most of the stitches and will get the rest when I calm down.
I then came in here and researched some Singer machines-
Here are the two I am looking at:
The Singer 7469Q Confidence Quilter:
• 98 built-in stitches
• Drop & Sew™ bobbin system - exclusive
• LED display with push-button stitch selection
• Hand-look quilt stitch
• 7 styles of automatic precisely balanced one-step buttonholes
• Programmable needle up/down
• Automatic tension
• Twin needle touch selector
• Mirror image touch selector
• StayBright™ long-lasting LED light
The Singer 7470 Confidence machine:
- 173 built-in stitches
- Drop & Sew™ bobbin system - exclusive
- LCD with push-button stitch selection
- Block-style alphabet & numbers
- 6 styles of automatic precisely balanced one-step buttonholes - exclusive underplate system
- Hand Look Quilt Stitch
- Programmable needle up/down
- Automatic tension
- Drop-feed Twin needle touch selector
- Mirror image touch selector
- StayBright™ long-lasting LED light
It isn't going to be an easy decision but I am leaning toward the machine with more stitches- it's about 399. and the 7469 is on sale this week for 299.
I am going to go to a few shops around town and see what the other companies offer before I buy anything.
My first machine was a Singer and it lasted me almost 20 years- since then I have had Brother machines and they just don't work right!
The newest Project Runway model I purchased last year does some nice stitches but it can't do the free motion that I want- the feed dogs do drop but the stitches are a mess and sometimes the thread gets out of place going from the spool to the next spot and that messes it up! I expect it to stay threaded properly and not do that!
If I could afford the Bernina with stitch regulator, I'd get it in a heartbeat!
Anyway- let me know, please, what kind of machine you have and why it works for you- I need to get a new one sometime next week, so help a sistah out.
OK, enough whining- I'm going to go hang out with the girls for a while and have some fun!
Have a happy day,