Sunday, November 27, 2011

Merry Christmas To Me!

First of all, let me put in a disclaimer for the folks reading this who really know me well: You might want to sit down.

You see, Hubby isn't a gleeful shopper, so each year I pick out my own Christmas gift. It makes him happy, and that way I get what I want. I usually pick one "big" thing rather than a bunch of smaller ones, so that it's easier to remember from year to year what my special gift was.

For a while now I've been wrangling for an iPad (I'm a Mac kind of gal). But suddenly I decided that I wanted to do something creative, to make something with my hands that you can't eat.

So I decided that this is what I want for Christmas this year:

Yep, I decided that I wanted a sewing machine for Christmas. And this one in particular, the Brother SE-400, is a great entry-level machine that allows you to sew, quilt, and embroider. It gets great reviews, even from people who own much more expensive machines and wanted a lighter-weight model to carry to classes and sewing circles.

And this is the point where all my close friends and family say, "You want whaaa-aat???" Which would normally be followed with, "But, why???"

Because...I want to make pretty things. I want to be able to make small quilts and runners, and monogram and embroider. I want to get more in touch with my "girly" side and learn a skill that women have been practicing for centuries.

And if I eventually get to the point I could be considered somewhat "competent", then I might like to share some of the things I make in my online shop.

This is probably the fault of all my friends who are so very crafty. I have friends who blog about the wonderful things that they make: dolls and quilts and soap and signs and such. I'm always so impressed, and just a wee bit envious.

This explains why you see me adding more and more quilt and sewing blogs to my blog list: it's because I need a lot of help and inspiration.

Last week I spent a few hours in a great quilt shop and learned a lot, both from the ladies who work in the shop and the friendly customers who took me under their wings. I'm meeting one of them tomorrow morning at a sewing get-together she invited me to attend, and she's promised to bring me a few beginning patterns to try and some fabric to get started with.

*Sigh*...aren't folks friendly in Idaho?

I haven't bought my sewing machine yet; I'm still asking for feedback and advice from ladies who are much more experienced. (hint, hint)


P.S. If you haven't already, be sure to enter my giveaway for this cutie. Click here for details.

P.P.S. I forgot to tell you how big he is: about 9" x 7" x 1.5". He's bigger than you think!


  1. Woo Hoo! I say go for it girl! I think it'd make an awesome gift....In fact, that's sorta how I got mine - hubby wanted to go to Golf Shores on a golf trip and needed to bribe me up good - so I finally got my Bernina. It's an older model - and not as fancy as some of the newer ones, but I love it. Brother is a good machine too. Can't wait to see what you create! Have a great week! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  2. I second that! I love having a nice sewing fighting over the tension, etc of an older machine! And I've always got a few sewing projects going! SEW much fun! You NEED one! Mine is a Bernina and I've had it for a few years and still love it! Hugs! ♥

  3. Oh awesome!!!! A girlie after my own heart. That was my christmas gift a year ago...ha! Let me know how you like your new machine. Do you have to wrap it and put it under the tree....heehee!

    Oh, by the way, you probably should have gotten yourself some gingerbread boys while you were out....cause you know....the other ones are coming home with me...heehee!

    hugs and smiles for a wonderful new sewing experience!


  4. Well, I have to say I'm partial to my 1951 Singer Featherweight. Back when I was going to quilting bees, all the ladies desperately wanted one of these old babes. I put mine on layaway and she's what I use to sew. However, she just goes forward and backward; doesn't even zigzag... FYI: Start out with simple things like blocks if you want to make a quilt. That's what I did. Years later, I still love those simple patchwork ones the very best, because they aren't fancy; just what the pioneer women would have patched together to keep their family warm. Quilt shops are just cozy, fun places to be. Filled to the brim with eye candy!

  5. Pam, the sewing machine looks great! Can't wait to see what you do....I've been making a few things for myself lately and it's so much fun! My machine will do a few fancy stitches and that's enough for now, but down the road, we'll have to see.....

  6. I got that machine last year. It does pretty work but is a pain in the butt about the thread it uses, especially in the bobbin. I messed up a lot of stuff before I finally figured it out! LOL Anyway, good luck with it and have fun!


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