Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
We went to the water park finally. We have Summer passes but haven't had time to go because of the swim lessons. It was fantastic...the girls can play and do the kiddie water slide while I am on a lawn chair if I want....but of course I want to play some too! I hope we get to go a lot this Summer.
We went to the beach last week too...our tans are pretty good at this point! Kane came home with the coolest beach chairs for us too. They are backpacks and they have a fold up canopy which is perfect for snack time. They are pretty much the bomb...now if he could bring home a rolling cooler!
Abby had vacation Bible school this week. She did much better than last year when we didn't even bother going the last day. This time I requested for her friends to be in her class and Sam even ended up in her class. She love one of her counselors, a teenage girl. It was great to get some stuff done this week and spend some time with Reese too! Tuesday we went to the movies. I can't believe how much freedom having only one kid was. When school starts in the Fall I am going to be totally spoiled...but for now I'll stick to Summer fun.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? The platinum is discontinued but I think you can find it used for about $1200. The Designer I got at a steal of a deal $4500. I think the list price on a new one was $6500 but they are not making it anymore and are having fantastic deals on the remaining ones.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I have done all kinds of sewing on my Platinum; quilting, home dec, bag and clothing...so I guess all of the above plus monogramming. Both of my machines are embroidery machines. On my Designer I have mostly made children's clothing and a ton of monogramming and appliques. Because I have small children, clothes for them is my current sewing passion.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I probably sew 20 hours a week, but a lot of that is cutting, pinning and pressing. I would say that the machine is actually running about 2 hours a week unless I am doing a ton of embroidery. Then it would be more. Because this machine is new, I'm not sure about wear and tear. I will say that my Viking Platinum has had a lot of use and it has held up great. I have only done a few services and get the dust out myself. It runs great...I love it so I couldn't bear to trade it in.
do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a. name? I love my Platinum...I am infatuated with my designer. Its truly the cat's meow. I haven't made a final decision but my dear friend Buffie has suggested the name Birdie...as she hums like a bird. I kinda like the sound of that!
What features does your machine have that work well for you? The big touch screen display and the usb flash drive have been huge for me. I can pull up my designs and monograms without loading my computer or transferring files to a special card. I can edit the design right there. I have monogrammed and appliqued more in the last month than I did on the Platinum in five years. It is much faster, quieter and easier to set up. I no longer need a screw driver to put an embroidery foot on. It snaps right on. Also if I want to sew a few quick stitches I can without removing the embroidery unit. I can sew with it on. I also really like the bright and adjustable led lights, automatic presser foot and automatic threat cutter. I really am spoiled and have become such a lazy sewer!
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? While I love the auto lift presser foot, there's no lever to lift it a bit to ease over a hunky seam or area. Sometimes I get stuck. Really the only thing that could make my machine any better is if it had the capability to read a pdf file for applique color charts. That would be cool. Otherwise, its perfect.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
I called to check and see if the machine had come in and the sales person didn't believe the price I had been quoted by the owner. That's when I decided it was meant to be. Then the day after I bought it, the owner called to say that Viking had discounted it further and that I would receive a $500 credit on my statement. I thought that was just the best news and mighty wonderful of the store owner since I had already signed on the dotted line!
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who had this in their price range. It is a great machine.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Price is the place to start, and then the frequency of the sewer. There's no need for a high end model for someone who doesn't sew very often unless they have money to spend and like bells and whistles. I also think that no matter the price range, a drop in bobbin is a necessity. I have never figured out the front loading shuttle...I can't stand them.
Do you have a dream machine? I have my dream machine...I couldn't see a need to change a thing unless the technology becomes obsolete. (Ie; some of the early designers take a floppy disk)
Monday, June 22, 2009
I usually lay out the new duds on the couch at night so they find them when they get up...like a Sewing Santa I guess! So, Abby saw the yellow birthday party dress and immediately thought it was hers! She was so upsat that it wasn't...she said (with a scowl) "Mama, you need to make me one of these too!" Hopefully she will get over that, I want to do a few other things first.She did wear the dress that I made her last week and I love the way it fits...I want to make another one of these. It was very fun to make.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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Thursday, June 11, 2009
I also got this cute Owl print. I don't know what I want to do with it yet but I want it to go into Abby's Fall wardrobe somehow. Any suggestions? I only have 1 yard, but I am sure I can get more if I need to. If You comment a suggestion and I use yours, I will send you a monogrammed hand towel as a surcie...here in the South that's what we call a prize!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
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