Almost a month. This might even be a record. All I know is that it has been so long since I wrote a post that I forgot how to get in here, so I have been even more delayed! Things have been crazy busy. As usual, but actually, more than usual. I have been creating up a storm, and it shows. Not in any actual finished projects, but in the huge mess I left in my studio.
Last fall I had a photo shoot here at my home. (More about that later.) Yesterday I finally got the photos back to proof, and I was stunned. They are beautiful. Then I looked at my studio.
Pause here to let it sink in. (This is a bit embarrassing. Don't tell my Mom. Oh, she probably already knows.)
Something is wrong with this picture. Too many projects going on at once!! I haven't seen the window seat in months. Shipments of products are all over. My designing mess has exploded. I still haven't unpacked from my last trip, (there was no where to put anything, anyway) there is a cutting mat under here somewhere. . . It was so bad it was getting funny.
I asked my husband what he thought of the photos from the profile shoot. His reaction was the same as mine. (Wow, the studio was clean back then.)
So I finished the deadlines I had, and today Sarah and I tackled the studio. We are not done re-organizing yet, but I can say that I do have surface area!! I had forgotten!
Here is an "after" shot.
Much better. I know you have seen this before, but I had to prove to you that I did clean up today. Now I can get back to sewing!! Can't wait! I have a whole bunch of projects to do for Market that is coming up next month, so I needed some space to THINK. And sew. I can't seem to concentrate when everything is a mess. How about you? Do you like to work in a clean space, or does it matter?
After I found my sewing counter, I set up something new. Guess what I got?
Yep. The good folks at BERNINA sent me a new machine to try out for a year. I am a BERNINA Ambassador--how lucky can I be?? My favorite sewing machines ever!!!! I have had two BERNINA machines before this and wouldn't sew on anything else! My first machine lasted me 20+ years, and actually, it is still sewing. It has a LOT of miles on it! My sweet husband thought I had it long enough and one day he came home from work early and took me to the BERNINA store to pick out a new machine. I love the new machine he bought me that day--it isn't very old, only about 6 or 7 years, and I will continue to use it a long into the future.
So now I have this:
A BERNINA 750 QE. It is huge! And heavy. (I won't be taking this machine on any airplanes--so it is a good thing I still have my other BERNINAs.) I choose this machine for many reasons. Here are a few:
* Extra long free arm. A full 10" to the right of the needle! Great for quilting.
* Dual Feed. You can engage it or not--to feed the top and bottom fabrics at the same time.
* Stitch regulator. Free motion quilting sure is easy with this gadget.
* Knee lift. A BERNINA feature I always love.
* 9mm stitch width for decorative and zig zag stitches.
* the 9 Hook system--makes it run quiet and FAST. 1000 stitches per minute!
* Large capacity bobbin--holds 80% more than standard bobbins. (And with Aurifil thread, it's even better!)
But there is a draw-back. I don't know how to use it. I guess I will have to watch the video and take a class or two. It is a "sewing computer," and that can have a bit of a learning curve.
Now that I have a nice clean space and room to sew, I'm sure I'll be stitching in no time!
BERNINA is the "Cadillac" of sewing machines, and Aurifil is the "Cadillac" of threads. They are a great combo!! I feel so fortunate to be a representative of both companies.
Because it has been so long since I wrote on this blog, I think I should reward you for coming back. Let's have a little prize give-away. Do you own a BERNINA? Tell me what you love about it. And if you don't have one, tell me why you would like to get one someday. I'll pick a winner in a few days and send a prize package of Aurifil thread!! You will love it! Maybe I'll throw in a pattern or two.
Good luck, and thanks for following!