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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Ever Feel Intimidated by a Machine?
Have you ever felt this way? This is what I have felt like lately.
Now I am not a novice to sewing.. been doing it about 47 years. (Eek! How did that happen?)
I actually owe my sewing start to my grandmother who insisted that 'girls should know how to sew'. So she enrolled me in summer sewing classes and on the bus I went to the Singer sewing store downtown. Thanks, Grandma!! (RIP)
I don't remember the exact model I learned on in class, but I found this photo on the internet of the model of my mom's first sewing machine... which became my first sewing machine about the same time. My mother was not a sewist. :-)
It did straight and zig-zag stitching. Adjustments were limited to tension, stitch length, stitch width and needle position. I used that machine until the mid-1980's.
About a month ago I traded in my Viking for a brand new Bernina 770 QE. I wasn't planning on buying a new machine... but you know how that goes. It was a great deal on a show demo... yatta, yatta, yatta.
When I unpacked the machine and turned it on I was feeling a bit like Lucy in the picture above. Totally intimidated by this new machine. My Viking was only 7 years old, but we had become such familiar old friends. You know that feeling, right? When I try to explain this to my non-quilting friends they look at me a little strange and just shake their heads in agreement.. but I know they have no clue what I am talking about and probably think I am more than a little strange. To have such a 'close relationship' with a machine can't be normal. LOL
So today Bernie and I are going on a road trip to my local dealer for some machine lessons. She is a big girl and will be a challenge to get in and out of the car and into the store. But hopefully by the end of the day we will be better friends and I won't have that same look on my face as Lucy does.
Wish me luck!
Deb & Bernie