A long-overdue dpn roll in progress.

Some plain indigo linen and cotton stripe to offset the screen-printed Cloth linen.
I got about two thirds of the way through this afternoon, when the Singer -which is the same vintage as me- exploded.
Okay, not technically exploded, but certainly made a really loud pop, followed by that delightful electrical burning smell and the main power fuse to the house tripping. Some machine shopping is in order tomorrow morning.

I've decided sewing machine shopping is a similar experience to mobile phone shopping, in that there's not much between your Beginner Basic, and your SuperComputer 2,500 Stitch (2, 497 of which you'd never use) that also burns DVDs and makes you a cup of tea while zigzagging.


Blogger Anne Marie said...

The fabrics you are combining look very good. I am so sorry to hear that your Singer left you alone with a pop. Altough you made me laugh. Good luck on deciding and shopping a new sewing machine!

16 November 2007 at 11:13 pm  
Blogger Madge said...

*squee* You get to go shopping! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend with your new sewing machine.

17 November 2007 at 6:20 am  
Blogger AmberCake said...

I just did this, myself.

For one thing, the Singer might be worth fixing.

For another thing, the super-basic ones these days do a lot and probably everything you want unless you're about to start some SERIOUS production sewing. I made the lady at the store show me that one of the new low-end ones would sew through 6 or eight layers of denim and it did.

All that said, I just went and got me a new machine. I got a Bernina 1008 because it's all metal and more mechanical and my mother has an old amazing Bernina and I just did it. The man at the store told me it's the one that the college costume shops use - takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Doesn't have a lot of interesting stitches, though.

I did some research and site-bookmarking when I was on the hunt if you're interested, I can send you some. It partly made a big difference to me just to see them and try them in a store.

Also, also? I totally want a Hello Kitty Janome, so good, so cheap, works for anything except large quilt projects, I think.

17 November 2007 at 7:26 am  
Blogger Rose Red said...

I don't know anything about sewing machines but the Janome 6100 which my mother-in-law recommended as a good relatively basic machine is fabulous.

17 November 2007 at 8:11 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a basic brother with about 15 stitches and i really only ever use 3 of them! buttonhole, straight & zig zag. does the job just fine (but then i also have an overlocker that gets a regular workout in association with the straight stitch!).

19 November 2007 at 2:15 pm  
Blogger Jesse said...

Sewing machines! I hate them (even mine, which takes a quite a lot of abuse before it complains). They really do seem to have whims and eccentricities built into them at the factory... Go for the one that can sew through the most layers!

20 November 2007 at 9:06 am  
Blogger Veronik said...

It's been a few years since I sold sewing machines, but I also liked the Janome brand and bought an electronic model for myself. If I hadn't needed some of those fancy stitches, however, I would have stuck to one of a vintage machine - I have a featherweight, a 60's era Pfaff and an industrial Pfaff(no, I'm not a crazy sewing machine lady; I inherited both the vintage domestics and have owned the industrial Pfaff for several years).

21 November 2007 at 12:52 am  

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