Wednesday, November 25, 2015

My Sewing Machines

I have had some emails asking what kind of sewing machines I use.  I have two Brother machines that I am very pleased with.

First there is my basic machine that sews and is great for quilting, which is the Brother CS6000i.  This machine has a lot of features, but the part I like most is that I can quilt on it.

Quilting a large quilt.

Its a very inexpensive machine and is currently $144.99 on Amazon HERE.  But, last week when I checked, it was $137.00!  The prices on Amazon change constantly.

At that price, if in the future the machine needed servicing, it would make sense to just buy a new one.   I recently checked to see what it costs to have a machine serviced and the minimum is anywhere from $65.00 to $100.00, plus the cost of any parts.

In addition, it comes with 60 built in stitches and several extra feet.

These are close up pictures of some of the free motion quilting I have done with this machine:

The second Brother machine that I really enjoy is the SE400 Combination Sewing and Embroidery machine. The current price for this one is $299.97.  In my opinion, for all you can do with it, that's not a bad price.

I love to use it to make lots of things like these:

This machine is a little more expensive, but is much sturdier than the first machine I described above.  I love that its multipurpose.  It sews beautifully!  I haven't quilted with it, but feel sure I could.  I feel like free motion quilting is a heavy duty sewing, and so I have reserved that for the less expensive machine.

So, those are my two most used machines.  I also have two old Singer machines from the 1970s that are built into cabinets.  Both of them are in need of servicing, and so I haven't used them lately.

Talking about these machines is really making me want to get in the sewing room and get busy!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Update from the Farmhouse

We have five grandsons. Isn't his little Mouse cute?

My stepdaughter is expecting again. She will have three children age three and under! (Bless her heart) This is the color of the icing when the cake was cut.

Yes, that's right.  Its pink, so we will soon be able to say that we have five grandsons and a granddaughter.   If she's half as sweet as our grandsons, she'll  be pretty darn sweet!

I'm hoping your Monday is wonderful and blessed!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Church Lady and the Turkey Deal at Food Lion

Beware of little old Church Ladies who stalk you at Food Lion.  Not kidding......

I went to Food Lion after work Friday just to get my weekly groceries.  I met this petite older lady pushing one of the small carts on one isle and I smiled as we met.  Then in a few minutes, a few isles over, I was looking at toilet paper to see how many sheets were on  the rolls of different brands.  Yes, I know I have an exciting life....and there will be a toilet paper post soon.

She came up to me and asked if I thought I was going to spend $35.00, while eyeing my half full cart.  I thought to myself, its kind of hard to get out of here and spend less than that, but I told her I wasn't sure. She wanted to know if I would buy a turkey with my order and let her pay me for it.  I wondered if this was some kind of scam.  I don't usually buy turkeys for strangers, but I couldn't say no to this sweet little lady.

She said she was helping her church and they were going to cook 20 turkeys for Thanksgiving and you have to spend $35.00 to get the turkeys at 37 cents a pound.  I said OK, but its going to be a few minutes.  She said she would go get the turkey and meet me at the front.  I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into?

So she went and got the turkey and put it into my cart and gave me $6.00 to cover the cost of the turkey.  I didn't want to take her money, but she insisted.  She said I could give it to my church if I wanted to.

Sure enough the turkey would have been over $25.00, but with my MVP card and since I spent over $35.00, the turkey was only $5.82.   Who knew?  Not me.  She then said she wanted to thank me from the bottom of her heart and told me to have a blessed day. 

So the moral of this story is:  Go to Food Lion and buy $35.00 worth of groceries, (not hard to do) and get yourself a turkey for 37 cents a pound.  Even if you don't need one for Thanksgiving, they would be great to have in the freezer at such a low price.  Or you could give it to the little old church lady in line behind you.

The End.

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Quilt Finish!

An actual quilt finish!  This is Zoology Quilt #2.  My Zoology Quilt # 1 can be seen HERE.  The fabric line is by Michael Miller.  

I had the fabric left over from the first Zoology quilt I made in 2012, and improvised with what I had to come up with the design. 

The blocks are 9 inches (finished)

I love the matching aqua blue binding.

This quilt will be for sale in my Etsy Shop.