I’ve posted before about sewing machines – I know. I had to write a post as an homage to my new machine- I love her so much. I bought a Janome ‘Memory Craft’ 6600 and she is a sweet ride. I went with a Janome after testing out various machines over at Sawyers Sewing Center over in Victoria. I love the salespeople there – they really know what they are doing. I brought in my own fabric that I use for dollskin seeing as that is what I sew the most to test out on the machines. The saleswoman eyed my fabric and gave it a feel – with a slight nod to her head she said ‘ Nice fabric – so thick and sturdy. Must be imported’ Ha! I would have bought whatever she told me to at that point. She is one of my kind. If you are at all into making dolls there is a certain stitch called the ‘Lightning Stitch’ that I feel is really important to sewing knit fabric. It allows some ‘give’ but is totally strong. Not all machines have it – so it’s one to watch for. All week Brandi and I have had big smiles on our faces while sewing. I am so happy with this – it’s changed my life. Really. That being said I don’t want people to think they need something fancy to make dolls. If I had this machine in the beginning I wouldn’t have known what to do with it and the features on it wouldn’t have made sense. I sewed with an old Kenmore machine for years then progressed to my last machine which was a BabyLock.
One little sewing tip that I have to share – if things aren’t going well – thread bunching and acting all weird, I’ve found that if you 1) rethread your machine 2) check to see if your bobbin has any loose threads coming out of it from when you wound it and 3) change the needle – this usually alleviates all things. I’ve been sewing for YEARS and I really wish someone had shared that with me in the beginning. So simple and yet so easy.
So – this could possibly my boring-est post ever. I knew a few of you sew so I thought I could share my exciting purchase. I try to get John excited about it – but he doesn’t feel it. He tries to express excitement over the auto thread cutter – but I know he’s faking it.
I will be doing a Doll Giveaway soon. I planned on one this past week but had a bunch of ’emergency’ doll situations come up (ie – birthday dolls with 2 weeks notice! – I can’t resist a birthday!). I think I’ll put up a blonde this time. I don’t think I’ve ever given a blonde away.
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