Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I decided to write a quick post, not because I have something important to share, but because it is just something I would have chewed over with my mom, (who would have been soo interested in it), and honestly with the exception of my sister Diane, no one else really is, and she is 3 times (at least) as busy as I am, and so it is hard sometimes to get a good "chew" in with her.   It is on the subject of sewing, haha, (which is why Mel is not too interested ~ though she listened to my rambling without complaining to be fair).  I have also decided that rather than bemoan how sad I am that I don't have her to chew things with anymore, I am going to be grateful for ALL the years that I did, and especially this last year where she and I chewed and chatted our days away, day after day after day.  I know there are plenty of women who just have never had that.  I guess it is something that I KNEW I had with my mom, but I wonder now how much I appreciated it then.  So, let me just encourage you if you have this in your life, to consider how blessed you are, and be joyful.

My mom left a small amount of money for each one of her kids.  It is really not a lot in the scheme of things, and I have of course considered just putting it into the bank (but what fun is that? haha). I have been thinking (and praying) about this for a while and I have recently been considering MAYBE buying a new sewing machine.  Now I bought the top of the line Bernina 29 years ago.  I was just getting into sewing and the gal who was coaching me in this art had one, and I was soo enamored by it that I had decided I needed one too.  Well, it cost me 1500.00 dollars clear back then which was sooo expensive it might as well had been 15,000.00!  Looking back I wonder now how we ever afforded such a thing, or why my hubby INSISTED I get it, etc.  But let me just say this.  I have used and used and used that thing to death!  And! in the almost 30 years of it's almost daily use (at times anyway) it has ALWAYS run beautifully and has NEVER needed a repair.  It has more than paid for itself over and over again.  I DEFINITELY got my money's worth.  However, about a year ago "something" broke on the switch that changes it to my decorative stitches, so I have been unable to use them.  It really hasn't been a huge issue, as everything else works just fine.  When Melody was young I pretty much made everything she wore until she was about 10 years old.  I used the stitches ALL the time then.  I have always been going to see about just getting it repaired (if it even can be!) but I just haven't gotten around to it.  However, I have decided recently that I am FINALLY going to do what has been almost a lifetime desire for me and that is learn to quilt.  I think the rag quilts got my feet wet.  And then I made a couple of quilt tops and backed them with the flannel and made the self binding baby blankets.  But now it is time to do the whole thing.  Soo I have been watching tutorials and I am ready to make one.  It doesn't look too hard (of course I am looking at your beginners basic, but still!).  But I am concerned about the actual quilting part.  Do I think I could hand quilt?  Yes, of course I could.  But for me I am afraid it might go too slowly, and turn into what I call "fiddly".  But!  I think I would REALLY like to machine quilt.  And I want to do it myself, though I known they can be sent out.  So thus began the thoughts of "maybe" looking into a new machine that would do it.  Here is where the story turns....I called the same dealer who I bought my first one from who is still there btw, and found out of course that my machine is a complete dinosaur.  I knew that of course, so that part wasn't surprising.  EVERYTHING now is done by computers and digitally.  But what was TOTALLY shocking was the price of their very latest top of the line.  Are you ready for this??  13,000!!  Can you stand it?  I was expecting maybe 4 or 5 thousand what with inflation and all, but thirteen?!  Now of course this machine does everything you can possibly think of, and honestly is way, way more than I would ever need or use anyway.  But I was just soo shocked.  In talking with her further she told me of a machine that does do some quilting and embroidery work as well but at a much more reasonable price.  A mere 5300.00 for it.  Still seems just insane to me.  However, I am going to go and look and let her demonstrate it etc.  I love the idea of buying this with the money my mom left me, and knowing always that she in essence bought it for me.  But I just might get mine cleaned and repaired (hopefully) and go on using it forever and worry about the quilting part when I get to it, haha.  I know I could probably just use my decorative stitches and self guide my fabric and do it that way too.  Guess I won't really know what I prefer or will like until I do it, and at this point, I am quite a ways from being at that stage anyway.  Sooo, now you have all (those that are still with me anyway) heard my sewing dilemma story that I am pondering, and I am curious to your feed back.  Mom would have had plenty, but don't let that bother you, haha.  Oh, just so you know I have considered just buying a different kind of sewing machine, (maybe it would be a lot less!) BUT! I am a pretty loyal Bernina fan at this stage of my life.

I have finished up every little thing I am making for the new baby in the last couple of days, so I will cut his rag quilt out hopefully tomorrow.  Other than that, my week so far has been uneventful and good.  Hope all of yours has been too!   Blessings!  Debbie





  1. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's sewing machine...

    Not saying that to YOU. I'm saying that to myself. I have always wondered what it would be like to have a really nice one. Maybe I would miraculously become a better seamstress.

    I can understand the desire to look at the new one. If you can't fix the old one, I would definitely keep it on the front burner. I love that it would be a gift from your mom. That would make it special. Plus, some day Melody might really be interested in it, too.

  2. Oooooh, I'm doing the happy dance! I'm so excited that you're going to give quilting a try! Any time you've got any questions, please don't hesitate to email me. What pattern are you going with? I prefer the old traditional patterns, which is why I referred you to the four patch earlier as an easy, peasy beginner pattern. A nine patch is also very, very easy. There are so many different ways that they can be put together. And of course, there are patterns available at quilt shops. The biggest recommendation I would make is to use a rotary cutter and mat for cutting your pieces, whatever quilt pattern you use. It's so much easier than having to trace around a template.

    Now on to the sewing machine: I'm not a machine quilter, so I can't give you much assistance, but I suspect that you do not need all the bells and whistles of the expensive machine. The biggest concern for using your sewing machine to quilt is to have a big enough throat (i.e., the space between the needle and the body of the machine), so you have enough room to the right of the needle for the quilt (when you're quilting the center of the quilt). I bought a Bernina B350 PE last year, and it came with a walking foot, but there isn't a big enough throat for me to comfortably machine quilt anything larger than a baby quilt.

    I can't wait to hear what machine you got and hear more about your journey as a quilter! ;-)

  3. Hi Debbie, I have to tell you that Bernina's are the top machine in my book. My girls and I got hooked on them when we all took sewing at our Junior College in Ca. Of course, when I started quilting seriously 13 yrs ago, I couldn't afford one so got a lower end brand(Viking)and it was fine; I used it for 7 yrs but kept getting frustrated over the tension issues. After we moved here, I bought a Baby Lock and love it-it was about $2,000 but has all the decorative stitches etc. and a free motion foot-which you will need, if you machine quilt. I can so understand staying with a Bernina but I just couldn't justify the price since I don't machine quilt or sew lots of clothes.
    As for machine quilting, I've tried it and it is just too much work for me, plus I do love hand quilting.
    Hope you have fun picking out a new machine; I do know you will be a master quilter in no time.
    Hugs, Noreen

  4. My mama bought be a sewing machine, too. I sew nearly every day even if it is some little thing. It makes me feel better. I know that you'll make a great decision and keep right on enjoying your sewing.

  5. Well, I can't think of a better way for you to spend some of your Mom's money. She would likely be delighted with your purchase and to know the enjoyment that you would get out of it. As to brands, I've always heard that Bernina's are great. I'm sure you will know exactly which one to go with once you see the demonstration. It's so exciting that you are going to learn to quilt and it wonderful that you have such an enjoyable hobby. I can't wait to hear what you decide. Sweet blessings!

  6. I bought a new machine about 5 years ago....when I retired the one my parents gave me for a graduation 1977.
    I can almost feel the softness of that fabric. I hope you get the new machine....go for it! You will enjoy it so much, and I'm thinking your mom would have a big smile.

  7. I had to come and see since we both bought our Berninas 29 years ago...mine is still on the table. I did see that our Berninas sell for what we first paid for them on Ebay..isn't that unreal. We could sell them for what we paid for them.
    Now you enjoy....a new machine and all that sewing you do...well it would be money well spent and enjoyed!

  8. My quilting friend has a Bernina and she always sings it's praises. Whatever you decide to do, I enjoy seeing all that you continually create. You are a gifted lady!

  9. Well it is money your Mom left you. Gosh, I had no idea that those machines were that much money. My goodness. My Mom had one that my sister uses but my goodness.
    Well whatever you decide I am sure it will be so nice. So nice of your Mom to leave you all something.

  10. When my mom died several years ago, I saved the little bit of money my sisters and I divided from her estate for something I felt would honor her memory. When Hubby and I bought a new home a few years later, we agreed to use that money for new bedroom furniture. I am so glad we did that because many times a day I am reminded of her and how much she would have appreciated our choice and use of the money. I say this to you, because what brings you more pleasure than sewing special items for your grands. How many times would you draw pleasure in its use knowing how much she would have loved seeing those precious babies wrapped in such evidence of love? Spend your money on what will bring you the most delight in her honor. Geaux for it girl!

  11. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you, that you can get your new machine!!!
    xo Kris


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