A few weeks ago, I spotted this embroidery machine at the thrift. It was an older machine, but appeared to be in good condition. I turned it on, and it worked. Although it was missing the hoop, and the memory card. The price was 59.95. I thought it might be fun to check out machine embroidery, if I could find the parts needed to play with it. I offered 20.00 for the machine, and they sold it to me. I began my search for a hoop. Ebay, Craig's List, Sewing Centers. No luck. Well, I take that back. I did find one on ebay for about 100 dollars. I wasn't willing to spend that much though. I heard about a Bernina shop in N. Orange County, so one day last week when I was out and about with my Mom, I threw the machine in the back of my car, and we took it to the sewing center to see if they could help. Sure enough, he had a hoop for this machine. And he was eager to sell it. He said the machine was from the 80's, and obsolete. That I probably wouldn't be able to find a memory card for it, and would only be able to play with the limited built in memory. He sold the hoop to me at a great price. But I also needed bobbins and needles. Now the price was climbing. My Mom was sitting there shaking her head at me, wondering why I was putting money into a machine that was obsolete. I was wandering around the beautiful shop, eyeing the machines that they had. Oh how I would love to have one that could do more. And then I asked him about some of the lower end machines, that might be good for learning machine embroidery on. I had zeroed in on one in particular. After learning that he had none in his shop of that model, but would sell me the one on the floor for a greatly reduced price, I was curious to learn more. Long story short, I bought the new Bernina. And also the hoop for the old one. He threw in a few bobbins, and then we were off. Me with my two new (one old and obsolete) embroidery machines, so eager to get home to play with them! First, my thrifted machine, with new hoop.
Sooo, I got some thread at Joann's over the weekend., and came home to try the new machine out. Here is the new girl.
I selected a design with only two thread colors. This image stitched out pretty well, until the bobbin thread got all bungled up and the machine stopped! The hoop puckered, and I had to cut the design free of the hoop, and rehoop it. When I rewound the bobbin, and put the hoop back on, I didn't know how to go back to go over the space where it got tangled. So, I just put it back on, and finished the design. It turned out pretty good, but not in very appealing colors.
Yesterday I went to the shop where I bought the new machine to get some one on one instruction with it. We hooped it, and he stitched my name out in small letters on the hoop. Then I wanted to do a butterfly. During this design, I was talking to the owner while his son was doing the butterfly, and didn't notice that the foot got tangled on the thread. VERY important to cut threads as you go to prevent this! Another learning experience! So , the design did not finish.
When I got home, I put the same hoop back onto the machine and wanted to just play with it. I thought maybe the butterfly would look better if I did a design over it. Then I did my name over that. I was just playing, but I sure did like how it turned out.
In addition to playing on my embroidery machines, I am doing the sew along for Farm Girl Vintage. Lori Holt's new book. Her fabric lines are so pretty. I have been collecting fabric for this sew along for a few months. I did the blocks in both the 6" and 12" size. This one is called Apron Strings.
Buster Boy would love to lay on it. But he is going to have to settle with the red and white comforter I put on the sofa for him instead. He is my constant companion, no matter where I am . I love him!
Back soon with more thrift finds. It was a good month in the shops for me!