Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My new toy...

A couple of weeks ago, I had a bit of a meltdown over what I thought was the death of an old friend - my sewing machine. You see, it's a lovely machine, but bought in the the US which makes it run on different current than we have here in France. To adapt, I have a transformer.

A couple of weeks ago, I turned on my machine and it lit up, went beep, and then nothing. No light. No beep. Dead. Fried from the 220v current ripping through its 110v body. I was devastated. I honestly cried for over an hour. Not only at the thought of having to purchase another machine rapidly in order to get orders done, but because it was my friend. We'd been through so much together. So many quilts and clothes patterns and cushions and curtains and... well you get the point.

After a good cry, I did finally accept its fate and set about finding a new machine to purchase, one that would surely empty out all my accounts. I found it, emptied accounts and purchased it. And purchased a new transformer as well.

As luck would have it, the transformer arrived first. Out of curiousity, I thought I would give my old friend one last try before sending it to its final resting place. One last plug in. One last switch on before... Wait! It lit up, went beep, and was ready to go. Fabulous!

And not so fabulous. My old friend was working (much to my surprise) but an expensive new friend was on its way. Dilemma.

After much deliberation and a bit of negotiation, I have managed to turn my newly ordered sewing machine into the slightly more pricey embroidery machine I have long wanted.

It arrived Monday and I have a bit to learn. But here is a sample of my first practice session. Can't wait to figure it out. Can't wait for my snowman to have eyes!

12 comments:

The House of Mouse said...

congrats on your new sewing machine! I bet you are having so much fun with it already!

ArtMind said...

I think that is a great start already Chichi! You'll be having great fun with that! ENjoy! :)

Sylvia C. said...

What a great new addition!

I love it!

I bet the possibilities are ENDLESS now!

Sylvia C.

Siansburys said...

WOAHHHHHHHHH cooooool new machinnnee!! ANd good news about your old friend too :D

Jennifer Rose said...

that looks great! have fun with the new machine :)

Highoncraft said...

Oh my!!! What I would do for an embroidery machine!! Very nice!

LeAnne said...

Ohh I cannot imagine what would happen if my old sewing machine died. I have had it since I was 13because I was THAT geek who asked for a sewing machine for my 13th birthday (lets not discuss how long ago that was, ok). It has helped me create quilts, dolls, prom/wedding dresses,clothes, household decorations and many a Halloween costume. I completely understand what you mean by an "old friend". I have a sewing machine repair shop that keeps her going for me but I know she can't last forever. Enjoy your new toy, but I am so glad you can still create with your old friend too. It's the best of both. Have fun!

kim* said...

aw why did you take it to get looked at first silly?

Art By MAR said...

The snowman is wonderful! I understand your attachment to your old one however. I am using one from the 1960's that belonged to my Mom.

A Blond And A Torch said...

Oooh, I would love some new friends too.


Your snowman is looking terrific!

Swapna said...

Good going..if that is just trying out the machine... I am jinxed when it comes to sewing machines...

Not Perfect But Nice said...

Oh wow is that what embroidery machines can do!!!!!!? I want one!!!!