Okay, so I really wanted to show this to all of you almost 2 months ago, but as you know, life sorta got in the way... So I am finally going to share my most favorite Christmas gift with you: My new sewing machine.
Yep, I was totally surprised. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting for Christmas from my parents. All I knew was that Mom keep telling me it was going to be “good” and for some reason that scared me a little. Oftentimes, our tastes didn’t quite mesh, even if the intentions were always the best.
After all the other presents were opened, my Pops got up and said he forgot something. He was gone a couple minutes and walked in with a 2-wheeler and a huge box wrapped in construction plans (my Pops has a heavy-highway construction company, so his wrapping paper has always been construction plans. I secretly love it. Pretty crafty and environmentally conscious I think). After ripping off the paper, I found a Brother Innovis 2500D. Wow.
I guess the story goes that Pops drove back and forth to a sewing machine shop (pretty far from home), asking questions, bring home brochures to Mom, talking it over and then back to the shop to ask more questions. They had planned to get me a primarily quilting machine until they noticed all the hand-embroidery I was doing, so they had a change of plans – find a machine that will allow me to quilt bigger quilts and do embroidery too. This was a couple month process for them and so out of the box for my Pops. He new it was important for Mom, she really wanted to get me something special, so he did everything he could.
On a side note, the more I think about this, the more I wonder if sometimes people who are ill have a sense of the future. Mom really wanted me to have the tools to explore my creativity more – this was important to her, so she made it happen. Plus, she had a great Christmas. For the first time in 3 years, she was able to make it to the family Christmas party. And she had a very good Christmas day with Pops and I. I am blessed to have been able to share this time with her. She once told me a story about her Dad. He was able to visit all of his four children in the days before he passed away – something that hardly ever happened. And he finally gave her a rooster figurine she had been asking about for years (not sure why, but she loved it... and it was in our kitchen for years). It feels sorta like that.
Anyway, I really love my sewing machine. Honestly, I have only been able to play with it three times so far. Once to just try it out, once to make my Mom an embroidered shirt while she was in the hospital (for which I received a huge, huge smile and a request for one in every color) and once this weekend. I was able to have a quiet day at home on Saturday – I didn’t even leave the house except to get the paper. I cleaned up my craft space and practiced a bit of embroidery (yes, with Snoopy designs... I knew Pops would like them... And me too).
This machine can do so many cool things. On the sewing/quilting side, I can now try free-motion quilting. And for my venture into clothing, it has a side-cutter foot... It does a straight stitch combined with a zig-zag type overcast stitch and trims the excess fabric along the way. So cool since I don’t have a serger yet. Oh, and it has a drop in bobbin and automatic needle threader which I love. For embroidery, I can hook it up to my computer to store or transfer designs – the sewing machine just shows up as an external drive. That was a wow to me.
I am not sure what all I can do with this sewing machine yet, but I can’t wait to find out. Now the key is just finding the time to play around and try things out. I am thinking my family needs to expect a lot of monogrammed gifts this year...