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I have been a little absent on this blog lately.  And I am really behind on emails….and commenting.  Sigh.

But this would be one of the reasons why.


A new (to me) Bernina.  Isn’t she pretty?

Not planned, but when you hang out with people who sew and are in the know these things happen.

You see when my friend and fellow KCMQG officer Jaime mentioned that they had gotten some pre-owned mechanical Berninas in that were in great shape, I got really excited. Granted you probably think I am crazy for wanting to give up a 25 year Kenmore that my mother bought for the purpose of hemming uniforms and dance costumes and caused much cursing in the craft room.  But I admit it that I wanted it.  However, we had just gotten back from Italy and I decided that it did not fall into the “need” category.  I just would not think about it.

But then a week later my friend Lauren emailed me.  She had taken the plunge.  She could not stop raving about what an amazing machine it was.  And Lauren is a persuasive and hilarious girl (not to mention an talented fabric designer) so I knew that I had to go see it at least.  You know just to look at it.

And I will admit it was amazing.   And I have a birthday coming up.  So Jaime helped my buckle it in the back seat and it came home with me.


So I have been playing with it (and not blogging) ever since.

Of course, to go with our new machines we made a trek out to a great fabric store in Lawrence.  Fabric stores make me happy.  Especially when you have a good machine sew with.


The one downside to this whole thing?  I can no longer blame my sewing inadequacies on a crappy machine.  Which I did frequently and now the truth will be out.  I guess I will just have to get better.  And hope that my friends can help me in that department as well…..

13 comments on "Crickets"
  1. Looks like fun!! Love all your new fabrics. I've always wanted to visit the fabric store in Lawrence. I don't really sew a lot so I would probably end up with a bunch of pretty fabric that would just sit around :)

  2. Can't wait to see what you are sewing! Fabric stores make me happy too.

  3. I'm a new reader and I'm not even sure how I found your blog, but I'm enjoying it!

    I inherited an old sewing machine from my aunt who passed away 6 years ago. I've never used one in my life, but after reading your blog, I just may try! I especially like the ruffle scarves you made for Christmas.

    You are a talented lady!

  4. ooh - I new sewing machine!! Love all the fabric you have lined up...and your a great sewer. love those quilts you made, sigh. I need to sew more and get a little better

  5. Oh fun! You'll have to show us what you have been sewing.

  6. Fun! Congrats on your new looks amazing. And I love the prints you picked out. Can't wait to see what you are making!! And happy early birthday!

  7. Congrats on your new Bernina! There was one on an auction a few months ago here in IA but somehow I managed to contain myself and not bid on it. Darn. The prints you bought are AH-MAY-ZING. Love every one.

  8. The best part about your last comment is that the only way to get better at sewing? MORE SEWING!! :-)


  9. Good for you! A new machine is such a thril! And a great motivator, right.

    If you are going to be sewing a lot check out my Sewing Machine Pin Cushions...they are a life saver! :)

  10. Congrats on the new fun toy! My Grammie swears by her Bernina's. She has about 4 or 5 of them by now. Can't wait to see what you create - you must share photos with us!

  11. oooo... how fun! I totally understand why you've been MIA lately. And, I certainly don't blame you. =)

  12. I also have a Bernina! They are great! I have the Bernina Activa 230. My husband is Swiss so naturally being in Switzerland it was easy to get one. I am excited to start doing some sewing projects soon and I just love your blog!

  13. sigh.. I wish I could sew! (and cook) You and Kim make me super jealous! I am going to make a terrible housewife! :)