Self Promotion

June 25, 2009

I added a twitter feed for Janmade, its on the right side of the page under the link to my etsy shop.  I also lowered all the prices in my etsy shop to 8.00 so if you are interested in a tie dye baby onesie or some soft soled shoes come and get it!  I would like to clear out some of these items before I add new items to the shop.

For anyone reading this, you can get any 4 items in my shop for 28.00 if you mention “RAINBOW” in the comments section when you purchase.  I will make the adjustment in Paypal after the sale.  Happy Shopping and thank you for reading!

SewingMachineMonthWThis month is sewing machine month at the sew mama sew blog, and what better way to jumpstart my return to blogging than with a meme?!

What brand and model do you have? I have a Pfaff Hobby 1132

How long have you had it? I’ve had this machine for a little over a year now, 16 months

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? around 400.00

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I started out making purses and stuffed toys, as my skills improved I  began quilting, which I love.  I also like making handy things for myself, like most recently a padded laptop cover for my netbook.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I sew a lot, I usually go through phases of working daily on a project, finishing, then taking a long break, and coming back to do more projects.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I love my machine, its very powerful, I never have problems sewing through layers and layers of fabric.   I’m very happy with my machine, its a good all purpose sewing machine.  I don’t have name for my machine, because I think naming inanimate objects is dumb.

What features does your machine have that work well for you? My favorite feature is the automatic needle threader, so handy!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? I wish the arm was longer so it would be easier to quilt!

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! I have sewed through my index finger before, making a sock monkey!  I started sewing when I was laid off, with my mom’s old brother sewing machine.  I found that I really liked to sew and I was good at it, so I started making more and more ambitious projects like making quilted purses, and I kept breaking needles.  The machine stopped working, so I took it to get repaired, and found the timing had gotten messed up.  I got it fixed, and seriously less than a week later the same thing happened.  So instead of getting it fixed again, I just bought a new machine.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? Yes I would recommend because its a great all purpose sewing machine with a powerful motor to get through tough fabrics or many layers.  It has quite a few different stitches, and you can change the position the needle so it makes it easier sewing zippers or using special feet.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I think it depends on the individual sewer, everyone has different things they find important.  For me, at the time I bought my sewing machine, I wanted something reliable and powerful, with a good variety of stitches and feet.   I will say that I feel trying the machine out before you buy it is extremely important, so you get a feeling of how it works and if its going to work for you.  I bought my sewing machine at a local sewing shop, not a big box store or online, so I was able to do this.  If I am going to be spending a lot of money, I want to be sure its what I wanted!

Do you have a dream machine? Now that I do more quilting, my dream machine would be a long arm quilting machine with a frame.  I tried one out at the IQF in Chicago, and I fell in love!  Too bad they are huge and cost thousands of dollars.  A girl can dream though!

I know I start every blog I post with “I know its been a while but…”

Maybe I am not the best blogger on the planet.  I realize now that the time and effort that my favorite bloggers put in to maintain an awesome, content-laden page is enormous, and I have great respect for them doing and sharing with everyone, on top of taking the time to make amazing creations.

That said, I did want to share the quilt I made for Christine, I really think its my best quilt yet.  Its my 5th quilt.  I finished it on May 21.   Its my first time free motion quilting!  That was an adventure.  In the first 1/4 of the quilting, I think I ripped out as many stitches as I sewed.  It was incredibly frustrating, but then…it just kindof clicked and I was able to finish it and be happy about the results.  Yes, if you look closely you can totally see that the stitches are all uneven lengths, and I did “cross the streams” a few times and overlapped my stippling, but all in all I think it looks great for my first time. The quilt was a little smaller than twin size.  I improvised most of the design based on crazymomquilt’s flea market fancy quilt top, I used fewer blocks, and a smaller size block.  I like the top but I think I love  the back of my quilt.  I think its really visually striking, and so bright and really makes me happy.  It hurt a little to give this one away, but the thanks I got from the recipient really made up for it!

the quilt top, for whatever reason I never got a pic of it on the finished quilt.

the quilt top, for whatever reason I never got a pic of it on the finished quilt.

close up of my first attempt at free motion quilting

close up of my first attempt at free motion quilting

the back, my favorite side on this quilt

the back, my favorite side on this quilt

the label. i always label my quilts! also, check out the binding, i made it myself!

the label. i always label my quilts! also, check out the binding, i made it myself!