Sunday, May 30, 2021
Friday, May 28, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
This is kind of a funny post to make after declaring on Wednesday that I'm getting back to my "Making Space" challenge (i.e. getting rid of stuff). And after writing last Sunday that I planned to take my 30 year-old sewing machine to the repair shop to see if I could get it fixed. Well, I did make a trip to the sewing machine repair shop, but since I was already in the mind to start looking for a newer replacement for my old machine, I was an easy (and willing) target for a sparkly new sewing machine when I walked into the store.
So... now I'm the owner of a new Janome Sewist 721. Ain't she purty?
It's a fairly simple mechanical machine, but it has some extra stitches and it sews soooo smoothly.
This week, my 30 year-old machine will be posted online - free to someone who'll come and get it. I've had it apart and oiled it and gotten it to (sort of) work, but it needs for someone to remove more than just the top and bottom of the machine. It looks like it will require removing multiple pieces of moving machinery so that the old dried-out grease can be cleaned out and replaced. From, watching Youtube videos, I think for a person who's interested in doing all that, it might be worth it, but now that I've got a shiny new machine, I'm hard pressed to want to do that. And truth be told, I'm as likely to break the old one as to fix it, so I'd rather let someone else have a shot at it.
Also this past week, I got some fun mail. I don't recall where I heard of Cross Stitching Supplies just north of Indianapolis, but I'm so happy to have discovered them. I ordered some cross stitch fabrics (in colors I hadn't been able to get at my regular online cross stitch resource), and a bunch of overdyed floss - since they offered a nice discount on the first order.
Lindsey, the owner of Cross Stitching Supplies is a good communicator. She even notified me that she was giving me a partial refund on one of the fabrics because it had a random dye spot on it (that didn't belong). I thought that was very nice, but I imagined I might have to sacrifice half the piece of fabric (for what I wanted to use it for, anyway). But when it arrived and I saw her hand-written note on the fabric, I looked it over and it was the tiniest spot that didn't appear at all on the opposite side, so the whole piece of fabric is totally useable!
It's pretty handy that Lindsey is located on the north side of Indy while I'm on the southside, so my order got here lickety split. I will definitely be checking first with Cross Stitching Supplies when I want to place an order in the future.
And on the crafting end of things, I managed to finish off more of the little stitches I posted about a few weeks ago - some of which have been waiting years (okay... decades - lol) for this day...
They aren't perfect, and I'm still learning some things about finishing small cross stitch projects into mini-pillows, but I'm so glad to have FFO's rather than the small bits of projects these were before.
And that, dear reader, is all she wrote!
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Just plans for some fun finishes.