|Craig's List Score!|
In addition to my new longarm machine, I've got 'Nina the Diva (the Bernina 750QEE that is my main machine for sewing, piecing, and machine embroidery; predecessor to the current B 770QEE), a Bernina 1300MDC serger named Sergei, and a Juki MCS1500 coverstitch machine named... Juki. The coverstitch machine is just for garment sewing, but I use my serger for garments, home dec sewing, finishing the edges of applique blocks so they don't fray while I'm stitching them, and serging the edges of my Minky backed baby quilts to make it easier to attach satin binding (and to help the quilt survive the inevitable satin binding replacement once the baby becomes a toddler who drags the quilt everywhere he or she goes). I've also got two vintage Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machines, the 1951 machine named Judy that Anders uses occasionally as well as the 1935 machine named Bette that I like to use for really fiddly piecing, like the tight curves on my Rose Dream sampler block, or for Y-seams, partial seams, and things like that. If I'm going to do any patchwork sewing away from home, I'll grab one of the Featherweights because they are so much lighter and easier to schlepp around than the Big 'Nina.
|My Studio Back in February. Green Chair was my Secondary Workstation.|
|Old Desk Moved to Wall, Blocking Window, NOT Working!|
I looked at Ikea first, because I know a lot of crafty folk have found great options for sewing rooms and craft spaces at reasonable prices by way of "Ikea hacks." But I just didn't LOVE anything I found there that was the right size, primarily because their desks looked so flimsy and sewing machines working at high speed create a lot of vibration. I don't want to put them on a dainty little desk that turns into a trampoline when I switch the machine on and sends my sewbabies bouncing off the desk and onto the floor!
|Briefly Considered IKEA Alex Desk|
Same deal with Craig's list, right? Except not this time! Something compelled me to check Craig's list anyway, and the second listing that came up was this lovely solid wood desk that the seller described as "early 19th century."
|Bette the Featherweight is On the New Desk, Sergei the Serger is on the Cutting Table...|
|...And Judy the Featherweight and Juki the Coverstitch Machine are Over Here|
|Paper Pantograph Patterns for Longarm Machine Go in This Drawer|
|Accessories for Serger and Coverstitch Machines Go in this Drawer|
|Featherweight Accessories Go in This Drawer|
|Temporary Fabric Markers, Tailor's Chalk, etc. in This Drawer|
|Accuquilt GO! Baby Cutter and Dies Go in This Drawer|
So now, FINALLY, I'm ready for some sewing again. I'm all caught up on my clients' interior design projects and business paperwork and the laundry is done, so I'm headed up to the studio for at least a couple of hours today. My goals for today are:
- Piece together a King sized practice quilt and load it onto the longarm frame
- Add borders to Butterfly Bear Paw quilt and set aside
- Start a new pineapple log cabin block
- Pin the last two petals on my hand applique project
Happy Tuesday, everyone!