Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Some Things That Make Me Happy

Darby on lizard patrol.  She is obsessed, and her goal is to make our yard lizard-free.  Which is fine with me.

Mama's bird area outside her window.  She and the cat spend hours watching the birds eat and bathe. 
 A cool front porch.  My front porch is not complete without ferns.  I hope I allow them to live this year.
 The pet path in the back yard always makes us smile.
Mother's Day gifts from Harry and David.   They were for Mama and me, and we divided them up and then shared a little with Mike.  Very little. 
 A new set of office furniture.
For what?

The thing that REALLY makes me happy.
 I've threatened to buy a new sewing machine for months now, maybe years, but could never make a decision or else something came up to steal away my savings.

I had read everything I could find about different brands and people's reviews and what problems they might have and how much they liked certain brands, and I had thought all along I would like a Baby-Lock.  In fact, the Symphony sounded like it was made for me, but I needed to see it.

We were in Columbus a couple of weeks ago, and I called Barbara and asked her if she would like to go with me to look at them.  She has one herself and was my sounding board to pick up any clue this was not a good as it sounded.

I loved what I saw but fretted a little (a lot) about the price because I had seen them cheaper, so I just made a proposal to the dealers about what I felt I could afford, and they came down to meet my budget better. 

I'm very happy with it so far.  I spent 3 hours in the shop learning all about it and have experimented a little.  My favorite things?  Automatic needle threader.  Automatic needle cutter.  Push button presser foot lifter.  (Love this).  Push button sewing but option for using the foot.  Knee lift for the presser foot.  Lots of light and a big work area.  Extra big quilting table.  Lots of extra feet and hundreds of decorative stitches - most of which I will never use - but still good to have just in case.  It's quiet and easy to thread, bobbin too.  I can find no fault with it yet, how that I've gotten the stitch more even (changed the needle!). 

I hate fighting with pictures, so I'm not going to try to change them around but take them as they come.

My poor little Viking is lonely.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with this machine, and I'm happy to have a backup that is so dependable.  I got this in Meridian in 2001 or so, and it has been wonderful.  You can see how small it is though, not much work space at all and very little light.  I still love it though and won't let it get too lonely.
 I'm trying to organize everything to be within reach, and I'm sure this will change over time.
My new tables.  We still have a cord problem with the area being so open, but we'll solve that later.  Or not.  If it doesn't bother me.  I love the tables.  We went into Office Depot expecting to buy a sturdy table and came out with this L-shaped group.  Mike was NOT happy putting them together though.
 I already had a glass table in the sun room, so on that is my embroidery machine.  It's also been neglected lately, but now that it's so handy, I'm sure I'll use it more. 
 My favorite part of the office furniture.  I just had to have this little rolling table.  It's perfect for my pressing.  All I have to do is swivel my chair around and press a seam and swivel back to the machine.
 The whole work space with the ironing pad and iron.  And new comfortable chair that doesn't hurt my shoulders.

 Big plus for this machine - a huge work space included.  Next best thing to having it in a cabinet.
 My old rolling case was too small for it, and I knew I had to get something to carry to Birmingham to the quilt symposium in June.  I was not looking forward to spending a fortune on another one but had resigned myself to do it.  Then when I went into Joann Fabrics this morning, this was sitting there on the shelf with a $35.00 price tag.  I'm very quickly learning to love that paisley print. 
So now I'm all set to meet Sherry in Birmingham for another qulting adventure.  She's taking several classes, but I've signed up for only one.  The rest of the time I'll stay in the hotel room and - what else - sew!

Now that I'm so organized, my next post should be pictures of what I've accomplished.


  1. Great sewing space. Glad you got the machine. Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful projects coming soon. Have a wonderful time in

  2. Wish you were going to be there - but I don't think you'll trade a visit to the NW and Alaska for Birmingham. Looking forward to hearing about your trip too.

  3. Ohh! I'm so excited for your new sewing space. It looks sooo nice! Yay! ;-)

  4. Thanks, Lydia. Will you teach me how to use my time better to get something done?

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