So the weekend was great. Juno was fantabulous. Really. Fatty and I went to our favorite Mexican joint then to the bookstore before the movie. This is our standard date night and it has been a long time since we had one. So good. I like date night. It just makes me happy.
During the day, I had my class on the Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR). Yes, I have a Bernina. I know, I know…you all thought I had a Babylock. Well, I do. And as much as I love that machine, it has spent too much time in the shop within the past year. I think that is because I use it for utilitarian, everyday sewing so much more than I use it for embroidery. Anyhow, I have been on the look out for a back-up machine for awhile. What I ended up with is now my primary machine, with the Ellageo taking back up status. I got a great deal on the Bernina Aurora 430 back in November. I didn’t open the box until January. I know that is plain crazy, but I just didn’t have time for a learning curve with all the holiday gifts hanging over my head.
So I started the new year with a new machine. And I love it. I have been using it for my x quilt (5 x’s down, 4 to go, in case you were wondering) and did my first batch of applique t-shirts on it without too many problems. Good, right? Well, after my BSR class, it is even better. It is great. I can now free motion quilt (which never worked so well on the Babylock). Look and see:
It’s not the best, but look! I stitched a house with a tree free hand and then wrote with thread. So cool!
I also drew a bicycle for fatty. If you look closely, you can see my name upside down, stitched with a double needle. Fun stuff, I tell you.
And here is some bobbin work – the fancy, glittery thread goes in the bobbin and you use regular thread up top. So cool! Glitter and loops, for you, Daria.
It is safe to say that I am addicted to the free motion thing now. I need to practice a TON more, but then, watch out! The project ideas are swimming in my head. Of course, I am going to play it safe and use the walking foot for the string x quilt – I think it begs for straight lines. Then it’s pillows and potholders with free motion. I can’t wait!