Sorry for the lengthy hiatus on this blog. Things have been more than busy–it’s been downright crazy. I’ve been working extra hours meeting deadlines at my “real” job and putting in lots of time with my “family” jobs (it seems that homework projects and field trips both culminate in early springtime), as well as celebrating some lovely birthdays and an anniversary. All this has meant less opportunity to sew.
But never fear, CraftHappy is still here working away at sewing projects whenever a moment of “free” time pops up. (No wonder even my four-year-old uses air quotes now– I seem to be addicted to single-word quotations!) And I have a new sewing buddy to speed me along. Not an actual person who might be just as busy as I am when I want to craft. No, I think I’ve found the answer to some problems I’d been having: how do you 1) store and 2) transport a sewing machine? (I have no sewing or crafts room so therefore no great place to store my machine, and I like to take occasional classes…) Solution: get a smaller, lighter, more portable one! Next wrinkle: how to fit that purchase into a fabric-ravaged crafting budget? (Yes, even though I’ve been mostly sticking to sales, I’ve spent too much buying yardage!) Next answer: get a used one. Here it is:
It’s a Janome Jem Platinum 720, a model branded with American Quilter’s Society 25th anniversary year in 2009. It was a demo machine for a sewing store and got some workouts at local shows, but its price was most definitely right, and so far, so good. Works quietly and quickly, has an on-off switch if you don’t feel like using a foot pedal, and best of all weighs just 12 pounds. My other machine is a 24-pounder. Try lugging that around to classes or meetings… NO fun. This one could go out with me, no problem, and can also stow away under the table and easily pop up onto my little desk for a round of piecing. Granted, this 3/4 size machine wouldn’t work too well for quilting a large quilt. But that’s a problem for another day (my other machine has a slightly wider throat, though I still find it tough to smash anything more than a crib quilt in there).
Here’s the simple project I tried her out on, which I bought as a kit from Connecting Threads… Kind of wrinkly but you get the picture. It’s a table runner with an adorable theme print taking center stage:
Much more on other projects next time! And craft happy:)