First – thank you for all the messages for feeling better. I am! Better every day, and the sun is out. Much appreciated, my dear friends.
A new sewing machine! And hopefully the last for a while 🙂 My Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 has not worked out well for me. It’s such a nice machine in so many ways, but so were my Janome Magnolia and my Project Runway machine. None of which hit the level of performance I really wanted. The fault was mine – the expense was holding me back.
The awful obvious – look how much I’ve spent avoiding the expense!
I thought long and hard about it. Truth is, I love sewing, it’s what I do now that I’m retired, and I really want that great performer.
Research, research, and I got a Juki HZL-F600. Oh my goodness. It has everything, and it does everything (it’s not an embroidery machine), and the features and performance are incredible. The ergonomics are thoughtful and impressive – I’m really pleased with my choice.
After much shopping around, I ordered from Ken’s Sewing Center, and I received great bonus items as well: a wheeled tote, 100 Organ needles, a complete quilting feet kit, and 10 extra bobbins. Cannot think of another thing I need.
|With the extension table attached|
|Everything actually fits in the front of the hard case!|
|Bonus wheeled tote!|
|Nice, large, and well-illustrated manual, with an additional instruction CD!|
|Bonus quilting presser feet kit|
One of the first garments sewn on Mr.Machine was another Republique du Chiffon Robe Lucie for Ashley! I saw this lovely fabric at Fabric.com and had to make her one more for her summer wardrobe.
|Fabric: Wild Flower Geranium by Newcastle Novelties|
As with her first Lucie, this is unhemmed pending a fitting this week. I’m heading across Alligator Alley to house-sit and visit with the kitties while she and D. are in San Diego for ComicCon. I love going over – it’s a nice break for me, the kitties are great company, and I get to cruise Holly Lobby and her JoAnns superstore.
This is a very nice, soft cotton, not at all wrinkly. It’s a bit lighter than a calico, so I made a full underdress with Symphony poly/cotton broadcloth from JoAnns. Love this back neckline…
This is such a fun pattern to sew, and it’s really very basic – a bodice and an attached gathered skirt. The suggested closing of the shoulder seam is a little different, but is also very clever. I like it!
Here are the instructions, which have great illustrations. It’s like putting two pants legs together to do the crotch seam.