Monday, 13 January 2014

Farewell to the old and hello to the new

A title that is appropriate as it's my first blog post of 2014.  However it's not really about the New Year as such...... more about sewing machines.

In December my trusty old sewing machine finally broke down.  This meant I was sewing machine-less for about 6 weeks.  At first I really missed sewing, then I felt liberated, and enjoyed having so much more free time to pursue other things.  This coincided with Christmas, so I socialised more, watched more TV, read more books and started the Game of Thrones DVD box set I was given for my birthday. 

Then in the school holidays Hannah and I went shopping - and I bought my new sewing machine.

I am getting used to her, as it's very different operating this machine to my old machine.  But I am sure in time I will LOVE her.

I practised getting started by making a QAYG pouch to keep the extension lead and all the bobbins etc in for the new machine.

Then I set to with my bee blocks for January.  I did have a few tension issues during the Bee Blessed blocks, so I do hope they will be OK.  I still haven't quite mastered the tension yet, but I am LOVING the automatic thread cutter!

And then I bundled up my old machine, to send to the Police Aid Convoy for the Cinderella project.  This is such a fabulous charity.  They send wedding dresses and wedding outfits to other countries, along with sewing machines and sewing equipment, and then they teach the girls to sew, and they alter the wedding dresses so that girls can borrow them when they get married. 

So here goes my old sewing machine, it will be mended, or used for parts in Rwanda.

I now need to set myself some goals for sewing in 2014.

Small list to begin with:-

- Make sewing machine cover for new machine

- Finish my HipBees quilt

- Make a bag for Hope's dancing clothes.

Belated Happy New Year to you all


  1. Happy new year T! I hope you get many hours of fun sewing this year! Jxo

  2. I hope that you have many new and happy sewing exploits with your new machine. Nice to see you blogging too. Di x

  3. Great new machine and a happy new year to you. Nice to know that your old machine will be going to where it can still be used, even if its in bits.

  4. Happy New Year, happy to see you've gone for a colourful machine again!

  5. Happy New Year! I hope you have lots of fun with you're new sewing machine. LOVE Janomes.

  6. Happy new year! Hope you enjoy playing with your new machine, and thanks for sharing that charity, I've been wondering what to do with the old machine in the corner of the lounge!

  7. Looks right at home on your dining room able and loving the pouch for all your bits and bobbins….happy sewing. Hx

  8. woohoo! I am looking forward to a full demonstration :)

  9. Oh happy new machine! It will see lots of fun!