Monday, 16 July 2012

What Happened Next

Thank you all so much for the comments regarding my sewing machine issues in the last post.  (There is still time to enter the give away if you feel so inclined.)  I have decided that I want to save up for a new sewing machine. Part of me wanted to go out and buy a good quality sew-all machine that I could probably pick up for under £300. Having read all your advice and checked out all the shops and links I'm inclined to save up and go for something a little pricier, that will offer me a lot more features and benefits.  I have been agonising about this though because I'm really not good at spending big chunks of money on stuff.  If it had been Chief in my position he'd have bought a new machine at the first sign of the older one playing up. In fact Chief would have probably upgraded before the machine played up, justifying the purchase by how much use and enjoyment he would get from it. Which is pretty much what he told me to do the first time I had problems with my machine quilting the Hope Valley Quilt.  

I've decided in the time I'll take to save up and make sure I get the right machine for me at the right deal; I really should make more effort to sort out that sewing corner I showed you in this post.  There are no before photos now, but lets just say it quickly reverted to a clutter hole and it never did get the pretty touches and the junk cleared out from under the bench so I could sit and use the desk area. On Saturday I decided it was time to at least move the stuff from under the bench so I could aim at eventually using it as a desk area. (I'm still not convinced it is deep enough to quilt at. I was not long into the task on Saturday when I got to that awful stage where I'd created a scary amount of mess and not seemingly achieved much.  I did however manage to clear out most of the boxes of craft stuff over to the other side of the dining room. They may not look very attractive stacked up like that and will eventually need properly sorting, but it will do for now.

This afternoon I took all the books off the two shelves, dusted thoroughly, straightened them and put the ones I'm keeping back. 

Tidy

 It looks tidy and organised. I figure if I tackle this task in bite sized chunks then it is more than achievable.  I will have a dedicated sewing area and I'll pretty much need, if not deserve a new machine - don't you think?

11 comments:

  1. Wise idea to save up, and it gives you more chance to research too :o)

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  2. Definitely save up and keep researching. I love my machine, but there are plenty of days I wish that I'd done more research and spent a bit more than I did....

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  3. Saving up is the way to go. It also gives you time to hone down what machine you really would like! Di x

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  4. Even thinking about tidying deserves a new machine in my book!!

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  5. Saving up is definitely the way to go - good luck with the sorting!!

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  6. Yes, I think you've made the right decision. Even if you do lots of research and decide to go for a less expensive one in the end it'll have been a worthwhile endeavour.

    And as for tidying? Well, you know my views on stuff clearing! Little chunks are the way to go if it's an onerous task, though. Do another wee bit tonight and by the end of the week you'll have a lovely corner!

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  7. Absolutely! Little bit at a time gives you space to think it through too and to be able to maximise your area's potential. My advice is to enjoy creating it because then you will enjoy being in it even more. Happy machine hunting!

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  8. glad you are feeling more clear about what you want to do! well done on the tidying too! x

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  9. I've been hunting sewing machines too, and pretty much bang in this price range too ... I'd like to spend less than 300 pounds but am looking at discounted models worth half as much again to get the most features for my money!

    Although I've seen a couple of models in UK stores I am struggling to find a deal remotely as good value as this Brother machine on Amazon's American website. It is really well featured for quilting and a fraction of the price of comparable models from UK stores. My rough calculations say this $160 machine would cost about 180 pounds when you include postage and import fees, and the only real drawbacks are it might need a 10 to 20 pound voltage converter from Maplins, rather than just wiring on a 3-pin plug (I'm not sure if it's dual voltage, if it is you could just give it a new plug!) and that's the only thing I've found against it ... it's top of my list and I've looked very hard at UK sites to try and find an equivalent specification machine ... just thought I'd share that with you and good hunting - let me know what you find!

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-Affordable-60-Stitch-Computerized-Free-Arm/dp/B000JQM1DE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338057948&sr=8-1

    (and a shorter version of that address: http://tinyurl.com/bwluxq9 )

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  10. I think saving up is definitely the way forward and you will feel so much better knowing that you saved for the machine when you do get it

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  11. Ooooo I suddenly thought, have you been to Greens in Thame, I think they might sell sewing machines and have some you can try out and play around with (I'm sure they used to anyway - worth checking out though???)
    x

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