Sunday, January 25, 2009

'Do It Afraid'

You know that feeling when you get an idea in your head and you think it's got huge potential but you don't know the first thing about how you should handle it? Well that's me. Uh, let me rephrase that. That's been me for the past oh...9 months or so. I've been carrying around this feeling for much too long. So today I've come to the conclusion that you just do it AFRAID.

So in the process of doing this 'thing' afraid,

Especially if you're a sewer! I've had this urge to purchase a sewing machine. Mind you, I really don't know how to sew. Okay, so the last time I touched a sewing machine was back in sixth grade in my Home Ec. class when we made a pair of shorts and matching top. So to help me out, I got the new book by Anna Maria Horner called, 'Seams to Me - 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing'.

So where does that leave me? With way too many sewing machines to pick from. Here's what I do know: I don't see myself sewing garments, but more like handbags, blankets,... maybe quilts. I'd like to stay under $400. I've heard Singer isn't made the way it used to be - and more and more, I've noticed Janome being a top pick. Especially the Janome ThreadBanger12.

So if you have a sewing machine brand you really like or one you'd recommend, please leave me a comment and share!

On a side note, today I handed over my interview questions to the blog, Heart Handmade. On February 9th, Marichelle will be featuring me and my art and I will also be able to show you something new that I've been working on - the 'something' that has been taking my time away from Elegant Journey. I'll be sure to give you a reminder to head on over to check it out when it's posted.


Stephanie Fizer said...

I definitely don't have sewing advice for you--I probably couldn't sew straight to save my life!

But I wanted to tell you that your blog is just pure loveliness, thanks for sharing :J)

Jennifer Katherine said...

No your blog is 'just pure loveliness'! :)
I guess alot of my readers aren't familiar with sewing. No comments for me. Hmmph. I better find a new forum to post to. :)

Mary Beth said...

Hm, well I didn't know you were here until you commented on my blog this evening. Thanks for stopping by!!!

As for sewing machines...I am not your best friend 'cause I've been sewing since I was little and I learned on a super simple (no zipzag e.g., no knit sewing) wonderful Singer Featherweight. Then I left home and bought a Kenmore (ack!!!) so I stitch by hand for years. Finally years later I bought the high end Viking Designer 1. Way lots of $$$ but I absolutely love it and will love it forever. However this past month I sewed on an older Pfaff and loved it even though it bounced the table a lot. I suggest that you go to sewing machine stores and try them out. Keep trying them out. Maybe there is a used one for sale that would let you get your feet wet for less $.

Good luck! Hope you find a machine to get you going!

Anonymous said...

My husband bought me a Janome two years ago. (Not the thread-banger you mention) but an awesome one non-the-less. I think mine was in the neighborhood of $500. I LOVE it! I use it every day and have not had a single problem. The people at my local sewing&vac shop have been incredibly helpful. So, I second the Janome vote! Good luck!
(had to sign in as anonymous because i can't remember my password! Argh!) *grin*


Jena Photography said...

I love my sewing machine although I just learned to sew about 2 years ago. I haven't pulled it out in awhile but in a bit I'll check to see which brand and model it is. I got it for around $200 as well.

Vela said...

'Do It Afraid' is an awesome mantra. I have no sewing advice for you, but am going on the same journey. I signed up for a hand quilting class in March. I have no idea if I can do it, but I felt compelled, and I think those impulses shouldn't be ignored. I'll definitely be stopping by to see where you go with this.

Jennifer Katherine said...

So INCREDIBLY true Vela! Never ignore that little voice inside of you. So happy you signed up for that class! I really want to take a sewing class too. Keep me posted on your progress. I'd love to see!



I sew about as much as you mentioned, but I do know a little bit about sewing. I just recently purchased a sewing machine from Joann's and I really like it, I think it would be a good fit for you. Just the basics nothing fancy. It's made by Singer here it is:


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