Shortly before heading out of the country for my month-long vacation, I purchased a new Bernina sewing machine. I bought my machine at our local sewing mecca, Eddie's Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale, CA. I wasn't planning on buying a new machine, but I couldn't pass on the price, especially given that Bernina was discontinuing the model I liked. $3000 later, my new little machine has been humming away like a dream.
Of course I needed to name my machine. She's sassy, she's intelligent, and she can kick butt. I'm quite famously obsessed with "Mad Men", so who else would I name my machine after?!
Well none other than Peggy Olson! I think it's a pretty terrific fit.
What I find really funny is that Bernina machines come with a little accessory case. To me, it looks like a Barbie armoir. Seriously. It's the size of Barbie. Has double doors like a real armoir. And it has drawers that would be perfect for all of Barbie's shoes and accessories.
Barbie closet. For reals.
I'm still learning all the functions on my machine, but I'm very amazed with its capabilities. It has a hands-free lever you can operate with you leg which will drop the feed dogs while lifting the presser foot. Winding a bobbin is a snap, and with drop-in loading, you save lots of time. I made a wool coat on my machine, and I had no problems with the thickness of the fabric. I could go on and on about all the wonderful things Peggy can do :)
My new project is a dress for my company's Christmas party. I don't really "need" a dress, but it's a great excuse to indulge in some fabric shopping and learn some new sewing skills.
That's all for now!