Saturday, 12 May 2007

My Sewing

I learned some basics in Brownies, like sewing on a button! Needlework work was part of the primary school timetable and dressmaking at secondary school. Mum was a very keen sewer and went to evening classes - I particularly remember a dark burgundy coloured duffle coat she made me, complete with toggles. I wore that for ages. I learned a lot about dressmaking at home and at school but couldn't take it as an O level subject because it would clash with music - what a waste - something I will always regret. My interest in sewing perked up again when our first child was born. My mother in law bought me my first sewing machine, a Newhome 361, and I made clothes for myself and the children along with bits and pieces for the house.

I bought a Janome Memorycraft 5000 sewing and embroidery machine in 1996 and by that time I had a daughter as well as two sons and little dresses with embroidered motifs kept me busy along with a constant supply of trousers, short and pyjamas for the boys.

As a family present for the millennium, we bought a computer - that opened up a new world of sewing. I stumbled on pattern drafting software whilst visiting sewing sites and bought Wild Ginger Pattern Master Boutique for myself and WG PM Child's Play for the children in 2000. I was pretty prolific sewing for the children once I was up and running with the software. Through the internet I met up with other UK users of this software and set up a UK Users Email list - still going strong 7 years later, though we no longer only talk about Wild Ginger software, more a general UK sewing list with any pattern software thrown in when folks want to talk about it. I've since bought WG PM Curves and Tailor Made, but have not really used them much - there's never enough time to do everything I want to do.

A Bernina 1100D joined my machines next - what a difference that made to putting the children's clothes together - fantastic - why did I wait so long - just remembered why - they cost a lot of money <>!! Really got into making bedding as well with the overlocker - great sheeting and curtaining fabrics from Croft Mill so we all had a very co-ordinated look. I think it's time for some more - Tim's has worn out, that was a Geoff Banks fabric, but Jon and Rachelle's are fine, but it's time for a change.

Last month my fourth machine arrived. Went to Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC on 31 March, with no intention of buying anything much. Anyway, after a couple of demos, first at the Brother stand, then Janome, DH said I could have the Janome Memorycraft 4900QC as my 50th birthday present (not 'til December, but shop early for Christmas and all that........). I love it. It has lots of stitches, is easy to understand (probably because I already have a Memcraft machine), stitch quality is excellent - auto tension which I have not had before is great. I could go on, and on, and on, but won't. It's wonderful!!!

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