Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July Goal...ALYoF


I have a goal for July that I think I can manage.


I'm kind of feeling a loss of sew-jo post honeymoon.  I messed up my workhorse Janome machine before I left for the wedding.  I've got to get some sandpaper and try to clean up a burr.  I'm praying that fixes things.  It's not a super expensive back up machine.  My Walmart Brother isn't great.  I had planned on keeping that one at school to use with kids.  Here's a question for you.  If the machine isn't super expensive (like around $150), as what point do you just give up repairs/cleaning and just replace the machine?  I hate the idea of throwing things out/replacing things a lot, but cost wise, at some point, it has to come to that, right?

Anyway.....back to my goal.


Spiderwed, in progress


I want to finish hand quilting my Halloween Spiderweb quilt.  I've got it partly done, but I have a lot of border left to do.  I'm thinking a spiderweb-ish straight line thingie.  We'll see how it goes.

8 comments:

  1. You got married, yay! I remember when you got engaged, congrats! I haven't visited in a while, but I just got married too and hear ya on the loss of sew-jo! Mine is more of a lack of blogging mojo, I guess. I still feel like sewing but can't seem to get back into blogging. Anyways, your quilt is beautiful and good luck finishing the quilting!

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  2. It costs me as much to have my machine serviced as the machine itself cost which feels c-r-a-z-y! At the same time, I want this machine to eventually be my back-up machine, once I spring for my dream one, so keeping it in working order is important, I guess?

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  3. Love that quilt - can't wait to see it quilted.

    I always think it's crazy when I have my $300 machine serviced/cleaned and it's $100 (which won't be happening too many more times) so I agree at some point it seems silly to fix for the same price as a new machine. But I hate throwing tings away too! Goodwill or craigslist save me from feeling too guilty about things like that :-)

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  4. I bought a Walmart Brother in the summer of 2011 when I first started to quilt. I believe it had 100 stitches and cost $179. I literally wore it out (my son was in another country and my husband was working nights so I had a LOT of time to sew). Walmart completely replaced it for free because it was only a year old. I have since purchased a nicer machine with a larger throat but I still recommend the Brother to others, especially if they buy it at Walmart (keep the box). But your question is a valid one -- it cost $129 to have a machine fully cleaned where I live. That's a lot to shell out for a cleaning once a year. I have watched online videos on how to clean my machine so even though I sew a fair amount, I hope to make it a bit longer between professional cleanings.

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  5. Popping over from ALYOF. I don't have a good answer to your question about the cost effectiveness of sewing machines. Personally, I'm a sucker for a new machine and will use any excuse I can find to justify purchasing a new one to my husband! As for the spiderweb Halloween quilt. It looks great so far! I can't wait to see how it turns out at the end of the month!

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  6. I hope you are able to finish it but you need to enjoy your status as a newly married person too. As far as the machine question....when it continues to drive you batty every time you use it, then I think it is time to replace it. Sewing should be fun, not stressful. And just a suggestion, perhaps you might want to buy a better machine that has been used instead of a new Walmart one. There are some terrific deals available on great used machines that just might have you giving up on the cheapo ones for good.

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  7. Love the quilt. I would just replace the back up, unless you are super emotionally attached to it. See about trading it in, or even garage sale it, that way it isn't a total loss.

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  8. Loving the goal, not loving the death of a machine - RIP!

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