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Sew This Happened...

Several years ago I took the step of buying my first sewing machine. I often hand stitch on my mixed media work but have always wanted to free stitch using a machine as well. While teaching at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, Virginia, I decided to go for it. Artistic Artifacts is filled floor to ceiling with the most amazing fabric selection (much of which is available in their online shop) and of course mixed media supplies. But they are also an Authorized Bernina USA dealer. The owner and my friend Judy Gula hooked me up with the perfect starter machine - a Bernette Sew & Go. 

I took the machine home and set it up. Life got in the way and a few months later, I thought back to my lesson and got to sewing. Well, I got to threading. Well actually, I got to trying to thread the machine. Happily the scene was not recorded and I did what most sewing virgins would do - stepped away from the machine.

Months later, the machine got boxed and stored. Surface area in my studio is too valuable to hold anything that isn't actively being used. 

Years later (okay, just 2 years), it was time. I had shared with Kecia Deveney my plight and she did what most sewing experts would do - insist I bring my machine to her studio for a lesson.

So just a few days ago I visited Kecia and she walked me through the steps, made it fun, and totally re-ignighted my passion for machine stitching.

But first things first, she had me name my machine. So Boris Bernette.

In between the fun, I actually threaded and sewed too.

Hoping that this time, it sticks. My plan...adding stitching - and even more fiber than usual - to my mixed media work. Stay tuned...

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Great to see you connecting

Great to see you connecting with Boris , Seth. Your 'plan' sounds a cool idea - can't wait to see those stitches and fibres.
Tfs :) x

Sew much fun

My kind of sewing, Seth. You will be making quiltlets better than any I can make very soon.

When I first started sewing, I couldn't thread the needle. I bought a couple of those needle threaders. Soon, they were harder to use than the actual threading. I have found that with practice, I can thread my needle with no trouble whatsoever. You just have to practice a few times and you can thread it in your sleep (practically). I'm so glad you have added this to your repertoire.

In case you are curious, I sew paper to paper as well as paper to fabric, and use an 80/11 needle. Just be sure to clean the paper dust out of the moveable parts after every project.

Forgot to mention

I keep my stitch length long when straight stitching paper to paper so the holes don't tear the paper.

Too funny!

Too funny!

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