Have you heard about Sew South? It's a modern sewing retreat in Charlotte, NC in March and I'm hosting!
Tickets went on sale yesterday and we sold over half of them. I'm so pumped! I'd love for you to join us and there are a few tickets left so pop on over and read all about this awesome retreat, the 4 workshops included and go ahead and buy your ticket. Come, on you know you want to come! Today I'm taking part in Know Thy Machine- a great blog hop series organized by Shruti at 13 Woodhouse Road.
Each day Shruti has great prizes you can win, along with a grand prize. Pop on over after reading my post for a chance to win! This week I'm in good company kicking off the first week of the hop with these other talented ladies: Monday, October 22 - Emily from Mommy's Naptime Tuesday, October 23 - Kimberly from Fat Quarter Shop Wednesday, October 24 - Doris from Made by a Brunnette Thursday, October 25 - Jennifer from Ellison Lane Friday, October 26 - Sara from Sew Sweetness Saturday, October 27 - Vicki from Sew Inspired So what kind of machine do YOU sew with? I got a new machine last Christmas so this series would have really helped me out last year. With so many great machines out there, finding the right one for you is like finding a great pair of shoes. You have to try out several before you find the perfect fit!
Here are the questions Shruti emailed me and my answers: 1. Whatmachine(s) do you have? Brand and Model. I sew with a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0, and I love it! 2. When and where did you buy it? What were the reasons for selecting this(these) particular model(s). What was its approximate cost.I got this machine last year for Christmas. It was a gift but I picked it out from Charlotte Sewing Center. It was a super generous gift as it is a bit pricey and runs about $2000-$3000. I sew every day so it is well-used and well-loved. I shopped around and got lots of input and and test drove several models before deciding on this one. I had a Pfaff before this one and having loved it, I ultimately decided to go with another Pfaff. Here's what I love about this machine. It has an integrated walking foot that I use all the time. It is a dual feed system that feeds your fabric layers through evenly on the top and bottom. If I don't have it on, I can absolutely tell! This is the reason I bought another Pfaff. It's a fabulous feature on their machines. I also love the large throat space which is so helpful when quilting. Gotta wrangle a big quilt? It's so much easier with more space! Another great feature is the easy pivot feature. When you stop sewing, the presser foot automatically lifts slightly so you can turn your fabric as needed without manually lifting the presser foot. It's pretty cool and oh so helpful. I use it all the time. 3. What do you like aboutyourmachine? Have you named it? Have you made a cover for it? Funny, I haven't named my machine but this has inspired me to call her Stella after my grandmother. My grandmother was a fabulous seamstress although I didn't appreciate this growing up- she was just Grandma. She passed away when I was 24 so she never got to share in my passion for sewing. It seems fitting that I name my machine after her as a tribute.
I have in fact made a cover for it and have a tutorial for it! 4. Doesyourmachinegive you any problems? Could you tell us a few?You know, the only real trouble I ever have with my machine depends on the type of thread I use. She's really picky and absolutely prefers Aurifil! My machine has automatic tension settings which I LOVE. I think this prevents a lot of potential issues. 5. What do you sew on it mainly? Quilts, Clothes, Bags etc. How much time do you spend sewing on it? What are the features of themachinethat help you improveyourwork?I began my sewing career making quilts but have recently branched out to all kids of accessories. I love making small things that are quick as much as I love quilts. Sewing is a constant learning experience. There is always something new to create. I usually sew every day so my machine gets a lot of use. Some days more than others. The dual feed/integrated walking foot makes my life easier as does the ability to program settings such as automatic anchoring stitches and thread cutting. I use those the most! 6. What advice would you give others when deciding about whichmachineto buy?Shop around and test drive a lot of options to see what fits you best. Buy the best you can afford. I've found that some very low priced models have thread and tension issues that make it frustrating because you spend a lot of time fixing the problem rather than sewing. That being said, you don't need to spend a fortune. Read the comments in this post to get a lot of advice about machine shopping! 7. Will you share with us a special memory associated withyourmachine?I think the most special memory is that it was a gift from my parents. My mom always sewed when I was growing up but I was never interested in sewing. Only after having children did I have any interest in sewing. My parents saw that I had a passion for it and treated me to a super nice machine that I love. I'm lucky. 8. If you had unlimited resources in the world, whichmachinewould you choose to buy and why?Part of me says an embroidery machine would be fun but mostly, I think my machine rocks and don't know that there is another that I would like better.
I hope y'all enjoyed that little Q&A. Be sure to head over to 13 Woodhouse Road and enter to win today's prize! xo, Jennifer