My Own Sewing Machine (or my new best friend)

After years of using the hand-me-down from my grandmother, which gave me so much frustration, I finally got my own sewing machine…It just arrived today.  When I took it out of the box, it looked scary, being computerized, having very few buttons and just a touch panel and all the extras like an assortment of presser foots. Coming from an old special-feature-lacking one, I am now introduced to a totally different machine!  But, complicated as it looks, don’t be fooled because it is actually very easy to operate.  The touch panel shows a step-by-step tutorial on how to thread and wind wind a bobbin.  Wow!  It threads the needle by itself! If you’re a sewist, you’ll know how this simple step can take quite a while and even be frustrating at times.  Plus, the motor is  soooo silent I shall be able to sew in the evening even when my kittens are asleep.  Time for me to sit down now and start my long line of projects waiting to be done like bags, dresses and tops!  Wish me luck…

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A Day at Aichi ken Gymnasium (愛知県体育館)

Yesterday, I went to my eldest son’s table tennis tournament (boys-team competition).  He did good, won two games.  But his other teammates  weren’t very lucky so the team placed only 16th overall.  Still, I’m proud of him 🙂  Here’s a video of him playing (he’s the one in blue).
I watched and took videos of his game until 1 pm…Got hungry around 12 so I went out of the building, thinking of having sushi at first but I decided to not go very far and just eat at the gymnasium’s cafeteria where I had miso tonkatsu tei-shoku.

The meal was okay and very filling 🙂 but quite expensive at 850 yen.  The place had very nice  lighting, and since such details appeal to me aesthetically, I just had to take a picture 🙂  The shot was quite good, being taken with my iPhone 4.  Wish I had my dslr with me, though.

On the way home, while waiting for the bus, I passed by Maruzen and bought these sewing books.

Tanya Whelan’s book really has some very interesting projects like bags and dresses that I can’t wait to try.  I’m so excited!

Almost Done

When I told my husband that  I wanted to buy a sewing machine, he just giggled.  “You’re getting old…”  he said, associating crafty and domestic things like these to an old lady’s  pastime (or what we call “manang” in the Philippines).  Okay, I’m a “manang”, but in a productive and crafty sort of way for me to beat boredom here…Remember, I quit Facebook some few weeks ago!  Talk about lots of free time.  LOL

Anyway, I wanted a new sewing machine because I only have this old hand-me-down from my grandmother.  I purchased a new one and it’ll be delivered next week, a Brother LS700, with 5 presser foot sets included and a few others like needles and threads which was a bargain…can’t wait to use it for future projects.  I also plan to get a serger/overlock stitcher next time, but I have to save up again .  😦

Even though it’s old, my grandmother’s sewing machine still works. It can be a challenge, though,  when handling chiffon and soft fabrics.  I also don’t know what brand it is so I won’t  be able to get needed parts for it like presser foots and attachments.  With a few adjustments, though, I was able to work on an old chiffon blouse I had which I reformed to the “simple bow tie top” project I pinned on Pinterest.  I ripped off the puff sleeves and seamed the lining and chiffon together on the armhole, folded the neckline to make a casing, made a ribbon from a scrap cloth and inserted it through the casing.  I still have to put bias tape around the armhole, maybe next week again because I only do this in installments.  This is what it looks like now.
Before

After
Which is another one of those crazy things that come out of me when I get bored.  LOL.  It’s not finished yet but I can see that it is really  cute.  Oh, if only it were summer already…