Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Meet My Machine

Welcome to this installment of

The Tilted Quilt meet My Machine Linky Party
I'm thrilled to be taking part in this, my first blog hop! 

Beginning with a brief introduction.. I have been sewing for about 3 years and still consider myself a beginner. My main interest is in sewing bags, never done any quiliting and only garments I've sewn is pj pants.

And here's the l'il guy that makes it happen.. A Kenmore 385

It has 21 built in stitches (of which I have used 2).  I was a Christmas present from my husband in 2009.  I had just begun sewing and didn't know how long I would keep up with it so it's a pretty enty level machine.  My first machine was one of those mini one, so it was a step up!

I have been managing decently with the machine for bag making but it does struggle at times with thickness.  I am also now starting to work with faux leather which has it's challenges as well.

One thing that allows the machine to work for working with faux leather is a walking foot  It didn't come with machine so it was an additional attachment, but I couldn't do without it now.  It's always on unless I need the zipper foot.

One feature on the machine that has helped a lot is that the press foot can be lifted to a higher postion than normal. The lever needs to be held up to keep the foot a this highest position but it allows me to squeeze that extra thickness under there when working on straps and such.  This is a great help, especially since I loose some clearance with the walking foot.

That's Chuck-E-Cheese coins I'm using to demostrate the lift

I am hoping to upgrade the machine sometime soon.. To what? I'm not 100 % sure yet..  I want something that will handle thickness and work well with vinyl and leather.. I'm thinking either something on the industrial side or an older metal machine.. we'll see!

Right now my poor machine's home is in a state of flux.. I used to sew in our office/extra bedroom/excerise room but I found I need more space.  I am not a everyday sewer.. when I am working on a project I lug mymachine down to our kitchen table.. And this is the chaos that happens..

At times I will cut my fabric in our dining room which has a bigger table so my mess is spilt between the two areas. 

Fabric is hung on every possible place
I do try an tidy up the kitchen area for dinner so we can eat there. Sometimes the machine gets a seat at table while we eat.. lol.

My supplies are still kept in the office, which is upstairs.  The shelving below containers containers of fabric, my interfacing, toolbox and containers with various sewing and bag making paraphenelia.

Usually when I start I project, I'll fill a little box with what I need and take it down.. Usually it's a few projects before I clean it out so it can get quite full. You can see there various little containers to hold clips, hardware etc..

Back up in the office, is my ironing station and where I keep my finished bags.  You can see rolls of vinyl in the corner.. This room is definetly not the prettiest nor neatest.

So not the most convienent, since I'm need to go back and forth to do various things.. but while I'm waiting for this:

to turn into my sewing/craft space, I'm making do.. :)

Thanks for dropping by, make sure you visit the other blogs on schedule.. Cheers to Sew at Mummy and The Tilted Quilted for hosting this fun hop.  If you would like to take part there is a linky party that you can link to a post about your machine and workspace.



  1. I've owned that machine at one time! I had to buy it when I was having issues. I resold it, but it was a good little work horse! I would definitely think you'll like to upgrade soon. Don't sell your Kenmore, but do find something a bit stronger. =) Thanks for being part of the blog hop today. It was nice to read about you.

  2. Nice looking machine!! And I love the bags!!!

  3. Love the Chuck-e-Cheese visual! :) Here's where I blogged about my machine today- http://meandelna.blogspot.com/2013/03/meet-elna-and-her-crib.html .

  4. Your bags look wonderful. I am currently sewing on a Pfaff creative 2 with an embroidery attachment and love it. I have totally taken over our dining room for my sewing needs. Thanks for sharing.

  5. oooh, are you getting a new sewing room? how exciting!

  6. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to see your new room! I'm so excited for you!

    Oh, little Kenmore, you are a workhorse, aren't you!

    Cracks me up you give her a seat at the dinner table - I thought I loved my machine, lol!

    Thank you SO much for participating in the hop, I've had a lot of people tell me they're watching closely, as they're looking for their next new machine, so we're helping peeps out! Yippee!


  7. Congrats on soon getting your own sewing room.

  8. I love that machine - I have the same version only it was about from 2002-2003. I just recently upgraded but I've held on to it because it's a great machine for classes etc. Thanks for posting!

  9. I know what it's like to have your sewing/crafting stuff in multiple locations - it can be frustrating! I can't wait to see how your new space turns out!

  10. My machine looks quite similar to yours but I believe I only have 17 stitches. Can't wait to see what your new craft space will look like.

  11. My first machine was a Kenmore and I loved it into oblivion. Howling, squealing, struggled with the belt, many many projects, oblivion. They're great little rigs. Thanks for sharing!

  12. That was a creative way to demonstrate the lift!

  13. Thank you for sharing mess and all! I also have to move from my storage area in the basement to sewing on my dining room table.

  14. You're not the only one that seems to share the sewing all round the house, i can't wait to get my own sewing room too! :o)

  15. I have a place to sew and cut yet I still end up at the dining room table LOL. I just like being in the center of the house.

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  16. Wow, I can't wait to see how you set up your NEW crafting and sewing space! How fun is that, and how awesome will it be to have all of your stuff in one spot!


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