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My Sewing Machine Story

My sewing journey was started in 2013 when daughter was 10 months old (now 3.5 yrs). I was in a very bad stressed out state and joined a t-shirt quilt class.  From then on I fell in love with sewing. Never looked back!!!!!!!

At that time, I had this Dress Maker-II little machine from K-Mart (clearance), which was bought in 2005 and it costed around $25/-.

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It had very bad temperament with tension (that could be adjusted manually) and you had to keep the thread very very long (like 6-7 inches) to make sure it doesn’t un-thread before it starts sewing next time (Lots of thread was getting wasted for sure). But it was only when I realized that it had issues was when I sewed with a Viking at my t-shirt quilting class. So to finish that  quilt, I had to buy a new machine.

That’s how I ended up with this BROTHER CS 6000i. It was bought in November 2013 for $140/-.

(The little face in the middle is the product of 2008 !!!!!!LOL)

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At that time, I never knew how far I was going to go with the sewing. This was the best machine I could buy within my budget limits. It had all the fancy features like auto threading, needle in/out button, speed control. All the feet (walking foot, darning foot, overlock foot) were working very well. I did 5 big quilts and 3 wall hangings and many garments with that machine. I never complained about any issues with that machine (well..for the first 2 years). It was like a dream machine for an outrageously low price!!!!!! The reason behind this low price was figured out by me when it finally quit on me in little over 2 years. TRUST ALL THOSE NEGATIVE REVIEWS!!!!!! THEY ARE SO TRUE. All my decorative stitches had very bad tension issues. Top thread looks very fine and the bobbin thread wasn’t even poking the fabric at all. even the straight stitch gave up at the end.

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None of the usual suggestions helped to resolve it. I clean the machine regularly and take care of it nicely. But the machine started getting very hot within 10 minutes of  sewing and stitch was skipping with a loud bang. That’s when I learnt all about sewing machine mechanism, timing etc…

The repair shops charge $120/- just to take a look at the machine. My husband had a planned trip to India anyway. So I decide to send it to India to get fixed. That’s why I love my home country-India. They fix anything at a reasonable price. So it will be flying to India next week :-)). Hopefully it will come back happy and healthy. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Will update here if it gets fixed.

Anyhoo….. I was thinking maybe I should upgrade my sewing machine ;-). I badly need more throat/harp space for quilting.  SO I did what I would have done in my dreams!!!!!!! YES!!!!!! I bought a new JUKI TL 2010Q High Speed Sewing and Quilting Machine 🙂 at sewvacdirect.com. I am super excited. I can’t believe I paid $950/- (after adding 5% coupon) for a sewing machine. Hopefully I won’t have automatic needle threader issue as some reviews say. Keeping my fingers crossed. This was the only machine I could see with nice reviews. But it has only straight stitches. So I will keep the Brother for garments making (fancy stitches, knit stitches, overlocks etc). I am going to update with the new machine as I open it and start sewing with it (can’t wait!!!!!!yikes!!!!!!).

 

Thanks for stopping by and Be good until my next post,

Love,

Jyothi

*Disclaimer:- I am not paid by anyone to write the reviews.

 

Some more pillow covers and a trip to DC

This week I am posting my last week’s finished sewing. I sewed two very simple envelope pillow covers.
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Now all my four travel pillows are happy that they got the covers.They  traveled all the way to Washington DC and came back happily :-).

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We went on a trip to Washington DC for the July 4th weekend. The reason behind our trip was to attend an Indian convention. There, under arts and crafts exhibition, I exhibited my wall hangings.

Here is the picture of my display at the exhibition. I am glad that most of my community members liked it.
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I got to meet old college friends and many relatives from my native. We met some celebrities from my native. If you are interested in photography and art you can visit Mr.Vinay Hegde’s blog here.  I had the feeling of visiting India…..got rejuvenated and came back with fresh mind and enthusiasm.

We also gave a visit to air and space museum and white house. Here are few pictures:

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Discovery Space Shuttle:

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Well…that monument wasn’t very straight 😉

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Hope even you had an awesome long weekend. Until next week, be happy.

Love,

Jyothi

Linking this post to: 1. http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/

2. http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/

3.http://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2015/7/3/show-off-saturday-i-finally-finished-my-modern-log-cabin-quilt

Some WIP and Some Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!

Recently I am obsessed with rainbow colors in a quilt. So last month, when I  saw a very good sale on solids at Joann, l bought half yards of all rainbow colors.  Later I was worrying about the design I am going to with it. Meanwhile I signed up for an art and craft exhibition, which will be held DC and they allow only little wall hangings in that show. So I was focusing some design which could fit in a 15″ square. Then came the idea of lone star with rainbow colors in it.

Here is my work-in-progress:

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I still haven’t decided the background fabric, backing or quilting. Hopefully I can come up with some ideas by the end of next week. Stay tuned!!!!!!

My son turned 7 last Sunday (May 31st). Every year for his birthday, I bake chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. But this time I thought anyway he will be cutting the cake 2 weeks after with his friends at his birthday party. So this time I wanted to celebrated it with simple Indian way by making his favorite sweet. He loves a simple home made sweet made with cracked wheat and it is very easy to prepare. Keeping that in mind I gave him the offer : “why don’t we celebrate your birthday the Indian way? I will make your favorite sweet. Go ahead and tell me what should I prepare?”. To my dismay, the answer was “how about the diamond sweet made with cashew? If you can’t prepare it, we can bring it from the store”. He was talking about cashew barfi and I completely forgot that it was his most favorite one :-(. I was little embarrassed to admit that I never had the courage to make that sweet. Being good at making desserts, I always thought that I could never make it. But him being the only person who calls me as “the best mommy in the world”, how could I say no?. Finally I told him that I would give it a try and if it doesn’t come out well, he should eat some other sweet I made. I looked one online video from khana kazana and it looked pretty clear and I tried it.

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You don’t believe how good it came out!!!!!! It was indeed a very perfect looking cashew barfi and my son and husband devoured on it:-). His little sister and me were watching them with surprise!!!!!!! Finally I had to warn both of them that their tummy might get upset. In conclusion, I was very happy how it came out and I pronounced myself as not a bad cook after all :-).

Next week I will share with you my another passion- GARDENING :-)).

Till then be good,

Jyothi

I linked this to:

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/

http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2015/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-my-hands2help.html

Robert Kaufman Luxe Mystery Box Review

I am a beginner when it comes to quilting. Till now I made three quilts including one baby blanket, one t-shirt quilt and a baby quilt. Therefore I had no idea how to select fabrics and what kind of fabrics to select for one big quilt. I was looking for some quilt kit sales all over the internet. 
Back in September 2014, on Craftsy I found very attractive 70% off deals on selected mystery boxes of fabric quarter bundles and 1-yard cuts.  That’s how ended up in buying Robert Kaufman Luxe mystery box of 14 one-yard cuts for just $48.00. Before buying, I tried to Google to have a look at the collection of mystery boxes and could find only one blog which had different kind of fabrics (far east). That made me to post this blog so that beginners like me will have some idea of what might be inside LUXE mystery boxes.  Generally there will be different kind of fabrics like luxe, batiks, far east etc. That is a different story. 
Below is a picture of what was inside my box. 


These fabrics have deep colors and very rich prints. All fabrics have shiny golden colored works on them. Expert quilters might drool over theses fabrics but I was disappointed. After reading lots of quilting blogs and looking at quilting tutorials, I tend to like modern quilts with small prints. I am not a fan of big floral prints and brown colors.
Next time time I will make sure that I know what prints I am going to buy. 
This black Friday I bought a yummy fabric [ Riley Blake Lovey Dovey by Doodlebug Designs 1 Yard Bundle]. I am eagerly waiting for the bundle to arrive. Will come back with review of that fabric.

signing off for now,
Happy quilting/sewing/crafting,
Jyothi