Sunday, October 9, 2011

I've been keeping a secret....

I have an Craigslist. I have been scouring it for months chasing after embroidery machines. Remember the Christmas in July stocking class I took? It was a gateway drug, and my awesome teacher Jenny was my pusher.

I have been after then, and the good deals are gone before I ever even call...Until a few weeks ago. Now you must know this class I'm taking is killing me, because my whole life should be embroidered by now, right? I digress...check out my Janome Memory Craft 200E embroidery machine. Barely used, about $200 on Craigslist and all mine!

It is computerized and mindless and magic. Well, maybe not magic technically, but I'm watching HP and The Deathly Hallows and picking up some vocabulary.

It has been rainy all day in Houston, so I was trapped in the house. First I worked on a couple of assignments, then a cardigan. Then I cleaned. Then I napped Then I ate a hamburger while I watched the Texans blow it it at the last minute, but it was a good win for the Raider's since they just lost their owner. Then I thought, "What am I doing????" And the machine called to me...

I looked around, and had no idea what to try. I didn't want to just play on scraps, but occasionally I make shipping sack's for my husband's business out of muslin. I had some already cut, so I embroidered his business's initials on a couple. Not super fancy, but a good start.

I know, not anything too impressive, except for the fact it worked! One worrisome thing about Craigslist is will what you buy work.

I also played with a hand towel. I told someone I would try and I did.

Cute right? That is the water soluble stabilizer still on there, to keep the loops from coming through. Notice it is a bit crooked. The only thing I am missing is the grid to frame up the project on the hoop. I looked it up, and I can get one of those fairly easy. I expect to do this to more towels, and maybe add some ruffles.

Also, I don't know if you know this, but I go to quilt club after work on Wednesdays. I am thinking about taking the machine up to work while I am making my tree pants. I am thinking of doing a personalized set of tree pants and stockings for some family members for Christmas. Maybe I will invest in some more thread colors too, now that I know it works! When is the 40% off thread sale?

Quick, what else can I embroider?

1 comment:

  1. Been reading your blog and saw this.. SO happy for you, that you got an embroidery machine..I got one for Christmas about 5 yrs ago.I love it.I do tons of embroidery..So fun and endless possiablities..Have fun...