So about two years ago I bought myself a Bernina 560 with an embroidery module. This was a serious splurge for me. I was feeling guilty and incredibly self indulgent, since I didn’t feel like I was even close to utilizing the machine’s pricey gizmos. I had only taken out my embroidery module once for an intro class, but had no idea what I was doing and put it away, only to let it sit in my garage.
One day I was looking through one of those community class brochures and noticed a machine embroidery class. This was just what I needed! Even if I did have to pay an extra fee since the class was for seniors. So I signed up and dragged my machine down to the quilting shop where the class would be held for the next three months. Three months? I hoped I could stick with it……
I’ve been going for three weeks now and have been learning a ton! I know a bit about stabilizers, and buy designs online and download them to a little stick I bring to each class. I plug it into my machine and the machine reads my design. I can even make it bigger or smaller. It is so cool. It even tells me when to change thread colors. It does all the thinking for me. Ha!
I’m the only garment sewer in the class. Most of the women there are avid quilters. I’ve never made a quilt myself and after seeing some of the gorgeous projects these women bring in, I’d love to try making one. While my 560 is more than most garment sewers who aren’t interested in embroidery will ever need, it’s only considered an entry level machine in the more pricey world of quilting and embroidery enthusiasts. Most of my classmates have machines almost twice as big as mine! I actually have no idea how they lug these huge clunkers up and down to get to class, but they manage. I’ve never seen a Bernina 8 series in action before this class. It’s quite a piece of luxurious looking machinery.
Our first project was a little felt zipper bag that said SEW FUN on it. Mine ended up crooked. Hardly bloggable. Our second project was to choose our own design, download it, and bring it to class to work on. I wanted to sew something easy in case the embroidery screwed up so I went to my summer tank top tried and true pattern, Simplicty 1589. A couple of my other versions are here.
And my new haircut! I cut off about ten inches. I needed a change. Sometimes a new hairdo make you feel like a new person, doesn’t it? I’d been wearing my hair quite long since for years and was just kind of tired of it.
With dark jeans and boots.
It’s humbling being completely new at something and I had no idea where to even find embroidery designs, so my teacher told me to check out Urban Threads. I found this little butterfly design there and chose it because it looked easy and didn’t use too many colors of thread. I’ve since found a few Etsy sellers who have designs I really like and that are less expensive. My next project will be something with a Ukrainian style embroidered border.
I used wash away stabilizer on the rayon.Wash away is a good choice for garments since the unattractive papery back side just dissolves with water.
First project done !