Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A Christmas Recap:

As I was wandering around the house this morning trying to take pictures of the things I need to blog about, I remembered. Oh yeah! CHRISTMAS! I mentioned that I had a good Christmas, but I didn’t get a chance to SHOW you!

First of all, my husband finally listened to me. FINALLY, he took the ever-so-blatant hint and got me what I actually WANTED for Christmas. For years now, I have been searching for a new sewing machine that was both what I wanted, and reasonably priced. A few months ago, I found it, and waited to see if it would show up for Christmas, although I had serious doubts about it. My current machine is the same machine that my parents gave me as a gift for my high school graduation 18 years ago. It was meant to be a starter machine, and I am far from being a beginner. The poor thing has been a good little soldier, but it really needs to be retired. These days, I break more needles than fingernails.
So, based on my sewing activities, I really just wanted a basic machine. A basic machine that is heavy duty for the many layers of denim I often sew through while mending the hubs’ work clothes. One that can also do quilting work (and as a bonus, this one has a 16 inch extension table!). And, what may seem easy to find, but really isn’t, a machine that uses a drop-in, top-loading bobbin. I hate front-loaders, I really do. I’ve tried them and I just can’t get used to them. So, here is what I have found. A Singer, “professional” heavy duty sewing machine, with a top loading bobbin and an extension table. What do you think of my new baby?
A month or so before Christmas, my mother in law frightened me by telling me that she had purchased my Christmas present, and that she was very excited about it, but it wasn’t something that was on my list. Oh LORD was I scared. I try not to let Matt’s family shop “off-list” for me. It just doesn’t work. I’m a picky bitch, and I know it, but they don’t understand the methods to my madness, so its just generally not a good idea.

The box was huge. I opened it carefully and with great trepidation. And then I discovered something I never knew. My mother in law IS capable of listening!!! On Thanksgiving, I pointed something out in a Black Friday ad that I “have always wanted, but will probably never have.” Something that usually runs $100 or more, but was on sale that morning only for about half that. She bought it. She went out on Black Friday and BOUGHT it!
Pardon me while I caress my new 8 bottle wine fridge….
Currently, it is residing on my counter, but while the parents were in town this weekend, my wonderful daddy installed a shelf under my counter top for its new home (also in the picture). I just need to put another coat of stain on it before it can take up permanent residence. Ahhhh…..life is good.


I'm Just a Girl said...

The sewing machine is fabulous...but I LOVE the wine fridge! Maybe some day when I grow up I'll have one too! :)

NV said...

Wow! Congrats on the sewing machine. I've never gotten the gist of sewing machines (top, side, bottom, back right loading or otherwise!) :-)

But the wine fridge? That I could seriously dig. Nice!

sewwhat? said...

Awesome machine! I have had fancy embroidery machines, but in my costuming last year, I broke both of them. Had to go back to the 30 year old Bernina to finish the job. So I got a nice quilting machine, heavy duty (maybe not as heavy duty as yours), but made for sewing straight and heavy stuff. It has an extra wide "hole" to the right of the needle, so big stuff can be shoved through it. It is a Janome, with an extension table. I'm sure you are going to love your new machine!