If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’ve sewn on a vintage machine for years. All my life pretty much, except when at work. Until very recently, when I decided it was time for a modern machine and all they’re capable of doing. So I tried out a few machines, then I started talking with the lovely people at Baby Lock, and I now have two brand new machines.
I want to emphasize the order above – I looked at machines, then talked with Baby Lock. It’s important to me that this is clear, because while Baby Lock has become a sponsor of this blog (maybe you caught the cool new button on my sidebar?) and sent me these machines, these are the machines I wanted regardless. Just so you know that my opinions on this are my own and were formed before complimentary machines were on the negotiating table.
Also, if you want to read a little interview about me, I’m over at the Baby Lock blog, Totally Stitchin today answering some of their questions.
Say hi to Elizabeth.
Elizabeth is taking the place of my old vintage machine. While she shares the same beautifully formed straight stitches that I love about vintage, she comes with options I didn’t have. Like and automatic thread cutter that I am already in love with. And the knee lift bar, pictured below.
Yes, I was sewing in my pajamas. Obviously. Don’t you? For those of you who don’t enjoy a knee lift, it lets you lift the presser foot with your knee so you can keep your hands on your sewing. Between that and the automatic thread cutter, regular sewing is already even faster for me.
Which really, was what I wanted in a new machine. Yes, my old vintage machine could do everything I needed, but with the volumed I sew at this point it just wasn’t fast enough. Automatic threaders (Elizabeth has that too!), thread cutters, push button stitch changes, knee lift, snap on presser feet, automatic buttonholes – all these things add up to a lot of time saved when you sew as much as I do.
There are two genius things that the Imagine serger does – one is the Jet Air threading, which I’ve wanted ever since the first time I saw it. My sister-in-law and I had a threading party when I set it up the first time. For real. If you want to see how it works, watch the video below – skip to 1:50 to see the threading in action.
See what I mean? Par-tay!
The other thing I love is not so obvious at first – it’s the tension. There are no manual dials on the front. Which means little boy fingers can’t unset your tension, causing you to waste 15 minutes or more redoing your tension. Which totally happened with my old serger. More than once.
This machine just purrs when I sew, too. And cuts the fabric like butta. I’m not kidding when I say that I’m in love.
And finally, a new machine necessitated a new sewing cabinet. Because the new machine wouldn’t work in my old cabinet. Plus my mom said she wanted the machine back, and since she did technically loan it to me like 17ish years ago, I guess she had the right to ask for it back.
So I found a solid wood desk on Craigslist for $15. The hubs and I had to cut it down to fit in my corner, and we cut out a hole in the top and added support to hold the machine flush, and then I used a lot of spray paint because the wood was ugly.
I also bought this vintage sewing storage tray to help hold all my stuff inside. Bonus: because these are desk instead of sewing cabinet drawers, they’re much bigger and therefor hold more stuff! I have plenty of space to hoard more presser feet, for example.
Lastly, I got a new chair with a higher seat, so now the sewing corner in my studio looks like this.