My lovely sewing machine! Besides a few small things I've had to problem solve (little bit of thread stuck in my bobbin case), my Janome 3160 has been a very good machine. The automatic threader has always been a bit difficult, so with that question in mind and another little problem I had, I took my machine into the sewing store we bought it at for some answers.
I read an article about the Modern Quilting Movement and it talked lots about throwing rules to the wind - that about sums me up perfectly. I'm pretty much self taught which has made certain people gasp and yes, I've learned a few things by trial and error. So, I took my machine in and the lady who came to help me was probably right around 60. When I showed her the automatic threader, man did I get a lickin'! Well I most definitely was doing this, that and the other ALL wrong! And I could have damaged the tongue on my automatic threader! Running the machine at FULL speed? What was I thinking?
I started feeling an overwhelming anxiety in my chest, and remembered why I never ask people for help. Just because you may think you know it all doesn't mean the newbies like being talked down to. I admit, I have lots to learn, but the "getting to know your machine" class this lady suggested? Do you really think I want to attend it now?
The fact is, the new generation (from what I know) likes to learn through trial and error - watching videos, chatting and blogging on the internet. I look through some of the Quilting magazines and think "no way, that's an old lady quilt." Batiks and mottled looking fabrics? Meh. Bring on the prints!
Alright, off my soapbox. Update on the presents - so far I've recently given away two baby blankets and they were very well received. Also, Su loved the Mother's Day tote (I think it would make a perfect knitting bag). Lots more sewing today, but no completed projects.
Coming soon - a patchwork from start to finish & flannel pinwheels