Saturday, 31 July 2010

Cover Me Silly Tutorial ...

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago. My husband was a darling he got me a sewing machine. Mind you, I gave him a brochure. And the store details, and the free motion quilting foot details. And surprise surprise ... I got a sewing machine for my birthday! Imagine that!

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But I thought I would take a moment to talk about the machine and why I chose it. I like Janomes. I guess it's because it was the brand of the first machine I bought for myself. I learnt on my mum's boxy little Elna. It was a cracker. But anyway I ended up with a Janome. Now don't get me wrong. I would love a bells and whistles sewing machine. There is a new Janome that makes me want to drool but that will be the machine I buy if my book (which is in editing now - I finished the first draft!) gets on books shelves.

But for now, I needed a reliable little work horse that would handle a large amount of sewing. All of the time practically. I used this machine at my Sunday quilt classes (soon to be every second Tuesday quilt classes). There are about a dozen of them there. I was impressed with the fact that the machine was quiet. Had all the stitches I needed. I could drop the feed dogs and it had a threader. It was easy to use and better still, it wasn't computerised. Now don't panic. I'm not throwing clogs in the machinery here, its just that when computerised machines break. They really REALLY break. Doesn't mean I wouldn't like one but for now? I'll settle for an awesome little workshorse that can help me produce all sorts of things and be the little engine that could.

So here is the spec sheet for the Janome MS5027.

And I've done nothing but use it every night since I got it. But there is a wee problem:


My machine looks exactly the same as my BSF (Best sewing friend) sewing machine. She has one as well, and there are 12 other machines like it at class. So what could I do to make sure my machine looked different and not looked like someone or something had thrown up on it.

Never show a designer or creative person a blank white space. It amazes me that we leave our sewing machines looking very clinical. I have seen machines however, that folks have painted or decorated. And I reckon it would be hard to see where the fabric started or sewing machine ended or vie versa. So here is what I did to make my machine identifiably mine.

Have you seen the stands in shopping centres or on ebay, normally from Korea, who sell wall stickers? I thought about them for a bit and then though ... Bingo! Just what I need. So of I went in search of some. As luck wold have it, there must be a convention in Seoul at the moment because none of my local centres have them at all. In the end, I found a Korean store that had wall stickers that were copies of the Korean ones that were made in China ... !?!

But they did the job. So here is what you do. Find Wall stickers that you just love, and then stick them all over your sewing machine cover, and place a couple sparingly on your machine.
Voila! Here endeth the tutorial.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome idea, my darling husband is getting me this same machine for Christmas (yes I had to circle the picture in the catalogue too) I know exactly what stickers I will be putting on mine. Yours looks great =)


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