Sunday, March 3, 2013

My new best friend...

So I've been a little absent from the blog lately and this is why.

Yes I finally got a new sewing machine and I couldn't be happier.  I never expected that when we went to look at options that my husband would suggest I get this bad boy.  It is a Husqvarna Viking Topaz.  It doubles as a embroidery machine!  I picked it up on tuesday which also happened to be the day winter storm rocky came through illinois.  What a great day to get snowed in right?

As soon as I got home I read the entire manual right away.   I have to admit I was a little nervous using it for the first time.  Put it this old machine was a beat up old Ford escort and this guy is a shiny new Cadillac.  It has more buttons than I know what to do with.  After a little bit of time I was rockin and rollin.  I needed a first project to use as an experiment getting to know how to use it so I made a few crate pads to donate to my local shelter.  Check out the free motion bone I made to quilt them together!  (This was my first time free motion quilting by the way.)

Next on the exploratory process was to try out the embroidery feature.
I snapped on the embroidery arm and in another half hour I had made this guy.  Now I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but I have it all the same.  

I've been sewing every day and can't wait to learn more about my machine's features.  The store I bought it from is giving me a free intro one-on-one class on friday so I've been writing down my questions to ask.  Anyone else have advice on breaking in a new machine?  Have you dipped your toes into the machine embroidery pool?  

Sew on!


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