A few days before my Christmas my sewing machine abruptly stopped working. And I mean abruptly-I was in the midst of machine quilting the quilt I’m making for Tabby and had just three more lines to go to be halfway done. I brought it to the shop and resigned myself to the fact that it might not be done by Christmas. Well, today I went to pick it up and found out that the machine is truly dead and they were unable to repair it. Woe!
I received my machine almost 10 years ago as a birthday gift from Paul. I was pregnant with Clark and probably like many soon-to-be-moms I was eager to sew up some curtains for his room. (Not unheard of-I grew up with a mom who was a terrific sewer and quilter and my grandmother was an amazing sewist as well.) My sturdy Kenmore machine served me well for the past 9 1/2 years as I made those first terrible curtains, my first terrible apron, and then began learning more and more. It has sewn for me many baby clothes, 9 quilts, dresses, tops, gifts, doll clothes, dozens of aprons, purses and bags, hemmed pants and skirts, and made all sorts of other things. I can’t go back all 9 years, but at a glance here’s 2014’s Sewing Projects, 2013, 2012, and 2011. I’ve helped Tabby learn to sew a little on it.
I’ve explored elastic thread and free motion quilting.
I learned and created so much with this machine. I was as fond of it as one can be of a machine. Farewell machine and thanks for everything! I won’t be long without because I’m starting to shop around already. After all, I’ve got not only Tabby’s quilt to finish, but two more lined up to make!