I swear I’m not dead and a sewing machine review

I’ve been ill and crafting was out of the question 😀

I am finally on the mend and off to sewing club in an hour but right now I want to share some news. Several years ago I injured my back in an industrial accident; on Monday I got a small amount of compensation (finally) and had to pay out over half of it in paying bills and debts, but I did manage to treat myself to a sewing machine, some threads, a pack of spare plastic bobbins and a tool kit for it. I might get myself a set of different feet for it at some point. The sewing machine arrived this morning. The other stuff has been dispatched and should arrive later this week, I’m very excited.

I’ve been playing with my new sewing machine, and it’s fairly easy to use, and comes with an instructional DVD which I’ll watch this evening. The model I bought was the Brother LS14 Metal Chassis Sewing Machine. I has a drop in bobbin for the lower thread, which makes life so much easier for me, since I end up fighting the other kind and things fall apart. It comes with a button hole foot, spare needles and spare bobbins. 

My trial run with the new machine was on a quilt I’m making; it’s a fairly straight forward pattern but I’ve been taking ages to put it together  because I’m a skilled procrastinator, and I didn’t have enough of one of the materials I needed. Since we’re getting close to the deadline though I’ve order more of the material I need and sat down to get as much of the quilt done as I can. Tomorrow I’m going to Friary Stitch in Grimsby to get the wadding and backing material I need, and hopefully it’ll be done in the next couple of weeks. Back to the machine; it is easy to thread and the instruction leaflet is straight forward so you can get it set up the first time. The foot can be lifted higher for thicker material, which will come in handy once I get the wadding and backing material, and the bias binding and can put the quilt together. I’m looking forward to trying that.

So yes, if you need a sewing machine and are a bit of a beginner, I recommend the Brother LS14 for it’s low cost, and ease of use.

In other news, I’m at the Memorial Hall in Cleethorpes on Suday selling my Wonky Creations, with my little sister – who makes lovely jewellery, keyrings and bookmarks; if you’re in the area come and see us, the fair is open 10 am to 3 pm.

 

Got to go, I need to eat and get ready for sewing club

Happy crafting 😀

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