Monday, February 11, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday...Sewing Machine Love!

Hi!

It's time for Miscellaneous Monday again!  I thought about sharing yet some more jewelry I've made, but then I thought about all the large sewing repairs I've been doing lately and decided to show my "new best friend" that's been speeding me through them.  So today, it's my sewing machine!  You may think you don't need one, but boy does it come in handy.

This one is actually my second one, as my original one - Simplicity Sew Precious (also from Walmart) - is so under-powered that it can be a struggle to get things finished with it and you might as well not even think about a large undertaking.  Wanna see what I mean?
So what brand is it?  Surprisingly not a Singer (which is what my mom has).  I have a Brother Project Runway Limited Edition LS2250PRW (click here for the Walmart link).  And I love it!  I bought it on a Black Friday special from Walmart I believe in 2010 because it was around the time we were moving out of our apartment to the house we're renting now.  Side note: how sad is it that I remember when things happen by when we move?
Yay! it has a light! 
 and I can use it for pant legs, collars, cuffs...since the material can go under the machine
Plus the presser foot has a higher clearance than my old machine.

This baby has made reattaching blanket binding relatively easy (even without the correct presser foot installed) and quick.  Of course it would have been quicker if I had taken the time to pin it first to get it in one pass - rookie mistake.  And as for putting the hem back in the fitted sheet?  Probably less than 10 minutes, including threading the machine.  As I told the Mister, I probably could have gotten a speeding ticket with how fast I was going, and yet I still had full control.  Did I mention how quiet it is, too?  Cuz it is.  Really quiet - even at top speed.

From Walmart's website, here are the features:
Brother Limited Edition LS2250PRW Sewing Machine:

  • Manual Brother sewing machine
  • Vertical bobbin
  • Upright cabinet position
  • Decorative stitching, quilting, and heirloom stitching
  • 20 stitch functions
  • Variable stitch width and length control
  • 3 needle positions
  • Easy bobbin winding system
  • Manual tension control
  • Spool thread delivery
  • 2 feet included with the Brother 20-stitch sewing machine
  • Manual presser foot system
  • 4-step manual button hole operation
  • Built-in sewing light
  • Built-in free arm
  • Brother 20-stitch sewing machine includes instructional DVD and operating manual

  • My only "issue" is that it didn't come with a cover.  I bought one from Jo Ann Fabrics, but it's a little bit too snug...probably made for Singer machines.  I do like that the cover is kind of sheer so I can see the pretty blue flowers on my machine.
    Unplugging (which is not easy to do) is a must in order to put the cover on.

    I can't wait to really see what all this machine can do!  I'm actually feeling inspired to tackle some from-scratch sewing projects rather than just do repairs!  Maybe it will be time to finally make better covers for all my kitchen appliances (which are currently protected by hand towels thrown over them).  I believe that there are some other presser foot attachments available that I think I'm going to get one of these days so I can really be prepared for when full inspiration strikes, as well as some more bobbins so I have more than just black & white ready to go.  I'd say that this machine has definitely been a good investment and I plan to get a whole lot more use out of it.

    What do you use if/when you need to do large sewing repairs?  Or do you decide that that item's lived its full life?

    **all items purchased by me
    **my opinions are my own
    **not sponsored/affiliated

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