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Meet the machines!

Posted by Laura 14/09/2017 0 Comment(s) Sewing,Embroidery,Vinyl,HTV,Knitting,

Hello again! This time I'd like to introduce to you all of my machines! As per usual, there's a video on top of this post, and when you scroll down there's the same thing in pictures and text :)

 

When I was 17 or 18, me and my mom bought me my first sewing machine, it was the kind of machine that could sew and embroider. That's basically why I have an embroidery machine, I love to stitch up designs. That's why I'll start the introduction with my Brother PR620 six needle embroidery machine. She's such a princess, and has to be taken care of just the right way. For example, when you thread this machine, you HAVE TO put the thread twice around the tension knobs, or the machine thinks that the thread is broken!

Otherwise I do love this machine, since I've worked with such an older model before. I love how this machine knows if a thread breaks or if you run out of bobbin thread, and then it just stops. My previous machine would just go on, and then when you got back to the machine, it was "all finished" but the embroidery was not. And that brings me to the second thing I enjoy in this machine: you can skip stitches in 1, 10 or 100. My previous machine only did 1 stitch at a time, so when I'd have to start some embroidery from the beginning because the thread had ran out, I'd have to push the stitch skipping button for a solid 10 minutes (or longer) to get to the place where the embroidery had stopped.... So yeah, we do get along with this machine! :)

Next to my embroidery machine is my sewing machine, the Pfaff Select 3.0. I chose it because of the color! ;) The story behing me changing from the old Husqvarna Viking to this, is that my old machine could not go through many layers. So I found an old "atelje" sewing machine, that stood on its own table, and I bought it, thinking it would solve all my problems. Well, the engine was broken and I had to take it back to the guy who sold me it. He had Pfaff in his store also, so that's what I went for. After the guy showed me the upper feed dog in action by sewing on 5 layers of leather, I was sold! 

A few years ago I was at the Craft fare in Tampere, and there was this Bernina cover stitch machine on sale. I tried it, loved it and bought it. This was the new machine back then, and I don't think Bernina has made a newer model yet. This is the Bernina L220 cover stitch machine. I haven't been using it as much as I thought I was going to, but every time I use it, it makes me soooo happy! This thing is a life saver when it comes to stitching hemlines. It's not a princess at all, but sometimes I do have to thread it a couple of times to get it work. That hasn't happened lately, though, so maybe I've learned how to use it finally! :) I highly recommend this one, if you're looking for a cover stitch machine. The only "bad" thing is, that there is not a lot of room to work. It has not bothered me at any time, but I have seen cover stitch machines with a lot more space between the body of the machine and the needles. Watch all the tutorials in this playlist

The Bernina 1200MDA serger is my olderst machine. When I had the sewing machine that also embroidered, I wanted to get my sewing to look much more professional on the inside as well. That's when I decided to get a serger. This is such a work horse, always does what I ask of it etc. The only "downside" is that you can't just cut the threads and then knot new threads onto them and pull the new threads through - my Bernina does not like that! So I always have to thread it from the beginning when changing the threads. But that's OK, since it's real easy to thread anyway!

On top of those guys, I have the Silhouette Cameo for cutting things, I have lots of heat transfer vinyl and decorative tape. That's why I also have a Schulze swing heat press. In addition I also have a knitting machine, but it is not really featured here. I still don't know how to use it for the most part, I've only made a hat and a few attempted socks with it, one of which actually looks kinda like a sock.. 

 

So here they were, my trusty companions. Hope to see you next week, when I might show you how much fabric I have stashed away! ;)

Thank you for stopping by, don't forget to DIY!

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