Miss Aggie is home for the duration prior to her wedding. We went nuts buying vintage Butterick and Vogue patterns when they went on sale a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been practicing and tuning my fitting skills on her. I saw this pattern made up on Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing and knew that Miss Aggie needed her version of the dress. Miss Aggie agreed so the project began. Oh, yes, my Miss Aggie managed to change her measurements since Christmas. Although according to the pattern she was a 14 in the upper body, her body was swimming in the fabric. I was able to insert the single lapped zipper in without any basting or ripping out stitches which was amazing. As soon as Miss Aggie makes her crinoline, I’ll have pictures posted of the work of art.
These two machines are my “babies”. I’ve had my Bernina Aurora 430 sewing machine since February of 2010. The Bernina 7ooD the Geek gave me for Christmas 2011.
I started with a mechanical Brother sewing machine in 1981 which was a wedding present from my parents. I “graduated” to an Elna 7000 computerized machine after my daughter was born and I discovered heirloom sewing. My Elna finally died in late 2009. I’ve been drooling over Bernina’s since the early 1970’s so I ran to Berry Patch. It was the last week of the FW Stock show sale prices when I found my machine. I wanted a mid range machine. No quilting bells and whistles, but plenty of my heirloom stitches. I bought a quarter inch foot and a pintuck foot along with my machine. I love the buttonholes it makes. The first time I used the blind hem stitch I was amazed.
As for sergers, I started with a White serger in 1989. I practically wore that one out so I traded that one in for an Elna in the early 1990’s. I used that serger until the only stitch that would work was the cover hem. My Bernina serger is the basic serger but I’ve used one long enough that I got what I would use.
Say goodbye to my old blog “Bobcats, Aggies, and Elks”. I couldn’t remember my password and couldn’t get the “change the password” function to send me the activation for a new password so I”m starting over. *sigh*
This promises to be a very busy year as Miss Aggie and Junior Engineer are getting married in June. I hope she’s keeping up with everything as all the Geek and I seem to be doing is writing deposit checks for various venues. Since she felt our church wasn’t suited for wedding pictures, the ceremony will be at the Marty Leonard Chapel. The windows in the chapel caused us to have to use a photographer who has had experience with the chapel.