I love getting parcels – it is one of my excuses for ordering so much stuff online.
My old Singer (well,not that old actually) has tried my patience for too long. Usually waiting until I have some topstitching to do, it decides to snarl up the threads – usually at bobbin level so I don’t realise until I’ve sewn the complete thing. Enough with the swearing and the gnashing of teeth! Time to get a new machine. I didn’t want to spend loads but I wanted something reliable and, in particular, as I am prone to making things with multi layers and, sometimes, coffee sacks, something that could handle thickness and ruffty tuffty stuff. After finding a fantastic online shop, www.sewingmachinesdirect.co.uk, I pinned the make down to a Janome. Then, of course, which model to choose? So many, and so many features. Yes, I want a top loading bobbin, yes I want an adjustable pressure foot for thick layers, no I don’t want zillions of fancy stitches – aaaaaaargh!! Finally, after many ‘happy’ hours, I was reading yet another forum thread and came across this review on a Janome model http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2009/11/janome-sewing-machine-review-and-giveaway-to-be-announced.html. As this reviewer is a bag maker and so needs a machine that can handle layers, she sold me on this one. Shame I was too late for the giveaway competition but I never win them anyway.
I ordered this sewing machine from the U.K. on a Sunday evening and it arrived in France on the Wednesday lunchtime and shipping was free!!!
Also, I got all these goodies and they even threw in an adaptor for the foreign plug!
I may never have to buy thread again – well, some of those colours anyway!
I have had a little play on my new machine – the instruction manual is a doddle – and finished my topstitching but I’ll let you know how I get on with it after a couple of weeks hard graft.
Don’t you just love it when everything goes smoothly?