Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sewing machine, 2nd helping of rice, napping.

I'm enjoying a quiet weekend.  A weekend where the most pressing thing I'm thinking about is the next sewing machine I'm going to buy.  My $150 sewing machine has gone through five quilts in the past year and the tension setting on it is giving out causing my stitches to be uneven and wonky.  Sometimes I can nudge it back into the correct tension by fiddling around with the three things I can fiddle around with, but the problem is becoming more frequent and more unfixable.   I think it's telling me that it has reached the limits of what it was designed to do.  It was designed to be a disposable sewing machine.  I'm having trouble deciding how much I want to spend on the next machine.  I went to my local quilt shop today and a very nice lady tried to sell me the $1200 sewing machine.  I think I want something between $150 and $1200.  The lady said that the Janome SkylineS5 makes very accurate seam allowances and that you have total control over your piecing.  It's hard to explain to a professional level quilter that I need my machine to be slightly uncontrollable because I want the seam allowances to be just a touch inaccurate and mismatched.  If everything was exactly even and precise, then I think it loses whatever homemade/handmade quality it has in the first place.  Part of the loveliness of my homemade quilts (I feel) is that there are mistakes, crookedness and unevenness in the effort.  And so I need a sewing machine that matches that philosophy.  I want a machine that is reliable and not complicated.

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Because we've been trying for a long time to enforce (exemplify) good eating habits with Vince, we rarely have snacks for no purpose in the house and we also rarely indulge in indulgent things at the dinner table while he's at home.  Since he's been gone, we've had some desserts after a weeknight dinner at home.  I've had 2nd helpings of rice with butter and soy sauce (gasp!, I feel so reckless).  I felt like I went crazy today when we went grocery shopping and bought fruited yogurt. 

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Don't worry, Edda is still toeing the line.  She refused her ice cream cookie sandwich after dinner on Friday.

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Saturday was a hot day.  Me, Jeremy & Edda went to A&Js for lunch. 

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We went to REI.  I wandered around the sale section where I found this down coat - original price $250 ish, would be below $100 on sale.  I did not buy it.  I already have a winter coat. 

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Then to Whole Foods where Edda napped and I resisted buying a cookie.

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