Monday, January 25, 2010

My new brother and Mai’s bag

Today I have something very exciting to share with you…

… I was gifted an early wedding present from my future mother and father in law (aka Mum and Dad!)…

… and I was speechless!

Machine 3 

Please let me introduce you to my new Brother Innovis 600.

Brother 2

She is an absolute dream!  Speed control… knee lift… needle up/down position… automatic threading and cutting… top bobbin loader… 294 stitches including three alphabets and the facility to save your own stitches.  It has an over-locking foot with cutter, and comes complete with an extra wide table, quilting foot; walking foot… and lots of other feet that I have yet no idea what to do with!

Brother machine 1

I have read the manual from top to tail and can not wait to get to grips with this little baby!  My local sewing centre offers unlimited lessons so I am confident I will get to grips with everything.  I am really looking forward to perfecting my FMQ and the knee lift and needle down position are ideal friends to have!  But my first job is to take up the hems on my son’s new school pants (trousers)!

I’d love to know what sewing machine you have and what its most useful features are?!

On the sewing front, I can now show you the bag I made for the lovely Mai. :-)

Mai's bag 3

I made it from The Fat Quarters Bag pattern by Melly & me.

  Mai's bag 1

I love to embellish big flowery-printed fabric at the moment.  I embroidered one row of chain stitch around a few of the flower centres, just to add a bit of texture and interest.

Mai's bag 4

I made a bag base using leftover fabrics, there wasn’t one in the pattern but I thought it would add a nice touch.

Have you seen the magnificent bag that Mai made for me?  Just pop on over here and feast your eyes! 

Now on to the wedding plans!  They are going really, really well!  Mr SUDs and my young DS Aaron SUDs were rolling their eyes yesterday as I took them (or should I say “dragged them”?!) shopping for smart pants (trousers), shirts and shoes…  but they were really happy when I announced that if we got it all done it would be their one and only shopping trip!  :-)

Here is a little glimpse of my DDs’, Rosie’s, dress…


As my friends will know… green and pink is my favourite colour combo!

Until next time – I hope all is well in your world x

Hugs! Vikki x


Anonymous said...

Thank you again for the lovely bag, it's sitting here in a chair in the livingroom so I can look at all day. Poor MR SUD and Aaron, men don't like to shop. What a cute dress.

Anonymous said...

Oh forgot the best part. Congratulations with your new sewing machine. Lucky you to have such nice parents in law

Sue said...

The brother and bag!!! Wow & Wow!!!

soggybottomflats said...

Hi Vikki, love your new machine, what a beauty! I broke down and got a Janome 6600. That little hummer can do everything but drive me around town! I have finally broke down and learned how to machine quilt on her....the walking foot and free motion darning feet are going to become your new bff's. The ultimate super bestest feature ever is the tread cutting button. I don't know how I lived without this machine. And all of this from a tried and true hand quilter. Congrats on your new machine, now you will have to make them a quilt, lol. Best to you, Elaine in Texas

Maria said...

You are a lucky lady to receive such a wondrful gift. I am sure you will have fun learning how to drive it. I have a Bernina 440QE.
The bag is lovely.

Fee said...

The bag is lovely Vikki and I just loe the pek at Rosie's dress

Liz said...

How lucky are you, fabulous new machine, have fun with it! Great bag Vikki, lovely fabric.

Jodie said...

What a great present - and all the plans seem to be going so well.
I love the idea of adding texture to the fabric with embroidery...

Annie Bee said...

Lovely new machine. I have a Bernina and love the needle down position and the knee lifter.
Lovely bags

Allie said...

Oh Vikki you lucky lucky girl! You will love your new machine!
I have a Husqvarna Designer 1, and my favorite EVER feature is when you stop with the needle down, the presser foot automatically lifts - so pivoting is an absolute breeze. I can't seem to use any other machines now, I can never remember that you have to manually lift the foot!

That bag is GORGEOUS oh my gosh. You did a fabulous job. I like putting in a bottom too, seems to make it sturdier.

That dress peek is stunning - oh how exciting!

arlette said...

Congrats for your new baby ;)!!!!, you're so lucky with your in-laws!!!, way to go!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

What a super present! Love the look of your new machine, how darling! My favorite thing on my machine is the speed control and the needle up/down position, really makes things great! Love the bag you made, really funky fabrics. All the best for your wedding, not long now!! the gardens look wonderful where you are having the ceremony, so like you!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

What a fabulous gift!!! \o/\o/ There'll be no stopping you now!
Love the bag you made Mai...especially the extra touches with the flowers. :-)

Cheryl said...

I love that bag! looks like a good size for a small overnight bag.. what do you think? Rosie's little dress looks like it will be fit for a little fairy princess :-)
Not long to go now my sweet!
Cheryl xxx

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks like the perfect wedding gift!! Glad to hear your preparations are going so well - your invitations are gorgeous!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Perfect pressie Vikki. Have fun getting aquainted with your new brother.

Aawww, Rosies dress is going to be stunning and won't she look like a fairy princess. The weeks are slipping by quickly now - what an exciting time for you all.
Thinking of you.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Judith Tetley said...

What a fabulous new friend your in-laws have given you my sweet. You will have many hours of friendly sewing with her.
Just adore the sneak peek at Rosies dress....your wedding is going to be nothing short of stunning....can't wait to see the pics.
Have fun....lotsa love

Maggi said...

What a fantastic gift. You will have lots of fun using it. I have 2 Berninas and the things that I like most about both of them is the knee lift and the fact that I can have full control over how they work, tension particularly which gets changed regularly when doing FMQ depending on the type of thread I am using. I hate machines that do not do as they are told - I am the boss!

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Vikki,

The bag you made for Mai looks great. I have that pattern, but haven't made it up yet...
Lucky you re sewing machine. Love that you can go for plenty of lessons :)

Unknown said...

Aren't you full of good news ! Now tell me does that new machine of yours have a coffee machine in it ?It sounds like it has everything ! So glad all the plans are going well , getting close now .

amanda said...

Hi Vikki...Love your new machine and have fun organising your wedding. I will be organising one myself before long...just have to get into the planning mode!

prashant said...

Congratulations with your new sewing machine. Lucky you to have such nice parents in law
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