Thursday, February 22, 2007

I'm still here

Just wanted ya'll to know I'm still around. Just VERY busy at work and trying to stay off the computer at home so I can get other stuff done. It's so easy for me to just veg out in front of the computer at night. So that's a habit I'm trying to break. Which means my bloghopping/commenting is at a minimum right now. When I get some things settled at home I hope I'm able to manage my time to be able to blog AND cook/clean/sew/garden. In the meantime blogging/email is what has to slide. I do get around the ring every day when I have bits of time at work but rarely have time to leave comments. And I go thru my bloglines every few days but mostly reading thru bloglines instead of going to each individual site. Again, hopefully that will change but for now it's how I have to balance things.

I did go to Hancocks again yesterday to get a bolt of muslin for Heartstings blocks. And besides a pack of wool for some folk art stuff I've been wanting to try that's ALL the fabric I bought. Wasn't even much tempted. I did originally have a few bolts pulled (good black/on/blacks that are hard to find). But I kept looking at this sewing machine. And I'd wander around. And then go look at the sewing machine again. And ended up putting the fabric back and buying the machine. I've been wanting one with the features this one has and my Kenmore is now over 8 years old and I have no back-up machine so thought it was time to treat myself to a new one. And at $320 off the original sale price I almost couldn't NOT get it. So for better or worse I have a new machine. That has a simulated hand-quilting stitch. And a walking foot and darning foot and 1/4" foot. And needle up/down. And a "turtle" speed. And a button-hole applique stitch. And lots of other built-in fancy stitches including 3 different alphabets so maybe more of my quilts will get a label now. It's a Singer. Can't remember the exact model right now. Hopefully I'll like it as much as I've liked my Kenmore. I'll get it hooked up tonight so I can give it a good workout this weekend.

17 comments:

Laurie Ann said...

Sounds great! I wish I had one with an alphabet. I don't label my quilts, but maybe I would start if I had something like that. :)

Shelina said...

No worries about not commenting. I'm trying to reduce my computer time too - just going online as a break between the exercising / cleaning / quilting, rather than it being what I work the other things around. :)

Congratulations on your new machine. Sounds like exactly what I have - I had a Kenmore - about 16 years old, when I bought the new one that had more stitches. Mine is a cheap quality I bought at Target, and I had to take it in for servicing almost as soon as I bought it, but it has been working fine since then.

Vicky said...

Oh, joy! Buying a new machine is even better than fabric! Wishing you many quilty years with her!

(Hugs)

Mama Koch said...

How exciting getting a new machine. Can't wait to hear how she sews.

quiltpixie said...

may you and your new machine become best of friends... Have you named her yet?

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

A new sewing machine! WooHoo. I'm truly excited for you, Nancy! A great treat.

qwltnfool said...

I am sooo guilty of spending too much time on the computer. I actually get quilts made on days that I stay away from it! :>) Congrats on the new machine...what fun!

Carole said...

I had typed a comment and the system lost it. It's difficult to judge between an r and n and a m. Oh well, congrads on your new sewing machine. I forgot what else I wrote. Hopefully the system wont screw up again

anne bebbington said...

Happy New Sewing Machine Nancy! May you have many long and happy stitching hours together :o)

Sweet P said...

Oooh a new toy! Sounds fun to me! I can't to hear how you like it.

I can understand about being busy and not commenting on blogs. I do read blogs every day, but don't always comment. I usually save all my commenting for the weekends. I know it's Thursday now, but I have time to comment tonight.

Pam said...

My goodness - out shopping for fabric and buy a new machine - good for you!

Enjoy :))

Libby said...

Congrats on the new addition - all the features - including the 'turtle speed' - sound identical to my Elna. I love it. . . it has never given me one moment's trouble.

Mary said...

I hope things settle down for you some soon. I keep saying the computer is eating too much into my quilting time but somehow still seem to be drawn back to it.

I *hope* to get home Sunday if the blizzard doesn't cause my flight to be canceled and after 10 days away I'm almost glad Keith has to leave for Denmark for 5 days so I can sew all day long!

Clare said...

Hi Nancy,

Are you still in a slump? I'd love to know the model of your Singer. I was in the local Singer shop a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised at the prices. My machine is just a basic electric one which no quilting attachments and I was wondering about splashing out sometime soon.

cher said...

I can totally relate-happy new machine owning!

Morah said...

I too have been taking a break from the computer. Your new machine sounds nice. I had a Kennmore also but bought a new machine this year. As my grandmother would say, "Use it in the best of health."

Holly said...

Happy for you about your new sewing machine! I want to get a backup machine one of these days, too.