Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sometimes

you just have to bite the bullet. I missed my sewing machine more than I ever thought I would. I suddenly had a rash of ideas for things to make and sew. Knitting just wasn't enough. Something had to be done. Credit card debt be dammed. Or perhaps not.
I rang the insurance company and they said that yes the machine was covered on my policy. Hurrah. But I only had a Cascade, a low level cheap as chips machine. No worries said the insurance company, if you can't replace your Cascade, and I can't ( sob,sob not, little dance of joy around the room) then we will cover the cost of another machine so long as it isn't excessive. OK so not the $12000 one then. I guess I can settle for something a bit less flash.
Faster than a greyhound out a trap, or roadrunner getting away from wiley coyote I was at the sewing machine shop in Takapuna. No need to browse, straight to the point. An hour later and I was home again with my new machine.
I have my Bernette 82E and she's just Darling. I love my insurance company, although I still hope the naughty Elf will own up, if only for me to thank them now.
We have been getting along fine, much better than my old Cascade. I swear that machine really did hate me. The Bernette sews straight lines, doesn't tangle the thread, or snap the needle. She's as good as gold. She has a gazillion features like an automatic needle threader and a button so you don't have to use the foot pedal.



I made this nifty little booklet to store my circular needles. I didn't have a pattern and apart for wishing I'd managed to make the pockets face each other I am very happy with the end result.



I also made this knitting needle roll, using the same process I used for the pencil case roll I made Daisy ages ago. This time though I gave the material a bit of a helping hand by ironing on some interfacing so it has more body to it. The cover on my machine was made by Josie



Again I like the way this turned out. My little machine is so clever.


This is going to be a Christmas present for my daughter. She's having teenage issues right now, exams, sisters being annoying, her best friend leaving school and heading to college and on top of that the recession has meant she's lost her after school job in the local wool shop. Hopefully this will bring a smile to her face on Christmas morning.


What's that Mouse?


Yes you bring a smile to my face every time I see you.

19 comments:

leah said...

Awesome! I wouldn't have thought to ask the insurance company, but I'm glad you did!

Willow said...

Awesome! I want your insurance company! Actually ours did nicely for us when our floors were damaged in the summer.

I am trying so very hard not to be envious of your new machine. Congrats!

Tracy said...

HOORAY...that is fantastic, Ally! Glad you're sewing again...and what lovelies you've made. I really like those needle holders! Give Mouse a cuddle for me...such a sweetie-pie! Happy Days ((HUGS))

April said...

Hooray! Good for you! Happy sewing

April xx

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the pocket for your circulars. Beautifully done!

Channon said...

LOL... So it's not that I can't sew. My machine hates me. Maybe I should leave it where the Knight or Sissy could hurt it, and then my nice insurance company could help me connect with a machine that would actually allow me to sew...

And the non-sewer needs a visual. (Even a link would do!) A button instead of a foot pedal? The few times I have attempted to sew, I found the foot pedal to be the only part of the beast I was sure I was using correctly...

Wool Winder said...

How wonderful! And, you've put it to good use already.

raining sheep said...

Most excellent. Those are supposed to be pretty good sewing machines...and it was covered? You are so lucky!!

LizzieJane said...

Good for you! It's great that you have a good insurance company.
Every time I see Mouse he just makes me smile!
x

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Glad to hear you are back in business!! How wonderul that the insurance covered the machine's replacement. Enjoy all the new features.

Adrienne said...

Yipee!!! I don't know I would have been that clever to call my insurance company ~ happy sewing :D

periwinkle said...

good idea on the insurance company - it definately looks like you and your new friend are getting along swimmingly.
Lisa x

Jane said...

Wonderful sewing, and great news that you got the insurance company to pay for it. Mouse is very cute. Jane x

Marcia said...

Yay for a new machine! I like the things she's made so far. :)

t does wool said...

lovely sewing...glad it worked out for you!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

Yeah! Alls well that ends well :)

I have never sewn in my life but I want to sew quilts and things.... so I'm hinting to Santa that I might want a sewing machine this year :)

Thimbleanna said...

Yipee! New sewing machine for you!!! And even better -- you're having fun with it. I like your circ needle bag -- I need to make one. Do you put all the circs in the same pocket, or are there separate pockets for each one? Do you like how it's working out?

Octopus Knits said...

Wow! That's wonderful :) You've certainly been busy with the new machine.

Mouse is such a cutie :)

Rebecca Jo said...

SOOOO jealous of people who sew... I want to learn how to sew so badly!!!!