I have a lovely simple minded Janome, that worked ok and broke needle after needle, jammed up, and sewed about 14 stitches. Then I saw an ad in the paper one day for a sew and serge machine for $129 at K-Mart, which accepts layaway. These Singer machines were in town for one day only, and apparently one day a year and I just so happened to cruise down after work and got my pants charmed off me, figuratively speaking, not literally, but he would have been a nice catch.
This cutie pie from North Carolina had his own road show selling women who all came down in their suits from work, including moi, and watched him sew on three different machines. The first was the $129 one, then it went up to $200 and finally the $299 machine. Well, after I saw all the bells, whistles and stitches this machine could do, I was hooked. I put my $75 down for layaway and put another $75 this month. They will ship it to me free after it's all paid off.
Here's why I splurged on the sew and surge. One bobbin, self-threading needle, which I have now, but not really, since my Janome has died after a mishap where my puppies leash got caught in the cords and pulled the machine to the ground. Even after taking the whole thing apart, I lack the skills to repair it, so now I am borrowing my friend's machine and patiently waiting for my new one. Which brings me back to the Singer teacher model, wider mouth, self-cutting surger, automatic button holer, sews through 14 folded layers of denim and straight to chiffon, embroidery, edging, straight stretch stitch (say that 10 times fast), and all with one 14 needle. He only changed the color of the thread. Oh baby!
My matador costume was nearly finished. I bought a white, lacy, beaded wedding gown from shop.Goodwill.com for $20, had it shipped here, cut it apart, dyed it pale blue and still have the 20 foot train and the skirt for more crazy costumes. I attached cute little cherry red ball trim around the edges, bought 2 long red zippers for the pants, re-purposed the hideous bow on the butt that looked like a giant vagina and turned those into the matador epaulettes, which are actually called hombrera. I've got pink tights, a hat I bought off Amazon, attached a headband to it and covered it with black rabbit fur that I tore apart from a stole, and reusing a sari skirt for my red sparkle cape. Voila! Finito!
To make the jacket, I removed the zipper in the back, turned the front around, opened up the seams so it will fit me, took apart the sleeves and reattached the hombrera inbetween. I had a great comfy pant pattern that I shortened and used the lacey part of the train to be the sides of the pants. Ole!
I adore sewing. Most of the time. I know part of it is the machine and the tools I have and the skills to use it, to learn how to use it and the willingness to learn. I still have to hand sew things, like sewing on a button or extra fancy beads. I even made a pair of red crystal earrings from an old tree skirt that were just screaming to become jewelry. I'll upload a video or photo soon so you can see my work. Aside from this fun, I'm really enjoying the 80F plus weather right now. Love, love, love my life!