Saturday, 12 April 2014

Meet my new friend!







My new to me Bernina 707 Minimatic!  I have longed for a vintage sewing machine for a while now and could finally afford to get one.  I first of all began looking at Singer Featherweights due to their beauty and reputation.  However, the prices are kind of crazy at times due to their scarceness and popularity among quilters.

Of course there was no way I could afford a brand new Bernina.  So after lots of internet research I came across this Bernina machine on a sewing machine repair services facebook page. 

Turns out this little cracker has been reconditioned pretty much - cam gear replaced, bobbin winder rubber and fully serviced too!  The foot pedal is the original for the machine( circa 1968-71) also and there is a spiffing wee extension table too.  AND to top it all off the price was very reasonable in comparison with some of the greedy eBay sellers!

So she came on next day delivery and I love her to pieces.  There is a free online manual for her which clearly showed me how to thread her and what all the levers and switches are for.  Her straight stitch is stunning!  And she purrs like a kitten.  Honestly.

I would never have thought I would have said this but, they really don't make them like this anymore.  Oh, and she is heavy as anything but at least I know she is sturdy.  The plan is to use her for mainly piecing and use my larger, modern machine for the quilting work.

Can you tell I am a bit pleased?
In other news, the kids are currently off on their Easter break so I haven't been running my classes or getting much daytime sewing done.  I have managed another little block for the Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern.
I fussy cut the flower and like how it has turned out.  This block was super fiddly to say the least as it is hand pieced.  ( I use Aurifil 50wt for hand piecing and applique as it is strong, sleek and beautiful to work with).  The gentle curves were tricky and needed a few pins but the most fiddly part for me was sewing the bottom half ( stem and leaves) to the top flower half!  Anyway I got there and have two more to make! 

I managed to make two bee blocks for the Siblings Together Quilting Bee also.  Hadley sent us this gorgeous sewing themed fabric and had us make St Louis 16 patch blocks.  If you want to find out more about this really worthwhile cause then click here to visit Lily's Quilts for more info.

Speak soon!
Collette xx


8 comments:

  1. Cool machine!
    Can't wait to get my mitts on those blocks xxx

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  2. I love that green tea block #genius

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  3. My Bernina says Hi - bit younger than yours but going strong! Great blocks and school will start back soon .....with more sewing days to come!

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  4. Lovely machine and some great blocks, especially like the fussy cut gtasb flower.

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