Friends, have you ever had a tooth pulled? I did this morning and I don't have to tell you it wasn't a very pleasant experience, and I like my dentist.
About two years ago I fractured a molar while chomping down on a chicken bone (suck out that marrow carefully, readers!). The tooth already had a deep filling in it which was why it cracked in the first place and, long story short, two years later it was time to say good-bye. I could have opted for an expensive root canal procedure followed by a crown, but since the tooth was already so compromised, there was no guarantee it would last. So I had it yanked. While my jaw is a little sore, I actually feel so much better knowing that crappy old tooth is gone (The damaged root was also affecting my sinuses, I believe.). But I didn't feel much like sewing today, so so far I haven't.
But look what came in the mail. Know what this is?
No, it's not a molar replacement, it's low-shank adapter that allows me to use all my Singer feet on my Bernina. This means I have the option of sewing with my beloved Singer straight stitch foot!
I'm almost embarrassed to admit how much I love my new machine. I knew it would be solid stitcher but I didn't expect an instant bond. As far as not having the needle down feature, yes, that would be nice. But one of the great things about the 930 is that even in the needle up position, the fabric does not slip out of place. If I'm turning a corner, then sure, I turn the needle down manually. But a lot of the time this isn't even necessary, like if I'm just stopping to check my work.
The one feature I'm not crazy about, however, is the bobbin winder. It probably needs just a simple adjustment, but right now the little lever that turns off the bobbin winder when the bobbin is fully wound brakes too soon. So I'll probably wind my Bernina bobbins the same way I wind bobbins for all my other machines: on my vintage Viking. The Viking doesn't have a shut-off mechanism, you just stop winding when it looks full. Works for me.
In vintage 40's silk dress news, I'm almost done. I made the tulip sleeves yesterday but still have to clean up some seams and hem the thing. I think it's going to be very pretty. I've booked Cathy's services for Wednesday afternoon, so let's hope it doesn't rain so she can wear her mink.
Readers, it's time for a liquid meal. Actually, I can chew, but on only one side of my mouth, and since I don't want to compromise the healing, I'm playing it safe for the next day or so.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!