* To see the overview of this Master Crafters campaign click here
* To read more about the Brother Innov-ís 900D Embroidery and Sewing machine at Brother's website click here
.Brother Innov-ís 900D - Introduction: Spreading my Wings
Hello everyone! My name is Linda and I am addicted to Craftster...
Actually, I have been crafting ever since I was a small child, drawing on walls, my toy box, and my tennis shoes! My parents were very supportive and even enrolled me in art classes at a very early age. My grandmother on my father's side was influential in showing me how to sew and quilt to keep me busy when I would visit her each summer on the farm. She is also responsible for my inability to throw out anything, with her stories of what it was like during the Great Depression...
My mother's side of the family is from Japan, and it wasn't until the last 10 years that I reconnected with my roots and began to incorporate my Japanese culture into my crafts. I have been collecting vintage kimono fabrics and have been inspired to make not only bags, but also small gifts and household goods using these gorgeous fabrics before they disappear. Like the entire world, Japan is changing and the traditional kimono is being replaced by modern western wear...
I have been sewing clothing for a little over 40 years...uh, yeah, I am 54 years young! I am married to a musician and being around young people has kept me young at heart! Eating chocolate also helps (especially since I live near Hershey, PA!)....
I was very pleased to be selected to do this Brother Campaign for many reasons.
So much has changed from the days when sewing machines were fairly manual. My old machines either require cams to change to decorative stitches or make buttonholes or there are only a few choices. This campaign allowed me to experience all of the new features that will make me more productive and artistically challenged!
Don't laugh if you already have these functions! You probably take them for granted, but to me, they are all new!
- Automatic bobbin winder
- Automatic thread cutter
- Automatic needlethreader (My fave since my eyes are getting, uh, older!)
- Ability to download patterns from my computer and from the web
- Speed control with a push of the finger
The second reason I was glad to be picked was that after this many years of sewing, I needed to do something new. It is always life-affirming when you challenge yourself and try new things. To me, getting this machine meant being able to add a bit more frosting to the cake if I wanted! My poor brain was spinning with ideas, and working with the awesome Amy just made it better--we kidded about not being able to sleep because we would wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea--ha ha--but it is true! I have a shoe box labeled "INSPIRATION", and I am quickly filling it with ideas for future projects! It feels wonderful to be creative and to wake up with a purpose to make something fun or beautiful...yep...
Another reason I am happy with this new machine is that I kind of got out of touch with the entire sewing community...the internet is so full of places to get ideas, patterns, fabric, show off your stuff in blogs, on Craftster, etc. but being in contact with real human people is what makes the sewing experience a true joy. My Mom was so proud that I was making a kimono bag for this campaign and sharing my culture. My friends, who are the recipients of many of my items, were giddy with excitement. My husband, who himself is an artist/musician, shared ideas with me, gave me constructive criticism and cooked me food while I sewed (
) I loved connecting back to these positive feelings of pride, enthusiasm, creativity, awe, inspiration, joy, friendship, and love.
Finally, I know I was skeptical at first because I have never machine embroidered before. To be honest, I did not consider it, uh, my taste. I hope I don't offend when I say that I thought it was not really a creative endeavor. I thought it was a bit cheesy. But, I know this community is open-minded and appreciates all sorts of crafts, so I was going to prove to myself that any craft is what YOU make of it. I just knew I could find ways to use the embroidery to do some pretty neat stuff that I would like! I was glad that Amy was also selected because we are from different age groups and lifestyles so there would be a variety of projects -- something for everyone! I must say that I did spend some time stalking the members who machine embroider, particularly cyndiq
, who in the past was very generous with sending me some of her embroidered items! I have learned a lot and am humbled. I now slap myself everytime I say that something is "not for me."
So, without further ado, here are some pics of me and my mean machine!
My machine arrives! It is the Brother Innov-is 900D. It is a combo sewing/embroidery one with lots of bells and whistles, including a USB port to be able to download patterns and updates over the internet! Oh wow!
Setting up my machine in my sewing room:
Woo-hoo! Embroidery cards that Brother sent to me! Crafty_dame
has many more pics on her introduction of all of the accessories, so I will spare you the repetition!
The sewing machine also has an extension that allows more room to sew -- see how big it is? When you remove it, you can sew sleeves and other round areas. I like that the threading instructions for both the bobbin and upper thread is printed right on the machine for those spacey moments!
I feel like a proud parent -- and here is my new baby in all of her splendor! I still have not come up with a name yet and will be taking suggestions
Do you see the purpley rectangle on the right hand side? I can CUSTOMIZE my machine by inserting a picture or a piece of fabric! Why I might just embroider her name on there!
I almost forgot to mention that there are Disney and Pixar characters built into the designs. Here are my practice pieces -- awwwww NEMO!
I would also like to thank Leah, Craftster, Brother, and all of the fellow mods for their support, encouragment and peer pressure.
In particular, thanks to crafty_dame
for commiserating with me late nights when the sewing bug got hold of me!! I was glad to know that someone else was using her machine in the wee hours of the morning, dreaming of new ideas...*sigh* so many projects, so little time, but to have such problems is to be envied!!!
to all of us for our drive to create!